Gilbert Álvarez

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Gilbert Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Gilbert Álvarez Vargas
Date of birth (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Wilstermann
Number 19
Youth career
2002 Club Destroyers
2002–2003 San Martin
2003–2005 Academia Tahuichi
2005–2009 Club Callejas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Club Callejas 0 (0)
2010–2011 Cruzeiro 0 (0)
2011 Standard de Liège 0 (0)
2011–2012 The Strongest 8 (0)
2014–2016 Real Potosí 63 (26)
2016– Wilstermann 22 (1)
National team
2009 Bolivia U-17 7 (3)
2009– Bolivia 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 29 June 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2017

Gilbert Álvarez Vargas (born 7 April 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Real Potosí in the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano.

Club career[edit]

Álvarez played for several youth teams in his home city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia, including Club Destroyers and Club Callejas.[1]

In August 2010, Álvarez was signed by Cruzeiro of Brazil.[2][3] He did not play a first team game for Cruzeiro prior to the 2011 Copa America, and he was not named in Bolivia's squad for the tournament.[4]

In August 2011, Álvarez announced that he was considering a move to Europe, citing that talks between his agent and one club in Germany and another in Italy were underway.[5]

International career[edit]

During his time with Callejas, he was called up by the Bolivia under-17s to play as their lone striker in the 2009 South American Under-17 Football Championship. He scored three goals in the tournament, including a double against Ecuador under-17s in the final group stage.[6][7]

Later in 2009, as a 17-year-old, Álvarez was called up to the senior Bolivia side.[8] He made his first senior international appearance as a substitute against Venezuela in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 6 June 2009.[9] He gained a second cap the following year in a 5–0 friendly match defeat to Mexico in February 2010.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bolivia's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2017 Nicaragua National Football Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua  Nicaragua 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 7 June 2017 Estadio Provincial de Yacuíba, Yacuíba, Bolivia  Nicaragua 2–2 3–2 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Álvarez comes from a large family, being the fifth of thirteen children. He harbours aspirations to play in Europe, declaring in a 2009 interview that he was delighted by reported interest in his signature from Lazio and that his ultimate ambition was to play for Manchester United.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cruzeiro sign promising Bolivian (Portuguese)". Cruzeiro. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Legend Marcelo Martins has high hopes for Gilbert Alvarez at Cruzeiro (Spanish)". El Deber. Retrieved 29 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Deals for Pablo and Alvarez confirmed (Portuguese)". Cruzeiro. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bolivia squad preview: 2011 Copa America". The Independent. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gilbert Alvarez considers leaving Cruzeiro" (in Spanish). Facetas Deportivas. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Brazil crowned continental champs". FIFA. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gilbert Alvarez under-17 record (Spanish)". bdfa.com.ar. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Teenager Alvarez gets Bolivia call". FIFA. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Match report: Bolivia 0–1 Venezuela". FIFA. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gilbert Alvarez profile". soccerway.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "G. Álvarez". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bolivia's Alvarez reports transfer offer from Lazio (Spanish)". goal.com. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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