Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino
|Full name||Álvaro Luiz Maior de Aquino|
|Date of birth||1 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Nilópolis, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 September 2015.
Mainly a central defender, he holds a Spanish passport due to the years he spent in the country, representing three clubs and amassing La Liga totals of 192 games and 15 goals over the course of seven seasons.
Born in Nilópolis, São Paulo, Álvaro played for several Brazilian teams in quick succession to start his career, including two spells with São Paulo FC. In 2000, he was signed by UD Las Palmas in Spain, going on to spend three seasons with the club, two of those in La Liga. While in the Canary Islands he was found guilty of forging a European Union passport, spending several months during the 2001–02 campaign on the sidelines.
In the 2003 off-season, Álvaro signed for Real Zaragoza where he spent another three years, rarely missing a game and winning the 2004 Copa del Rey, against Real Madrid (3–2 in Barcelona). He scored his first league goal for the Aragonese on 2 November 2003, helping to a 2–0 away win over RCD Espanyol.
In the middle of 2006, Álvaro joined Levante UD, which had just regained top flight status. He was expected to sign for Premier League team Newcastle United for a fee around £3 million before the January 2008 transfer window closed, but finally remained in Spain until the end of the season as the offer from the latter proved to be a hoax.
In June 2008, in the middle of a severe financial crisis at Levante and with the club also being relegated from the top level, Álvaro returned to Brazil and joined Sport Club Internacional. The following year, he signed a one-year deal with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.
- As of 2 June 2010
|Club||Season||Brazilian League||Brazilian Cup||Libertadores Cup||South American Cup||State League||Total|
- La federación recibe los documentos compulsados de todos los clubes (Federation receives mandatory documents from all clubs); El País, 10 February 2001 (in Spanish)
- Beckham misses out on Cup; BBC Sport, 17 March 2004
- Montjuïc pide cabezas (Montjuïc wants heads to roll); Mundo Deportivo, 3 November 2003 (in Spanish)
- Thursday's gossip column; BBC Sport, 31 January 2008
- Flamengo official website (in Portuguese)
- Flaestatística (in Portuguese)