Pereira with Uruguay in 2014
|Full name||Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán|
|Date of birth||28 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2014||→ São Paulo (loan)||21||(0)|
|2015||→ Estudiantes (loan)||24||(2)|
|2016||→ Getafe (loan)||6||(0)|
|2016–2018||→ Cerro Porteño (loan)||24||(1)|
|2020||River Plate Asunción||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 February 2020|
Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo peˈɾejɾa]; born 28 November 1985) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Slovak Super Liga club ŠKF Sereď. Mainly a left back, he can perform equally as a left midfielder.
After starting out at Miramar Misiones he went on to play for a host of clubs in several countries, mainly Porto and Inter Milan, winning eight major titles with the former while appearing in 118 competitive matches (three goals).
Born in Montevideo, Pereira began his career with Miramar Misiones in 2003, moving to Argentina with Quilmes Atlético Club two years later. After the latter's relegation from the Primera División at the end of the 2006–07 season he joined Argentinos Juniors, finishing as the team's top goalscorer in the 2007 Apertura.
Pereira joined FC Porto on 4 June 2009 for a reported €4.5 million, with the Portuguese acquiring 80% of the player's rights. In his first year he mostly operated as a left back, as the northerners finished third and won the Taça de Portugal. He scored his first goal for the club on 21 February 2010, netting the second in a 5–1 home thrashing of S.C. Braga.
In Pereira's second season at the Estádio do Dragão, he featured in 21 Primeira Liga games (all starts), adding 12 UEFA Europa League appearances as Porto won the treble. He also started in the campaign's Portuguese Cup final against Vitória de Guimarães on 22 May 2011, scoring an own goal in the 21st minute to bring the sides level, in an eventual 6–2 triumph.
After Porto rejected an offer from Premier League side Chelsea in the summer for Pereira, he signed a new contract on 3 October 2011 running until 2016, with his release clause remaining at £25.7 million. In late December, he heavily criticised Manchester United's Patrice Evra for reporting alleged racist abuse from Pereira's national team colleague Luis Suárez – including a claim from Evra that Suárez "doesn't speak to black players" – saying that "what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch", adding that the Frenchman would have to "wear body armour" if the players' future international friendly was to take place immediately instead of in late 2012.
Pereira signed for Inter Milan in late August 2012 for €10 million on a four-year contract, reuniting with former Porto teammate Fredy Guarín. He made his Serie A debut on 2 September in a 1–3 home loss against A.S. Roma, and finished his first season with 40 appearances all competitions comprised, scoring his only goal in a 2–0 league victory at A.C. ChievoVerona.
On 17 January 2014, São Paulo FC signed Pereira on loan for one and a half years, with an option to make the move permanent. He played his first match with his new club nine days later, a 2–1 win against Oeste Futebol Clube for that year's Campeonato Paulista, assisting Antônio Carlos in the second goal; after the match, he stated he "...liked the team's intensity", further adding he still needed to "...improve a lot."
In January 2015, Pereira returned to Argentina to join Estudiantes de La Plata in a temporary deal, with an obligation to sign for €2.752 million. He appeared in 36 matches across all competitions in his first year, scoring three goals – including one in a 1–1 draw to San Martín de San Juan for the Copa Argentina, with the tie ending in a penalty shootout triumph. However, in his last appearance, an exhibition game against neighbouring Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata which eventually turned into a massive brawl, he assaulted opponent Facundo Oreja with a kick to the face which saw him sent off; he was eventually handed an eight-match ban, which he served at his following club Getafe CF, where he arrived in February 2016 on loan until June.
Pereira returned to his country's and its Primera División in late January 2019, with the 33-year-old joining Club Nacional de Football still on loan from Estudiantes. On his debut on 4 February, he was sent off for a second yellow card at the end of extra time as the club won the Supercopa Uruguaya on penalties against rivals Peñarol.
Pereira was an undisputed starter for the nation during the second half of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, also starting in both legs of the successful playoffs against Costa Rica as the Charrúas returned to the FIFA World Cup. In the finals in South Africa he played in all the matches except two, scoring through a rare header in a 3–0 group stage victory over the hosts.
Pereira was selected to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, being first-choice and scoring two goals in the group stage, including the game's only against Mexico as Uruguay won its 15th continental tournament. In 2013, he represented La Celeste at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup as the nation reached the semi-finals, and also participated in the team's successful World Cup qualifying campaign.
