Álvaro Domínguez Soto

Álvaro Domínguez

Domínguez in action for Atlético Madrid in 2009
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Domínguez Soto
Date of birth (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Borussia M'gladbach
Number 18
Youth career
1999–2001 Real Madrid
2001–2007 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Atlético Madrid B 44 (0)
2008–2012 Atlético Madrid 76 (5)
2012– Borussia M'gladbach 81 (3)
National team
2007–2008 Spain U19 7 (0)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2008–2011 Spain U21 13 (1)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2012– Spain 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 8 February 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Domínguez and the second or maternal family name is Soto.

Álvaro Domínguez Soto (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo ðoˈmiŋɡeθ ˈsoto]; born 16 May 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a left back.

He began his career at Atlético Madrid, making his first-team debut in 2008 and going on to appear in 120 competitive games and win three major titles, including two Europa League trophies. In 2012, he transferred to Mönchengladbach.

Domínguez played for Spain at the 2012 Olympics.

Club career

Atlético Madrid

After an unassuming youth spell at Real Madrid, Domínguez finished his football formation at neighbouring Atlético Madrid, joining its ranks at the age of 12.[1] He made his first-team debut on 22 October 2008, starting at home against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League (1–1 group stage draw),[2] but spent most of his first professional season with the B side, in Segunda División B.

On 16 November 2009, Domínguez signed his first professional contract with the Colchoneros, running until June 2013.[3] During that timeframe he became an undisputed starter for the club, in a season where it reached the finals of the domestic cup and the UEFA Europa League, winning the second.

Domínguez was again a regular for Atlético in the 2010–11 season, playing the full 90 minutes in the team's UEFA Super Cup 2–0 win against Inter Milan, as left-back. On 19 December 2010 he scored his first senior goal for the club, in a 3–0 La Liga win at Málaga CF.[4]

Borussia Mönchengladbach

On 27 June 2012, Domínguez was transferred to German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, signing a five-year contract.[5][6] He finished his first season with 40 appearances all competitions comprised as his team finished eighth in the Bundesliga, including seven in the Europa League and one in the Champions League.

During a league game against FC Bayern Munich, in the opening match of 2013–14, Domínguez handled the ball to concede a penalty, which was saved. He then handled the ball again from the rebound, giving away a second penalty in an eventual 1–3 away loss.[7]

International career

Solid performances at Atlético led to Domínguez's first call-up to the Spanish under-20 team, for the 2009 FIFA World Cup.[8] In 2011, he was selected by under-21 manager Luis Milla to the squad that competed in that year's UEFA European Championship, and started in all the games as the national side won the tournament in Denmark, partnering Sporting de Gijón's Alberto Botía in central defense.

On 25 August 2011, Domínguez was selected for the first time to the full side by coach Vicente del Bosque, for games against Chile and Liechtenstein.[9] He finally made his debut on 26 May of the following year, playing 45 minutes in a 2–0 friendly win over Serbia in St. Gallen.[10]

Personal life

Having attended King's College in his native Madrid, Domínguez learned to speak English fluently.[11]

Club statistics

As of 2 August 2015[12]
Club Season League Cup[13] Continental[14] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2008–09 30101050
2009–10 26080120460
2010–11 1923060282
2011–12 28310121414
Atletico Total 7651303111206
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2012–13 3022080402
2013–14 2111000221
2014–15 2402080340
Borussia Total 75350160963
Career totals 15181804712169



Atlético Madrid


Spain U21


  1. "Defender Domínguez dazzles for Atlético". UEFA.com. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. "Simao nets leveller". ESPN Soccernet. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  3. "Alvaro Dominguez delighted with new Atletico Madrid contract". Goal.com. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  4. "Tiago puts paid to Malaga". ESPN Soccernet. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  5. "Gladbach holt Spanien-Star" [Gladbach gets Spanish star]. Bild (in German). 27 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  6. "Alvaro Dominguez joins Gladbach to replace Dante". Footballcracy. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  7. "FC Bayern Munich beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3–1 in Bundesliga opener". NDTV. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  8. Álvaro DomínguezFIFA competition record
  9. "Domínguez, Montoya y Botía, novedades de la lista de Del Bosque" [Domínguez, Montoya and Botía, new on Del Bosque's list]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  10. "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for the Euro]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  11. "Small talk: Alvaro Dominguez". The Guardian. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  12. "Álvaro Domínguez". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  13. Includes Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España
  14. Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA Super Cup

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