Alan Osório da Costa Silva
|Full name||Alan Osório da Costa Silva|
|Date of birth||19 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Salvador, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Vitória Guimarães (loan)||29||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
After starting professionally with Ipatinga Futebol Clube Alan moved overseas, joining Portuguese top division club Club Sport Marítimo in 2001–02 and playing 27 games in his debut season, but slightly less in the following. In his third year he scored nine league goals, notably one against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 96th minute of a 2–1 home win as the Madeira team qualified to the UEFA Cup after finishing sixth; the following season, on 6 February 2005, he also netted against the Lions, in another home success (3–0).
Alan joined F.C. Porto for 2005–06, sharing teams with established Portuguese international Ricardo Quaresma, but still managed 24 league appearances in the campaign – although 14 as a substitute – scoring in a 3–0 home win over Rio Ave F.C. on 10 September 2005. In his second year he featured less prominently, being loaned to fellow league side Vitória Sport Clube for one season.
During 2007–08 Alan was an everpresent element as the Guimarães club achieved a third-place in the domestic championship, in its first year after having achieved promotion. During the league campaign he only missed one game and totalled 2,367 minutes of play, finding the net in the last round, a 4–0 home win against C.F. Estrela da Amadora; at the season's end, he was released by Porto and joined Vitória's Minho Province neighbours Sporting de Braga.
On 23 October 2008 Alan scored after an individual effort, in a UEFA Cup 3–0 home win over Premier League's Portsmouth. He also featured in all the league matches, as Braga finished fifth; in the following season, he fared even better scoring nine goals, again in 30 matches, as the club managed a best-ever runner-up position. Early into the campaign, he notably netted against Sporting (2–1 away win) and former club Porto (the only goal in a home win).
Veteran Alan continued to be an automatic first-choice for Braga in the following years, when healthy. On 2 October 2012 he scored the second goal in a 2–0 away success over Galatasaray SK, for the campaign's UEFA Champions League group stage; he added a brace in the competition's next matchday, but his team lost 2–3 at Manchester United after being 2–0 up.
On 13 April 2013, through a 45th-minute penalty, Alan netted the game's only goal against former team Porto – reduced to ten players prior to that action – to help Braga win the domestic League Cup, a first-ever for the club.
|Vitória Guimarães||2007–08||Primeira Liga||29||1||5||0||—||34||1|
- Portuguese clubs rush to reinforce; UEFA.com
- Jesus finds something divine in Braga; UEFA.com, 24 October 2008
- Braga outplay uninspired Sporting; PortuGOAL, 22 August 2009
- Sensational Braga down FC Porto; PortuGOAL, 19 September 2009
- "Peseiro's brave Braga prosper in Istanbul". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "United fightback douses early Braga burst". UEFA.com. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Braga win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- "Alan". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "Alan". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 May 2014.