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17 January 1983
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Álvaro Arbeloa Coca (born 17 January 1983) is a Spanish World Cup winning footballer who played for Liverpool between 2007-2009. He left Liverpool in 2009, joining Spanish club Real Madrid having played 96 games.
On 31 January 2007, Arbeloa signed for Liverpool from Deportivo La Coruna to provide competition to Steve Finnan, for a fee of around £2,500,000. Upon joining Arbeloa said "For me this is a beautiful challenge and I hope everything goes well. It's a huge leap for me". He made his debut as a 76th minute substitute, replacing Jermaine Pennant, against Newcastle on 10 February 2007. His first start came in the Last 16 Champions League first leg against Barcalona on 21 February 2007, where he was able to control Lionel Messi.
Having made 14 appearances in all competitions in the 2006-07 season, Arbeloa was used frequently in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, making 41 and 43 appearances respectively. On 28 July 2009 Arbeloa resigned for Real Madrid, and was spoke happily about his time on Merseyside, thanking Liverpool for improving him as a player saying "I loved playing at Anfield, no opponents like to play in front of the Liverpool supporters. I played in some very big games and the crowd always gets behind the team. Liverpool are a club with great fans and inspirational history. The team also has a lot of belief."
While at Real Madrid he praised the impact of Kenny Dalglish, saying "I think with Dalglish, who was one of the best players in the history of Liverpool, they look more confident and they improved a lot." showing that he still holds a fondness for Liverpool.
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- Alvaro Arbeloa career stats at Soccerbase