Diego Alves

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Diego Alves
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Alves warming up with Flamengo in 2018
Personal information
Full name Diego Alves Carreira
Date of birth (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Flamengo
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2003 Botafogo-SP
2004 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Atlético Mineiro 54 (0)
2007–2011 Almería 123 (0)
2011–2017 Valencia 146 (0)
2017– Flamengo 139 (0)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 2 (0)
2011–2017 Brazil 10 (0)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 29 October 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017

Diego Alves Carreira (born 24 June 1985), known as Diego Alves, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Flamengo.

Having begun his career at Atlético Mineiro, he spent most of it in Spain in the service of Almería and Valencia, making 269 La Liga appearances both teams combined during exactly one decade. A renowned penalty kick saver, he blocked a record 23 spot-kicks in Spain's top flight.[2] Later in his career, he won several honours with Flamengo, including the Copa Libertadores in 2019.

Alves was part of the Brazilian squad which won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, and made his senior international debut in 2011. He represented the latter at the Copa América Centenario.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Mineiro / Almería[edit]

Alves was born in Rio de Janeiro. Having started professionally at Clube Atlético Mineiro, he moved to UD Almería on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever promotion to La Liga. Initially the backup to another newly signed, David Cobeño, he eventually became the undisputed starter, helping the club overachieve for a final eighth place in the league with notable performances against, among others, Real Madrid.[3]

After Cobeño left for Rayo Vallecano in August 2008, Alves remained first-choice during 2008–09, but suffered an injury in the final stretch of the season. Fully recovered for the start of the following campaign, he played in all the matches (safe for 30 minutes against Valencia CF, after he had been sent off, and the last round against Sevilla FC as Almería were already saved from relegation); in April 2010, his agent stated a move away from the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos was being considered.[4][5]

On 20 November 2010, Alves was in goal as Almería lost 8–0 at home to FC Barcelona, a defeat which cost manager Juan Manuel Lillo his post.[6] In mid-May 2011, after his team's top-flight relegation, Valencia chairman Manuel Llorente confirmed the signing of the player.[7]

Valencia[edit]

Alves as a Valencia player in 2011.

Alves made his official debut for Valencia on 13 September 2011, in a 0–0 away draw against K.R.C. Genk in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.[8] He backed-up Vicente Guaita in the league, however, until Guaita picked up a serious hand injury.[9][10]

Alves also appeared in the second Champions League group stage match, at home to Chelsea, where he had a series of superb saves, including a string of three in two minutes – two-point-blank against Ramires and Fernando Torres, and a third when Valencia man Víctor Ruiz accidentally diverted the ensuing corner towards his own goal – in an eventual 1–1 draw.[11]

In July 2014, Alves signed a new five-year deal to run until 2019.[12] In the last game of the season, that also marked his 100th league appearance for the club, away against former side Almería, he tore his cruciate ligament in the 72nd minute, later undergoing surgery and being sidelined until November.[13]

Flamengo[edit]

On 17 July 2017, ten years after leaving for Europe, Alves joined Clube de Regatas do Flamengo until 2020.[14][15] On 23 November 2017, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana against Atlético Junior at the Maracanã Stadium, he suffered a broken collar bone after being hit by Yony González;[16] he underwent surgery two days later, being expected to return in two months.[17] With this injury Alves was an important absentee in the 2017 Copa Sudamericana Finals.

Alves played 62 games for Flamengo in 2019,[18] as they won the Campeonato Carioca, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the Copa Libertadores.[19] In the national championship, he made the Bola da Prata for the team of the tournament.[20]

In 2020, Alves played less than half of games. He was infected with COVID-19 at the start of the year, and also suffered a 20-game shoulder injury against Santos FC. The youngster Hugo Souza emerged in his absence.[18]

International career[edit]

Alves lining up for Brazil in 2014.

Alves was chosen to represent Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as backup to Renan. He did not receive any playing time during the competition, as the national team went on to win a bronze medal.

