Alves lining up for Brazil in 2014
|Full name||Diego Alves Carreira|
|Date of birth||24 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014
Atlético Mineiro / Almería
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.
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 (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); in April 2010, his agent stated a move away from the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos was being considered.
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. In mid-May 2011, after his team's top flight relegation, Valencia chairman Manuel Llorente confirmed the signing of the player.
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 group stage of the UEFA Champions League. He backed-up Vicente Guaita in the league, however, until Guaita picked up a serious hand injury.
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.
In July 2014, Alves signed a new five-year deal with Valencia that kept him at the Mestalla Stadium until 2019. In the last game of the season, that also marked his 100th league appearance for the club, away against former side Almería, he tore his knee ligament in the 72nd minute, later undergoing surgery and being sidelined until November.
Expert penalty stopper
Alves made his 15th penalty save against Sevilla FC on 25 January 2015, which took his record to 42.85% of all attempts faced. Widely regarded as a specialist in the matter, he once stated that a penalty is "a psychological battle between the goalkeeper and the taker".
On 9 May 2015, after denying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Alves became the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves in the history of the Spanish top flight with 16 out of 37, equalling Andoni Zubizarreta who saved 16 from 102. He surpassed the latter on 25 September 2016 during a 2–1 away win over CD Leganés, following it up with two saves the next weekend – including a spectacular block from Antoine Griezmann shot – but in a 0–2 home loss to Atlético Madrid.
- Matches played in Brazilian State Leagues
- As of 18 November 2014
- Atlético Mineiro
- "Diego Alves". Valencia CF. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- Almería take pride after Madrid fall; UEFA.com, 4 February 2008
- Diego Alves open to move away from Almeria – Agent; Goal.com, 22 April 2010
- AC Milan tracking Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves; Goal.com 22 April 2010
- Barcelona net away record; ESPN Soccernet, 20 November 2010
- Manuel Llorente confirma el fichaje de Diego Alves (Manuel Llorente confirms signing of Diego Alves); Super Deporte, 19 May 2011 (Spanish)
- Genk and Valencia draw a blank; UEFA.com, 13 September 2011
- "La mano vuelve a frenar a Guaita" [Hand stops Guaita again] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Guaita sólo para emergencias" [Guaita for emergences only] (in Spanish). Marca. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Soldado spot kick salvages Valencia draw". UEFA.com. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Valencia keeper Alves signs new deal". ESPN FC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "Diego Alves tears knee ligament". Inside Football. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "Gabon 0–2 Brazil: Sandro and Hernanes lead Selecao to success in Libreville". Goal.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- "Egypt 0–2 Brazil: Jonas double ruins Bob Bradley's Pharaoh debut". Goal.com. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- "Diego Alves ruled out of Copa America with serious knee injury". Be In Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Diego Alves takes his penalty record to '15 saved from 35′ after Sevilla win". Inside Spanish Football. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- "Diego Alves, the penalty warrior". VCF Play. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- "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.
- "Atletico Madrid battle past Deportivo, Nani on target in Valencia victory". ESPN FC. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Diego Alves saves two more penalties but Valencia lose to Atletico Madrid". ESPN FC. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- Diego Alves at ESPN FC
- "Diego Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
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