Pablo Alfaro Armengot
|Full name||Pablo Alfaro Armengot|
|Date of birth||26 April 1969|
|Place of birth||Zaragoza, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In his career, in which he represented six teams – most notably Sevilla – he amassed La Liga totals of 418 games and seven goals over the course of 15 seasons, receiving a total of 18 red cards and being sent off nearly 30 times.
In the late 2000s, Alfaro embarked in a managerial career.
Born in Zaragoza, Alfaro started his career with his hometown's Real Zaragoza. He made his La Liga debut on 3 September 1989 in a 3–0 home win against Rayo Vallecano, and he only missed one league game in his debut season as the Aragonese finished in ninth position.
In the 1992 summer, Alfaro signed with FC Barcelona, being rarely used in his only season in Catalonia. He went on to represent Racing de Santander and Atlético Madrid, being an undisputed starter in Cantabria but only second or third-choice with the Colchoneros.
Alfaro joined CP Mérida for the 1997–98 campaign, playing all but four matches as the Extremadura side was relegated from the top flight and collecting 12 yellow cards and two red in the process. In 1999–2000, the club finished in sixth position in Segunda División but was relegated again, due to financial irregularities.
In the 2000 summer, the veteran joined Sevilla FC also in the second level, helping the Andalusians return to the top division in his first season. During his Sevilla years, Alfaro formed a fearsome partnership as stopper with Javi Navarro, but following the emergence of club youth graduate Sergio Ramos and the January 2006 arrival of Julien Escudé, he became a secondary defensive unit, leaving in that transfer window to former side Racing and scoring a rare but crucial goal on 7 May in a 2–1 home win against CA Osasuna to help them barely avoid top flight relegation.
Alfaro retired from football at the end of the 2006–07 season, aged nearly 38, having appeared in nearly 700 official games as a professional (418 with seven goals in the first division alone). Two years later he started his coaching career, with Segunda División B team Pontevedra CF, leading the Galicians to the fourth position in the regular season, albeit with no subsequent play-off promotion.
- La doble personalidad de Pablo Alfaro (Pablo Alfaro's double personality); El País, 23 November 2000 (in Spanish)
- Hard man's soft spot for Sevilla; UEFA.com, 4 January 2006
- “No vengo a sustituir a Nando ni a nadie” (“I'm not here to replace Nando or anybody else”); Mundo Deportivo, 3 July 1992 (in Spanish)
- “No vengo a sustituir a Nando ni a nadie” (“I'm not here to replace Nando or anybody else”) – 2nd part; Mundo Deportivo, 3 July 1992 (in Spanish)
- Sevilla defender banned; UEFA.com, 15 January 2003
- La fuerza del orgullo y el coraje (The strength of pride and courage); Orgullo de Nervión, 23 May 2013 (in Spanish)
- Javi Navarro y Pablo Alfaro, la pareja defensiva del Sevilla (Javi Navarro and Pablo Alfaro, Sevilla's defensive duo); Liga BBVA, 25 March 2014 (in Spanish)
- El Racing canta su particular alirón (Racing sings its own alirón); El Mundo, 7 May 2006 (in Spanish)
- Pablo Alfaro, nuevo técnico del Pontevedra (Pablo Alfaro, new Pontevedra coach); Orgullo de Nervión, 26 November 2009 (in Spanish)
- Pablo Alfaro, punto final (Pablo Alfaro, full stop); Huelva Información, 18 October 2010 (in Spanish)