Álvaro Santos

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Álvaro
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Personal information
Full name Álvaro Márcio Santos
Date of birth (1980-01-30) 30 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Helsingborgs IF
Number 10
Youth career
América-MG
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 América-MG 0 (0)
2000–2003 Helsingborgs IF 64 (35)
2003–2006 Copenhagen 120 (50)
2006–2009 Sochaux 35 (8)
2007–2008 Strasbourg (loan) 28 (5)
2009–2011 Örgryte IS 41 (17)
2011 GAIS (loan) 16 (6)
2011–2014 Helsingborgs IF 67 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:54, 22 April 2012 (UTC).

Álvaro Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈawvaɾu ˈsɐ̃ⁿtuʃ]; born 30 January 1980 in São Paulo), simply known as Álvaro, is a former Brazilian football forward who last played for Swedish Allsvenskan club Helsingborgs IF.

Career[edit]

Santos began his career at Brazilian side América Mineiro from Belo Horizonte in 2000, before moving to Swedish club Helsingborgs IF for a three years stint. He made an impact immediately upon his arrival – during his first month in Europe he was instrumental in Helsingborg's elimination of Inter Milan in the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League's third qualification round. Helsingborg qualified for the Champions League group stage, where Alvaro Santos was a key player. Three years later, his goal record in Sweden's top flight Allsvenskan drew the attention of regular Danish champions FC København.

Santos playing for Helsingborgs IF

During his years with Helsingborg, he became a huge favourite among supporters of the club, and his impact at the club is, regarding the years since the club's top flight comeback in 1993, only rivaled by those of Henrik Larsson's and Roland Nilsson's. Many fans actually rank him higher than Henrik Larsson, and in Helsingborg, Santos is nicknamed "God".[citation needed]

His three years in Copenhagen were a success, scoring a total of 50 goals in 120 games for the club. At the end of the 2005/2006 season, his last with the Danish champions, he finished second on the top goalscorer list with 15 goals for 33 games. Additionally, his friendly reputation earned him the nickname Verdens Flinkeste Mand (lit. “The World's Nicest Man”) by the club's fans.

On 24 July 2006, Santos signed a four-year contract with FC Sochaux to take effect on 1 August. Before his contract officially began, Santos displayed his impact by scoring in a friendly match against Greek side PAOK FC on 30 July. On 2 February 2009 the Brazilian striker has terminated his contract with Sochaux in agreement with the French team.[1]

On 9 February 2009, it was official that Álvaro Santos has signed a three-year contract with the Swedish club Örgryte IS. He played with his former teammate Marcus Allbäck. After the end of the 2010 Allsvenskan season he stated that he did not want to continue with Örgryte IS in Superettan. He stated that despite the relegation he felt like he was in good shape and that he wanted to return to playing in Denmark.[2] However, he was instead loaned out to GAIS, another Gothenburg club, and later in 2011 sold to Helsingborgs IF, completing the circle, as he returned to the club where he started his European career.

In 2014, he retired from football and moved back to his native Brazil.

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Denmark Peter Nielsen
F.C. Copenhagen Player of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Denmark Hjalte Nørregaard