Diego Alves Carreira

Diego Alves Carreira

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Diego Alves Carreira (born 24 June 1985 in Rio de Janeiro), known as Alves, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Valencia CF in Spain, as a goalkeeper.

Club career

Having started professionally at Clube Atlético Mineiro, Alves moved to UD Almería on 24 July 2007, as the Andalusians had just achieved a first ever La Liga promotion.

Initially the backup to another newly signed, David Cobeño, Alves eventually became the undisputed starter, helping the club overachieve for a final 8th place in the league, with notable performances against, among others, Real Madrid.

After Cobeño left for Rayo Vallecano in August 2008, Alves remained first choice during 2008–09, but suffered an injury in the final stretch of the campaign. Fully recovered for the start of the following campaign, he played in all the matches and minutes (safe for 30 minutes against Valencia CF, after he had been sent off, and the last round against Sevilla FC, as Almería was already saved from relegation); even before the campaign had ended, speculation was ripe regarding his future.; Goal.com, 22 April 2010

On 20 November 2010, Alves was in goal as Almería lost 0–8 at home against FC Barcelona, a defeat which cost manager Juan Manuel Lillo his post.; ESPNsoccernet, 20 November 2010 In mid-May 2011, after Almería's top flight relegation, Valencia chairman Manuel Llorente confirmed the...
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