* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 February 2010
Alessandro Santos(三都主 アレサンドロ,Santosu Aresandoro?), formerly Alessandro dos Santos (born July 20, 1977 in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil), and often known as Alex, is a Brazilian Japanese football player who plays for Tochigi SC.
He was born in Maringá in Paraná and moved to Japan in 1994 at the age of sixteen. He enrolled in Meitoku Gijuku High School in Kōchi and played football for the school club. After graduating from the school, he joined the J. League Division 1 team Shimizu S-Pulse in 1997. In 1999 he received J. League Player of the Year.
In 2001 he obtained Japanese citizenship. He made his first appearance for Japan on March 21, 2002 against Ukraine, and he was part of Philippe Troussier's selection for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was the second foreign-born person to play for Japan in the World Cup finals after Wagner Lopes, who played in the 1998 World Cup and also the third naturalized citizen to play for Japan after Lopes and another Brazilian-born Japanese citizen, Ruy Ramos.
Since Zico took over as the national team manager, Alex was a constant on the left side of the Japanese lineup, as a fullback in 4-4-2 formation or midfielder in 3-5-2 formation, and was selected to Japan's 2006 World Cup squad in May 2006, providing an assistance for Keiji Tamada in a group stage match against his former country Brazil.
In January 2007 Alex was loaned out to Red Bull Salzburg. He went back to Urawa in January 2008. He received a serious injury in a test match and had only one appearance in this season. In July 2009 he agreed to move to Nagoya Grampus.