Alexandre Henrique Gonçalves Freitas

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Alex
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Henrique Gonçalves de Freitas
Date of birth (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Funchal, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Vitória Setúbal
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2005 Nacional
2005–2010 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Porto 0 (0)
2010–2013 Santa Clara 62 (3)
2013–2014 Vitória Guimarães B 27 (5)
2014–2017 Vitória Guimarães 29 (4)
2017Moreirense (loan) 14 (2)
2017–2018 Salernitana 9 (0)
2018Pro Vercelli (loan) 1 (0)
2018– Vitória Setúbal 1 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Portugal U18 9 (0)
2009–2010 Portugal U19 17 (4)
2010–2011 Portugal U20 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2018

Alexandre Henrique Gonçalves de Freitas (born 27 August 1991), commonly known as Alex, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Vitória F.C. mainly as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Born in Funchal, Madeira, Alex started his career with local C.D. Nacional. In 2005, the 14-year-old signed for FC Porto and went on to complete his formation with the Primeira Liga giants.

During his only season as a senior with the northerners, 2009–10, Alex was summoned to four games with the first team: on 17 October 2009, he played 20 minutes against Sertanense F.C. for the Portuguese Cup after coming on as a substitute for Mariano González in a 4–0 home win;[1] he also remained on the bench in two League Cup matches and the 2–1 home triumph over APOEL FC in the UEFA Champions League.[2]

Santa Clara[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Alex signed with C.D. Santa Clara in the second division. He appeared in 26 games (19 starts) in his first year with the Azores club.

Alex scored his first goal for the team on 22 October 2011, netting through a penalty and also providing an assist in a 2–1 home defeat of U.D. Oliveirense.[3] He repeated the feat the following weekend and in the same fashion, helping the visitors draw 2–2 at C.D. Aves.[4]

Guimarães[edit]

On 3 July 2013, Alex joined Vitória S.C. on a four-year contract.[5] He was initially assigned to their reserves, in the third level.

Alex managed to find the net in his Portuguese top flight debut on 4 April 2014, but in a 1–3 home loss to G.D. Estoril Praia.[6] On 31 January 2017, having been rarely played over the course of his third and fourth seasons, he was loaned to fellow league side Moreirense F.C. until June;[7] he scored twice during his short spell – including once in a 3–1 home win against Porto – helping to a narrow escape from relegation.[8][9]

Salernitana[edit]

In the 2017 off-season, Alex moved abroad for the first time and signed with U.S. Salernitana 1919 from the Italian Serie B.[10] In the following transfer window, he was loaned to F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892 in the same tier.[11]

International career[edit]

In 2009, Alex was part of the Portugal under-19 side that failed to make the 2009 UEFA European Championship. As the country qualified for the next edition in France, he contributed with four goals in six matches and was picked for the final squad in an eventual group stage exit.

Alex was selected for Portugal's squad at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played all the games but one in Colombia en route to the second place, scoring in the 2–3 final loss against Brazil.[12]

Honours[edit]

Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "O clássico bis de Farías, o clássico 4–0 e um adolescente recordista" [Classic Farías brace, classic 4–0 and teenage record breaker]. Público (in Portuguese). 17 October 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Hulk marvel leaves Ferreira smiling". UEFA. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Santa Clara regressa às vitórias" [Santa Clara return to wins] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Desportivo das Aves e Santa Clara anulam-se" [Desportivo das Aves and Santa Clara annul each other] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Extremo Alex é reforço" [Winger Alex is an addition]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 July 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ "V. Guimarães-Estoril, 1–3 (resultado final)" [V. Guimarães-Estoril, 1–3 (final score)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Oficial: Alex chega emprestado" [Official: Alex arrives on loan]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 January 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Rio Ave 3–2 Moreirense" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Moreirense vence FC Porto (3–1) e consegue a manutenção na Liga (vídeo)" [Moreirense beat FC Porto (3–1) and manage League survival (video)] (in Portuguese). Guimarães TV. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  10. ^ Tommaso D'Angelo (5 July 2017). "Alex, primo acquisto della Salernitana" [Alex, first acquisition of Salernitana] (in Italian). Cronache Salerno. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  11. ^ Raffaella Lanza (31 January 2018). "Pro, gli ultimi colpi di mercato sono Alex e Paghera. Siligardi rimane al Parma" [Pro, the last market deals are Alex and Paghera. Siligardi stays at Parma]. La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Oscar treble wins thrilling final for Brazil". FIFA. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2016.

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