Óscar Álvarez (footballer)

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Óscar Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Óscar Álvarez Sanjuán
Date of birth (1977-06-09) 9 June 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Barcelona C 32 (2)
1995–1999 Barcelona B 74 (2)
1999–2002 Oviedo 35 (1)
2000–2001 Lleida (loan) 24 (2)
2002–2005 Tenerife 31 (1)
2005–2007 Gimnàstic 4 (0)
2007–2008 Orihuela 53 (1)
2008–2010 Girona 9 (1)
2010–2011 Hospitalet 8 (0)
2011–2014 Llagostera 75 (2)
Total 345 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Óscar Álvarez Sanjuán (born 9 June 1977) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Álvarez finished his youth career with local FC Barcelona, going on to feature for its C and B-teams until the age of 22. He later signed with Real Oviedo in La Liga, making his competition debut on 16 October 1999 by coming in as a late substitute in a 2–2 away draw against Real Madrid.[1]

After playing for UE Lleida and CD Tenerife in Segunda División, Álvarez joined fellow league side Gimnàstic de Tarragona in July 2005.[2] In his first and only season he contributed with only 524 minutes in all competitions, but achieved promotion in the league.

Deemed suplus to requirements by Nàstic in the 2006 summer,[3] and subsequently being left out of the first-team squad, Álvarez signed with Orihuela CF from Segunda División B in mid-January 2007.[4] He returned to the second level nearly two years later with Girona FC[5] but, after two seasons marked by injury,[6] he moved back to division three by joining CE L'Hospitalet.[7]

Álvarez signed for UE Llagostera also in his native region for the 2011–12 season, going on to play several years with the club in the third tier.

Personal life[edit]

Álvarez's older brother, Quique, was also a footballer and a stopper, who represented mainly Villarreal CF. Their father Quique Costas occupied the same position, and played professionally for Celta de Vigo, Barcelona and the Spanish national team.[8]


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