Cristián Álvarez (footballer, born 1980)

Cristián Andrés Álvarez Valenzuela (born 20 January 1980 in Curicó) is a retired Chilean footballer, who played as a defender.

Cristián Álvarez
Universidad Católica - Huachipato, 2018-05-05 - Cristián Álvarez - 01.jpg
Álvarez with Universidad Católica 2018
Personal information
Full name Cristián Andrés Álvarez Valenzuela
Date of birth (1980-01-20) 20 January 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Curicó, Chile
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Universidad Católica 173 (24)
2005–2006 River Plate 21 (0)
2007 Universidad Católica 16 (1)
2007–2010 Beitar Jerusalem 54 (5)
2009–2010Chiapas (loan) 20 (0)
2011–2012 Universitario 15 (2)
2011–2018 Universidad Católica 145 (9)
Total 443 (41)
National team
2000–2014 Chile 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2018


Universidad CatolicaEdit

He arrived in 1993 to prove to Universidad Católica next to his brother Ivan, after the pickers of the UC saw him play in a championship in his native Curicó. He spent three years traveling to Santiago to train and play for the Crusaders, it was not until 1996 that he finally moved to live in Santiago.

For 1997 made his debut in the Professional Squad, he played 31 minutes with just 17 years in the 4–0 win against Colo Colo (in that duel lined up youths due to a footballers' strike).

Arriving 1999 is officially made with an official jersey on the cross team honor planter. He participated in only 10 official matches until the Chilean national championship of the year 2000, where he played 23 matches with 2 converted goals, together with 21 matches played in 2001.

The year 2002 obtained the titularity in the crossed squad, being champion of the Torneo de Apertura, and playing 43 parties with 2 goals. In that same tournament he put his name at the top of the Crusade history. It was a day on 12 October, while playing the 145th edition of the university classic against University of Chile and after an injury of goalkeeper Jonathan Walker. The coach Juvenal Olmos did not have more changes, this was how CristÃn Álvarez was who offered to get under the 3 sticks. 71 'minutes had passed. When with jersey and gloves provided, Crístian manages to stop the finishing of the blue scorer Pedro González. Leaving the party 1: 1 in addition had to complete the party like arquero.

From 2003, until his transfer to the Argentine soccer in the middle of 2005, he disputed 78 meetings and scored 19 goals, in spite of being right lateral.

International careerEdit

His first match with River Plate was on 7 August 2005 in the 2–0 victory against Tiro Federal. In 2007 moved Alvarez to Beitar Jerusalem. In a match against Maccabi Netanya Alvarez scored a goal from 35 meters which is nominated to be goals of the year. After two years in Israel with Beitar Jerusalem left on 19 August 2009 his club and signed for Chiapas for one season.

back to Universidad CatolicaEdit

In 2011, Cristian returned to his home club, Universidad Católica,[1] Where he shared the captaincy of the team with his lifelong friend Milovan Mirosevic.

Cristian Was the captain in 2016, historical year of Universidad Catolica, where they achieved the first bicampeonato in the history of the club, in addition to winning the Super Cup against the archrival Universidad de Chile.

In May 2017, Christian renewed for 6 months more with the club, announcing his retirement in the month of December.[2]

In November 2018, Christian play his last game in San Carlos de Apoquindo, saying goodbye to the public that cheered his name[3]

International careerEdit

He competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney representing Chile and won the bronze medal. His debut with the Chilean national team was in 2000 against Ecuador during qualifications for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has 23 caps for his country.



Universidad Católica
Beitar Jerusalem



  1. ^ "Cristían Álvarez vuelve a Catolica" (in Spanish). 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Cristían Álvarez renovó por seis meses y luego se retirará del fútbol" (in Spanish). 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Alvarez se Despidio de San Carlos" (in Spanish). 26 November 2018.

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