Alfredo Talavera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Talavera and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.
Alfredo Talavera
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Personal information
Full name Alfredo Talavera Díaz
Date of birth (1982-09-18) September 18, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Guadalajara 21 (0)
2008–2009 UANL (loan) 2 (0)
2009– Toluca 261 (1)
National team
2011– Mexico 22 (0)
2016 Mexico Olympic 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2016

Alfredo Talavera Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfɾeðo talaˈβeɾa]; born 18 September 1982 in La Barca) is a Mexican footballer, who plays for Toluca and the Mexico national team as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]


With Oswaldo Sánchez out during the first part of the Clausura 2005 with a shoulder injury, Talavera entered the Chivas team as a starter against teams from the Primera División de México, and also coming through against South American teams in the Copa Libertadores.

On 2 April 2006, Sanchez left temporarily to play with the Mexico national football team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, leading Talavera in goals.[1] Since then he has started six Clausura 2006 games for Chivas. In the first game he started the club posted a 2–0 loss against Monarcas Morelia. This was followed by a loss to Atlas in the Clásico Tapatío. In the final game of the season, Chivas lost to Toluca, 2–0, but after a terrible performance in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Jaguares when he made a big mistake in injury time that caused the winning goal for Jaguares, coach José Manuel de la Torre dropped him as the starter and was replaced by Luis Ernesto Michel and Guadalajara fought back and advanced to the semifinals. The next season, when Oswaldo Sánchez returned, Talavera saw himself as the third goalkeeper of Guadalajara, with Michel as the second keeper, after Oswaldo left Chivas, Michel was the starting keeper and Talavera the backup. After this, he didn't have any action with Chivas again, taking the decision to leave the club in order to have more minutes played.

Tigres de la UANL[edit]

Chivas loaned Talavera to Tigres on a one-year loan in 2008, in which he rarely saw action with the team, as he was competing with Óscar Pérez for the spot. Nevertheless, bad luck came for Talavera, as Talavera injured himself in training, making Enrique Palos the next in the line. After he had fully recovered, Alfredo was released from Tigres.


Talavera was transferred to Toluca as a substitute for first team goalie Hernan Cristante, since he was injured in the Apertura 2009, becoming starter in every game for Toluca and the team reached the semi-finals in both the Apertura 2009 against Monterrey and the Torneo Bicentenario 2010 against Pachuca. On 15 May 2010, Talavera made it to his first final as starter in which they defeated Pachuca 1–0 (3–2 on aggregate). On 23 May 2010, Talavera won his first major championship with Toluca, winning in a penalty shoot-out (4–3) after stopping Fernando Arce's shot. For the Apertura 2010 he received the number 1 jersey confirming his starting status with Toluca.[2] On 15 September 2013, Toluca was against Puebla, losing 1–0, but then in the 87th minute a handball inside the box penalty for Toluca and Talavera was up for the penalty which he scored in the 89th minute, giving him his first goal in the Liga MX.

International career[edit]

On 27 January 2011, Talavera was called up to the Mexico national team for a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He made his international team debut on 26 March 2011 in a friendly against Paraguay which El Tri won 3–1. He was called for the team's 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad as a third choice goalkeeper after José de Jesús Corona and Guillermo Ochoa. Following Corona's Liguilla scandal with Cruz Azul and Ochoa's clenbuterol issue, Alfredo Talavera became Mexico's first-choice goalkeeper, despite having only one international cap. Overall, he saw action in five matches of that tournament and was a starter in the final against United States.

On 2 June 2014, Talavera was named in Mexico's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[3]

Since the arrival of former manager Juan Carlos Osorio in October 2015, Talavera became Mexico's first-choice goalkeeper for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification games.







  1. ^ "Soccer-Guadalajara's run ends as six players depart". ESPN. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Alfredo Talavera Liga MX stats at Medio (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Mexico World Cup squads". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup