Alex Barboza de Azevedo Terra
Alex playing for Melbourne Heart in 2010
|Full name||Alex Barbosa de Azevedo Terra|
|Date of birth||2 September 1982|
|Place of birth||São João de Meriti, Brazil|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|2005||→ Nacional (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007||→ Ponte Praha (loan)||24||(19)|
|2014||Duque de Caxias||18||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2016.
Alex Terra began his professional career at Fluminense where he won numerous trophies in the Brazilian top flight. His performances with Fluminense won him a loan transfer to Portugal's C.D. Nacional, and later to Ponte Preta in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, where he scored 19 times in 24 games. His fine form in the Série B saw him return to the top flight with a transfer to Goiás.
In 2008 due to a serious injury on his left knee he was not able to play the entire season while he was at Goiás, and in February 2009, Alex managed to secure a deal with Portuguesa, but he did not pass the medical tests and did not sign with them. In March, he signed a one-year deal with Bahia, where he did not live up to the club's expectations of him, and was released by the club in June.
Alex signed a short-term deal with Rio Branco in February 2010, in order to play the remainder of the Campeonato Paulista season. He played in eight games and scored one goal against Palmeiras. Rio Branco were eventually relegated to the second division of the Campeonato Paulista.
At the completion of his stint with Rio Branco, on 10 May 2010 it was announced that he would be joining new A-League franchise Melbourne Heart, for their inaugural 2010–11 season. He made his competitive debut for the Heart in the club's first A-League match, in which it was defeated one–nil by the Central Coast Mariners. He made himself a fan favourite through his pace and flair, in addition to scoring important and spectacular goals, including the winning goal against crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory in the first-ever Melbourne derby, and a stunning bicycle-kick goal against Perth Glory.
The latter was cited by many publications as the goal of the season, and was recognised by Fox Sports as one of the best goals in A-League history. He managed to play in 20 matches and score four goals for the season, despite persisent injuries hampering him throughout. On 6 April 2012 it was announced that he would be leaving the club at the end of the 2011–12 A-League season.
On 31 August 2014, Alex Terra signed a one-year deal with Maltese side Valletta F.C
- "Heart signs Brazilian striker Alex Terra". The Age. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Brazilian forward excites Heart". Herald Sun. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Heart Sign Brazilian Alex". FourFourTwo. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Atacante Alex Terra é o novo reforço do Bahia". Lancenet (in Portuguese). 4 March 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
..the attacker would need time to recover from a knee injury which prevented him from playing for a long time.
- "Alex Terra signs with Portuguesa". Globo TV Sports. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Anunciado como novo reforço, Alex Terra não ficará na Lusa". Abril.com (in Portuguese). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
Mario Sergio believes that the player "came from a long period of inactivity and requires a few months to improve his physical condition."
- "Atacante Alex Terra é a nova contratação do Bahia". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). 4 March 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
Striker Alex Terra is the new hiring of Bahia.
- "Alex Terra deve deixar o Bahia". GloboEsporte (in Portuguese). 24 June 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
According to the leaders of Bahia, is not worth it to keep Alex on the team...
- "vc repórter: Rio Branco contrata Alex Terra e Gláucio" (in Portuguese). Terra. 3 February 2010.
...Rio Branco announced on Wednesday the signing of striker and midfielder Alex Terra.
- "Heart beat Victory 2–1". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Terra magic steals point for Heart". ABC News. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
- "Terra Wonder Goal Earns Share of Points". A-League. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- AAP (16 January 2011). "Perth not peeved over no goal". ABC News. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- Slevison, Andrew (15 January 2011). "Alex Terra stunner gives Melbourne Heart draw with Perth Glory". Tribal Football. Yahoo!7. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- "Is Wayne Rooney's amazing goal in the Manchester derby better than Alex Terra's effort in the A-League?". Fox Sports. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- Bernard, Grantley (24 March 2011). "Melbourne Heart's Alex Terra on track for return". Herald Sun. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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- "Heart Star Heads For K-League". FourFourTwo. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.