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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Antolín Alcaraz

Birthplace: San Roque González, Paraguay
Date Of Birth: 30.7.1982
Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Nationality: Paraguayan
Position: Centreback

Did You Know? Alcaraz worked throughout his teenage years as a builder’s assistant in his hometown of San Roque González!

After starting at amateur football in his country, the 19-year-old moved to Argentina and signed with Racing Club de Avellaneda, appearing rarely during his spell.

In 2002 he was loaned to ACF Fiorentina, but the Italians soon faced bankruptcy and regrouped in the fourth division; he then had a trial at U.S. Città di Palermo, but nothing came of it.

In January 2003, Alcaraz signed for Portuguese club S.C. Beira-Mar. After seven appearances in half a season he became a defensive mainstay at the top division team, eventually also gaining club captaincy; in 2005–06 he helped the Aveiro outfit return to the top flight, playing 31 matches.

On 30 April 2007 Alcaraz was signed by Club Brugge in Belgium, with the deal being effective as of July. After a slow first season he also eventually became first-choice, helping his team to two third-places and one second.

On 14 May 2010 Alcaraz signed with Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, as his contract with Brugge was due to expire at the end of June. He scored his first goal for the club against Sunderland on 11 September 2010, netting in the 86th minute for an eventual 1–1 home draw.

On 6 November 2011, Alcaraz caused widespread controversy when replays showed him spitting at Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Richard Stearman during Wigan's 1–3 defeat at Molineux Stadium, and served a three-game suspension due to his actions. He later issued an apology.

On 7 May 2012 Alcaraz scored the game's only goal at Blackburn Rovers to retain the Latics' top division safety, whilst relegating their opponent to the Football League Championship.

Alcaraz played the full 90 minutes of the 2013 FA Cup, as Wigan caused a 1–0 upset against Manchester City. Three days later he played as Wigan were relegated from the top division following a 1–4 defeat at Arsenal. At the end of the season his contract expired and he became a free agent.

Alcaraz joined Everton on a two-year deal in July 2013.


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