Quini (footballer, born 1980)

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Quini celebrates a goal for Alcorcón in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joaquín Álvarez Álvarez
Date of birth (1980-07-04) 4 July 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1996–1997 San Martín de la Vega
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Atlético Pinto B
1998–1999 Atlético Pinto
1999–2000 Valdemoro
2000–2001 Leganés B
2001–2002 Puerta Bonita
2002–2003 Atlético Pinto
2003–2004 Alcalá 32 (5)
2004–2005 Alcorcón 37 (16)
2005–2007 Zamora 64 (18)
2007 Mazarrón
2007–2010 Leganés 104 (39)
2010–2014 Alcorcón 103 (35)
2013Racing Santander (loan) 21 (3)
2014–2015 Eldense 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joaquín Álvarez Álvarez (born 4 July 1980), known as Quini, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

He only started his professional career at the age of 30, and appeared in 120 Segunda División matches over four seasons, scoring a combined 38 goals for Alcorcón and Racing de Santander.

Club career[edit]

From 1997 to 2010, Madrid-born Quini played exclusively in the lower leagues of Spanish football, representing nine clubs including CA Pinto (two spells). In the 2009–10 season he scored 20 goals in 35 matches for CD Leganés, also in the Community of Madrid.[1][2]

At the age of already 30, Quini made his second division debut, with AD Alcorcón with which he had already played six years before.[3] He finished the 2010–11 campaign with 22 goals, fifth-best in the competition as the team easily retained their newly acquired status; highlights included a hat-trick against Girona FC (3–1 home win)[4] and braces against SD Ponferradina (2–0, home),[5] Xerez CD (3–1, home),[6] Córdoba CF (2–1 at home),[7] UD Las Palmas (5–0, home)[8] and CD Tenerife (3–2 home success).[9]

Quini lowered his totals to 13 in 2011–12, but the side again stayed in the second tier, finishing in fourth position and qualifying to the playoffs.[10] He was loaned to Racing de Santander in January 2013,[11] and suffered relegation with the latter.

Quini left Alcorcón in the summer of 2014, and moved to CD Eldense in the third level. He retired in January 2015, immediately becoming the latter club's director of football.[12]


  1. ^ "Dioni entra en el 'club de los 20'" [Dioni joins the '20 club'] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ Egido, Óscar (10 February 2015). "Quini Álvarez: "Me ilusionaba más jugar un partido de pádel que uno de fútbol"" [Quini Álvarez: "I had more interest playing a game of padel than one of football"] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ Acedo, Diego (20 September 2010). "La saga goleadora Quini tiene su continuidad en Alcorcón" [Quini scoring saga continues in Alcorcón]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Quini firma un 'hat-trick' y tres puntos para el Alcorcón" [Quini gets 'hat-trick' and three points for Alcorcón]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 September 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Quini da una victoria histórica al Alcorcón" [Quini gives historic win to Alcorcón]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 September 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  6. ^ "El Alcorcón continúa siendo inexpugnable en su estadio" [Alcorcón still unbeatable at home ground]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 October 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Quini liquida al Córdoba (2–1) e impulsa al Alcorcón" [Quini finishes Córdoba (2–1) and thrusts Alcorcón] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Manita del Alcorcón" [Alcorcón fiver]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 February 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Quini lidera la remontada del Alcorcón y condena al Tenerife" [Quini leads Alcorcón comeback and condemns Tenerife]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 April 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  10. ^ G. Gil, Aimara (23 May 2012). "El Alcorcón puede atar el playoff al ritmo de Quini" [Alcorcón can clinch playoffs Quini-style]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  11. ^ Fernández, Pedro (30 December 2012). "Quini se lleva sus goles de Alcorcón a Santander" [Quini takes his goals from Alcorcón to Santander]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Quini se convierte en el nuevo director deportivo del Eldense" [Quini becomes Eldense's new director of football]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 28 January 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.

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