Esteban Alvarado

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Esteban Alvarado
Esteban Alvarado.JPG
Esteban with AZ in 2011
Personal information
Full name Esteban Alvarado Brown
Date of birth (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Siquirres, Costa Rica
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Trabzonspor
Number 23
Youth career
Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Saprissa 4 (0)
2010–2015 AZ 138 (0)
2015– Trabzonspor 15 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Costa Rica U20 7 (0)
2010– Costa Rica 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 May 2013

Esteban Alvarado Brown (born 28 April 1989 in Siquirres, Limón) is a Costa Rican football goalkeeper who plays for the Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Club career[edit]

Saprissa[edit]

Born in Siquirres, Costa Rica, Alvarado started his academy career at Santos de Guápiles before moving to Saprissa. Alvarado made his Saprissa debut, in a 3-1 win over Municipal Liberia on 29 November 2009.[citation needed] With his move to AZ finalised and expected to move in the summer, Alvarado made four appearance for the club and helped the club win the league.

AZ Alkmaar[edit]

Alvarado during his time at AZ in 2011.

In December 2009, AZ signed the Costa Rican goalkeeper from Deportivo Saprissa, the youngster moved to the Netherlands in July 2010.[1] The move was later confirmed when Alvarado signed a five-year contract with the club, keeping him until 2015.[2]

Following his signing for AZ, Alvarado remained a backup goalkeeper for AZ behind Joey Didulica and Sergio Romero. But after Romeo's injury from his international duty,[3] Alvarado made his AZ debut on 12 February 2011 against PSV Eindhoven, where it turned out to be disastrous when he conceded four goals, in a 4-0 loss.[4] After the match, Alvarado said, quoting: "Only Superman could have saved me."[5] From that on, Alvarado continued to be the first choice goalkeeper temporary, where he made six appearance for the club in the 2010-11 season, including a clean-sheet in a match against Heerenveen on 19 February 2011.[6] Alvarado also find himself left out the squad against Feyenoord when he returned late to Netherlands from Costa Rica.[7]

Ahead of the 2011-12 season, Alvardo was given number thirty-four shirt.[5] Alvarado became a first choice goalkeeper for AZ after Sergio Romero's departure to Sampdoria and Joey Didulica's unexpected retirement. Alvarado made his first AZ appearance of 2011-12 season when he played, in a 2-0 win over Baumit Jablonec on 28 July 2011, which AZ went through after a 1-1 draw against them in the second leg.[8] Alvarado made his league debut of the 2011-12 season, where he helped AZ beat PSV 3-1 in the opening game of the season.[9] His performance soon led supporters voting for Alvarado awarded the club's player of the month November.[10] On 21 December 2011, Alvarado was sent off by Bas Nijhuis in a KNVB Cup match against Ajax after an Ajax supporter tried attacking him.[11][12] A 19-year-old Ajax fan identified as Wesley van W had been drinking and entered the pitch after 36 minutes of play. He ran towards the AZ goalkeeper and attempted to kick him but slipped to the ground. Alvarado then kicked the attacker twice[11][12] and was sent off for violent conduct. This prompted AZ manager Gertjan Verbeek to order his players to the dressing rooms in protest.[11][13] The game was consequently abandoned.[12] The KNVB subsequently rescinded the red card, and Ajax banned Wesley van W from all of their home matches for life.[14] He was also sentenced to six months in prison, with two months suspended. He would also have to undergo treatment for an alcohol problem and report to police during all Dutch national team matches which only live on television for the following two years.[15] The KNVB ordered the match replayed in its entirety behind closed doors. On 19 January 2012, the match was replayed with Alvarado in goal. AZ beat Ajax 3–2 to progress through the quarter final.[16] Alvarado was the ever present goalkeeper, making thirty-four appearance and earning fifteen clean sheets in the 2011-12 season. Alvarado was also named Goal.com's Eredivisie Team of the Season.[17]

In the 2012-13 season, Alvarado was given number one shirt.[18] Alvarado made his first appearance of the 2012-13 season, in a 2-2 draw against Ajax in the opening game of the season.[19] In both games against Anzhi Makhackala in the play-offs, Alvarado was in goal, as they proved to be too strong and failed to win either legs losing 1-0 and 5-0 respectively.[20] Later in the 2012-13 season, Alvarado was the ever present goalkeeper, making thirty-four appearance in 3060 minutes, as well as, earning five clean sheets.[21] Despite this, Alvarado was in goal for the KNVB Cup final, as AZ beat PSV 2-1, making this as Alvarado's first achievement at AZ Alkmaar.[22]

