Antonio Álvarez Giráldez

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Antonio Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Antonio Álvarez Giráldez
Date of birth (1955-04-10) 10 April 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Marchena, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Sevilla B
1975–1988 Sevilla 295 (6)
1988–1992 Málaga 105 (4)
1992–1995 Granada 101 (3)
Total 501 (13)
National team
1983 Spain Amateur 3 (0)
1981 Spain B 2 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2008 Sevilla (assistant)
2010 Sevilla

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Antonio Álvarez Giráldez (born 10 April 1955) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current coach.

Playing career

Born in Marchena, Seville, and a product of hometown Sevilla FC's prolific youth system, Álvarez made his La Liga debuts during the 1975–76 season, scoring once in eight games as the club finished in 11th position. In the following decade he would be more often than not an undisputed starter for the Andalusians, eventually playing in nearly 350 matches all competitions comprised.[1]

At the end of the 1987–88 campaign, still with Sevilla in the top division, 33-year-old Álvarez – having appeared in just 17 league contests – opted to move on, and signed with neighbouring CD Málaga. In the 1992 summer he joined another side in the region, third level's Granada CF, eventually hanging up his boots at the age of 40.

Coaching career

After retiring, Álvarez eventually worked again with main side Sevilla, serving as assistant under several coaches, the first Joaquín Caparrós in 2000. He was part of Juande Ramos' staff as the club won two consecutive UEFA Cups and one Copa del Rey, amongst other accolades.

In March 2010, after roughly two years as Sevilla's director of football, Álvarez replaced former teammate Manolo Jiménez as first-team manager following his dismissal,[1] after Luis Aragonés, recently departed from Beşiktaş JK, declined an offer to coach the side.[2] He led the team throughout the last ten games of the season, winning six, losing four and robbing RCD Mallorca of the fourth place which qualified for the UEFA Champions League, in the last minute of the last matchday, a 3–2 win at neighbours UD Almería.

On 19 May 2010 Álvarez was also on the bench, as Sevilla won the season's domestic cup, with goals from youth graduates Diego Capel and Jesús Navas (2–0).[3] Four months later, following two losses and one draw in three games (two in the league and one in the UEFA Europa League), he was sacked.[4]

Managerial stats

As of 26 September 2010
Team Nation From To Record
Played W D L Win %
Sevilla Spain 26 March 2010 27 September 2010 21 10 2 9 47.6



  1. 1.0 1.1 El mariscal del área, ante el gran reto de su carrera, después de décadas de entrega as Sevilla FC (The Marshall of the Box, before the greatest challenge of his career, after years of giving to Sevilla FC); Sevilla's official website, 27 March 2010 (Spanish)
  2. Luis Aragonés dice "no" al Sevilla (Luis Aragonés says "no" to Sevilla); Marca, 25 March 2010 (Spanish)
  3. "Cup glory for Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Sevilla sack Antonio Alvarez and appoint Gregorio Manzano". 27 September 2010. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Ganó el serio, cayó el alegre" (in Spanish). El País. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2015. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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