Alves made his debut for the full side on 10 November 2011, in a 2–0 friendly win with Gabon.[21] He also played four days later, against Egypt (same score).[22]

Alves was selected by coach Dunga for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, but withdrew due to a knee injury to be replaced by Neto.[23] On 5 May 2016, he was named to a 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario.[24]

Expert penalty stopper[edit]

Alves made his 15th penalty save against Sevilla FC on 25 January 2015, which took his record to 42.85% of all attempts faced.[25] Widely regarded as a specialist in the matter, he once stated that a penalty is "a psychological battle between the goalkeeper and the taker".[26]

On 9 May 2015, after denying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Alves became the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves in the history of the Spanish top flight with 16 out of 37, equalling Andoni Zubizarreta who saved 16 from 102.[27] He surpassed the latter on 25 September 2016 during a 2–1 away win over CD Leganés,[28] following it up with two saves the next weekend – including a spectacular block from an Antoine Griezmann shot – albeit in a 0–2 home loss to Atlético Madrid;[29] upon his departure from Valencia in 2017, he had saved 23 spot kicks.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 October 2021.[30][31]
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Mineiro 2005 Série A 1 0 2[a] 0 0 0 3 0
2006 Série B 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2007 Série A 13 0 14[a] 0 7 0 34 0
Total 38 0 16 0 7 0 61 0
Almería 2007–08 La Liga 22 0 0 0 22 0
2008–09 31 0 0 0 31 0
2009–10 37 0 0 0 37 0
2010–11 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 123 0 0 0 123 0
Valencia 2011–12 La Liga 12 0 6 0 12[b] 0 30 0
2012–13 24 0 1 0 2[c] 0 27 0
2013–14 27 0 1 0 7[d] 0 35 0
2014–15 37 0 0 0 37 0
2015–16 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2016–17 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 146 0 8 0 21 0 175 0
Flamengo 2017 Série A 19 0 5[e] 0 24 0
2018 23 0 7[f] 0 6 0 8[g] 0 44 0
2019 32 0 12[f] 0 4 0 12[g] 0 2[h] 0 62 0
2020 10 0 10[f] 0 2 0 4[g] 0 3[i] 0 29 0
2021 21 0 5[f] 0 6 0 10[g] 0 1[j] 0 43 0
Total 105 0 34 0 18 0 39 0 6 0 202 0
Career totals 412 0 50 0 33 0 60 0 6 0 561 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Campeonato Mineiro.
  2. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League.
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League.
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana.
  6. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Campeonato Carioca.
  7. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores.
  8. ^ Appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup.
  9. ^ Two appearances in Recopa Sudamericana, one appearance in Supercopa do Brasil.
  10. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa do Brasil.

International[edit]

As of 13 June 2017.
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2011 2 0
2012 5 0
2014 2 0
2017 1 0
Career total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Mineiro

Flamengo

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Official: Diego Alves leaves Valencia". Football España. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. ^ Turner, Lucy (4 February 2008). "Almería take pride after Madrid fall". UEFA. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
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  7. ^ "Manuel Llorente confirma el fichaje de Diego Alves" [Manuel Llorente confirms signing of Diego Alves]. Super Deporte (in Spanish). 19 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
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  11. ^ "Soldado spot kick salvages Valencia draw". UEFA. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Valencia keeper Alves signs new deal". ESPN FC. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Diego Alves tears knee ligament". Inside Spanish Football. 10 May 2015. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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  15. ^ "Diego Alves é do Flamengo" [Diego Alves belongs to Flamengo] (in Portuguese). CR Flamengo. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Flamengo goalkeeper Alves suffers season-ending injury". Xinhua News Agency. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Flamengo: Cirurgia de Diego Alves é bem-sucedida e retorno deve levar dois meses" [Flamengo: Diego Alves surgery went well and he should return in two months]. O Dia (in Portuguese). 25 November 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
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  27. ^ "Diego Alves hace historia al pararle el penalti a Cristiano Ronaldo" [Diego Alves makes history after saving Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty]. Sport (in Spanish). 9 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
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