Oli (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González
Date of birth (1972-04-02) 2 April 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Marino (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 Oviedo B 64 (28)
1993–1997 Oviedo 111 (40)
1997–2000 Betis 92 (20)
2000–2003 Oviedo 105 (28)
2003–2006 Cádiz 106 (22)
Total 478 (138)
National team
1997 Spain 2 (1)
Teams managed
2006 Cádiz
2007–2008 Marbella
2009 Écija
2009–2011 Betis B
2017– Marino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González (born 2 April 1972), commonly known as Oli, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and is the current coach of Marino de Luanco.

He was known for his flair and scoring ability, amassing totals of 414 games and 110 goals in 14 professional seasons, nine of those spent in La Liga mainly with Real Oviedo. In 2006, he started working as a manager.

Club career[edit]

Oli was born in Oviedo, Asturias. He started his career with hometown's Real Oviedo, making his La Liga debut on 10 January 1993 in a 0–0 home draw against Albacete Balompié[1] and being mainly associated with the reserves during his beginnings.

From 1994 to 1997, with Oviedo still in the top flight, Oli scored 40 league goals in 106 games, 20 of which in his final season to help his team narrowly avoid relegation.[2][3][4] Subsequently he signed for fellow league side Real Betis, pairing up front with Alfonso and netting nine times in his first year in Andalusia.

In the 1999–2000 campaign, Oli could only score once for the Verdiblancos,[5] who dropped down a level after finishing 18th. He returned to Oviedo in the off-season, going on to find the net regularly but also suffer two relegations in only three years.

Oli joined Cádiz CF from Segunda División in the 2003 summer, contributing with ten goals in 40 games in his second year for a club promotion and his first and only piece of silverware.[6] At the end of 2005–06, with the Gaditanos having been sent to where they had come from, he retired from football at the age of 34.

Moving into coaching in 2006, Oli started precisely with Cádiz, but was dismissed after only a few games in charge[7] as the team eventually failed to regain their top flight status. In September 2007, he was appointed at Segunda División B side UD Marbella.[8]

In the following two seasons, Oli continued in Andalusia and the third level, successively with Écija Balompié and Betis B. On 23 May 2017, after several years of inactivity, he was appointed at Tercera División club Marino de Luanco on a one-year contract.[9]

International career[edit]

Oli won two caps for Spain during the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, against Slovakia and Faroe Islands. He scored in the latter, in a 3–1 win in Gijón.[10]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 1997 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Faroe Islands 2–0 3–1 1998 World Cup qualification[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 15 April 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cádiz[11] Spain 1 July 2006 5 November 2006 13 5 2 6 038.46
Marbella[12] Spain 20 September 2007 26 May 2008 34 12 9 13 035.29
Écija[13] Spain 9 February 2009 30 June 2009 14 4 5 5 028.57
Betis B[14][15] Spain 30 June 2009 22 March 2011 68 20 23 25 029.41
Marino Spain 23 May 2017 Present 34 20 10 4 058.82
Total 163 61 49 53 037.42





  1. ^ El Oviedo no supo transformar en dianas su apabullante dominio (Oviedo could not turn overwhelming supremacy into goals); Mundo Deportivo, 11 January 1993 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Pesadilla Oli (Oli nightmare); Mundo Deportivo, 11 November 1996 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Barça desespera (Barça despairs); Mundo Deportivo, 3 February 1997 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Huracán azul (Blue hurricane); Mundo Deportivo, 6 April 1997 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Griguol le puede a Cúper en un partido dramático (Griguol bests Cúper in dramatic game); Mundo Deportivo, 19 September 1999 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b Oli, Paz y después gloria (Oli, Paz then glory); Mundo Deportivo, 19 June 2005 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Xerez retorna al primer puesto de la tabla y Oli es cesado como técnico del Cádiz (Xerez return to top of the table and Oli is sacked as Cádiz coach); Diario de León, 6 November 2006 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El asturiano Oli, nuevo técnico del Marbella (Asturia's own Oli, new Marbella coach)[permanent dead link]; La Voz de Asturias, 20 September 2007 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "El Marino confirma a Oli como entrenador" [Marino confirm Oli as manager] (in Spanish). Fútbol Asturiano. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Luis Enrique ¡aclamado! (Luis Enrique cheered!); Mundo Deportivo, 12 October 1997 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Oli: Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Oli: Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Oli: Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Oli: Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Oli: Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

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