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Álvaro González (footballer, born 1990)

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Álvaro González Soberón (born 8 January 1990), known simply as Álvaro, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille on loan from Villarreal CF as a central defender.

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Álvaro with Villarreal in 2019
Personal information
Full name Álvaro González Soberón
Date of birth (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Potes, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Villarreal)
Number 3
Youth career
2003–2009 Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Racing B 48 (0)
2011–2012 Racing Santander 37 (1)
2012–2014 Zaragoza 72 (2)
2014–2016 Espanyol 74 (1)
2016– Villarreal 89 (2)
2019–Marseille (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013 Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019


Club careerEdit

Racing SantanderEdit

Born in Potes, Cantabria, Álvaro was a product of hometown club Racing de Santander's youth ranks, and made his professional debut in the 2009–10 season, appearing in 23 games for the reserves in the third division and suffering relegation. He made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 1 May 2011, starting and playing 82 minutes in a 2–0 home win against RCD Mallorca.[1]

Due to injuries to teammates, Álvaro started 2011–12 campaign in Racing's starting XI. Shortly before, he had signed his first professional contract for the Cantabrians.[2]

On 14 November 2011, Racing rejected a 2 million offer for Álvaro made by FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[3] He remained a starter until the end of the season, being relegated at its closure.


On 11 July 2012, Álvaro signed a four-year deal with Real Zaragoza.[4] In his first year he was again first-choice, but the Aragonese also dropped down to the second level.[5]

Álvaro scored his first goal on 10 November 2012, in a 5–3 victory over Deportivo de La Coruña.[6]

Espanyol / VillarrealEdit

On 28 July 2014, Álvaro returned to the top flight after agreeing to a five-year contract with RCD Espanyol.[7] In preparation for 2016–17 he was made fourth captain behind Javi López, Víctor Sánchez and Víctor Álvarez,[8] but on 31 August 2016, however, he was transferred to fellow league team Villarreal CF on a four-year deal.[9][10] He made his competitive debut for the latter on 15 September in a 2–1 home win against FC Zürich for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League,[11] and his maiden league appearance came ten days later in the 3–1 home defeat of CA Osasuna where he also played 90 minutes, also committing a penalty on Sergio León which resulted in the opposition's goal.[12]


On 19 July 2019, Álvaro joined French club Olympique de Marseille on a season-long loan, with a mandatory purchase option of €5 million on 30 June 2020.[13]

International careerEdit

Álvaro won his only cap for Spain at under-21 level on 12 June 2013, in a 3–0 group phase defeat of the Netherlands[14] as the tournament in Israel eventually ended in conquest.[15]



  1. ^ Santander bank on safety; ESPN Soccernet, 1 May 2011
  2. ^ Álvaro González firma con el Racing para las próximas cuatro temporadas (Álvaro González signs with Racing for next four seasons); Racing Santander, 25 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Racing recibe una tentadora oferta del Dnipro por el defensa Álvaro (Racing receive tempting offer from Dnipro for defender Álvaro); El Diario Montañés, 14 November 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Álvaro González refuerza al Zaragoza (Álvaro González strengthens Zaragoza); Marca, 11 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "El Zaragoza destituye a Manolo Jiménez" [Zaragoza fire Manolo Jiménez] (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Fútbol | Real Zaragoza 5–3 Deportivo de la Coruña – Lluvia de goles en La Romareda con remontada del Zaragoza" [Football | Real Zaragoza 5–3 Deportivo de la Coruña – Goal rain at La Romareda with Zaragoza comeback] (in Spanish). RTVE. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ Principi d’acord amb el Zaragoza per Álvaro i Montañés (Early agreement with Zaragoza for Álvaro and Montañés); RCD Espanyol, 28 July 2014 (in Catalan)
  8. ^ "Álvaro González, new captain". RCD Espanyol. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Álvaro, traspassat al Villarreal" [Álvaro, transferred to Villarreal] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  10. ^ "¡Bienvenido, Álvaro!" [Welcome, Álvaro!] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  11. ^ Dodson, Allen (15 September 2016). "Villarreal defeat Zurich 2–1 in opening Europa League fixture". Villarreal USA. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  12. ^ "El Villarreal se muestra intratable ante Osasuna (3–1) y gana el partido por la vía rápida en El Madrigal" [Villarreal show no mercy against Osasuna (3–1) and win match through the fast lane at El Madrigal] (in Spanish). Castellón Información. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  13. ^ Franch, Víctor (19 July 2019). "El Villarreal oficializa la salida de Álvaro al Oympique de Marsella" [Villarreal make departure of Álvaro to Oympique de Marseille official] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ "España se deshace de Holanda para liderar su grupo (3–0)" [Spain get rid of the Netherlands to lead their group (3–0)] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  15. ^ a b Egea, Pablo (18 June 2013). "Un equipo de estrellas" [A team of stars] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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