Alfaro as a Tenerife player in 2010
|Full name||Alejandro Alfaro Ligero|
|Date of birth||23 November 1986|
|Place of birth||La Palma del Condado, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2008–2010||→ Tenerife (loan)||78||(27)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Alejandro Alfaro Ligero (born 23 November 1986 in La Palma del Condado, Huelva) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Valladolid. Mainly a right winger, he can also operate as a second striker.
A product of Sevilla FC's youth system, Alfaro was one of Sevilla Atlético's most important players from 2005 onwards, helping it achieve promotion to the second division in the 2006–07 season. He had previously made his first-team debut on 30 April 2006, playing ten minutes in a 2–1 away win against Real Sociedad.
On 28 January 2007 Alfaro scored his first La Liga goal, as a starter in a 4–2 win at Levante UD, also appearing in four UEFA Cup games in the club's victorious campaign. However, he was nothing more than a fringe player with the main squad in his first three seasons, barred mainly by Jesús Navas (he did net seven goals in 34 matches to help the reserves maintain its second level status), and would leave the Andalusia side for 2008–09, joining CD Tenerife on loan; during this stint, he was instrumental as the Canary Islands outfit returned to the top level after a seven-year-absence, scoring a career-best 20 goals, fourth-best in the competition.
After he completed the 2009 preseason with Sevilla, Alfaro was again loaned for a season to Tenerife. Like Nino he was again the most important offensive unit of the team, which was eventually relegated back, with the player contributing with seven goals.
Returned to Sevilla for 2010–11, Alfaro benefitted from Navas' absence due to injury and featured in some games early into the season, scoring in a 2–1 win at Málaga CF, on 19 September 2010. On 4 November, he netted twice against FC Karpaty Lviv (4–0 home win) for the season's Europa League; the following week, he also found the net in two home fixtures, against Valencia CF (2–0, appearing as a second-half substitute) and Real Unión (6–1, in the season's Copa del Rey).
On 18 August 2014 Alfaro rescinded his link with the Bermellones, and joined Superleague Greece side Panathinaikos FC. However, the deal collapsed two days later, and he signed a two-year deal with Real Valladolid late in the month.
Alfaro's two brothers are also footballers: Juan José (1981), a midfielder, graduated in FC Barcelona's La Masia, but spent his entire career in Segunda División B or lower. Forward Jesús (1991) appeared several seasons for Sevilla B, after emerging through the club's youth ranks.
- "Levante 2–4 FC Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- "Alfaro, cedido un año al Tenerife" [Alfaro, loaned one year to Tenerife] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "El club confirma la vuelta de Alfaro al Tenerife, de nuevo como cedido" [Club confirms Alfaro's return to Tenerife, again on loan] (in Spanish). ABC de Sevilla. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Caceres seals derby victory". ESPN Soccernet. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- "Slick Sevilla overwhelm eliminated Karpaty". UEFA.com. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Sevilla overcome 10-man Los Che". ESPN Soccernet. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- "Mercado: Alfaro ficha por el Mallorca buscando "continuidad"" [Market: Alfaro signs for Mallorca in search of "continuity"] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "Alfaro deja el Mallorca para jugar en Panathinaikos" [Alfaro leaves Mallorca to play in Panathinaikos] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Alfaro no ficha por el Panathinaikos" [Alfaro does not sign for Panathinaikos] (in Spanish). El Dorsal. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Alejandro Alfaro refuerza la banda derecha" [Alejandro Alfaro bolsters right wing] (in Spanish). Valladolid's official website. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Jesús Alfaro firma con el Sevilla por dos años" [Jesús Alfaro signs with Sevilla for two years] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- Mallorca official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Alejandro Alfaro profile at Soccerway