Álvaro Giménez

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Personal information
Full name Álvaro Giménez Candela
Date of birth (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Elche, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Elche B 44 (21)
2007–2008 Elche 7 (0)
2010 Valencia B 2 (0)
2010–2011 Torrellano Illice 34 (13)
2011–2013 Mallorca B 28 (6)
2011–2013 Mallorca 13 (2)
2013–2014 Elche B 6 (1)
2013–2016 Elche 58 (2)
2016–2018 Alcorcón 61 (8)
National team
2008 Spain U17 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018

Álvaro Giménez Candela (born 19 May 1991), known simply as Álvaro, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Elche, Alicante, Valencian Community, Giménez was a product of hometown club Elche CF's youth system. He made his debut for the first team on 22 September 2007 in a 1–2 away loss against Real Sociedad, and played six more second division matches with the main squad in that season.

In January 2010, Álvaro signed with neighbouring Valencia CF who had already tried to acquire the player the previous year.[1][2] He was assigned to the B-team, appearing rarely as they suffered relegation from the third level.

Álvaro returned to his hometown for the 2010–11 campaign, performing consistently at amateurs Torrellano Illice CF in division four. On 4 July 2011, he joined RCD Mallorca B in the third tier,[3] being promoted to the main squad shortly after[4] and making his La Liga debut on 29 October in a 0–5 loss at FC Barcelona.[5]

Álvaro's first two goals in the top flight awarded the Balearic Islands side four games, as he scored against Athletic Bilbao (1–1, home)[6] and Sporting de Gijón (3–2, away)[7]– on both occasions, he was fielded by manager Joaquín Caparrós in the starting XI. However, in August 2012, he underwent surgery to correct a pubalgia ailment,[8] being sidelined until November.

Álvaro moved to Elche CF in the 2013 summer, being initially assigned to the reserves in the third division. In October, he suffered a serious knee injury[9] which sidelined him until May of the following year.

On 19 August 2014, Álvaro signed a new two-year deal with the Franjiverdes and was definitely promoted to the first team.[10] On 29 June 2016, he moved to AD Alcorcón in the second level after agreeing to a two-year contract.[11]


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