Domingos Alexandre Martins Costa
|Full name||Domingos Alexandre Martins Costa|
|Date of birth||6 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Guimarães, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Vitória Guimarães (loan)||31||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Over the course of seven seasons (15 years in total as a professional) he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 170 games and seven goals, mainly at the service of Vitória de Guimarães. He also spent four years in Germany with Wolfsburg.
Alex was born in Guimarães. After five seasons spent at both A.D. Fafe and Moreirense FC he made his first division debuts with Sport Lisboa e Benfica, mainly deputising for established Miguel. In 2004–05, he served a season-long loan spell at Vitória de Guimarães.
After good performances at Vitória which earned him a national team call-up (three matches, including two in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers), Benfica sold Alex to VfL Wolfsburg on the very last days of the summer transfer window. He had a relatively successful debut campaign, but only appeared four times in the Bundesliga in the next three combined (none in the last two).
In late May 2009 Alex signed for former side Vitória de Guimarães, on a free transfer. During that first campaign he operated mostly as a right back, going on to be fully reconverted to the position in the following years and being an automatic first-choice.
- Vitória Guimarães
- "Fußball: VfL Wolfsburg verpflichtet portugiesischen Verteidiger Alex" [Football: VfL Wolfsburg acquires Portuguese defender Alex] (in German). kicker. 20 August 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- "Alex verlässt Wolfsburg in Richtung Portugal" [Alex leaves Wolfsburg towards Portugal] (in German). Goal.com. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- "Alex despediu-se em lágrimas" [Alex said goodbye in tears] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.