Diego Alves

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alves and the second or paternal family name is Carreira.
Diego Alves
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Alves playing for Brazil in 2014
Personal information
Full name Diego Alves Carreira
Date of birth (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2003 Botafogo-SP
2004 Atlético-MG
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Atlético-MG 38 (0)
2007–2011 Almería 123 (0)
2011– Valencia 100 (0)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 2 (0)
2011– Brazil 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2014

Diego Alves Carreira (born 24 June 1985), known as Alves, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF as a goalkeeper.

Having began his career at Atlético Mineiro, he spent most of his career in Spain in the service of Almería and Valencia, making over 200 La Liga appearances for both teams.

Alves was part of the Brazilian squad which won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, and made his senior international debut in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Mineiro / Almería[edit]

Alves was born in Rio de Janeiro. Having started professionally at Clube Atlético Mineiro he moved to UD Almería on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever promotion to La Liga. Initially the backup to another newly signed, David Cobeño, he eventually became the undisputed starter, helping the club overachieve for a final eighth place in the league with notable performances against, among others, Real Madrid.[1]

After Cobeño left for Rayo Vallecano in August 2008, Alves remained first-choice during 2008–09, but suffered an injury in the final stretch of the season. Fully recovered for the start of the following campaign he played in all the matches and minutes (safe for 30 minutes against Valencia CF, after he had been sent off, and the last round against Sevilla FC, as Almería was already saved from relegation); even before the campaign had ended, speculation was ripe regarding his future.[2][3]

On 20 November 2010 Alves was in goal as Almería lost 0–8 at home against FC Barcelona, a defeat which cost manager Juan Manuel Lillo his post.[4] In mid-May 2011, after Almería's top flight relegation, Valencia chairman Manuel Llorente confirmed the signing of the player.[5]

Valencia[edit]

Alves as Valencia player, 2011

Alves made his official debut for Los Che on 13 September 2011, in a 0–0 away draw against K.R.C. Genk for the season's UEFA Champions League.[6] He backed-up Vicente Guaita in the league, however, until Guaita picked up a serious hand injury.[7][8]

Alves also appeared in the second Champions League group stage match, at home to Chelsea, where he had a series of superb saves, including a string of three in two minutes – two point-blank against Ramires and Fernando Torres, and a third when Valencia man Víctor Ruiz accidentally diverted the ensuing corner towards his own goal – in an eventual 1–1 draw.[9]

In July 2014 Alves signed a new five-year deal with Valencia, keeping him at the club until 2019.[10]

International career[edit]

Alves was chosen to represent Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as backup to Renan. He did not receive any playing time, as the national team went on to win a bronze medal.

Alves made his debut for the full side on 10 November 2011, in a 2–0 friendly win with Gabon.[11] He also played four days later, against Egypt (same score).[12]

Alves was selected by coach Dunga for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, but withdrew due to a knee injury to be replaced by Neto.[13]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Mineiro

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 2015[14][15]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other[i] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético-MG 2005 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2006 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2007 13 0 7 0 14 0 34 0
Total 38 0 7 0 16 0 61 0
Almería 2007–08 22 0 0 0 22 0
2008–09 31 0 0 0 31 0
2009–10 37 0 0 0 37 0
2010–11 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 123 0 0 0 123 0
Valencia 2011–12 12 0 6 0 12 0 30 0
2012–13 25 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
2013–14 26 0 1 0 7 0 34 0
2014–15 35 0 0 0 35 0
Total 98 0 8 0 21 0 127 0
Career totals 259 0 15 0 21 0 16 0 311 0
  1. ^ Matches played in Brazilian State Leagues

Expert penalty stopper[edit]

Alves made his 15th penalty save against Sevilla FC on 25 January 2015, which took his record to 42.85% of all attempts faced.[16] Widely regarded as a specialist in the matter, he once stated that a penalty is “a psychological battle between the goalkeeper and the taker”.[17]

On 9 May 2015, after denying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Alves became the goalkeeper with the most penalty savings in the history of the Spanish top flight with 16 out of 37, equalling Andoni Zubizarreta who saved 16 from 102.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almería take pride after Madrid fall; UEFA.com, 4 February 2008
  2. ^ Diego Alves open to move away from Almeria – Agent; Goal.com, 22 April 2010
  3. ^ AC Milan tracking Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves; Goal.com 22 April 2010
  4. ^ Barcelona net away record; ESPN Soccernet, 20 November 2010
  5. ^ Manuel Llorente confirma el fichaje de Diego Alves (Manuel Llorente confirms signing of Diego Alves); Super Deporte, 19 May 2011 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Genk and Valencia draw a blank; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
  7. ^ "La mano vuelve a frenar a Guaita" [Hand stops Guaita again] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Guaita sólo para emergencias" [Guaita for emergences only] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Soldado spot kick salvages Valencia draw". UEFA.com. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Valencia keeper Alves signs new deal". ESPN FC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gabon 0–2 Brazil: Sandro and Hernanes lead Selecao to success in Libreville". Goal.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Egypt 0–2 Brazil: Jonas double ruins Bob Bradley's Pharaoh debut". Goal.com. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Diego Alves ruled out of Copa America with serious knee injury". Be In Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Diego Alves at ESPN FC
  15. ^ "Diego Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Diego Alves takes his penalty record to ’15 saved from 35′ after Sevilla win". Inside Spanish Football. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Diego Alves, the penalty warrior". VCF Play. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Diego Alves hace historia al pararle el penalti a Cristiano Ronaldo" [Diego Alves makes history after saving Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty] (in Spanish). Sport. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

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