Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia
|Full name||Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia|
|Date of birth||6 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2006||→ Vitória Setúbal (loan)||15||(4)|
|2006–2007||→ Sion (loan)||26||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
Early years / Benfica
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 top division 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 F.C. 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. 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.
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, signing with Hannover 96 for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut on the 21st, retiring injured after three minutes in an eventual 2–1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Vitória Setúbal
- His surname is Alves Garcia, former from mother, latter from father.
- "Encaixe de 1,5 milhões de euros por Carlitos" [€1.5 million income for Carlitos] (in Portuguese). Record.[dead link]
- "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.
- "FC Basle 1–0 SK Brann". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Carlitos: "Bin ein sehr guter Spieler"" [Carlitos: "I'm a really good player"] (in German). Neue Presse. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- "Hannover hat Glück und holt ersten Dreier" [Hannover is lucky and bags first three] (in German). kicker. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Swiss Football League profile (German)
- Carlitos at footballzz.co.uk
- Carlitos profile at ForaDeJogo
- kicker profile (German)
- Carlitos profile at Soccerway