Cristián Álvarez (footballer, born 1980)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is Valenzuela.
Cristián Álvarez
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Personal information
Full name Cristián Andrés Álvarez Valenzuela
Date of birth (1980-01-20) 20 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Curicó, Chile
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Universidad Católica
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Universidad Católica 173 (24)
2005–2006 River Plate 21 (0)
2007 Universidad Católica 16 (1)
2007–2010 Beitar Jerusalem 54 (5)
2009–2010 Chiapas (loan) 20 (0)
2011–2012 Universitario 15 (2)
2011– Universidad Católica 122 (6)
National team
2000–2014 Chile 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:09, 11 February 2013 (UTC).

Cristián Andrés Álvarez Valenzuela (born 20 January 1980 in Curicó) is a Chilean footballer, who plays as a defender for Universidad Católica of the Primera División in Chile.


He started his pro career in Universidad Católica in 1999 against O'Higgins. His first match with River Plate was on 7 August 2005 in the 2-0 victory against Tiro Federal. In 2007 moved Alvarez to Beitar Jerusalem. In a match against Maccabi Netanya Alvarez scored a goal from 35 meters which is nominated to be goals of the year. After two years in Israel with Beitar Jerusalem left on 19 August 2009 his club and signed for Chiapas for one season.

International career[edit]

He competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney representing Chile and won the bronze medal. His debut with the Chilean national team was in 2000 against Ecuador during qualifications for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has 23 caps for his country.



National team[edit]

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