Alves in 2011
|Full name||Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves|
|Date of birth||27 November 1981|
|Place of birth||Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2002–2003||→ Farense (loan)||46||(3)|
|2003–2004||→ Vitória Guimarães (loan)||25||(1)|
|2005||→ AEK Athens (loan)||27||(0)|
|2010–2013||Zenit St. Petersburg||70||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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, he returned to the latter in 2005–06, extending his contract until 2010 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.
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– 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.
On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League's FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €22 million, 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.
Luiz Felipe Scolari gave Alves his full Portugal debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw. 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, 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).
|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 and 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|
- Primeira Liga: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Taça de Portugal: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2006, 2009
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2009–10
|Zenit St Petersburg||2010||14||0||2||0||-||-||9||1||25||1|
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.
- Porto promise to AEK; UEFA.com, 4 August 2004
- Porto trio commit futures; UEFA.com, 28 October 2005
- Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
- Last-gasp Mariano goal puts Porto in position; UEFA.com, 7 April 2009
- Comunicado (announcement); FC Porto's website, 3 August 2010 (Portuguese)
- "Лучано Спаллетти: "Главное – самоотдача и профессионализм"" (in Russian). FC Zenit. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010.
- "Bruno Alves swaps Zenit for Fenerbahçe". UEFA.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- Scolari names uncapped trio in Portugal squad; ESPN Soccernet, 22 May 2007
- Alves is king as Portugal prevail; UEFA.com, 6 June 2009
- "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- Biography at TalentSpotter
- Atlético reportedly sign Júlio Alves; Atlético Fans, 6 July 2011
- Bruno Alves at footballzz.co.uk
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- Bruno Alves at National-Football-Teams.com
- Bruno Alves – FIFA competition record
- Soccerway profile
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