Álvaro Misael Alfaro

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Misael Alfaro
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Misael Alfaro Sánchez
Date of birth (1971-01-06) January 6, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Nueva San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chalatenango (manager)
Youth career
1987 Destroyer La Libertad (youth)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Alianza
1994–2001 Luis Ángel Firpo
2002–2003 San Salvador FC
2004 Águila
2004–2005 Alianza
2006–2008 Isidro Metapán
2008 Atlético Balboa
2009 Nejapa
2009–2010 Isidro Metapán
National team
1991–2005 El Salvador 42 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Isidro Metapán (Goalkeeper coach)
2010–2013 Águila (Goalkeeper coach)
2013 Alianza (Goalkeeper coach)
2013–2014 Águila (Goalkeeper coach)
2014 Águila (reserves)
2014 Águila (assistant)
2015 Luis Ángel Firpo (Goalkeeper coach)
2015–2016 Luis Ángel Firpo
2016 Juventud Independiente
2016–2017 Chalatenango (Goalkeeper coach)
2017 Isidro Metapán (interim manager)
2017–2018 Audaz
2018– Chalatenango
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Álvaro Misael Alfaro Sánchez (born January 6, 1971 in Nueva San Salvador, El Salvador) is a former Salvadoran professional goalkeeper and currently manager.

He ended his career at Isidro Metapán of the Salvadoran Primera División in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Misael Alfaro started his career in 1987 at juvenile team of Destroyer La Libertad.

Them he went to Alianza in 1988, and joined Luis Ángel Firpo in 1994 and was soon promoted to starting goalie. Alfaro had a very successful time with Luis Ángel Firpo, winning several national league titles (1997–98, Clausura 1999, and Clausura 2000), but also losing the final in the Apertura 2001.

He left Luis Ángel Firpo for San Salvador FC in 2002, losing the final of the Apertura 2002 but winning the Clausura 2003.

Then, Alfaro had spells at Águila (2004) and Alianza (2004–2005) before joining Isidro Metapán for a first spell in 2006, to win another league title in the Clausura 2007.

He rejoined Isidro Metapán in 2009, after two short-lived spells at Atlético Balboa (2008) and Nejapa (2009), to win another league title in the Clausura 2010 with the Santa Ana team.

Goalkeeping scoring record[edit]

Alfaro was ranked number 8 in the World's Most Successful Goalscoring Goalkeepers of All Time, chart with 31 goals, with 11 of those coming from a penalty kick.


He announced his retirement from football in August 2010, after suffering a serious neck injury during a game against Atlético Marte. The incident brought a close to his playing career.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement from football, Misael Alfaro decided to try his luck in the technical staff of different national teams as goalkeeper coach.

Before starting the Apertura 2013 tournament, Alfaro signed as a goalkeeper coach of Alianza, team in which he was only one year working.

At the end of his period in Alianza, Alfaro signed as new goalkeeper coach of Águila (2013–2014), time in which he also received his credentials of 'Clase B' coach.

In 2014 Alfaro was appointed as new coach of the reserve team of Águila, making the youth team champion of the Apertura tournament of reserves teams.

In 2015 Alfaro was announced as new goalkeeper coach of Luis Ángel Firpo, team that at that time played in the Segunda División. After the dismissal of Nelson Ancheta of Luis Ángel Firpo, Alfaro was appointed as the team's new coach, Alfaro's first experience as a head coach in a professional team.

In 2016 Juventud Independiente bought the category to Luis Ángel Firpo, being administered by the team of Opico. Alfaro retained his charge as coach, but after severe arrears in salary payments he resigned his charge in the team.

In 2017, after the dismissal of Roberto Gamarra as coach of Isidro Metapán, Alfaro was appointed as interim coach.

In the Clausura 2018 Alvaro was appointed as new coach of Audaz at the time a newly promoted team.

As October 2018, Alfaro was appointed as new coach of Chalatenango for the Apertura 2018 tournament. With Chalatenango Alfaro it was also goalkeeper coach in 2016.

International career[edit]

Alfaro made his debut for El Salvador in an April 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup qualification match against Nicaragua, and has earned a total of 42 caps, scoring no goals.

He has represented his country in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[1] in two World Cup campaigns. However, both were unsuccessful, with the national team failing to progress to the final group stages.

Also he played at several UNCAF Cups as well as at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2]

Álvaro Misael Alfaro announced his retirement from the international games in 2006, after learning of problems with his heart. His final international game was a February 2005 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Costa Rica.



Season Team Title
1993–1994 Alianza Primera División
1997–1998 Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
Clausura 1999 Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
Clausura 2000 Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
Clausura 2003 San Salvador Primera División
Clausura 2007 Isidro Metapán Primera División
Clausura 2010 Isidro Metapán Primera División


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