Diego Alves Biography
Diego Alves Carreira is a Brazilian professional footballer. He was born on 24 June 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He plays in the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and the Brazil national team as a goalkeeper.
He started professionally at the Clube Atlético Mineiro, on 24 July 2007 he moved to UD Almería.
Diego represented Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was a backup to Renan. But he did not get any chance to play. The national team went on to win a bronze medal.
On 10 November 2011, Alves made his debut as a playing footballer in a friendly match for Gabon, his team won 2–0. He again played against Egypt and again the team won 2–0.
Alves was selected by coach Dunga for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, but withdrew due to a knee injury to be replaced by Neto.
Rise to Glory
Against Sevilla FC and on 25 January 2015, Alves made his 15th penalty save. He has stopped 42.85% of all penalties he has faced in his career. He, thus. is regarded as a specialist penalty stopper.
Alves was selected for the 2015 Copa América in Chile by his coach Dunga, but he had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
He was initially the backup to another newly signed, David Cobeño, but soon got promoted as starter, helping the club get overwhelming success of final eighth place in the league with notable performances against many apart from Real Madrid.
In August 2008 After Cobeño left for Rayo Vallecano, Alves remained first-choice in entire 2008–09 period. But he suffered an injury in the final stretch of the season.
On 20 November 2010, Alves was not really defensive and Almería lost 0–8 at home against FC Barcelona.
Alves was unveiled as a Valencia player in 2011.
On 13 September 2011, Alves made his official debut for the Valencia CF, in a 0–0 away draw against K.R.C. Genk for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. He backed-up Vicente Guaita in the league, however Guaita got a serious injury in his hand and thus he got chance to play.
Alves also played in the second Champions League group stage match, at home to Chelsea, where he performed really well.
Alves signed a new five-year deal with Valencia in July 2014.
Ten years since having left for Europe, Alves joined Clube de Regatas do Flamengo On 17 July 2017 for a 3 year deal till 2020.
On 9 May 2015 he made record of being the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves in the history of the Spanish top flight with 16 saves out of 37. This was as a result of denying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
But this record was shared with Andoni Zubizarreta who saved 16 from 102. But he broke this record on 25 September 2016 during a 2–1 away win over CD Leganés.