An unstoppable keeper


Álvaro Fernández Calvo joins Celta B and is well on his way to becoming a top Spanish footballer.

Like many goalkeepers from the top clubs in Spain, Álvaro Fernández Calvo also wanted to find out the effectiveness of the Marcet methodology for himself. He had already experienced the Madrid Intensive courses, which he attended for the first time when he was 10 years old. But in 2012 and 2014, when the goalkeeper already sported the Real Madrid shirt, he decided to come to the Barcelona headquarters during the summer. A few months later, the Spanish National Team technicians took notice of him and summoned him to play in an important tournament in Moscow.

Since then, Álvaro has become a regular of ‘la Roja’. With the National Team he won both the U-17 and U-19 European Championships, in addition to proclaiming himself as world runner-up in the first of these two categories. An impressive trajectory for the current Celta de Vigo goalkeeper, a club he came to in 2016 after several seasons at Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Malaga.

Hailing from Arganda, Álvaro was a key component for the National Team reaching the  the U-19 World Cup. Plus, he saved Germany’s first penalty strike in the penalty round of the semi-final of the European Cup. This save helped Spain get through to the final, as well as securing them a ticket for the World Cup. In the following video, the National keeper explains how he faced this exciting experience in India:

According to the website Fútbol Juvenil, the keeper from Madrid stands out for his “agility and elasticity”, despite being more than 1.80 metres tall. The Real Madrid website adds that he is “”Outstanding in his placement and not afraid to leave the goalmouth, as well as being skilled with his feet.”

These are some of the techniques he worked on at Marcet, as well as with his other teams. “The training sessions here are very intense, and that is exactly what I need to be prepared for next season,” said the young goalkeeper in this interview, held at Marcet Sports City in 2015:

Álvaro was 10 years old when he first wrapped himself in Marcet’s colours. He did it in Madrid, during an Intensive Christmas Course. “We learned of Marcet through other people, so at the age of 10 we decided to sign him up,” recalls Luis, the goalkeeper’s father. “Later he also did a Summer course in Barcelona. The experience was very enriching and positive, in all aspects. We hold fond memories of that time.”

Álvaro is now entering an important period in his sporting career. Although an injury has left him unable to play at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, everything still points towards him becoming a top Spanish footballer within the next decade. And if he continues to demonstrate his quality on the pitch as he has done so far, there is no doubt that he will have a place secured in professional football of the highest level.


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