Daniel Alves

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Dani Alves
Dani Alves Barça - Osasuna.jpg
Alves before a Barcelona match in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daniel Alves da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-06) 6 May 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Juazeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 22
Youth career
Juazeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Bahia 25 (2)
2002–2008 Sevilla 175 (11)
2008– Barcelona 183 (14)
National team
2006– Brazil 72 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 5 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Daniel Alves da Silva (born 6 May 1983), commonly known as Dani Alves, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga and the Brazilian national team, as an offensive right back.

Before joining Barcelona, Alves spent a successful six-year spell with Sevilla FC, winning two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey with the Andalusian side. He joined Barcelona for €32.5 million,[3] becoming the third-most expensive defender of all time. He won the Treble in his first season with the club and in the next season, he won the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Also, he helped the club to clinch another Spanish Super Cup, two league titles, and a UEFA Champions League in the years that followed. Alves has held a Spanish passport since 2005.[4]

On 29 September 2011, Alves was appointed as a Special Olympics Ambassador for its Global Football program, charged with promoting respect and inclusion in football for people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[5]

Early life[edit]

Alves was born in Juazeiro, a city in the Brazilian state of Bahia, to father Domingos Alves Da Silva, a farmer. He played football with the neighboring kids. Alves' father Domingo had a passion for football as well, and eventually managed to organize his own football team. Alves, at the age of 10, started as a winger, but because of the lack of goals he had, his father re-positioned him as a right back, a position he still plays until now. Alves worked as a farmer or a trader in his young years.

Club career[edit]

Bahia[edit]

Dani Alves made his professional debut for Esporte Clube Bahia in a match against Paraná Clube, for the 2001 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Bahia won 3–0, with Alves providing two assists and winning a penalty for the other goal. Coach Evaristo de Macedo proceeded to give him a starting place in the team from then on. His constant good performances landed him a transfer, at first on a loan, to Spanish side Sevilla FC, halfway through 2002.[6]

Sevilla[edit]

After 2002–03, on loan to Sevilla from Bahia, Alves travelled to play in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship where he impressed as Brazil won the tournament. He was named as the third best player of the tournament and, after this, the Sevilla move was made permanent.

In June 2006, Sevilla had agreed to sell Alves to Liverpool, but they were unable to match their asking price of around £8 million.[7] In December 2006, he signed a new contract with Sevilla, tying him to the club until 2012.[8] He had a successful 2006–07 season, making 47 appearances and scoring five goals. He also played in every one of Sevilla's UEFA Cup matches which the club went on to win.

From his years in Spain, he also acquired Spanish citizenship, thus allowing him to bypass any non-EU quota restrictions and exempting him from needing a work permit to play in any EU countries.[9]

On 1 August 2007, Alves told SporTV that he wanted to leave Sevilla for a European giant,[10] later reiterating his desire to leave Sevilla to Marca, stating that he was flattered by Chelsea's interest and that he could never turn down such an opportunity.[11] In an interview with Antena 3 on 8 August, Dani Alves confirmed that his agent had been in England for some time handling Chelsea's offer, urging Sevilla to at least consider the offer.[12]

On 16 August 2007, Sevilla rejected an unspecified Chelsea bid and, six days later, rejected another two bids from Chelsea for Dani Alves, considering them to be "way below what was expected."[13][14] Alves later revealed his dismay with Sevilla president José María del Nido for having knocked back Chelsea's offers for his services after his move to Stamford Bridge collapsed, with Chelsea signing fellow Brazilian full back Juliano Belletti for a much lower fee.[15]

Dani Alves with Barcelona

After a public war of words between Alves and del Nido[16] and the death of team-mate Antonio Puerta, Alves decided to stay with Sevilla, with player and president appearing reconciled.[17]

Barcelona[edit]

On 2 July 2008, Alves joined FC Barcelona. He left Sevilla in tears and said that he would love to play for Sevilla again. He said that he came to Sevilla as a boy and is now leaving as a man, but later broke down in tears at the press conference.[18] The official price of the transfer stands at £23 million up front, with about £7 million more to pay depending on a number of performance related factors over the next few seasons of Alves' Barcelona career, making him the world's most expensive defender[19] and the third most expensive player bought by Barça. He signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, that includes a buy-out clause of €90 million.

Alves made his competitive and European debuts for Barcelona against Wisła Kraków in the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League third-round qualifiers on 13 August 2008.[20] He made his La Liga debut in the season-opener away to CD Numancia on 31 August 2008.[21] Dani Alves missed the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final due to a yellow-card suspension; Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0 and thus completed The Treble.

