João Resende Alves

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João Alves
Personal information
Full name João António Ferreira Resende Alves
Date of birth (1952-12-05) 5 December 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1968–1969 Sanjoanense
1969–1972 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Benfica 0 (0)
1972–1973 Varzim (loan)
1973–1974 Montijo 30 (2)
1974–1976 Boavista 59 (26)
1976–1978 Salamanca 64 (10)
1978–1979 Benfica 26 (11)
1979–1980 Paris Saint-Germain 19 (0)
1980–1983 Benfica 71 (17)
1983–1985 Boavista 47 (3)
National team
1974–1983 Portugal 36 (3)
Teams managed
1984–1986 Boavista
1988–1990 Estrela Amadora
1990 Boavista
1991–1992 Vitória Guimarães
1992–1994 Estrela Amadora
1994–1996 Belenenses
1996–1997 Boavista
1997 Salamanca
1997–1998 Campomaiorense
1998–2000 Farense
2000–2002 Académica
2002–2003 Estrela Amadora
2003–2004 Leixões
2009–2011 Servette
2012 Servette
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

João António Ferreira Resende Alves (born 5 December 1952) is a Portuguese retired footballer and a current coach.

A skilled attacking midfielder, he was considered one of the best Portuguese players from his generation, and earned the nickname Luvas Pretas from the black gloves he used to wear while playing.[1]

During his career he represented mainly, with equal individual and team success, Benfica and Boavista, also coaching the latter in three separate occasions.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Albergaria-a-Velha, Alves started playing at youth level for A.D. Sanjoanense, being recruited in 1969 by Sport Lisboa e Benfica. His first professional club was Varzim Sport Club in the 1972–73 season followed by C.D. Montijo, the latter being his first division experience.

Alves moved to his first major team, Boavista FC, for the 1974–75 campaign, where he first showed more of his talent, earning him a transfer to Spain's UD Salamanca, where he remained two more years.

He then returned to Portugal and Benfica, only to move after one year to Paris Saint-Germain FC. Failing to impress he immediately moved back to Benfica, where he would play for the next three seasons;[1] he spent two final seasons at Boavista, ending his career during 1984–85 to become team coach.

Alves won two national championship titles for Benfica (1981 and 1983) and four Portuguese Cups (two for Boavista, in 1975 and 1976, and two with Benfica, in 1981 and 1983). He also played for the former in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup final, losing on aggregate to R.S.C. Anderlecht of Belgium.

Alves won 36 caps for Portugal, scoring three goals (11 for Boavista, two for Salamanca and 17 for Benfica). His debut took place on 13 November 1974 in a 0–3 friendly loss to Switzerland, and his final match was on 27 April 1983, in a 0–5 loss against the Soviet Union for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers.

João Alves: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 December 1975 Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal  Cyprus 1–0 1–0 Euro 1976 qualifying
2 30 March 1977 Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Portugal  Switzerland 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 9 May 1979 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0–1 0–1 Euro 1980 qualifying

Coaching career[edit]

Alves became a coach after finishing his player career, managing Boavista (on three separate occasions), C.F. Estrela da Amadora (leading the Amadora team to an historical 1990 Cup of Portugal triumph), Vitória de Guimarães, C.F. Os Belenenses, Salamanca, S.C. Campomaiorense, S.C. Farense, Académica de Coimbra and Leixões SC. In 1996–97, he led former side Salamanca to a La Liga return.

After three years out of coaching, he returned to Benfica in 2007, to be in charge of its U-18 team. Two years later he returned to senior football, signing with Switzerland's Servette FC and achieving promotion to the top division in his second season.

On 28 November 2011, following Swiss Cup elimination at the hands of FC Biel-Bienne (0–3 away loss), Alves was relieved of his duties.[2] However, following poor results achieved by his successor and the club's takeover by Hugh Quennec, he was reinstated as manager in April 2012:[3] in the final five games of the season results improved, with the team achieving four wins and one draw – this included a 2–1 win over eventual champions FC Basel, which ended Servette's streak of 17 consecutive defeats against that opponent as well as ending their 26 match unbeaten run – and the side eventually qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Managerial statistics (incomplete)[edit]

Manager Nat From To League Record
G W D L Win %
João Alves Portugal 16 July 2011 28 November 2011 16 6 3 7 37.50
João Carlos Pereira Portugal 28 November 2011 24 April 2012 13 4 2 7 30.77
João Alves Portugal 24 April 2012 20 May 2012 5 4 1 0 80.00
Total 34 14 6 14 41.18
João Alves (overall) Portugal 16 July 2012 20 May 2012 21 10 4 7 47.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "João António Ferreira Resende Alves" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Costinha, bourreau d’Alves" [Costinha, Alves' executioner] (in French). Le Matin. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Costinha encore viré, João Alves de retour!" [Costinha fired once again, João Alves returns!] (in French). Ma Chaine Sport. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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