Alejandro Alfaro

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Alejandro Alfaro
Alfaro 23ene2010.jpg
Alfaro as a Tenerife player in 2010
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Alfaro Ligero
Date of birth (1986-11-23) 23 November 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth La Palma del Condado, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Siempre Alegres
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Sevilla B 100 (25)
2006–2011 Sevilla 33 (3)
2008–2010 Tenerife (loan) 78 (27)
2011–2014 Mallorca 94 (17)
2014–2016 Valladolid 18 (0)
2016– Córdoba 0 (0)
National team
2007 Spain U21 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2016.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alfaro and the second or maternal family name is Ligero.

Alejandro Alfaro Ligero (born 23 November 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Córdoba CF. Mainly a right winger, he can also operate as a second striker.

Club career[edit]

A product of Sevilla FC's youth system, Alfaro was one of Sevilla Atlético's most important players from 2005 onwards, helping it achieve promotion to the second division in the 2006–07 season. He had previously made his first-team debut on 30 April 2006, playing eight minutes in a 2–1 away win against Real Sociedad.[1]

Alfaro scored his first La Liga goal on 28 January 2007, as a starter in a 4–2 win at Levante UD,[2] also appearing in four UEFA Cup games in the club's victorious campaign. However, he was nothing more than a fringe player with the main squad in his first three seasons, barred mainly by Jesús Navas (he did net seven goals in 34 matches to help the reserves maintain their second level status), and would leave the Andalusians for 2008–09, joining CD Tenerife on loan;[3] during this stint, he was instrumental as the Canary Islands side returned to the top flight after a seven-year-absence by scoring a career-best 20 goals, fourth-best in the competition.[4][5]

After he completed the 2009 preseason with Sevilla, Alfaro was again loaned for a season to Tenerife.[6] Like Nino he was again the most important offensive unit of the team, which was eventually relegated back, with the player contributing with seven goals.[4][7]

Returned to Sevilla for 2010–11, Alfaro benefitted from Navas' absence due to injury and featured in some games early into the season, scoring in a 2–1 win at Málaga CF on 19 September 2010.[8] On 4 November, he netted twice against FC Karpaty Lviv (4–0 home win) for the season's Europa League;[9] the following week, he also found the net in two home fixtures, against Valencia CF (2–0, appearing as a second-half substitute[10]) and Real Unión (6–1, in the season's Copa del Rey).[11]

On 8 August 2011, RCD Mallorca agreed a deal with Sevilla to buy Alfaro for five years and 700,000.[12] He started in his first official game, a 1–0 home win against RCD Espanyol.[13]

On 18 August 2014, Alfaro terminated his contract with the Bermellones and joined Superleague Greece side Panathinaikos FC.[14] However, the deal collapsed two days later,[15] and he signed a two-year deal with Real Valladolid late in the month.[16]

On 1 July 2016, after being sparingly used during his two-year tenure, Alfaro joined Córdoba CF also in division two, for one season.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Alfaro's two brothers are also footballers: Juan José (1981), a midfielder, graduated in FC Barcelona's La Masia, but spent his entire career in Segunda División B or lower. Forward Jesús (1991) appeared several seasons for Sevilla B, after emerging through the club's youth ranks.[18]




  1. ^ "La Real permanece en la mediocridad" [Real is still mediocre] (in Spanish). El País. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Levante 2–4 FC Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alfaro, cedido un año al Tenerife" [Alfaro, loaned one year to Tenerife] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Alfaro y Nino, vaya dupla" [Alfaro and Nino, what a duo] (in Spanish). El Diario Vasco. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nino y Alfaro, la gran amenaza tinerfeña" [Nino and Alfaro, the great tinerfeña threat] (in Spanish). La Verdad. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "El club confirma la vuelta de Alfaro al Tenerife, de nuevo como cedido" [Club confirms Alfaro's return to Tenerife, again on loan] (in Spanish). ABC. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Alfaro podría ser el primer beneficiado con Antonio Álvarez" [Alfaro could be the first to benefit from Antonio Álvarez] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Caceres seals derby victory". ESPN Soccernet. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Slick Sevilla overwhelm eliminated Karpaty". 4 November 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Sevilla overcome 10-man Los Che". ESPN Soccernet. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "6–1. El Sevilla cumple el trámite con otra goleada ante el Real Unión de Irún" [6–1. Sevilla goes through formality with another routing against Real Unión de Irún] (in Spanish). Telecinco. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mercado: Alfaro ficha por el Mallorca buscando "continuidad"" [Market: Alfaro signs for Mallorca in search of "continuity"] (in Spanish). 8 August 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Un gol de rebote hunde al Espanyol en Mallorca" [Goal on the rebound sinks Espanyol in Mallorca] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alfaro deja el Mallorca para jugar en Panathinaikos" [Alfaro leaves Mallorca to play in Panathinaikos] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alfaro no ficha por el Panathinaikos" [Alfaro does not sign for Panathinaikos] (in Spanish). El Dorsal. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Alejandro Alfaro refuerza la banda derecha" [Alejandro Alfaro bolsters right wing] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Seis razones para seguir con nosotros" [Six reasons to remain with us] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Jesús Alfaro firma con el Sevilla por dos años" [Jesús Alfaro signs with Sevilla for two years] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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