Arbeloa playing for Real Madrid in 2012
|Full name||Álvaro Arbeloa Coca|
|Date of birth||17 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Salamanca, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Full back|
|2002–2003||Real Madrid C||16||(0)|
|2003–2006||Real Madrid B||84||(0)|
|2006–2007||Deportivo La Coruña||20||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 8 May 2016 (UTC).
Álvaro Arbeloa Coca (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo arβeˈloa ˈkoka]; born 17 January 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer. He is predominantly a right back, although he can also play on the left side.
He started his career with Real Madrid, playing mostly with the reserves. In 2006 he moved to Deportivo de La Coruña, joining Liverpool after half a season and going on to appear in 98 official games over the course of three Premier League seasons. In 2009 he returned to Real Madrid, for a fee of £5 million.
Arbeloa was born in Salamanca, Castile and León, relocating with his family to Zaragoza at the age of four. He started playing football at local Real Zaragoza, joining Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 18.
Arbeloa spent three full seasons with Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team, two of those spent in Segunda División B. In 2004–05, he contributed with 32 games and one goal – playoffs included – as the team returned to Segunda División after a 14-year absence; on 16 October 2004, he made his La Liga debut with the main squad, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 away draw against Real Betis.
On 24 July 2006, Arbeloa signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, with Real Madrid being entitled to 50% of any transfer occurring in the following three years. He said of his departure: "This is a strange situation for me; I have been playing for Real Madrid for five years, since I was 16", adding "Real always has the best players. There were eight defenders in the squad, something had to give in."
During his six-month spell with the team from Galicia, Arbeloa featured in 21 official games, 18 of his league appearances being complete.
On 31 January 2007, Arbeloa signed for English club Liverpool, which was managed by countryman Rafael Benítez. He made his Premier League debut on 10 February, coming as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant against Newcastle United.
Arbeloa made his first start for the Reds against FC Barcelona, in the 2006–07 edition of the UEFA Champions League. He featured as a left-back at the Camp Nou, as his stronger right foot could stop Lionel Messi who had a tendency to cut his runs towards the center of the field – Liverpool won it 2–1 and eventually 2–2 on aggregate, with the player also playing the full 90 minutes at Anfield.
Arbeloa's squad number changed from 2 to 17 for the 2007–08 season, due to personal preference. He cemented a first-team place in that campaign, playing 41 matches all competitions comprised as Liverpool finished in fourth position.
On 17 May 2009, in a match against West Bromwich Albion, Arbeloa was involved in an on-field clash with Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher – the two had to be separated by Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Emiliano Insúa and Pepe Reina. Carragher later explained that he clashed with Arbeloa as a moment of poor defending from the latter threatened the clean sheet, further explaining "we want to keep a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of the Golden Glove for the fourth season running"; Benítez refused to comment about the incident.
Return to Real Madrid
After the departure of Míchel Salgado and Miguel Torres, Arbeloa was handed the number 2 jersey. He played the vast majority of his first season in his second stint as a left-back, netting his first goal on 13 February 2010 in a 3–0 away win against Xerez CD. His second came in El Derbi madrileño on 28 March, scoring with his right foot past David de Gea in the 3–2 win over Atlético Madrid; under new manager José Mourinho, he celebrated his 10th appearance in the Champions League with his first goal in the competition, netting from outside the penalty area in a 4–0 group stage success at AFC Ajax.
In the 2011–12 campaign, due to Ricardo Carvalho's lengthy injury, Sergio Ramos was relocated to centre-back, and Arbeloa begun appearing almost exclusively on the right side of the back four. On 1 August 2012, he extended his link to the club until June 2016.
Subsequently, Arbeloa became a fringe player. In 2015–16, he appeared in just nine matches across all competitions, two of those being in the Champions League which was won for the second time in three years; on 8 May 2016, he confirmed we would leave on 30 June.
On 1 February 2008, Arbeloa was called up to the Spanish national team for the first time, for a friendly with France in Málaga, but he was forced to pull out because of injury. He made his debut on 26 March against Italy, and was picked for UEFA Euro 2008's final stages, appearing in the first round match against Greece (2–1 win) as the nation emerged victorious.
Arbeloa's versatility saw him being called up for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, again as Ramos understudy. His contribution in the latter tournament, which also ended in victory, consisted of 14 minutes in the group stage against Honduras.
Vicente del Bosque selected Arbeloa for the following tournament, Euro 2012: due to Carles Puyol's absence, however, he was now part of the starting XI, alongside Ramos, Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba, with Spain only conceding once in six contests and winning the tournament.
|Club||Season||La Liga||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Club||Season||La Liga||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe1||Total|
- Real Madrid
- UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014
- La Liga: 2011–12
- Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14; Runner-up 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: 2012; Runner-up 2011, 2014
- FIFA World Cup: 2010
- UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Runner-up 2013; Third-place 2009
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Player profile". Real Madrid. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Arbeloa es el jugador 'número 12'" [Arbeloa is player 'number 12'] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "El comodín de la defensa" [The joker in defense] (in Spanish). El País. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Álvaro Arbeloa, el espartano incansable" [Álvaro Arbeloa, tireless spartan] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Ni ambición" [No ambition] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 17 October 2004. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "El Madrid traspasa a Arbeloa al Deportivo" [Madrid sells Arbeloa to Deportivo] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Alvaro Arbeloa se marcha al Depor" [Alvaro Arbeloa goes to Depor] (in Spanish). 86400. 25 July 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Reds swoop for Spanish pair". Liverpool F.C. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "Arbeloa and Duran join Liverpool". BBC Sport. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Tactical formation". Football-Lineups. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2007.
- "Barcelona 1–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Liverpool 0–1 Barcelona (agg 2–2)". BBC Sport. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Reading 1–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- "AC Milan 2–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "West Brom 0–2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Smells like team spirit – when things are so bad, even your team-mates attack...". Mail Online. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Real Madrid. 29 July 2009. Archived from the original on 1 August 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Arbeloa completes return to Madrid". UEFA.com. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Xerez 0 – Real Madrid 3". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Real Madrid 3–2 Atlético Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 28 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "El Madrid da una exhibición ante el Ajax y pasará como primero a octavos" [Madrid performs solidly against Ajax and will reach knockout stage as first] (in Spanish). Real Madrid. 23 November 2010. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "El sueldo nada espartano de Arbeloa" [Arbeloa's unspartan wages] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Official announcement". Real Madrid. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Álvaro Arbeloa y los jugadores que no tienen sitio en este Real Madrid" [Álvaro Arbeloa and the players without a place in this Real Madrid] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Benítez descarta a Illarra, Cheryshev y Arbeloa" [Benítez discards Illarra, Cheryshev and Arbeloa] (in Spanish). ABC. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Danilo, Nacho y Arbeloa, listos para sustituir a Marcelo" [Danilo, Nacho and Arbeloa, ready to replace Marcelo] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Arbeloa: "¿Un topo? Hay cosas que nunca pueden salir del vestuario"" [Arbeloa: "A snitch? Some things may never leave the locker room"] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA.com. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- "Arbeloa, adiós al Bernabéu" [Arbeloa, farewell to the Bernabéu] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- Elkington, Mark (1 February 2008). "Update 2-Soccer-Krkic called up by Spain for France friendly". Reuters. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
- "Russia 2–0 Sweden & Greece 1–2 Spain". BBC Sport. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Spain 2–0 Honduras". BBC Sport. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- Álvaro Arbeloa at ESPN FC
- "Arbeloa". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
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