Fábio Alves

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For the player born 1986 also called Fabinho, see Fábio da Silva Alves.
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alves and the second or paternal family name is Macedo.
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Fabio Alves warming up for a pre-season match between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets.
Personal information
Full name Fábio Alves Macedo
Date of birth (1985-03-16) 16 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Ariquemes, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 33
Youth career
1999 Botafogo Futebol Clube
2000 Grêmio Esportivo Sãocarlense
2001 Bandeirante
2002 Portuguesa Londrinense
2003 Flamengo
2004 Londrina
2004 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Coritiba 5 (0)
2006 Coritiba (reserves) 8 (0)
2007 J. Malucelli 30 (1)
2008–2009 Ponte Preta 9 (0)
2009 Criciúma 5 (0)
2010 Paysandu 5 (0)
2010 Mixto 8 (0)
2011 Volta Redonda 17 (0)
2011–2012 Melbourne Victory 23 (1)
2012–2013 Sydney FC 18 (0)
2013– Philadelphia Union 30 (1)
National team
2004 Brazil U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fábio Alves Macedo (born 16 March 1985 in Ariquemes) known as Fabinho, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. He has played in numerous State football leagues in Brazil during his playing career in his native country and has played for the Brazil U20 team. As a left back, he is known for his attacking and crossing abilities.[1]

Youth career[edit]

Fabio began his youth career at Guairá Futebol Clube at age 12. He then played for several São Paulo-based teams in 1999 (Botafogo Futebol Clube), 2000 (Gremio Esportivo Saocarlense) and 2001 (Bandeirante).[2] In 2002, he joined Portuguesa Londrinense.[2] In 2003, he played for Flamengo youth team that won the Taça Belo Horizonte de Juniores and played with Londrina in the same tournament in 2004 that led to his national U20 team selection.[3] He later joined Newell's Old Boys in 2004.[4] He joined Coritiba in 2005 to start his pro career.[5][6]

Club career[edit]


Fabinho joined the team and played on its youth team before making his Série A debut on May 8, 2005 in a 1-0 win against Palmeiras[7][8] as well as starting in an October 4, 2005 1-0 loss against Goiás.[9] In 2006, he played one game for the first team in the Campeonato Paranaense,[10] Série B[11] and the Copa do Brasil[12] as well as 8 games with Coritiba B, the reserve team, in the Copa Parana.[13]

J Malucelli[edit]

In 2007, Fabinho joined J. Malucelli and started every game in which he played in the Campeonato Paranaense, the Copa Parana and the newly created Recopa Sul-Brasileira. In the Campeonato Paranaense, he played 11 games. In he Copa Parana, he played 18 games. He scored a goal in the July 25, 2006 game against Cascavel.[14] He played both legs for J. Malucelli in its Copa Parana winning championship series against Londrina.[15] As a result of winning the Copa Parana, J. Malucelli was one of four state tournament winners to play in the Recopa Sul-Brasileira year-end tournament. Fabinho played in the semi-final 2-1 loss to Caxias.[16]

Ponte Preta[edit]

Fabinho joined the team in 2008 and played just 2 games in that year's Campeonato Paulista. Despite his lack of playing time, the team resigned him on December 17, 2008 to continue with the team in 2009.[17] He played 6 games for the team in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista and 1 game in the Copa do Brasil. On April 27, 2009, the team announced that Fabinho was not retained for its Série B campaign that year.[18]


On September 2, 2009, Fabinho joined Criciúma[19][20] for the 2009 Copa Santa Catarina. He played 5 games in the tournament.


In early 2010, Fabinho joined Paysandu[21] and participated in the team's Campeonato Paraense. He played in 5 games early in the campaign before leaving to join Mixto.


On March 4, 2010, Fabinho signed with Mixto.[22] He signed during the team's participation in the Campeonato Mato-Grossense and debuted on March 21, 2013 in a 2-2 tie with União de Rondonópolis.[23]

Later that year, Fabinho also played with the team during its Série D, campaign. He started 8 games that season. On October 14, 2010, Fabinho left Mixto.[24]

Volta Redonda[edit]

On November 25, 2010, Fabinho joined Volta Redonda.[25][26] In the 2011 Campeonato Carioca, he started 14 games.[27]

Fabinho then played with Volta Redonda in Série D. He only played 3 games due to injury and then Melbourne Victory showed interest in signing him.[28][29] On August 25, 2011, it was announced that Fabinho was leaving the team to join Melbourne Victory.[30]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 15 September 2011, it was announced that Fabio had signed a one-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory, after an impressive trial performance in a pre-season friendly against 2010–11 A-League champions Brisbane Roar. It was his first move outside of South America.[31] At the end of the 2011–12 A-League season, Fabio and the club parted on bitter terms as it was widely reported that he had agreed to a new contract extension with the club, only for the contract to be withdrawn as the club sought a new management structure and hired Ange Postecoglou. He has expressed his displeasure regarding this incident to fans and media.[32] Fabio scored 1 goal in his 23 games with Melbourne in a 2-2 tie against Sydney FC.[33]

Sydney FC[edit]

On 22 May 2012, Melbourne's biggest rivals Sydney FC announced that Fabio would be invited to train with the club on trial for a 4-day period. After impressing then Sydney manager Ian Crook just two days into his trial, the club announced that they had signed Fabio to a two-year contract to fill the vacant left back spot left by Scott Jamieson who had moved to Perth Glory.[34] He became only the second player to move to Sydney FC from rivals Melbourne Victory after Sebastian Ryall's move in 2009. After 18 appearances for Sydney FC, it was announced that Fabio and the club had decided to mutually terminate his contract on 22 April 2013.[35][36]

Philadelphia Union[edit]

After a successful trial, Fabio signed with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer on June 28, 2013.[37] He made his debut as a left midfielder substitute on July 12, 2013 against Chivas USA and assisted on the final goal scored by Conor Casey in a 3-1 Union victory.[38] Fabio got his first start in a July 29, 2013 2-0 loss in a friendly against Stoke City Football Club.[39] He would then make two other regular season appearances as a left midfielder substitute before making his first left back substitute appearance in the August 3, 2013 2-1 loss to Chicago Fire in place of injured starter, Raymon Gaddis.[40] On August 17, 2013 in his first regular season start at left back, he again assisted on a Conor Casey goal in the Union's 2-0 victory over DC United.[41] On August 31, 2013, Fabinho was named Sports Illustrated's MLS "Player of the Day" for his all-around performance in a 0-0 tie with Montreal Impact.[42] On October 19, 2013, he scored his first career MLS goal against the Montreal Impact.

International career[edit]

On July 28, 2004, Fabio was selected to represent the Brazil U-20 team[43] at the SBS International Youth Soccer Cup[44] in Shizuoka, Japan. His performance with Londrina in the 2004 Taça Belo Horizonte de Juniores lead to his national team selection.[2] He played all 3 games[2] at left back in the tournament, including the August 19, 2004 opening game 2-1 victory[45] against a Shizuoka select team as well as full internationals against Turkey on August 22, 2004 and Japan on August 24, 2004.[46] Brazil won the tournament.[47]


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