Alex Terra

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Alex Terra
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Personal information
Full name Alex Barbosa de Azevedo Terra
Date of birth (1982-11-02) 2 November 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth São João de Meriti, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Free agent
Youth career
2000–2002 Cabofriense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Fluminense 50 (6)
2005 Nacional (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ponte Praha (loan) 24 (19)
2008–2009 Goiás 17 (3)
2009 Bahia 16 (0)
2010 Rio Branco 8 (1)
2010–2012 Melbourne Heart 44 (7)
2012 Daejeon Citizen 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alex Barbosa de Azevedo Terra (born 2 November 1982), known as Alex Terra or Alex, is a Brazilian footballer.

Career[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Alex Terra began his professional career at Fluminense where he won numerous trophies in the Brazilian top flight.[1] His performances with Fluminense won him a loan transfer to Portugal's C.D. Nacional,[2] and later to Ponte Preta[2] in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, where he scored 19 times in 24 games.[3] His fine form in the Série B saw him return to the top flight with a transfer to Goiás.[3]

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,[4] and in February 2009, Alex managed to secure a deal with Portuguesa,[5] but he did not pass the medical tests and did not sign with them.[6] In March, he signed a one-year deal with Bahia,[7] where he did not live up to the club's expectations of him, and was released by the club in June.[8]

Alex signed a short-term deal with Rio Branco in February 2010,[9] in order to play the remainder of the Campeonato Paulista season. He played in eight games[citation needed] and scored one goal against Palmeiras.[3] Rio Branco were eventually relegated to the second division of the Campeonato Paulista.

Australia[edit]

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.[1] 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,[10] and a stunning bicycle-kick goal against Perth Glory.[11]

The latter was cited by many publications as the goal of the season,[12][13][14] and was recognised by Fox Sports as one of the best goals in A-League history.[15] He managed to play in 20 matches and score four goals for the season, despite persisent injuries hampering him throughout.[16] On 6 April 2012 it was announced that he would be leaving the club at the end of the 2011–12 A-League season.[17]

South Korea[edit]

On 4 July 2012, Alex Terra signed a one-year deal with the South Korean outfit Daejeon Citizen.[18]

Honours[edit]

With Fluminense:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heart signs Brazilian striker Alex Terra". The Age. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Brazilian forward excites Heart". Herald Sun. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Heart Sign Brazilian Alex". FourFourTwo. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "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." 
  5. ^ "Alex Terra signs with Portuguesa". Globo TV Sports. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "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."" 
  7. ^ "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." 
  8. ^ "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..." 
  9. ^ "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." 
  10. ^ "Heart beat Victory 2–1". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Terra magic steals point for Heart". ABC News. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Terra Wonder Goal Earns Share of Points". A-League. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  13. ^ AAP (16 January 2011). "Perth not peeved over no goal". ABC News. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Slevison, Andrew (15 January 2011). "Alex Terra stunner gives Melbourne Heart draw with Perth Glory". Tribal Football. Yahoo!7. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ Bernard, Grantley (24 March 2011). "Melbourne Heart's Alex Terra on track for return". Herald Sun. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  17. ^ http://au.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/13359183/melbourne-heart-set-to-lose-seven-players/
  18. ^ "Heart Star Heads For K-League". FourFourTwo. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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