Pablo Alfaro Armengot

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Pablo Alfaro
Personal information
Full name Pablo Alfaro Armengot
Date of birth (1969-04-26) 26 April 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Zaragoza B 36 (3)
1989–1992 Zaragoza 107 (2)
1992–1993 Barcelona 7 (1)
1993–1996 Racing Santander 108 (1)
1996–1997 Atlético Madrid 11 (0)
1997–2000 Mérida 97 (0)
2000–2005 Sevilla 164 (3)
2006–2007 Racing Santander 22 (1)
Total 552 (11)
National team
1998–2006 Aragon 3 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Pontevedra
2010 Recreativo
2012–2013 Leganés
2013 Huesca
2014–2015 Marbella
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alfaro and the second or maternal family name is Armengot.

Pablo Alfaro Armengot (born 26 April 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

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.[1][2]

In the late 2000s, Alfaro embarked in a managerial career.

Playing career[edit]

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,[3][4] 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,[5][6][7] 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.[8]

Manager career[edit]

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,[9] leading the Galicians to the fourth position in the regular season, albeit with no subsequent play-off promotion.

Alfaro upgraded a division on 17 June 2010, signing with Recreativo de Huelva. Exactly four months later, after only four draws in eight matches, he was fired by the oldest club in Spain.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Alfaro majored in medicine, although he never practised.[1]

Honours[edit]

Barcelona
Sevilla

References[edit]

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