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Alvaro Arbeloa

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 17
  • Date of birth: 17 January, 1983 (27 years old)
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
1 Alvaro Arbeloa
0|0 Alvaro Arbeloa
1 As substitute
52|57 Total Spain
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Spain
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Alvaro Arbeloa
0 Alvaro Arbeloa
8 Total Spain
5 Total Spain
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|0 Alvaro Arbeloa
0|0 Alvaro Arbeloa
68|125 Total Spain
8|0 Total Spain
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Spain games played

  1. Spain 0-1 Switzerland
    Wednesday, 16 June Match report
  2. Spain 2-0 Honduras
    Monday, 21 June Match report
  3. Chile 1-2 Spain
    Friday, 25 June Match report
  4. Spain 1-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report
  6. Germany 0-1 Spain
    Wednesday, 7 July Match report
  7. Netherlands 0-1 Spain
    Sunday, 11 July Match report

Player profile

The versatile defender has been a consistent performer in his first season back at Real Madrid, having previously spent five seasons at the club from the age of 16, proving adept in either full-back position.

Arbeloa’s first coach when he joined Real Madrid’s junior ranks was Rafa Benitez, who later brought him to Liverpool for £2.6m in January 2007. He went on to make 99 appearances for the Anfield club, the last of which was marred by an on-pitch altercation with team-mate Jamie Carragher, who blamed the Spaniard for a goal conceded against West Brom.

Nonetheless, Arbeloa said his stint in England made him “a much better player” and he was part of the squad that won Euro 2008, three months after making his international debut.

He only played once in qualifying for the World Cup – starting in the 5-0 victory against Belgium last September.

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