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|Full name||Paulo Lourenço Martins Alves|
|Date of birth||10 December 1969|
|Place of birth||Vila Real, Portugal|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1997–1998||→ West Ham (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 301 games and 78 goals over the course of 13 seasons, mainly with Gil Vicente (five years). He also represented in the competition C.S. Marítimo, Sporting (three apiece) União de Leiria (two) and Braga.
Alves started coaching in 2005 and went on to be in charge of several clubs, including Gil.
Born in Vila Real, Alves moved from local club to F.C. Porto's youth ranks at 17, but had no success there, moving to Gil Vicente F.C. as a member of which he helped Portugal win the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia – in the group stage opener against Czechoslovakia, he scored a last minute header (his strongest asset) for the game's only goal. Later in his career he also managed 14 full caps, scoring seven times, all during the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying stage and friendlies within that period.
After spells with F.C. Tirsense, C.S. Marítimo (twice) and Sporting de Braga, Alves joined first division giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, being relatively used during his three-year stay. He also played in England with West Ham United on loan, but managed just four substitute appearances in his three-month stint; upon his return to Lisbon, he notably scored a hat-trick in a 6–3 win at S.C. Campomaiorense.
Alves then spent two seasons with União de Leiria, netting six times in 27 matches in his last to help the club to its best ever top flight finish, a fifth position. His second stint at Gil Vicente saw him finish as the club's top scorer for the 2001–02 campaign, with 11 goals in 27 games; he retired in June 2005, at the age of 35.
|1||18 December 1994||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal||Liechtenstein||7–0||8–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|2||18 December 1994||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal||Liechtenstein||8–0||8–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|3||29 January 1995||Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada||Denmark||1–0||1–0||SkyDome Cup|
|4||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–4||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|5||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–5||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|6||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–7||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|7||12 December 1995||Wembley Stadium (1923), London, England||England||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
Due to poor results in the 2008–09 season Alves was sacked by União de Leiria, but stayed in the category by moving to F.C. Vizela. In the following summer he rejoined former Sporting teammtate Oceano's coaching staff at the Portuguese U21 team, while also being charged with the under-20s; after a handful of games he resigned and returned to Gil Vicente, winning the 2011 division two championship with the subsequent promotion.
After three years, which also brought a runner-up place in the domestic league cup, Alves replaced former national teammate Abel Xavier at the helm of S.C. Olhanense early into 2013–14, being sacked after less than three months in charge and with only one point won in six league games.
- Portuguese Supercup: 1996
- Gil Vicente
- Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 19. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Coach stats at ForaDeJogo
- Paulo Alves career statistics at Soccerbase
- Paulo Alves at National-Football-Teams.com