Bruno Alves

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Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves 2018.jpg
Alves with Portugal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Parma
Number 22
Youth career
1992–1999 Varzim
1999–2000 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Porto B 58 (8)
2002–2010 Porto 119 (14)
2002–2003Farense (loan) 46 (3)
2003–2004Vitória Guimarães (loan) 26 (1)
2004–2005AEK Athens (loan) 27 (0)
2010–2013 Zenit Saint Petersburg 71 (1)
2013–2016 Fenerbahçe 75 (3)
2016–2017 Cagliari 36 (1)
2017–2018 Rangers 20 (1)
2018– Parma 15 (2)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 10 (1)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 19 (2)
2004 Portugal U23 3 (0)
2004 Portugal B 1 (0)
2007– Portugal 96 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2018

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɾunu ˈaɫvɨʃ]; born 27 November 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Parma Calcio 1913 and the Portugal national team.

He began and spent most of his professional career at Porto, where he won a total of nine titles and appeared in 171 official games. He also won trophies in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg, and in Turkey with Fenerbahçe.

A senior Portugal international since 2007, Alves represented the country in three World Cups, three European Championships and one Confederations Cup, winning Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Alves was born in Póvoa de Varzim. He started playing football for local club Varzim SC, before joining the youth ranks of FC Porto at the age of 17. After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal[3] and another in Greece with AEK Athens FC,[4] he returned Porto in the 2005–06 season, extending his contract until 2010[5] and battling for a first-team spot with Ricardo Costa and João Paulo. He played in seven league games for the eventual Primeira Liga champions, but was infamously sent off on 15 October 2005 in a 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[6]

The arrival of manager Jesualdo Ferreira in summer 2006 signalled the turning point in Alves' career.[7] He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe and formed a solid partnership with the Brazilian-born centre back. An impressive campaign saw the player finally come of age, and he was ever-present as the club won another national championship.

On 7 April 2009, Alves' early mistake in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford led to Wayne Rooney's equaliser[8]– the game ended 2–2 and Porto went on to lose 3–2 on aggregate. However, on 10 May, he headed in the game's only goal in a home win over C.D. Nacional, which ensured team and the player a fourth consecutive league accolade.[9]

Zenit Saint Petersburg[edit]

Alves in action for Zenit.

On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League side FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €22 million,[10] joining compatriots Danny and Fernando Meira in the squad. Upon his arrival, head coach Luciano Spalletti described him as a very important player for the team, noting his experience, ability in the air and strong character.[11]

On 30 September 2010, Alves scored his first goal for his new club, against former team AEK Athens in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.[12]

Fenerbahçe[edit]

Alves playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014.

On 5 June 2013, Alves agreed to join Turkey's Fenerbahçe SK on a three-year deal worth €2.5 million per season, for a transfer fee of €5.5 million.[13][14] He scored twice in 25 league appearances in his first season in Istanbul, to help the side win the Süper Lig title, and also contested in their Turkish Super Cup win against Galatasaray SK on 25 August 2014.

On 18 October 2014, Alves was given a straight red card for kicking Blerim Džemaili, as his team eventually lost 2–1 to Galatasaray at the Türk Telekom Arena.[15] He was sent off again on 25 May 2015, for conceding a penalty against another team from the city, İstanbul Başakşehir, being the second of four Fener players to be dismissed in a 2–2 draw which gave the title to Galatasaray.[16]

Cagliari[edit]

On 5 June 2016, Alves signed a two-year contract with Cagliari Calcio, who had recently returned to the Italian Serie A.[17] The deal was set to go through when he became a free agent at the end of the month.[18] He made his debut on 15 August 2016, in a 5–1 home win over S.P.A.L. 2013 in the Coppa Italia,[19] and scored his first goal on 11 September, which was a free-kick in a 1–2 league loss at Bologna F.C. 1909.[20]

Rangers[edit]

On 31 May 2017, Alves signed for Rangers on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[21][22] He scored his first goal for his new team on 9 August, in a 6–0 routing of Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup.[23]

On 24 October 2017, two days after an incident with Louis Moult during a 0–2 loss against Motherwell for the League Cup semi-finals, Alves was handed a two-match ban[24] which was appealed.[25] On 11 July 2018, the 36-year-old terminated his contract by mutual consent.[26]

Parma[edit]

Alves returned to the Italian top division in the summer of 2018, joining recently promoted Parma Calcio 1913 until 30 June 2019.[27]

International career[edit]

Alves playing for Portugal in 2011.

