Manolo Alfaro

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Manolo Alfaro
Personal information
Full name Manuel Alfaro de la Torre
Date of birth (1971-01-19) 19 January 1971 (age 49)
Place of birth Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Alcalá 4 (1)
1989–1992 Atlético B 68 (34)
1990–1994 Atlético Madrid 24 (3)
1993–1994Valladolid (loan) 5 (0)
1994–1998 Hércules 133 (42)
1998–2000 Villarreal 49 (13)
2000–2001 Murcia 14 (0)
2001–2003 Hércules 30 (9)
Total 327 (102)
National team
1988 Spain U19 1 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Alcalá (assistant)
2006–2007 Jove Español
2007–2008 San Fernando Henares
2009–2010 Talavera
2010–2012 Toledo
2013 Jorge Wilstermann
2015 Orihuela
2016–2017 Azuqueca
2017–2018 Villarrubia
2018–2019 Azuqueca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Manuel "Manolo" Alfaro de la Torre (born 19 January 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and a manager.

His 14-year professional career was mainly associated with Hércules, for which he scored 55 official goals whilst competing in all three major levels of Spanish football.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Alcalá de Henares, Community of Madrid, Alfaro made his professional debuts with the club at which he finished his football formation, Atlético Madrid. He played rarely for the Colchoneros' first team, with 18 of his 24 appearances coming in the 1992–93 season, and was also loaned to Real Valladolid during his stint in the Spanish capital.

Alfaro signed for Hércules CF in 1994, scoring 20 Segunda División goals in his first two seasons combined, including 12 in the 1995–96 campaign en route to a La Liga return after a ten-year absence for the Alicante side. In the following year he netted a career-best 15 goals, but they were immediately relegated back.

In 1998–99, Alfaro produced another solid season in the top flight, now with Villarreal CF (35 games and 12 goals), but suffered another relegation. After years battling with chronic tendinitis he decided to retire from football in December 2002, aged only 31; his last club was Hércules, now in Segunda División B.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, Alfaro coached mainly in amateur football. In the 2004–05 season he worked alongside former Hércules teammate Josip Višnjić at hometown's RSD Alcalá, acting as director of football, youth coordinator and first-team assistant manager for the third division team; in the following year, he returned to his main club Hércules as a scout.

After two seasons in Tercera División with as many sides, Alfaro again worked with Hércules, as director of football. In 2009–10 he returned to coaching duties in the tier where he left off, with Talavera CF, but the club folded soon after. In November 2010 he was appointed at another fourth level team, CD Toledo.[2]



Atlético Madrid





  1. ^ "Alfaro se despide sin lágrimas" [Alfaro says goodbye without tears]. El País (in Spanish). 23 December 2002. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Manolo Alfaro releva a Serna como entrenador del Toledo" [Manolo Alfaro relieves Serna as coach of Toledo]. ABC (in Spanish). 9 October 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011.

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