Alex Sandro playing for Porto in 2013
|Full name||Alex Sandro Lobo Silva|
|Date of birth||26 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Catanduva, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2015.
Alex Sandro Lobo Silva , or simply Alex Sandro (born 26 January 1991), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club FC Porto, as a left back. An offensive minded defender, espnfc.com describes him as a player who is a "powerful runner, can beat opponents one-on-one and is an excellent crosser of the ball."
Alex Sandro also plays for Brazil's national football team, where he has gained 6 caps so far. He recently played for Santos, but joined Porto for €10.3 million euros, alongside teammate and countryman Danilo, who play as the right back.
After winning an impressive amount of honours with the Atletico Paranaense youth setup and a very good performance in the Copa Parana with the U23 side, Alex Sandro earned his first call up to the senior side in October 2008. He played one game in the Brasileiro, taking on Internacional on 18 October.
In 2009, Alex Sandro played a role in Atletico's championship run in the Campeonato Paranaense, playing in 8 matches. He scored his first goal on 25 January against Rio Branco, passing the ball to himself around the keeper. As of October 2009, he has played in 9 Brasileiro matches, playing a total of 269 minutes.
Alex Sandro is a part of the golden Atletico youth setup, which has produced a great amount of defenders in very little time, with Raul, Manoel, Ronaldo, Carlao and Bruno Costa all making themselves known in 2009. After being a part of the national under 18 setup, Alex Sandro was called up to the Brazil U20 in August 2009, alongside teammates Raul, Renan and Gabriel Pimba. He made his debut in a friendly match, despite being only 18 years old.
- Atlético Paranaense
- Paraná State League: 2009
- Atkins, Christopher. "Man United linked with Alex Sandro: A risk worth taking?". espnfc.com. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- "Mais novo Menino da Vila, Alex Sandro é convocado para a Seleção Sub-19". Santos FC (in Portuguese). 10 March 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- "F.C. Porto: tudo sobre a venda de Falcao e a compra de Danilo" [Everything about Falcao sale and Danilo's purchase] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- Profile at Santos official website (Portuguese)