Alicia Fuentes

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Alicia Fuentes
Personal information
Full name Alicia Fuentes Molina
Date of birth (1978-05-27) 27 May 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Totalán, Spain
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder, Striker
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 Atlético Málaga
2000–2003 Levante
2003–2004 Estudiantes Huelva
2004–2007 Sevilla
2007–2008 Murcia
2008–2010 Barcelona
2010–2012 Atlético Málaga
2012–2014 Levante Las Planas
2014– Sevilla
National team
1997–2002 Spain
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alicia Fuentes Molina (born 27 May 1978), commonly known as Ali, is a Spanish footballer who plays mainly as a midfielder for Sevilla. She was at her peak between 1997 and 2003, when she won three Spanish leagues and four Spanish cups and she was a member of the Spanish national team, taking part in the 1997 European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Totalán, Málaga, Fuentes' first team was Atlético Málaga, the main women's club in the province. With Atlético she won both the national championship and the national cup in 1998. In 2000, she signed for Levante UD, taking part in their golden age.[1] In her three seasons there she won two leagues and three cups, and she played the first edition of the UEFA Women's Cup.[2]

In 2003, she returned to Andalusia to play for Estudiantes Huelva.[3] One year later she left Estudiantes for newly promoted Sevilla FC, which was the championship's runner-up in 2006.[4] In 2007, she left Sevilla for Apolo Properties, a second tier team with an ambitious project.[5] However, it wasn't promoted and for the next season Fuentes returned to the top league in newly promoted FC Barcelona.[6]

After two years in Barcelona, Fuentes returned to Atlético Málaga in 2010.[7] When Málaga was relegated in 2012 she returned to Barcelona to play for another newly promoted team, Levante Las Planas.

International career[edit]

Fuentes started to play for the Spain in 1997, just in time to be called up for the 1997 European Championship, Spain's first appearance in a final tournament.[8] She played three of Spain's four games, always entering in the second half.[9][10] She remained in the national team for five more years, making her last appearances in the 2003 World Cup qualifiers, while she played for Levante UD.[11]

In 2012–13 she was one of three remaining active players of the 1997 Euro squad, along with Levante UD's Maider Castillo and RCD Espanyol's Vanesa Gimbert.