Full Name: Álvaro Domínguez Soto
Squad Number: 18
DoB: 15 May 1989
Buyout Clause: Unknown
Previous Clubs: –
Many Atlético fans might be unaware that Álvaro Domínguez, another promising youngster in Atleti’s ranks, often pulled on the white jersey of Real Madrid as a boy.
He swapped youth systems at the age of 12 and has been a rojiblanco ever since. Atlético fans will have no trouble forgiving the youngster – the fact that he helped the team reach two cup finals in his first full season with the team will only help them love him more.
Domínguez actually made his debut a season before, on 22 October 2008, when he started as a centre-back against Liverpool in a Champions League match. He was handed his la Liga debut just a short while later against Villarreal. The Madrid-born defender would go on to play five games that season.
In the 2009/10 season, Domínguez was fully promoted to the first team. Following Quique Sánchez Flores’ arrival as new first team coach, Domínguez soon earned a starting spot over captain Antonio López. But as Atleti’s defensive problems seemed to mount up in the centre of defence, Domínguez was shited there, handing López his spot at left-back.
Domínguez, despite his age and inexperience, seemed to be the only reliable defender for the remainder of the season. His calmness and determination brought some confidence back to the team, which resulted in two opportunities for Atlético to win silverware after impressive cup performances.
On 12 May 2010 Domínguez started and played 120 minutes in the Europa League final against Fulham (2-1). A week later Domínguez again played a full match; in the Copa del Rey final defeat to Sevilla.
Three months later Domínguez started for Atlético in the 2-0 UEFA Super Cup win over Internazionale.
Domínguez has represented Spain at most international levels. In 2009 Domínguez played with Spain in the World Cup U20, where the team crashed out in the round of 16 against Italy.
In the summer of 2011 he was an integral part of the Spanish squad that won the European U21 Championship. In August later that year this resulted in his first call-up for Spain’s senior side.