Alves playing for Brazil in 2014
|Full name||Diego Alves Carreira|
|Date of birth||24 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Atlético Mineiro / Almería
Alves was born in Rio de Janeiro. Having started professionally at Clube Atlético Mineiro he moved to UD Almería on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever promotion to La Liga. Initially the backup to another newly signed, David Cobeño, he eventually became the undisputed starter, helping the club overachieve for a final eighth place in the league with notable performances against, among others, Real Madrid.
After Cobeño left for Rayo Vallecano in August 2008, Alves remained first-choice during 2008–09, but suffered an injury in the final stretch of the season. Fully recovered for the start of the following campaign he played in all the matches and minutes (safe for 30 minutes against Valencia CF, after he had been sent off, and the last round against Sevilla FC, as Almería was already saved from relegation); even before the campaign had ended, speculation was ripe regarding his future.
On 20 November 2010 Alves was in goal as Almería lost 0–8 at home against FC Barcelona, a defeat which cost manager Juan Manuel Lillo his post. In mid-May 2011, after Almería's top flight relegation, Valencia chairman Manuel Llorente confirmed the signing of the player.
Alves made his official debut for Los Che on 13 September 2011, in a 0–0 away draw against K.R.C. Genk for the season's UEFA Champions League. He backed-up Vicente Guaita in the league, however, until Guaita picked up a serious hand injury.
Alves also appeared in the second Champions League group stage match, at home to Chelsea, where he had a series of superb saves, including a string of three in two minutes – two point-blank against Ramires and Fernando Torres, and a third when Valencia man Víctor Ruiz accidentally diverted the ensuing corner towards his own goal – in an eventual 1–1 draw.
In July 2014 Alves signed a new five year deal with Valencia, keeping him at the club until 2019.
Alves made his 15th penalty save against Sevilla on 25th January 2015 with his penalty saving record now stands at 42.85% of all attempts faced. He is famous for being an absolute expert at saving penalties. The Valencia goalkeeper has become La Liga’s top penalty-stopper of the past 25 years. Alves has stated in the past that a penalty is “a psychological battle between the goalkeeper and the taker” and is widely regarded as one of the world’s top specialists in saves from the penalty spot.
- Atlético Mineiro
- Matches played in Brazilian State Leagues
- Almería take pride after Madrid fall; UEFA.com, 4 February 2008
- Diego Alves open to move away from Almeria – Agent; Goal.com, 22 April 2010
- AC Milan tracking Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves; Goal.com 22 April 2010
- Barcelona net away record; ESPN Soccernet, 20 November 2010
- Manuel Llorente confirma el fichaje de Diego Alves (Manuel Llorente confirms signing of Diego Alves); Super Deporte, 19 May 2011 (Spanish)
- Genk and Valencia draw a blank; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
- "La mano vuelve a frenar a Guaita" [Hand stops Guaita again] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Guaita sólo para emergencias" [Guaita for emergences only] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Soldado spot kick salvages Valencia draw". UEFA.com. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Valencia keeper Alves signs new deal". ESPN FC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "Gabon 0–2 Brazil: Sandro and Hernanes lead Selecao to success in Libreville". Goal.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- "Egypt 0–2 Brazil: Jonas double ruins Bob Bradley's Pharaoh debut". Goal.com. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Diego Alves at ESPN FC
- "Diego Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Valencia official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Diego Alves at National-Football-Teams.com
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)
- Official website (Portuguese)