Álvaro Novo

Spanish footballer
Álvaro Novo
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Novo Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 44)[1]
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain[1]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Don Bosco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Carabanchel 37 (10)
1998–2000 Mallorca B 53 (9)
2000–2003 Mallorca 101 (7)
2003–2005 Atlético Madrid 37 (1)
2005–2008 Real Sociedad 53 (3)
Total 281 (30)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Álvaro Novo Ramírez (born 16 May 1978) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Over eight seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 183 matches and 11 goals with Mallorca, Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad.[2]

Club career

Novo was born in Córdoba, Andalusia. After finishing his football development at local Córdoba CF he started as a senior at lowly RCD Carabanchel in Madrid, helping the club to its only two Segunda División B years, after which he left in 1998.[2]

Novo then moved to RCD Mallorca, first playing with the reserves, competing one season in the Segunda División and being relegated.[2] He made his debut for the main squad in the year 2000, then became an undisputed starter for the Balearic Islands side, partnering Serb Jovan Stanković in the wings.[3]

After a third place in La Liga in the 2000–01 campaign, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, and the Copa del Rey conquest in 2003,[4] Novo left for Atlético Madrid, rejoining former Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano whom asked for his signing repeatedly.[5][6] After the manager was replaced for 2004–05, he disappeared from the team's lineups (only five matches).[7]

In the summer of 2005, Novo signed with Real Sociedad.[8] Again, a coaching change – José Mari Bakero was fired – made him go from an important attacking unit to a third-string squad member,[7] the Basque could not release him due to his high wages and the player also refused to go on loan to neighbours SD Eibar;[9] his contract expired in June 2008, and he was released.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Álvaro NOVO Ramírez". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Vega, Álvaro (16 February 2016). "Los diez cordobeses con más partidos en Primera" [The ten native from Córdoba with more matches in Primera]. ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  3. ^ Leal, Tolo (24 November 2011). "Jugadores de ayer y de hoy: Álvaro Novo" [Players from yesterday and today: Álvaro Novo] (in Spanish). RCDM. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ Miguelez, José (29 June 2003). "Eto'o pone Mallorca a brindar" [Eto'o has Mallorca toasting]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ Domenech, Pablo (20 August 2003). "Novo es el séptimo fichaje de Manzano" [Novo is Manzano's seventh signing]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  6. ^ Borasteros, Daniel (2 September 2003). "Las dos caras de Novo" [The two faces of Novo]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Álvaro Novo: "Por mucho que trabaje, no creo que sirva si ya han decidido no contar conmigo"" [Álvaro Novo: "No matter how hard I work, I don't think it will do any good if they have decided to deem me surplus"]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 August 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ Sánchez, Ramón (1 September 2005). "Álvaro Novo fue el único fichaje de última hora" [Álvaro Novo was the only last-minute signing]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Novo dice "no" a la cesión al Eibar" [Novo says "no" to Eibar loan]. Noticias de Gipuzkoa (in Spanish). 30 January 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  10. ^ Sáenz San Juan, Pablo (11 April 2018). "Otros "10" que han vestido la elástica de la Real además de Xabi Prieto" [Other "10" who have donned Real's jersey besides Xabi Prieto] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 21 December 2018.

External links

  • Álvaro Novo at BDFutbol
  • Álvaro Novo at Soccerway