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Oli (footballer)

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Place of birth  Oviedo, Spain
Height  1.71 m (5 ft 7 ⁄2 in)

Name  Oliverio Gonzalez
Playing position  Striker
Years  Team
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Full name  Oliverio Jesus Alvarez Gonzalez
Date of birth  (1972-04-02) 2 April 1972 (age 43)

Oliverio Jesús Álvarez González (born 2 April 1972), commonly known as Oli, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and is the current coach of Marino de Luanco.


He was known for his flair and scoring ability, amassing totals of 414 games and 110 goals in 14 professional seasons, nine of those spent in La Liga mainly with Real Oviedo. In 2006, he started working as a manager.

Club career

Oli was born in Oviedo, Asturias. He started his career with hometown's Real Oviedo, making his La Liga debut on 10 January 1993 in a 0–0 home draw against Albacete Balompié and being mainly associated with the reserves during his beginnings.

From 1994 to 1997, with Oviedo still in the top flight, Oli scored 40 league goals in 106 games, 20 of which in his final season to help his team narrowly avoid relegation. Subsequently he signed for fellow league side Real Betis, pairing up front with Alfonso and netting nine times in his first year in Andalusia.

In the 1999–2000 campaign, Oli could only score once for the Verdiblancos, who dropped down a level after finishing 18th. He returned to Oviedo in the off-season, going on to find the net regularly but also suffer two relegations in only three years.

Oli joined Cádiz CF from Segunda División in the 2003 summer, contributing with ten goals in 40 games in his second year for a club promotion and his first and only piece of silverware. At the end of 2005–06, with the Gaditanos having been sent to where they had come from, he retired from football at the age of 34.

Moving into coaching in 2006, Oli started precisely with Cádiz, but was dismissed after only a few games in charge as the team eventually failed to regain their top flight status. In September 2007, he was appointed at Segunda División B side UD Marbella.

In the following two seasons, Oli continued in Andalusia and the third level, successively with Écija Balompié and Betis B. On 23 May 2017, after several years of inactivity, he was appointed at Tercera División club Marino de Luanco on a one-year contract.

International career

Oli won two caps for Spain during the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, against Slovakia and Faroe Islands. He scored in the latter, in a 3–1 win in Gijón.


  • Segunda División: 2004–05
  • Managerial statistics

    As of 22 March 2011


    Oli (footballer) Wikipedia

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