In his second season at Barça, the club retained the La Liga title and won the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, and in the 2010–11 season, Alves was instrumental in Barcelona's winning of their third consecutive La Liga title.

On 28 May 2011, Alves played in his first UEFA Champions League Final as Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3–1 at Wembley Stadium to win its fourth European Cup.

In 2011–12, Alves was part of a Barcelona team that won the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup. In 2012–13, Alves won the La Liga title for the fourth time in his five seasons at Barça.

In 2013–14, Alves switched his shirt number to 22 in honor of his best friend and ex-teammate Éric Abidal, whom he offered to donate his liver to during Abidal's battle with liver cancer.


Alves with Brazil.

International career[edit]

Alves made his Brazil debut as a substitute in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwait club Al-Kuwait Selection on 7 October 2006. Three days later, he earned his first international cap in a friendly against Ecuador. He was included in Brazil's team for the 2007 Copa América. He appeared in four matches including the final against Argentina, where he gave an assist and scored a goal in a 3–0 victory. Despite being the most expensive right-back in history, he has been unable to hold down a regular starting spot in the national team with Maicon being the first choice ahead of him. Alves came on as a substitute in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final against South Africa and scored the winner, a free-kick and a goal in the 88th minute in a 1–0 win.[22] He scored another long range free-kick against Iran on 7 October 2010.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 April 2014.[23]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[24] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bahia 2001 6 0 6 0
2002 19 2 19 2
Total 25 2 25 2
Sevilla 2002–03 10 0 1 0 11 0
2003–04 29 1 6 1 35 2
2004–05 33 2 2 0 9 0 44 2
2005–06 36 3 2 0 14 0 52 3
2006–07 34 3 8 0 14 2 1 0 57 5
2007–08 33 2 3 0 8 2 3 0 47 4
Total 175 11 22 1 45 4 4 0 246 16
Barcelona 2008–09 34 5 8 0 12 0 54 5
2009–10 29 3 3 0 11 0 3 0 48 3
2010–11 35 2 5 0 12 2 2 0 54 4
2011–12 33 2 5 1 10 0 3 0 52 3
2012–13 30 0 6 0 10 1 1 0 47 1
2013–14 22 2 4 0 8 2 2 0 36 4
Total 183 14 31 1 63 5 14 0 291 20
Career total 383 27 53 2 106 9 18 0 562 38

International[edit]

As of 15 October 2013.[25][26]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Sevilla 2006–07 9 1
2007–08 8 0
Barcelona 2008–09 9 2
2009–10 14 0
2010–11 9 2
2011–12 6 0
2012–13 14 0
2013–14 3 0
Total 72 5

Honours[edit]

Bahia
Sevilla
Barcelona
Brazil
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 1 December 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Alves da Silva". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Memoria Club 09-10 Caste Baixa
  4. ^ "Alves se nacionaliza y renueva hasta 2011" (in Spanish). AS. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/24334_dani_alves_becomes_special_olympics_ambassador.html
  6. ^ "Daniel Alves: da Bahia para o sucesso" (in Portuguese). Esporte Clube Bahia. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool cleared to sign Alves". BBC Sport. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sevilla keep hold of Alves". UEFA. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 29 ay 2007.  [dead link]
  9. ^ Caroe, Charlie (15 February 2008). "Alves alerts Chelsea and Tottenham". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Alves courts Chelsea move". Eurosport. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Alves "cannot turn down" Chelsea". Eurosport. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Alves puts pressure on Sevilla". Eurosport. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2007. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Sevilla snub Alves bid". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fresh Alves bids rejected". Eurosport. 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  15. ^ "Alves reveals Del Nido dismay". Sky Sports. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  16. ^ "Alves in 'no show'". Eurosport. 27 August 2007. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ramos can count on Alves". UEFA. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007. [dead link]
  18. ^ "I have Sevilla to thank for everything...". Sevilla FC. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  19. ^ "Alves: "Me voy como soñé, por la puerta grande"". El País (in Spanish). 1 July 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "Soccernet match stats". ESPNsoccernet. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Soccernet match report". ESPNsoccernet. 2 September 20082. Retrieved 11 May 20091. 
  22. ^ "Brazil 1–0 South Africa". BBC Sport. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  23. ^ "Daniel Alves". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  24. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  25. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006–2007". RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  26. ^ "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009". RSSSF Brazil. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 

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