|Full name||Álvaro Fabián Lara Saldías|
|Date of birth||26 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Linares, Chile|
|Date of death||13 August 2011(aged 26)|
|Place of death||San Javier, Chile|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2012.
Lara began his football career in Universidad Católica at a very young age,[clarification needed] and was promoted to the first adult team in 2004. Two years later, he left the club and in January 2007, Álvaro signed for his local village team Deportes Linares. After an entire season in Third Division with Linares, he was scouted by Deportes Concepción and they signed him the next season. However, despite his performances with the Lions of Ñielol, Lara abandoned the club for financial problems and later he joined Curicó Unido of the Primera B, where he won the promotion title. In 2010, he signed for Rangers, but he was released at the end of the season.
On 13 August 2011, Lara, while travelling with two friends, crashed his car into a wagon driven by a drunk driver. The accident occurred along Chile Route 5, in San Javier. He was taken to Regional Hospital of the Maule, where he died as a result of his injuries.
- Universidad Católica
- Chilean Clausura Tournament (1): 2005
- Curicó Unido
- Primera B (1): 2008
- "Ex jugador de Rangers, Curicó Unido y la UC murió en accidente de tránsito". Cooperativa.cl. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Futbolista Álvaro Lara Saldías muere tras accidente de tránsito en San Javier". Bío-Bío. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
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