Carlos Alberto Alves Garcia
His surname is Alves Garcia
, former from mother, latter from father. (born 6 September 1982 in Lisbon
), aka Carlitos
, is a Portuguese footballer
who plays for Hannover 96
in the Bundesliga
, as a left winger
Carlitos started his professional career at Amora F.C.
in 2000, at the early age of 17. Two years later he moved to Lisbon
neighbours G.D. Estoril Praia
, helping it achieve promotion to the top division
in his second year.
Subsequently, Carlitos caught the eye of country giants S.L. Benfica
, which signed the player after the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
, where he appeared with Portugal
. He helped Benfica conquer its first league title in 11 years
, but could never break into the first team (10 matches, nine as a reserve, none complete).
In January 2006, Carlitos was loaned out to Vitória de Setúbal
, making a good impression in six months. In June, he returned to Benfica, but was immediately loaned out again, this time to Swiss
side FC Sion
, teaming up with compatriot (of Benfica and F.C. Porto
fame) João Manuel Pinto
In July 2007, Carlitos was sold definitely, but stayed in the country, moving to FC Basel
for a sum of €
1.5 million. His Basel debut came on 22 July 2007, in a 1–0 win over FC Zürich
at St. Jakob-Park
. He scored Basel's 200th goal in European competition
on 5 December, curling the ball into the back of the net from a free......