On 2 June 2014, Pereira was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals. On 19 June, in the second group game against England, he was struck unconscious after being kneed in the head by Raheem Sterling, but refused to be replaced after recovering and went on to feature the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 win.
At the 2015 Copa América in Chile, Pereira was suspended for the quarter-final against the hosts, and his team lost by a single goal. The following year, at the next edition in the United States, he only played the first group game, in which he scored an own goal in a 3–1 loss to Mexico.
|São Paulo (loan)||2014||21||0||6||0||—||7||0||11||1||45||1|
|1.||11 February 2009||June 11, Tripoli, Libya||Libya||2–3||2–3||Friendly|
|2.||27 May 2010||Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Israel||2–1||4–1||Friendly|
|3.||16 June 2010||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa||South Africa||0–3||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|4.||9 July 2011||Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina||Chile||1–0||1–1||2011 Copa América|
|5.||12 July 2011||Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Mexico||1–0||1–0||2011 Copa América|
|6.||5 March 2014||Wörthersee, Klagenfurt, Austria||Austria||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|7.||17 November 2015||Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Chile||2–0||3–0||2018 World Cup qualification|
- Primeira Liga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Taça da Liga runner-up: 2009–10
- "Alvaro Pereira". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- Maicon and Pereira sign as Porto secure Ferreira; UEFA, 4 June 2009
- FC Porto 5–1 Braga; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
- Escobar de Lima, Filipe (22 May 2011). "Também o Jamor é o destino do FC Porto" [Jamor is FC Porto's destiny as well] (in Portuguese). Público. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- Blues target Pereira signs Porto deal; ESPN Soccernet, 3 October 2011
- Porto's Alvaro Pereira hits out at Manchester United's Patrice Evra over Luis Suarez racism ban: 'He is not proud to be black'; Goal, 30 December 2011
- John Aldridge: Criticism of Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish in Luis Suarez row has been over the top; Liverpool Echo, 10 January 2012
- "Mercato: Alvaro Pereira è dell'Inter" [Market: Alvaro Pereira belongs to Inter] (in Italian). Inter Milan. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Portuguese Securities Market Commission. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- Pereira: "Inter, everyone's dream in S. America"; Inter Milan, 24 August 2012
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- "L'Inter vince tra gli sbadigli, rivivi il live" [Inter win after yawns, check out live action] (in Italian). Vavel. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
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- Alvaro Pereira aprova sua estreia: 'Gostei da intensidade do São Paulo' (Alvaro Pereira gives thumbs up to his debut: 'I liked São Paulo's intensity'); Lance!, 26 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
- "Lo quisieron River y Boca, pero Álvaro Pereira jugará en Estudiantes" [River and Boca wanted him, but Álvaro Pereira will play in Estudiantes] (in Spanish). La Nación. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2015 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
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- "Álvaro Pereira, único fichaje del Getafe, sancionado con ocho partidos de suspensión" [Álvaro Pereira, only Getafe signing, handed eight-match ban] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- Melero, Delfín (1 March 2016). "Los canarios despluman al Getafe" [Canaries pluck Getafe] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- "Uruguayo Álvaro Pereira ficha por Cerro Porteño" [Uruguay's Álvaro Pereira signs for Cerro Porteño] (in Spanish). ABC Color. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "Tras 405 días de espera, Palito Pereira volvió a jugar al fútbol" [After a 405-day wait, Palito Pereira played football again] (in Spanish). Ecos. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "Nacional presentó a seis jugadores que quieren ser campeones" [Nacional presented six players who want to be champions] (in Spanish). El Observador. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "Nacional terminó con 9 y en los penales se consagró campeón" [Nacional finished with 9 and were crowned champions on penalties] (in Spanish). El Observador. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
- "Álvaro 'Palito' Pereira regresa al fútbol paraguayo" [Álvaro 'Palito' Pereira returns to Paraguayan football] (in Spanish). D10. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
- France vs. Uruguay; IM Scouting, 19 November 2008
- Uruguay vence 3–2 a Libia en amistoso con poco brillo (Uruguay win 3–2 against Libya in subpar performance); Reuters, 11 February 2009 (in Spanish)
- World Cup 2010: Diego Forlán strikes twice to sink South Africa; The Guardian, 16 June 2010
- Uruguay celebrates well into early Monday its record winning 15th Copa America; Merco Press, 25 July 2011
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- "Álvaro Pereira dio el susto" [Álvaro Pereira provided scare] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Super Suarez makes the difference". FIFA. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
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