Álvaro Misael Alfaro

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Misael Alfaro
Alfaro playing for El Salvador
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Misael Alfaro Sánchez
Date of birth (1971-01-06) January 6, 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Nueva San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Isidro Metapán[1] (assistant manager)
Youth career
1987 Real Destroyer
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Alianza
1994–2001 Luis Ángel Firpo (15)
2002–2003 San Salvador (5)
2004 Águila (1)
2004–2005 Alianza (8)
2006–2008 Isidro Metapán (2)
2008 Atlético Balboa 7 (0)
2009 Nejapa 13 (0)
2009–2010 Isidro Metapán[2] 35 (0)
National team
1991–2005 El Salvador 42 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Isidro Metapán (Goalkeeper Coach)
2010–2013 Águila (Goalkeeper Coach)
2013 Alianza[3] (Goalkeeper Coach)
2013–2014 Águila (Goalkeeper Coach)
2014 Águila[4] reserves (Goalkeeper Coach)
2014 Águila (Assistant)
2014–2015 Luis Ángel Firpo[5] (Goalkeeper Coach)
2015 Luis Ángel Firpo[6]
2015–2016 Juventud Independiente[7][8]
2016–2017 Chalatenango[9] (Goalkeeper Coach)
2017– Isidro Metapán[10]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 19, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 19, 2017

Álvaro Misael Alfaro Sánchez (born January 6, 1971 in Nueva San Salvador, El Salvador) is a retired Salvadoran footballer.[11]

He ended his career at Isidro Metapán of El Salvador.

Club career[edit]

Alfaro started his career in 1987 at juvenile team of Real Destroyer, he has the second position as goalkeeper after William "Gasparín" Hernández, quickly he took the main position, and he was promoted to Third Division at Destroyer from La Libertad.

Them he went to Alianza and joined Luis Ángel Firpo in 1994 and was soon promoted to starting goalie.

He had a very successful time with Luis Ángel Firpo, winning 4 league titles (1997–98, 1999 Clausura, and 2000 Clausura).

He left Luis Ángel Firpo for San Salvador in 2002, and had spells at Águila and Alianza before joining Isidro Metapán for a first spell in 2006 to win another league title.

He rejoined Isidro Metapán in 2009, after two short-lived spells at Atlético Balboa and Nejapa, to win another league title with them.

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.[12]


He announced his retirement from football in August 2010, after suffering a serious neck injury during the game against Atlético Marte. The incident brought a close to his playing career.[13]

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[14] 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.[15]

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 El Salvador Alianza Primera División
1997–1998 El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
1999 Clausura El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
2000 Clausura El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo Primera División
2003 Clausura El Salvador San Salvador Primera División
2007 Clausura El Salvador Isidro Metapán Primera División
2010 Clausura El Salvador Isidro Metapán Primera División


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