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Julian Alvarez Facts and Career Bio Story From Childhood.

Updated: Feb 9

Full Name: Julián Álvarez

Date of Birth: 31 January 2000

Place of Birth: Calchín, Argentina

Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Position(s): Striker / Forward

Current Team: Manchester City

Jersey Number: 19



In the heart of Calchín, Argentina, where the sun paints the landscape with warm hues, Julian Alvarez was born, taking his first breath on January 31, 2000, unknowingly setting the stage for a remarkable journey that would see him rise to prominence on both local and global footballing arenas.

From the comforting embrace of his family in Calchín to becoming a celebrated forward for Manchester City and a linchpin in Argentina's national team, Julian Álvarez's story is a testament to the passion, resilience, and unyielding support of his roots, showcasing the indomitable spirit of a special footballing maestro.



Below Are Facts Unraveling Biographical Chapters of Julián Álvarez's Early Life, Parents-Family and Career From Childhood


Parents, Family, and Heritage

In the small town of Calchín, Julián was born to parents Mariana and Gustavo Álvarez, and surrounded by the playful energy of his brothers, Raphael and Agu. Gustavo, a proud father, worked at a cereal factory to support the family, while Mariana, Julián's devoted mother, dedicated herself to nurturing young minds as a nursery school teacher. With strong ties to Calchín, nestled in the heart of Cordoba province, Julián proudly embraces his heritage as a White Argentine of Spanish ancestry, standing tall at 5 feet 7 inches.



Early Life in Football - Atlético Calchín

Julián's football journey commenced at Atlético Calchín, his hometown club, where his love for the game was ignited. From the outset, his time on the field was characterised by unwavering faith and impressive skill, laying the groundwork for what would become a remarkable career. His talent was evident even in his early years, shining brightly in the youth divisions, including notable appearances in the Generation Adidas Cup.

Guiding him through these formative years was his first coach, Rafael Varas, who balanced his role as a delivery driver with coaching duties at Atlético. Reflecting on Julián's natural ability, Varas once remarked, "Julian was always with a ball. When I realised we had a different kind of player, who could be a world star, I was not his teacher. How can you teach a player like Julian? You can only advise."



River Plate Career

Moving to River Plate in 2016 was a turning point in Álvarez's football story. Before joining River, trials with Boca Juniors and Real Madrid showcased his potential. Despite scoring twice for Real Madrid in a youth tournament, age restrictions prevented him from joining. However, his inclusion in River Plate's senior squad in the 2018–19 season marked the start of his professional journey. Making his senior debut in October 2018, Julián earned acclaim as one of Argentina's best young forwards. Julián Álvarez earned the nickname "La Araña" (meaning "The Spider") due to his remarkable awareness and scoring ability on the field.

Manchester City Journey

In January 2022, on his 22nd birthday, Julián Álvarez joined Manchester City, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. Despite remaining on loan with River Plate until the summer of 2022, his impact at Etihad has been remarkable since the summer of 2022. His predatory instinct, awareness, and vision have left a lasting impression on City fans and silenced critics, who doubted his abilities.


Contract Extension and Recent Achievements

After Qatar 2022, Álvarez continued making headlines. In March 2023, he signed a contract extension with the Cityzens until 2028. His debut season with City earned him the Premier League trophy, and the 2022/23 season brought further success with the FA Cup and the Champions League trophy.



Continued Success and Super Cup Victory

The 2023/24 season began with another achievement as Álvarez played a crucial role in City's Super Cup victory, scoring a decisive spot-kick in a thrilling penalty shootout against La Liga club Sevilla in Athens.

FIFA Club World Cup Triumph

Completing an extraordinary year, Álvarez's heroics continued in the FIFA Club World Cup, where he scored twice in the final against Fluminense and provided an assist, securing yet another trophy for Man City, who became the first English club to win five trophies in a calendar year.



International Career - Argentina! Argentina!

Julián's international journey began in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, Álvarez trained with Argentina's U-20 team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, played in the 2019 South American U-20 Championship, and scored a goal in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He also contributed to Argentina's victory in the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament, scoring once in seven matches.


His international career continued with a senior debut in a World Cup qualifier against Chile in June 2021. His inclusion in the squad that won the Copa America in July 2021 marked a prestigious international achievement. The pinnacle of Álvarez's international career came at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. At just 22, he played a crucial role in Argentina's memorable triumph, scoring four goals, including a memorable brace in the semi-final against Croatia.



Qatar 2022 Triumph

The 2022 World Cup marked a defining moment for Julián Álvarez. His exceptional performances showcased not only his scoring prowess but also his ability to shine on the grandest stage of international football.


Julian Alvarez Girlfriend & His Generosity

Off the pitch, Julián Álvarez's personal life is intertwined with his girlfriend, Emilia Ferrero. Both were born in the same year and sharing the Gemini zodiac sign. It's worth noting that Álvarez's generosity and impact transcend the realm of football. He never forgot the debt of gratitude he owed his first coach, Rafael Varas. As reported by Mancity.com, in the autumn of 2020, after establishing himself at River Plate, Álvarez showcased his generosity by purchasing Varas a new delivery van.

The veteran coach was moved to tears when Álvarez's father arrived at his doorstep, presenting him with the keys to the brand-new van, a heartfelt gesture that underscored Álvarez's appreciation for his mentor's guidance.



More Facts About Julian Alvarez

  1. Julián Álvarez became the 10th player to score two or more goals in a Premier League match on his birthday at the age of 24.

  2. He was named the South American Footballer of the Year in 2021, solidifying his status as a top talent.

  3. Álvarez is the first player to win the World Cup and a European Treble in the same season.

  4. Just before his move to Manchester City, Álvarez scored six goals in River Plate’s 8-1 victory over Alianz Lima in the Copa Libertadores, becoming only the second player ever to achieve this milestone in the tournament since Juan Carlos Sanchez in 1985.



Julián Álvarez Major Honours

Julián illustrious career has been adorned with an impressive collection of honours throughout his career:


River Plate

  • Argentine Primera División: 2021

  • Copa Argentina: 2018–19

  • Supercopa Argentina: 2019

  • Trofeo de Campeones: 2021

  • Copa Libertadores: 2018


Manchester City

  • Premier League: 2022–23

  • FA Cup: 2022–23

  • UEFA Champions League: 2022–23

  • UEFA Super Cup: 2023

  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2023


Argentina U23

  • CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament: 2020


Argentina National Team

  • FIFA World Cup: 2022

  • Copa América: 2021

  • CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions: 2022


Individual

  • South American Youth Championship Team of the Tournament: 2019

  • Argentine Primera División top scorer: 2021

  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2021



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