Alan with Red Bull Salzburg in 2014
|Full name||Alan Douglas Borges de Carvalho|
|Date of birth||10 July 1989|
|Place of birth||José Bonifácio, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2010–2014||Red Bull Salzburg||89||(59)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 January 2015.
After failing to make any impact in Brazil with Londrina and Fluminense, Alan joined Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg in 2010. There he established himself in the first team and became an intrinsic part of the squad. His playing time was limited in the 2011–12 season owing to an injury. Nevertheless, Alan scored regularly for the club, including many hat-tricks. In 2015, after playing nearly 130 matches for the Austrian side and scoring nearly 100 goals, he signed with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Born in Barbosa, São Paulo, Alan signed for Londrina, in 2007. In 2008, he was given a professional contract by Fluminense with whom he played for two seasons till 2010. He scored 11 league goals for the club and also won the 2010 Brasileiro.
Red Bull Salzburg
On 11 August 2010, Alan signed for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg for an undisclosed fee, as a replacement for Marc Janko who headed to FC Twente. He made his debut for the club in UEFA Champions League qualifier against Hapoel Tel Aviv which his team lost 2–3. In that match he came as a 67th-minute substitute for Franz Schiemer. In his first season with the club, Alan scored a hat-trick against Sturm Graz on 16 April 2011. Alan also scored braces against Austria Wien and SC Wiener Neustadt as he ended the season with 10 league goals.
Alan started the 2011–12 season by scoring a hat-trick against Latvian side FK Liepājas Metalurgs. His goal scoring streak continued as he scored a brace against FK Senica as well as scoring in a defeat against AC Omonia. However his playing time in his second season with the Austrian club was limited as he ruptured his cruciate ligament in a league match against Rapid Vienna on 28 August 2011 and was ruled out of action for at least six months.
The 2013–14 season proved to be the most successful season for the Brazilian striker, becoming a goalmachine. On 8 February 2014, Alan scored a hat-trick against relegation threatened SV Grodig. In that match, the same feat would also be achieved by his Spanish partner Jonathan Soriano. He also received two red cards - one against SV Ried and another against FC Basel in an UEFA Europa League encounter. Alan ended the season winning the Austrian Football Bundesliga and Austrian Cup - completing a domestic double. He was the second topscorer only behind teammate Soriano.
The following season too, started well for Alan, as he scored regularly for his side. On 23 October 2014, Alan scored a hat-trick as Salzburg won 4–2 against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Europa League group stage. He added another two on 27 November in a 3–1 win at Celtic Park which ensured that Salzburg became the first ever Austrian club to win in Scotland, striking in the 8th and 13th minutes. In his penultimate league match for his club, he scored a hat-trick, scoring in 52nd, 58th and 60th minute against FK Austria Wien. Despite leaving halfway through the season, with eight goals he was the joint top scorer in the season's Europa League, alongside Everton's Romelu Lukaku. This was the second consecutive time that a Red Bull player had achieved this honour, after his strike partner Soriano.
On 16 January 2015, Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao officially announced they had signed Alan from Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year contract for a transfer fee of €11.1 million. He was issued the number 7 jersey. On 14 February 2015, he made his official debut in the 2015 Chinese FA Super Cup against Shandong Luneng, coming on as a substitute for Gao Lin. On 3 March 2015, Alan suffered a cruciate ligament rupture while training before the 2015 AFC Champions League match against Western Sydney Wanderers, ruling him out for at least five months. After Paulinho and Robinho joined the club in July, Alan, who was till recovering from injury, was degraded to the reserve team squad for the second half of the season due to foreign player limit. He was named in the 23-man squad for the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup but didn't play in the tournament, which manager Luiz Felipe Scolari explained that he just recovered from injury and was not ready to play.
In March 2013, Alan called himself as half-Austrian and expressed his desire to play for the Austrian national team. He said "Maybe I'll play sometime for Austria." But according to FIFA rules he had to play at least five years in Austria to be able to represent the national team. However his move to Guangzhou Evergrande dented the hope of playing for Austria as he was only six months shy of five years while joining the Chinese outfit.
Style of play
A statement by Guangzhou Evergrande described Alan as a "blade", who is physically very strong and make wise use of opportunities. He has also been said as "strong, energetic, skilled" and a player with good control of the ball. Alan is equally adept in his both left and right foot. He is also known for his first-time lay-offs.
- As of 26 February 2015
|Red Bull Salzburg||2010–11||24||10||1||0||7||0||32||10|
Red Bull Salzburg
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