Carlos Alvarado Villalobos

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alvarado and the second or maternal family name is Villalobos.
Carlos Alvarado
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alvarado Villalobos
Date of birth (1927-12-19) 19 December 1927 (age 89)
Place of birth Santa Bárbara, Heredia, Costa Rica
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1947 Alajuelense
1947–1948 América
1948–1950 Alajuelense
1950 América de Cali[1] 10 (0)
1950–1960 Alajuelense
National team
1946–1960 Costa Rica 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlos Alvarado Villalobos (born 19 December 1927) was a Costa Rican footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He also represented Costa Rica at international level.

Club career[edit]

Born in Santa Bárbara, Heredia, Alvarado played as a goalkeeper. He began his career with L.D. Alajuelense, making his Costa Rican Primera División debut in 1945.[2] Alvarado spent most of his career with Alajuelense, winning six Primera División titles in the process.[3] There, he earned the nickname "Aguilucho" (hawk) for the aggressive manner in which he attacked opponents trying to score.[4] He would play 159 league games for Liga.[5]

Alvarado began playing professional football with Mexican Primera División side Club América in 1947. He returned to Alajuelense after one season, and would spend three months in Colombia with América de Cali during 1950.[2][6]

Alvarado's most memorable game was a 1951 match against Boca Juniors. In the 90th minute, Alvarado blocked a penalty shot that would have given Boca the win. Costa Rican president Otilio Ulate Blanco gave Alvarado his watch, which he stopped at the moment Alvarado blocked the shot.[4]

During his career, Alvarado turned down offers to play for Italy's Genoa C.F.C. and Argentina's Boca Juniors.[4]

International career[edit]

Alvarado made 25 appearances for the Costa Rica national football team, making his debut in 1946. He helped Costa Rica win the CCCF Championship three times (1953, 1955 and 1960).[2]


  1. ^ América statistics @
  2. ^ a b c Rivera Jiménez, Arnoldo (20 June 1999). "Carlos Alvarado marcó, para siempre, el puesto de guardameta" [Carlos Alvarado marked forever as a goalkeeper] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 
  3. ^ Rivera Jiménez, Arnoldo (20 June 1999). "Alvarado, en breve" [Alvarado in brief] (in Spanish). La Nacion. 
  4. ^ a b c "Carlos Alvarado". Revista Oficial de Socios de LDA “En Rojo y Negro” (in Spanish). Alajuela, Costa Rica. June 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Alejandro González es leyenda en Alajuelense - UNAFUT (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Carlos Alvardo Villalobos" (in Spanish). Salón de la Fama del Deporte Costarricense. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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