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Ariel Álvarez Leyva (born 9 May 1973) is a Cuban retired footballer who played at international levels, as a midfielder.

Ariel Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Ariel Álvarez Leyva
Date of birth (1973-05-09) 9 May 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Caibarién, Cuba
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 Villa Clara
1999 Bonner SC 1 (1)
1999–2010 Villa Clara
National team
1995–2001 Cuba 53 (8)
Teams managed
2012– Villa Clara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Álvarez played his entire career for local side Villa Clara, except for half a season in Germany with Bonner SC,[1] when then Cuban leader Fidel Castro approved for the whole Cuban team to join the German 4th level side for part of the 1998/99 season.[2][3]

International careerEdit

He played at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and made his senior international debut for Cuba in 1995 and has earned a total of 53 caps, scoring 8 goals.[4] He represented his country in 16 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[5]

His final international was an August 2001 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification match against Panama.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.[4]
Number Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 May 1995 Estadio Quisqueya, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic   Dominican Republic 2-0 3-0 1995 Caribbean Cup qualification
2 21 July 1995 Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica   Jamaica 2-1 1995 Caribbean Cup
3 4 June 1999 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago   Haiti 2-1 3-1 1999 Caribbean Cup
4 8 June 1999 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago   Saint Kitts and Nevis 1-0 2-0 1999 Caribbean Cup
5 8 June 1999 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago   Saint Kitts and Nevis 2-0 2-0 1999 Caribbean Cup
6 10 June 1999 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago   Jamaica 2-0 2-0 1999 Caribbean Cup
7 5 March 2000 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba   Cayman Islands 2-0 4-0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 4 April 2001 Uitvlugt Community Centre, Uitvlugt, Guyana   Dominica 1-0 3-1 2001 Caribbean Cup

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Álvarez became coach of Villa Clara.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cubanos en Europa - El Blog del Futbol Cubano
  2. ^ FC Fidel: quel ponte immaginario tra Cuba e Bonn - Nicola Adamu ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
  3. ^ The Cubans are coming - The Guardian
  4. ^ a b "Appearances for Cuba National Team". RSSSF.
  5. ^ Ariel ÁlvarezFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Álvarez apuesta por la reafirmación - Cuba Debate ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)

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