Bruno Alves

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Regufe and the second or paternal family name is Alves.
Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves'14.JPG
Alves playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
Number 22
Youth career
1992–1999 Varzim
1999–2000 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Porto B 53 (8)
2001–2010 Porto 119 (14)
2002–2003 Farense (loan) 46 (3)
2003–2004 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 25 (1)
2005 AEK Athens (loan) 27 (0)
2010–2013 Zenit Saint Petersburg 72 (1)
2013– Fenerbahçe 24 (2)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 10 (1)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 19 (2)
2004 Portugal B 1 (0)
2007– Portugal 75 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (born 27 November 1981) is a Portuguese footballer of Brazilian descent who plays for Fenerbahçe in Turkey and the Portuguese national team, as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career at Porto, winning a total of nine titles, seven as first-choice, and appearing in more than 200 official games. He also played three seasons in Russia, with Zenit St. Petersburg.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Alves was born in Póvoa de Varzim, and started playing football for local Varzim SC, joining the youth ranks of F.C. Porto at the age of 16. After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal and another in the Greek first division with AEK Athens FC,[1] he returned to the latter in 2005–06, extending his contract until 2010[2] and battling for a first-team spot with Ricardo Costa and João Paulo: he played in seven league games for the eventual league champions, but was infamously sent off on 15 October 2005 in the 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[3]

The arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at the helm of Porto in the 2006 summer signalled the turning point in Alves' career. He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe, and formed a solid partnership with the Brazilian-born. An impressive season saw the player finally come of age, and he was ever-present as the club won another national championship.

On 7 April 2009 Alves' early mistake in the season's UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford led to Wayne Rooney's 1–1 equaliser[4]– the game ended 2–2 and Porto went on to lose 3–2 on aggregate. However, on 10 May, he headed in the game's only goal in a home win over C.D. Nacional, which ensured the Dragões and the player a fourth consecutive league accolade.

Zenit[edit]

Alves in action for Zenit.

On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League's FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for 22 million,[5] joining compatriots Danny and Fernando Meira in the squad. Upon his arrival, head coach Luciano Spalletti described him as a very important player for the team, noting his experience, ability in the air and strong character.[6]

On 30 October 2010 Alves scored his first goal for his new club, against former team AEK in UEFA Europa League's group stage (4–2 home win).

Fenerbahçe[edit]

Bruno Alves, pre-season match with Fenerbahçe

On 6 June 2013, Alves agreed to join Turkish side Fenerbahçe S.K. on a three-year deal, for a fee of €5.5 million.[7]

International career[edit]

Alves playing for Portugal in 2011.

Luiz Felipe Scolari gave Alves his full Portugal debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw.[8] He was then selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 0–2 group stage loss against Switzerland.

A regular starter during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Alves headed the winner in injury time for the final 2–1 win in Albania on 6 June 2009,[9] as Portugal eventually reached the play-offs. There, in the first leg in Lisbon, he also found the net (the game's only goal) against Bosnia and Herzegovina, in an eventual 2–0 aggregate qualification; he also played all the matches and minutes in the finals in South Africa, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

Alves played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament, starring alongside former Porto teammate Pepe. In the semifinals against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt, in an eventual 2–4 loss (0–0 after 120 minutes).[10]

Ten days after being included in Paulo Bento's final 23-men squad for the 2014 World Cup,[11] Alves scored a 93rd minute winner in a 1–0 friendly win over Mexico for his tenth international goal,[12] also featuring in the tournament opener against Germany, a 0–4 loss.[13] He also started in the following two contests in Brazil, in a group stage exit.

Bruno Alves: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2007 Shafa Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 0–1 0–2 Euro 2008 qualifying
2 20 August 2008 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal,  Faroe Islands 4–0 5–0 Friendly
3 31 March 2009 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland  South Africa 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 6 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–2 1–2 2010 World Cup qualification
5 14 November 2009 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1–0 1–0 2010 World Cup qualification – Playoffs
6 11 September 2012 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Azerbaijan 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
7 22 March 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 0–1 3–3 2014 World Cup qualification
8 26 March 2013 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 0–1 0–2 2014 World Cup qualification
9 6 September 2013 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 2–4 2014 World Cup qualification
10 6 June 2014 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Mexico 0–1 0–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Porto
Zenit
Fenerbahçe

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 31 March 2013[14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup UEFA Total
Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals
Porto B 1999/00 2 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2 0
2000/01 36 6 0 0 - - 0 0 36 6
2001/02 17 2 0 0 - - 0 0 17 2
Farense 2001/02 15 0 0 0 - - 0 0 15 0
2002/03 31 3 2 0 - - 0 0 33 3
Guimarães 2003/04 25 1 1 0 - - 0 0 26 1
AEK 2004/05 27 0 0 0 - - 5 0 32 0
Porto 2005/06 7 0 1 0 - - 3 0 11 0
2006/07 28 2 0 0 - - 8 0 36 2
2007/08 27 2 2 0 0 0 8 0 37 2
2008/09 30 5 4 0 1 0 10 1 44 6
2009/10 27 5 2 0 0 0 6 1 35 5
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2010 14 0 2 0 - - 9 1 25 1
2011/12 36 0 4 0 - - 5 0 45 0
2012/13 15 1 3 1 - - 6 0 24 1
Total 326 25 20 1 1 0 60 3 407 29

Personal[edit]

Alves' older brother, Geraldo, is also a footballer, and a central defender. He has paternal Brazilian ancestry, his father Washington having played ten years of his career in Portugal – namely with Varzim Sport Club – where his children were born.[15]

The youngest sibling, Júlio, is also a footballer, in the midfielder position.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porto promise to AEK; UEFA.com, 4 August 2004
  2. ^ Porto trio commit futures; UEFA.com, 28 October 2005
  3. ^ Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
  4. ^ Last-gasp Mariano goal puts Porto in position; UEFA.com, 7 April 2009
  5. ^ Comunicado (announcement); FC Porto, 3 August 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ "Лучано Спаллетти: "Главное – самоотдача и профессионализм"" (in Russian). FC Zenit. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bruno Alves swaps Zenit for Fenerbahçe". UEFA.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Scolari names uncapped trio in Portugal squad; ESPN Soccernet, 22 May 2007
  9. ^ Alves is king as Portugal prevail; UEFA.com, 6 June 2009
  10. ^ "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mexico 0–1 Portugal: Bruno Alves heads home late winner as Paulo Bento's men seal victory without star man Cristiano Ronaldo". Daily Mail. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bruno Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Biography at TalentSpotter
  16. ^ Atlético reportedly sign Júlio Alves; Atlético Fans, 6 July 2011

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