Alcides Araújo Alves
Alcides with Dnipro in 2010
|Full name||Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves|
|Date of birth||13 March 1985|
|Place of birth||São José do Rio Preto, Brazil|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2004–2006||→ Benfica (loan)||20||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ PSV (loan)||30||(2)|
|2014||→ Atlético Paranaense (loan)||0||(0)|
|2014||→ Criciúma (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2016|
Born in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, and a product of Salvador da Bahia-based Esporte Clube Vitória's youth system, Alcides had a short loan spell with FC Schalke 04 in Germany still in his teens. After a quick stint with Santos FC in his country, he returned the following season to Europe and signed with S.L. Benfica in Portugal, playing seven times as Benfica won the league after an 11-year wait; at this time he was already owned by Chelsea, which he never represented.
In January 2007 Alcides moved to PSV Eindhoven, going on to work with former Benfica boss Ronald Koeman, who said of him: "He [Alcides] is an extra re-inforcement for the defence and he can play in several positions at the back. He is tall, very thin and extremely fast." On 3 February he played his first Eredivisie match for the club, against AZ Alkmaar. During his one half season-spell he helped the side to back-to-back national championships, appearing in 21 league games in the 2007–08 campaign (one goal) inclusively as a left back.
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2003