Oli (footballer)

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Full name Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González
Date of birth (1972-04-02) 2 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Oviedo B
1993–1997 Oviedo 111 (40)
1997–2000 Betis 92 (20)
2000–2003 Oviedo 105 (28)
2003–2006 Cádiz 106 (22)
Total 414 (110)
National team
1997 Spain 2 (1)
Teams managed
2006 Cádiz
2007–2008 Marbella
2009 Écija
2009–2011 Betis B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is González.

Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González, commonly known as Oli (born 2 April 1972), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current coach.

He was known for his flair and scoring ability, amassing totals of 414 games and 110 goals in 14 professional seasons, nine of those spent in La Liga mainly with Real Oviedo.

Club career[edit]

Oli was born in Oviedo, Asturias. He started his career with hometown's Real Oviedo, making his La Liga debut on 10 January 1993 in a 0–0 home draw against Albacete Balompié[1] and being mainly associated with the reserves during his beginnings.

From 1994 to 1997, with Oviedo still in the top flight, Oli scored 40 league goals in 106 games, 20 of which in his final season to help his team narrowly avoid relegation.[2][3][4] Subsequently he signed for fellow league side Real Betis, pairing up front with Alfonso and netting nine times in his first year in Andalusia.

In the 1999–2000 campaign Oli could only score once for the Verdiblancos,[5] who dropped down a level after finishing 18th. He returned to Oviedo in the off-season, going on to find the net regularly but also suffer two relegations in only three years.

Oli joined Cádiz CF from Segunda División in the 2003 summer, contributing with ten goals in 40 games in his second year for a club promotion and his first and only piece of silverware.[6] At the end of 2005–06, with the Gaditanos having been sent to where they had come from, he retired from football at the age of 34.

Moving into coaching in 2006, Oli started precisely with Cádiz, but was dismissed after only a few games in charge[7] as the team eventually failed to regain its top flight status. In September 2007, he was appointed at Segunda División B side UD Marbella.[8]

In the following two seasons Oli continued in Andalusia and the third level, successively with Écija Balompié and Betis B.

International career[edit]

Oli gained two caps for Spain during the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, against Slovakia and Faroe Islands. He scored in the latter, in a 3–1 win in Gijón.[9]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 1997 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Faroe Islands 2–0 3–1 1998 World Cup qualification




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