Pereira in action for Porto in 2010
|Full name||Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán|
|Date of birth||28 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||São Paulo (loan from Internazionale)|
|2014–||→ São Paulo (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo peˈɾeiɾa]; born 28 November 1985) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for São Paulo FC in Brazil, on loan from Internazionale. Mainly a left back, he can perform equally as a left midfielder.
Born in Montevideo, Pereira started his career with Miramar Misiones in 2003, moving to Argentina with Quilmes Atlético Club two years later. After the club's relegation from the first division at the end of the 2006–07 season, he moved to Argentinos Juniors.
Pereira joined Futebol Clube do Porto on 4 June 2009 for €4.5 million, with the Portuguese acquiring 80% of the player's rights. In his first year he mostly operated as a left back, as the northerners finished third and won the domestic cup. He scored his first goal for the club on 21 February 2010, netting the second in a 5–1 home thrashing of S.C. Braga.
In Pereira's second season at the Estádio do Dragão, he featured in 21 league games (all starts), adding 12 UEFA Europa League appearances as Porto won the treble. He also started in the campaign's Portuguese Cup final against Vitória de Guimarães on 22 May 2011, scoring an own goal in the 21st minute to bring the sides level, in an eventual 6–2 triumph.
After Porto rejected an offer from Premier League side Chelsea in the summer for Pereira's services, he signed a new contract on 3 October 2011 running until 2016, with his release clause remaining at £25.7 million. In late December that year he heavily criticised Manchester United's Patrice Evra for reporting alleged racist abuse from Pereira's national team colleague Luis Suárez – including a claim from Evra that Suarez "doesn't speak to black players" – saying that "what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch", adding that the French would have to "wear body armour" if the players' future international friendly was to take place immediately instead of in late 2012.
Pereira signed for Internazionale in late August 2012 for €10 million, reuniting with former Porto teammate Fredy Guarín. He made his Serie A debut on 2 September in a 1–3 home loss against A.S. Roma, and finished his first season with 40 appearances all competitions comprised, scoring his only goal in a 2–0 league success at A.C. Chievo Verona.
São Paulo (loan)
On 17 January 2014 São Paulo FC signed Pereira on loan for one and a half year, with the Brazilian side paying €1 million for the player, who could be transferred permanently for a further €7. He played his first game with his new club nine days later, a 2–1 win against Oeste Futebol Clube for that year's São Paulo State League, assisting Antônio Carlos in the second goal; after the match he stated he "...liked the team's intensity", further adding he still needed to "...improve a lot."
Pereira was an undisputed starter for the nation during the second half of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, also starting in both legs of the successful playoffs against Costa Rica as the Charrúas returned to the FIFA World Cup. In the finals in South Africa, he played in all the matches except two, scoring through a rare header in a 3–0 group stage win against the hosts.
Pereira was selected to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, being first-choice and scoring two goals in the group stage, including the game's only against Mexico, as Uruguay won its 15th continental tournament.
|1.||11 February 2009||June 11 Stadium, Tripoli, Libya||Libya||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
|2.||27 May 2010||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Israel||2–1||4–1||Friendly|
|3.||16 June 2010||Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa||South Africa||0–3||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|4.||9 July 2011||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina||Chile||1–0||1–1||2011 Copa América|
|5.||12 July 2011||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Mexico||1–0||1–0||2011 Copa América|
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2009–10
- Maicon and Pereira sign as Porto secure Ferreira; UEFA.com, 4 June 2009
- FC Porto 5–1 Braga; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
- Porto cup triumph completes treble; FIFA.com, 22 May 2011
- Blues target Pereira signs Porto deal; ESPN Soccernet, 3 October 2011
- Porto's Alvaro Pereira hits out at Manchester United's Patrice Evra over Luis Suarez racism ban: 'He is not proud to be black'; Goal.com, 30 December 2011
- John Aldridge: Criticism of Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish in Luis Suarez row has been over the top; Liverpool Echo, 10 January 2012
- Pereira: "Inter, everyone's dream in S. America"; Inter's official website, 24 August 2012
- Pereira's delight at Inter switch; FIFA.com, 24 August 2012
- São Paulo garante empréstimo de Alvaro Pereira (São Paulo assures loan of Alvaro Pereira; Record, 17 January 2014 (Portuguese)
- Alvaro Pereira aprova sua estreia: 'Gostei da intensidade do São Paulo' (Alvaro Pereira gives thumbs up to his debut: 'I liked São Paulo's intensity'; Lance Net, 26 January 2014 (Portuguese)
- France vs. Uruguay; IM Scouting, 19 November 2008
- Uruguay vence 3–2 a Libia en amistoso con poco brillo (Uruguay wins 3–2 against Libya in subpar performance); Reuters América Latina, 11 February 2009 (Spanish)
- World Cup 2010: Diego Forlán strikes twice to sink South Africa; The Guardian, 16 June 2010
- Uruguay 1 Mexico 0: Messi and Co await in last eight after Pereira winner; Daily Mail, 13 July 2011
- Uruguay celebrates well into early Monday its record winning 15th Copa America; Merco Press, 25 July 2011
- "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- BDFA profile (Spanish)
- Argentine League statistics (Spanish)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- National team data (Spanish)
- Álvaro Pereira at National-Football-Teams.com
- Álvaro Pereira – FIFA competition record