Carlitos (Portuguese footballer, born 1982)

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Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia
Date of birth (1982-09-06) 6 September 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1993–2000 Arrentela
2000–2001 Amora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Amora 34 (5)
2002–2004 Estoril 72 (13)
2004–2007 Benfica 11 (0)
2006 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 15 (4)
2006–2007 Sion (loan) 26 (8)
2007–2010 Basel 76 (11)
2010–2012 Hannover 8 (0)
2012–2014 Estoril 44 (4)
2014– Sion 86 (12)
National team
2003–2004 Portugal U21 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2018

Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia[1] (born 6 September 1982), commonly known as Carlitos, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Swiss club FC Sion as a left winger.

In his country, he played mainly with Estoril, but also won one Primeira Liga championship with Benfica. He spent most of his career in Switzerland, with Sion and Basel.

Football career[edit]

Early years / Benfica[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Carlitos started his professional career at Amora F.C. in 2000, at the early age of 17. Two years later he moved to neighbours G.D. Estoril Praia, helping it achieve promotion to the Primeira Liga in his second year.

Subsequently, Carlitos caught the eye of S.L. Benfica, which signed the player after the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Germany, where he appeared with Portugal. He helped Benfica conquer its first league title in 11 years, but could never break into the first team (ten games, nine as a reserve, none complete).


In January 2006, Carlitos was loaned out to Vitória de Setúbal, making a good impression in six months. In June, he returned to Benfica but was immediately loaned out again, this time to Swiss side FC Sion, teaming up with compatriot – of Benfica and FC Porto fame – João Manuel Pinto.

In July 2007, Carlitos was sold definitely but stayed in the country, moving to FC Basel for a fee of 1.5 million.[2][3] His official debut came on 22 July in a 1–0 win over FC Zürich at St. Jakob-Park, and he scored the club's 200th goal in European competition on 5 December, curling the ball into the back of the net from a free kick against SK Brann, also at home, which also meant that Basel qualified for the UEFA Cup's round-of-32.[4]

Carlitos was a very important offensive element in Basel's double during his debut campaign. On 17 August 2008 he netted twice in a 4–1 win over the team's greatest rivals, FC Zürich, at the Letzigrund.


On 3 August 2010, Carlitos moved to Germany and its Bundesliga by signing with Hannover 96 for an undisclosed fee.[5] He made his debut on the 21st, retiring injured after three minutes in an eventual 2–1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt.[6]


Vitória Setúbal


  1. ^ His surname is Alves Garcia, former from mother, latter from father.
  2. ^ "Encaixe de 1,5 milhões de euros por Carlitos" [€1.5 million income for Carlitos]. Record (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Carlitos-Transfer zum FC Basel 1893 perfekt" [Carlitos-Transfer to FC Basel 1893 confirmed] (in German). FC Basel. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "FC Basle 1–0 SK Brann". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Carlitos: "Bin ein sehr guter Spieler"" [Carlitos: "I'm a really good player"]. Neue Presse (in German). 3 August 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hannover hat Glück und holt ersten Dreier" [Hannover is lucky and bags first three] (in German). kicker. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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