In the 2013-14 season, Alvarado hinted he may leave the club in effort for new challenges.[23] Despite this, Alvarado made his first appearance of the season, in a 3-2 loss against Ajax in the Johan Cruijff Schaal.[24] Two weeks later on 11 August 2013, Alvarado help the club gained their revenge against Ajax when AZ beat them 3-2.[25] Alvarado also help the club gained their against Anzhi Makhackala when AZ beat 1-0 on aggregate.[26] Alvarado was the ever present goalkeeper, making thirty-four appearance, including the play-offs, which AZ lose 3-0 on aggregate against Groningen.

In the 2014-15 season, Alvarado continued to be the first choice goalkeeper until he suffered a knee injury that kept him out for months.[27] Two spending two months on the sidelined, including having a flu.[28][29] Alvarado made his return to the first team on 2 November 2014, in a 3-3 draw against Excelsior.[30] Alvarado was featured as a first choice goalkeeper since his return for the rest of the season.[31] For the first time in his AZ career, Alvarado made less than thirty appearance, as he made twenty-six appearance in the 2014-15 season.

With his contract expiring at the end of the 2014-15 season, Alvarado was expected to leave the club, with newly signed Sergio Rochet from Uruguay as his successor.[32] After making his last appearance against Excelsior in the last game of the season, Alvarado helped the club finished third place.[33] During his time at AZ, Alvarado was the club's fan favourite.

Trabzonspor[edit]

After leaving AZ, Alvarado joined Trabzonspor on a free transfer in early-August, keeping him until 2017.[34] The move was officially confirmed on 6 August 2015.[35]

International career[edit]

At the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[36] he was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. He made his national team début in an August 2010 friendly match against Paraguay.[1]

On 12 March 2012, it was announced that Alvarado was barred from the national team for five months after leaving the team before a friendly match against Spain without communicating the staff.[37] In March 2014, he ruled out a selection for the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to an apparent strife with national team manager Jorge Luis Pinto.[38] But in May 2014, Alvarado was named in a provisional 26-man squad in the FIFA World Cup[39] By the end of May, Alvarado was not named in the 23 men squad, presumed to be a continuous strife with national team manager Pinto.[40]

Following Pinto's departure as Manager of Costa, Alvarado returned to the national football team, under new management of Paulo Wanchope.[41] In the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Alvarado was included in the squad and replaced Keylor Navas as a first choice goalkeeper following his injury.[42]

Career Statistics[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2011, Alvarado was accused by his girlfriend, Marcela Juárez Castillo, of alleged domestic violence.[43] However, two months later, charges against Alvarado were later dropped.[44]

While growing up in Costa Rica, Alvarado made good friends with Joel Campbell, having played together in childhood. Alvarado also revealed that he played as striker before switching position to become goalkeeper at fourteen.[45]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

AZ

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "'Atletische' Alvarado tekent voor vijf jaar bij AZ" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Esteban vervangt Romero in AZ-doel tegen PSV" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  33. ^ "Stewart: "Esteban verdiende een beter afscheid"" (in Dutch). Goal.com. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  34. ^ "Esteban Alvarado resmen Trabzonspor'da" (in Turkish). Sabah. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  35. ^ "Esteban Alvarado se marcha a Turquía" (in Spanish). Marca. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  36. ^ Esteban AlvaradoFIFA competition record
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  38. ^ "Esteban sluit deelname WK uit]" (in Dutch). Algemeen Daglad. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  39. ^ "Esteban ondanks conflict in voorselectie Costa Rica" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  40. ^ "Ruiz opgenomen in definitieve WK-selectie Costa Rica" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  41. ^ "Esteban Alvarado regresa a la formación titular de la Selección" (in Spanish). Monumental. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  42. ^ "Blessure Navas maakt weg vrij voor Esteban op Gold Cup" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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  44. ^ "Aanklacht Esteban loopt met sisser af" (in Dutch). RTVNH. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
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