Diego Alves

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Diego Alves
Diego Alves.JPG
Alves with Valencia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Diego Alves Carreira
Date of birth (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club 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 60 (0)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 2 (0)
2011– Brazil 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2012

Diego Alves Carreira (born 24 June 1985 in Rio de Janeiro), known as Alves, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF in Spain, as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Brazil / Almería[edit]

Having started professionally at Clube Atlético Mineiro, Alves 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 made his official debut for the 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]

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.[10] He also played four days later, against Egypt (same score).[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Mineiro

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 24 February 2014[12][13]
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 24 0 1 0 2 0 27 0
2013–14 20 0 1 0 2 0 23 0
Total 56 0 8 0 16 0 80 0
Career totals 56 0 8 0 16 0 80 0
  1. ^ Matches played in Brazilian State Leagues

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. ^ "Gabon 0–2 Brazil: Sandro and Hernanes lead Selecao to success in Libreville". Goal.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Egypt 0–2 Brazil: Jonas double ruins Bob Bradley's Pharaoh debut". Goal.com. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Diego Alves at ESPN FC
  13. ^ "Diego Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 

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