Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino

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Álvaro
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino
Date of birth (1977-11-01) 1 November 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Nilópolis, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vila Nova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 São Paulo 13 (0)
1998 América-MG 16 (0)
1999 Goiás
2000 São Paulo 1 (0)
2000 Atlético Mineiro 28 (2)
2000–2003 Las Palmas 70 (6)
2003–2006 Zaragoza 102 (6)
2006–2008 Levante 51 (5)
2008–2009 Internacional 5 (0)
2009–2010 Flamengo 15 (0)
2011 Vila Nova 2 (1)
2013 Linense
2013 Bragantino 25 (3)
2014 Mogi Mirim
2014– Vila Nova 5 (0)
National team
2000 Brazil U23 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino, known as simply Álvaro (born 1 November 1977), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Vila Nova Futebol Clube.

Mainly a central defender, he holds a Spanish passport due to the years he spent in the country, representing three different clubs and amassing La Liga totals of 192 games and 15 goals over the course of seven seasons.

Football career[edit]

Born in Nilópolis, São Paulo, Álvaro played for several Brazilian teams in quick succession to start his career, including two spells with São Paulo FC. In 2000 he was signed by UD Las Palmas in Spain, going on to spend three seasons with the club, two of those in La Liga. While in the Canary Islands he was found guilty of forging a European Union passport, spending several months during the 2001–02 campaign on the sidelines.[1]

In the 2003 off-season Álvaro signed for Real Zaragoza, where he spent another three years, rarely missing a game and winning the 2004 Copa del Rey, against Real Madrid (3–2 in Barcelona).[2] He scored his first league goal for the Aragonese on 2 November 2003, helping to a 2–0 away win over RCD Espanyol.[3]

In the 2006 summer he joined Levante UD, which had just regained top flight status. He was expected to sign for Premier League team Newcastle United for a fee around £3 million before the January 2008 transfer window closed, but finally remained in Spain until the end of the season as the English club's offer proved to be a hoax.[4]

In June 2008, in the middle of a severe financial crisis at Levante and with the club also being relegated from the top level, Álvaro returned to Brazil and joined Sport Club Internacional. The following year, he signed a one-year deal with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 2 June 2010
Club Season Brazilian League Brazilian Cup Libertadores Cup South American Cup State League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional 2008 3 0 - - - - 4 0 - - 7 0
2009 5 0 11 0 - - - - - - 16 0
Total 8 0 11 0 - - 4 0 - - 23 0
Flamengo 2009 13 0 - - - - - - - - 13 0
2010 2 0 - - 5 0 - - 11 0 18 0
Total 15 0 - - 5 0 - - 11 0 31 0
Career total 23 0 11 0 5 0 4 0 11 0 54 0

according to Flamengo's official website[5] and Flaestatística[6]

Honours[edit]

Zaragoza
Internacional
Flamengo

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