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Álvaro Arbeloa

Álvaro Arbeloa Coca (born 17 January 1983) is a Spanish 2010 FIFA World Cup association football player currently playing for Real Madrid C.F. and the Spain national football team. Álvaro Arbeloa is predominantly a Defender (association football) Full back, although Álvaro Arbeloa can play as a Defender (association football) Centre back. During Álvaro Arbeloa return to Real Madrid, Álvaro Arbeloa has started most of the games as a Defender (association football) .

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Álvaro Arbeloa Coca (born 17 January 1983) is a Spanish 2010 FIFA World Cup association football player currently playing for Real Madrid C.F. and the Spain national football team. Álvaro Arbeloa is predominantly a Defender (association football) Full back, although Álvaro Arbeloa can play as a Defender (association football) Centre back. During Álvaro Arbeloa return to Real Madrid, Álvaro Arbeloa has started most of the games as a Defender (association football) .

Arbeloa trained with Real Madrid as a youth player, and worked Álvaro Arbeloa way up to the first team, making Álvaro Arbeloa debut in the 2004–05 season. However, Álvaro Arbeloa mostly played for the Real Madrid B team. Álvaro Arbeloa moved to Deportivo de La Coruña to play first team football in La Liga in 2006, but moved to Liverpool F.C. after half a season. Álvaro Arbeloa cemented Álvaro Arbeloa place in the Liverpool first team and played in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, which Liverpool lost to A.C. Milan in the final. Arbeloa made 93 appearances in Álvaro Arbeloa three seasons at the club. Álvaro Arbeloa returned to Madrid in 2009 for a fee of £3,500,000.

Internationally, Álvaro Arbeloa made Álvaro Arbeloa senior debut in 2008 and has played for Spain national football team at UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning the former tournament. Also part of the winning FIFA 2010 World Cup squad.

Álvaro Arbeloa married Álvaro Arbeloa childhood sweetheart Carlota Ruiz in July 2009, and their daughter, Alba, was born 26 April 2010.

Club career

Real Madrid

After signing as a teenager for Real Madrid C.F.. Arbeloa began playing with the youth team. Álvaro Arbeloa later graduated to the reserve team, and played with the first team twice.

Deportivo La Coruña

On 24 July 2006, Arbeloa signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, following in the footsteps of teammate Roberto Soldado. Arbeloa said: "This is a strange situation for me; I have been playing for Real Madrid for five years, since I was 16-years-old. Real was nothing but good to me, but it's time for me to go. Madrid has the best players in the world and although that is great for the club, unfortunately that's not so great for cantera players; only a few of us can find their place in the first team, and even those who do find their place in the first team like Álvaro Mejía Pérez and Francisco Pavón are only third or fourth pick, and that is why I want to leave the club to a club where I can get some regular playing time, in La Liga of course. Deportivo La Coruña is one of the best clubs in Spain and with Joaquín Caparrós as head coach I will certainly get more experience, and get better, what is most important is that Álvaro Arbeloa will have confidence in me. I have enjoyed my time at Real, and I thank everybody who helped me. I'm leaving Real Madrid to play more football, no other reason."

Liverpool

On 31 January 2007, Arbeloa signed for English Premier League club Liverpool F.C., for a fee of around €4 million, with Real Madrid receiving 50% of the fee. Álvaro Arbeloa made Álvaro Arbeloa Premiership debut on 10 February against Newcastle United F.C., coming as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant. Álvaro Arbeloa made Álvaro Arbeloa full debut against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp, where Álvaro Arbeloa was employed as a left-back. This was done by coach Rafael Benítez for tactical reasons, as Álvaro Arbeloa stronger right foot could stop Lionel Messi, because Messi had a tendency to cut Álvaro Arbeloa runs towards the center of the field. Álvaro Arbeloa part in keeping Messi quiet helped Liverpool to a 2–1 win over the defending champions. Álvaro Arbeloa scored Álvaro Arbeloa first goal for Liverpool against Reading F.C. on 7 April 2007. Álvaro Arbeloa helped Liverpool to the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, and came on as a susbtitute as they went down 2–1 to A.C. Milan.

Arbeloa's squad number changed from 2 to 17 as a personal preference for the 2007–08 in English football. Continuing Álvaro Arbeloa good form from the latter stages of the 2007–08 season, Arbeloa cemented a first team place in the Liverpool team following good performances during Liverpool's victories over fierce rivals Manchester United F.C. and Chelsea F.C..

On 18 May 2009, in a match against West Bromwich Albion F.C., Arbeloa was involved in an on-field clash with Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher after continuous blips from Arbeloa and the two had to be separated by Xabi Alonso, José Manuel Reina, Daniel Agger, and Emiliano Insúa. Carragher later explained that Álvaro Arbeloa clashed with Arbeloa as a moment of poor defending from the latter threatened the clean sheet. The Liverpool vice-captain explained, "we want to keep a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of the Barclays Golden Glove for the fourth season running." Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez refused to comment about the incident.

Return to Real Madrid

On 29 July 2009, it was announced that Real Madrid and Liverpool F.C. had reached an agreement on the transfer of Arbeloa to the Spanish club. A fee of £5 million had been agreed between the clubs. Arbeloa signed a five-year contract after completing the deal. After the departure of fellow full backs Míchel Salgado and Miguel Torres, Arbeloa has been handed the number 2 jersey. At Real Madrid Arbleoa has played mainly at the left back position due to Los Blancos lack of experienced and dependable options in that area of the field. Arbeloa scored Álvaro Arbeloa first Real Madrid goal on 13 February 2010 in a 3–0 away win against Xerez CD. Álvaro Arbeloa second goal in the white jersey came in El Derbi madrileño on 28 March, scoring a right-foot goal past David de Gea in the 3–2 win over Atlético Madrid. Arbeloa also scored a goal in Champions League against Ajax with a shot from outside the penalty area. During the 2010–11 season under José Mourinho, Arbeloa switched to the number 17 jersey. Álvaro Arbeloa has been used at both right-back and left-back, and was praised by Álvaro Arbeloa coach for Álvaro Arbeloa efforts. In the 2011-12 La Liga season, Arbeloa has appeared exclusively as a right-back, starting 10 games and assisting 3 goals as of 22/11/11. Due to Ricardo Carvalho lengthy injury, Sergio Ramos has operated as centre-back and Arbeloa has replaced Ramos as right-back. Álvaro Arbeloa played Álvaro Arbeloa 100th match for Real Madrid against Málaga where unfortunately Álvaro Arbeloa got sent off.

International career

On 1 February 2008, Álvaro Arbeloa was called up to the full Spanish national team squad for the first time, to play France in a friendly match in Málaga on 6 February, although Álvaro Arbeloa was forced to pull out because of injury. Álvaro Arbeloa made Álvaro Arbeloa international debut on 26 March against Italy national football team. Álvaro Arbeloa was selected for the Spain national football team squad for UEFA Euro 2008, starting the first round match against Greece national football team.

Arbeloa continued in the national team through to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Álvaro Arbeloa helped Spain to the semi-finals. Álvaro Arbeloa won the world cup with Spain in 2010 and made one substitute appearance in the tournament.

Honours

Club

Real Madrid
- Copa del Rey: 2010–11 Copa del Rey

Country

Spain
- FIFA World Cup: 2010 FIFA World Cup
- UEFA European Football Championship: UEFA Euro 2008

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%c3%81lvaro_Arbeloa

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