Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez

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Ricky Álvarez
Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez 2011.jpg
Álvarez at Inter Milan in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez
Date of birth (1988-04-12) 12 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
(on loan from Internazionale)
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2006 Boca Juniors
2006–2008 Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Vélez Sársfield 42 (5)
2011– Internazionale 73 (11)
2014– Sunderland (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011– Argentina 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:45, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Ricardo Gabriel "Ricky" Álvarez (Spanish pronunciation: [ riˈkarðo ɣaˈβɾjel ˈalβaɾes]; born 12 April 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for English club Sunderland on loan from Internazionale.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a child, Álvarez played papi fut for Caballito Juniors and Club Parque, and then had a brief stay in Boca Juniors youth divisions.[2]

Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield[edit]

Álvarez played his first professional game with Vélez Sársfield in 2008. Following his debut, he suffered a knee cruciate ligament injury that stalled his progression on the first team.[3] He then was part of the 2009 Clausura winning squad, playing only 18 minutes in the 1–0 victory over Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy.[4]

The midfielder's breakthrough with the team finally came during the 2010 Clausura, in which Vélez, forced by the tight fixture of the Copa Libertadores, played mostly with substitutes. He scored his first goal in a 1–2 defeat to River Plate at the Estadio Monumental[5] and received his first red card from referee Javier Collado in Vélez' 1–3 defeat to Racing, for complaining about a yellow card. He totalled 11 matches during the tournament (4 as a starter), and 1 goal.[6]

Álvarez then played 15 games (2 starts) during Vélez' runner-up 2010 Apertura campaign.[7] He also scored his second professional goal in his team's 1–0 home victory over Lanús for the 14th fixture.[8]

During the first semester of 2011, Álvarez got significant fan and media praise for his league and Copa Libertadores' games. He also showed versatility by playing all the positions of the midfield.[2] During that semester, he helped his team win the 2011 Clausura and reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.

Internazionale[edit]

On 5 July 2011, Álvarez joined Italian club F.C. Internazionale Milano for a €12.8 million fee, for 90% of his transfer rights.[9][10] He debuted officially for his club in the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Milan. Under the coaching of Claudio Ranieri, Álvarez began to establish himself in the team as he show he can play as a trequartista. His first official goal for Inter came against Trabzonspor on November 22, 2011 after a neat one-two with international teammate Diego Milito. He scored again in his side's 4–1 victory over Lecce, a tap in from a well worked cross by Yuto Nagatomo.

He scored his first goal for Inter in 2013 against Catania in a 3–2 comeback win. He scored two goals on 7 April against Atalanta, although Inter lost that match 3–4 in the San Siro. Ten days later in a Coppa Italia match at the San Siro, he scored again against Roma, but Inter lost the match 2-3. On 5 May Álvarez scored from a penalty kick against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo but his team lost 3–1. Álvarez scored his 10th goal for Inter three days later against Lazio and missed a penalty kick, as Inter lost 1–3.

Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland signed Alvarez on September deadline day 2014. Alvarez initially signed on loan with a view to a permanent switch if Sunderland avoided relegation.[11]

International career[edit]

On 18 August 2011, Álvarez was called for the first time to the Argentina national football team.[12] He made his debut on 2 September 2011 against Venezuela in Friendly match. Four days later played Álvarez another Friendly match against Nigeria. He made another appearance in the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Bolivia.

On 2 June 2014, Álvarez was called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2014 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina  Slovenia 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Vélez Sársfield 2007–08 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
2008–09 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
2009–10 11 1 - 0 0 0 1 0 - 12 1 -
2010–11 29 4 4 0 0 0 11 1 2 40 5 6
Total 42 5 4 0 0 0 12 1 2 54 6 6
Internazionale 2011-12 21 2 6 3 0 0 5 1 1 29 3 7
2012-13 23 5 3 3 1 0 4 1 2 30 7 4
2013-14 29 4 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 4 8
Total 73 11 17 8 1 0 9 2 3 90 14 19
Career total 115 16 21 8 1 0 21 3 5 144 20 25

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vélez Sársfield

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Martín Manrupe (2011-04-15). "Talentos de Exportación: Ricky Álvarez, la magia polifuncional que necesita Europa" (in Spanish). Goal.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  3. ^ Rubén David Oliva. "En Vélez siempre se tiene que pelear todo" (in Spanish). Diario Infovelez. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Ricardo Álvarez 2009 Clausura stats" (in Spanish). Fútbol Pasión. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Buonanotte volvió al gol y fue el héroe del triunfo de River". TyC Sports (in Spanish). 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Closing '10 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Opening '10 statistics" (in Spanish). Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Aprovechó su oportunidad: Vélez ganó y se trepó a la punta". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Ricky Alvarez, el nuevo argentino de Inter". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  10. ^ "La Maravilla se muda a Italia" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Sunderland sign Sebastian Coates & Ricardo Alvarez on deadline day". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lista de convocados para los amistosos ante Venezuela y Nigeria" (in Spanish). AFA. 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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