Álvaro Pereira

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Álvaro Pereira
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Pereira playing with Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán
Date of birth (1985-11-28) 28 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Wingback
Club information
Current team
Cerro Porteño
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Miramar Misiones 28 (1)
2005–2007 Quilmes 33 (0)
2007–2008 Argentinos Juniors 35 (11)
2008–2009 CFR Cluj 29 (1)
2009–2012 Porto 72 (2)
2012–2015 Internazionale 33 (1)
2014 São Paulo (loan) 21 (0)
2015– Estudiantes 24 (2)
2016 Getafe (loan) 6 (0)
2016– Cerro Porteño (loan) 20 (1)
National team
2008– Uruguay 83 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo peˈɾeiɾa]; born 28 November 1985) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño. 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, winning eight major titles with the former whilst appearing in 118 competitive games (three goals).

An Uruguayan international since 2008, Pereira represented his country in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments, gaining more than 80 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Montevideo, Pereira started his career with Miramar Misiones in 2003, moving to Argentina with Quilmes Atlético Club two years later. After the club's relegation from the Primera División at the end of the 2006–07 season, he moved to Argentinos Juniors, finishing as the team's top goalscorer in the 2007 Apertura.[1]

In the summer of 2008, Pereira signed with Romania's CFR Cluj for a 2.5 million fee. He started in all the club's matches in its debut campaign in the UEFA Champions League.


Pereira in action for Porto in 2010

Pereira joined FC Porto on 4 June 2009 for a reported €4.5 million,[2] 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 domestic cup. 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.[3]

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.[4]

After Porto rejected an offer from Premier League side Chelsea in the summer for Pereira's services, he signed a new contract on 3 October 2011 running until 2016, with his release clause remaining at £25.7 million.[5] In late December that year 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.[6][7]


Pereira signed for Internazionale in late August 2012 for €10 million in a four-year contract,[8][9] reuniting with former Porto teammate Fredy Guarín.[10][11] 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 success at A.C. ChievoVerona.[12]

On 17 January 2014, São Paulo FC signed Pereira on loan for one-and-a-half-year, with an option to make the move permanent.[13][14] He played his first game 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."[15]


In 2015, Pereira returned to Argentina and its was signed by Estudiantes de La Plata in a temporary deal, with an obligation to sign for €2.752 million.[16] 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.[17] However, in his last appearance, an exhibition game against neighbouring Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata that eventually turned into a massive brawl, he assaulted opponent Facundo Oreja with a kick to the face which saw him sent off;[18] he was eventually handed an eight-match ban,[19] which he served at his following club Getafe CF, where he arrived in February 2016 on loan until June.[20][21]

Pereira played his first game for the Spaniards on 1 March 2016, being ejected after two bookable offenses midway through the second half of a 0–4 defeat at UD Las Palmas.[22]

International career[edit]

Pereira made his debut for Uruguay against France, on 19 November 2008.[23] He scored his first international goal in his next match, another friendly, with Libya in Tripoli (3–2 win).[24]

Pereira (wearing number 6) lining up for Uruguay during the 2014 World Cup.

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 win over the hosts.[25]

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[26] as Uruguay won its 15th continental tournament.[27] 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.[1]

On 2 June 2014, Pereira was named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals.[28] 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[29] and went on to feature the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 success.[30]

International goals[edit]







  1. ^ a b "Alvaro Pereira". FIFA.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Maicon and Pereira sign as Porto secure Ferreira; UEFA.com, 4 June 2009
  3. ^ FC Porto 5–1 Braga; ESPN Soccernet, 21 February 2010
  4. ^ Porto cup triumph completes treble; FIFA.com, 22 May 2011
  5. ^ Blues target Pereira signs Porto deal; ESPN Soccernet, 3 October 2011
  6. ^ 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.com, 30 December 2011
  7. ^ John Aldridge: Criticism of Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish in Luis Suarez row has been over the top; Liverpool Echo, 10 January 2012
  8. ^ "Mercato: Alvaro Pereira è dell'Inter" [Market: Alvaro Pereira belongs to Inter] (in Italian). Inter Milan. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Pereira: "Inter, everyone's dream in S. America"; Inter Milan, 24 August 2012
  11. ^ Pereira's delight at Inter switch; FIFA.com, 24 August 2012
  12. ^ "L'Inter vince tra gli sbadigli, rivivi il live" [Inter wins after yawns, check out live action] (in Italian). Vavel. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Transfer market: Alvaro Pereira to Sao Paulo". Inter Milan. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  14. ^ São Paulo garante empréstimo de Alvaro Pereira (São Paulo assures loan of Alvaro Pereira; Record, 17 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ 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 Net, 26 January 2014 (in Portuguese)
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Estudiantes eliminó a San Martín sanjuanino" [Estudiantes ousted San Juan's San Martín] (in Spanish). Sport Diario. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Graves incidentes entre los jugadores de Estudiantes y Gimnasia" [Serious incidents between Estudiantes and Gimnasia players] (in Spanish). Diario Popular. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Álvaro Pereira deberá cumplir ocho partidos de sanción" [Álvaro Pereira must serve eight-match ban] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Ya es oficial: Álvaro Pereira, nuevo jugador del Getafe" [It's official: Álvaro Pereira, new Getafe player] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "Los canarios despluman al Getafe" [Canaries pluck Getafe] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  23. ^ France vs. Uruguay; IM Scouting, 19 November 2008
  24. ^ Uruguay vence 3–2 a Libia en amistoso con poco brillo (Uruguay wins 3–2 against Libya in subpar performance); Reuters América Latina, 11 February 2009 (Spanish)
  25. ^ World Cup 2010: Diego Forlán strikes twice to sink South Africa; The Guardian, 16 June 2010
  26. ^ Uruguay 1 Mexico 0: Messi and Co await in last eight after Pereira winner; Daily Mail, 13 July 2011
  27. ^ Uruguay celebrates well into early Monday its record winning 15th Copa America; Merco Press, 25 July 2011
  28. ^ "Uruguay World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Álvaro Pereira dio el susto" [Álvaro Pereira provided scare] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Super Suarez makes the difference". FIFA.com. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Cupa României ramâne la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renews Cup title] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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