Alves played for Portugal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, with the country's participation ending after three games in Greece. Luiz Felipe Scolari gave him his full international debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw,[28][29] and he was later selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 0–2 group stage loss to Switzerland.[30]

A regular starter during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Alves headed the winner in injury time for the final 2–1 win in Albania on 6 June 2009,[31] allowing Portugal to reach the play-offs. There, in the first leg in Lisbon, he also found the net (the game's only goal) against Bosnia and Herzegovina,[32] in an eventual 2–0 aggregate qualification; he also played all the matches and minutes in the finals in South Africa, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

Alves played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament, starring alongside former Porto teammate Pepe. In the semi-finals, against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 4–2 loss.[33]

Ten days after being included in Paulo Bento's final 23-men squad for the 2014 World Cup,[34] Alves scored a 93rd-minute winner in a 1–0 friendly win over Mexico for his tenth international goal,[35] also featuring in the tournament opener against Germany, a 0–4 defeat.[36] He also started in the following two contests in Brazil, in a group stage exit.

Alves was also selected for Euro 2016.[37] In the penultimate warm-up game away to England on 2 June, he was sent off in the first half for a head-high tackle on Harry Kane;[38] he only made his debut in the tournament in the semi-finals against Wales due to injury to Pepe,[39] playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 2–0 win at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.[40]

In May 2017, Alves was picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad.[41] The following year, he was selected for the 2018 World Cup also to be held in Russia.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Alves' older brother, Geraldo, was also a footballer and a central defender. He had paternal Brazilian ancestry through his father Washington Geraldo Dias Alves [it]. He played ten years of his career in Portugal–mainly with Varzim–where his children were born.[43][44][45]

The youngest sibling, Júlio, was also a footballer, playing in the midfielder position.[46] Their uncle, Geraldo Assoviador, also played the sport.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Porto B 1999–2000[47] Segunda Divisão 4 0 4 0
2000–01[47] Segunda Divisão 36 6 36 6
2001–02[47] Segunda Divisão 17 2 17 2
2005–06[47] Segunda Divisão 1 0 1 0
Total 58 8 58 8
Porto 2005–06[47] Primeira Liga 7 0 1 0 3[a] 0 11 0
2006–07[47] Primeira Liga 28 2 0 0 8[a] 0 0 0 36 2
2007–08[47] Primeira Liga 27 2 2 0 0 0 8[a] 0 1[b] 0 38 2
2008–09[47] Primeira Liga 30 5 4 0 1 0 10[a] 1 1[b] 0 46 6
2009–10[47] Primeira Liga 27 5 2 0 2 0 8[a] 1 1[b] 1 40 7
Total 119 14 9 0 3 0 37 2 3 1 171 17
Farense (loan) 2001–02[47] Primeira Liga 15 0 0 0 15 0
2002–03[47] Segunda Liga 31 3 2 0 33 3
Total 46 3 2 0 48 3
Vitória Guimarães (loan) 2003–04[47] Primeira Liga 26 1 1 0 27 1
AEK Athens (loan) 2004–05[47] Superleague Greece 27 0 10 1 5 0 42 1
Zenit 2010[48] Russian Premier League 14 0 2 0 9[c] 1 25 1
2011–12[48] Russian Premier League 36 0 3 0 5[a] 0 1[d] 0 45 0
2012–13[48] Russian Premier League 21 1 2 1 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 30 2
Total 71 1 7 1 20 1 2 0 100 3
Fenerbahçe 2013–14[48] Süper Lig 25 2 0 0 4[a] 0 1[e] 0 30 2
2014–15[48] Süper Lig 24 0 5 1 1[e] 0 30 1
2015–16[48] Süper Lig 26 1 3 0 12[c] 0 41 1
Total 75 3 8 1 16 0 2 0 101 4
Cagliari 2016–17[48] Serie A 36 1 1 0 37 1
Rangers 2017–18[48] Scottish Premiership 20 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 25 2
Parma 2018–19[48] Serie A 15 2 0 0 15 2
Career total 493 34 40 3 6 1 78 3 7 1 609 41
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b c Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in Russian Super Cup
  5. ^ a b Appearance in Turkish Super Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2018[49]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2007 8 1
2008 8 1
2009 11 3
2010 11 0
2011 9 0
2012 13 1
2013 10 3
2014 7 1
2015 6 0
2016 5 1
2017 6 0
2018 2 0
Total 96 11

International goals[edit]

Bruno Alves: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition

[49]

1 13 October 2007 Shafa Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 0–1 0–2 Euro 2008 qualifying
2 20 August 2008 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal,  Faroe Islands 4–0 5–0 Friendly
3 31 March 2009 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland  South Africa 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 6 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–2 1–2 2010 World Cup qualification
5 14 November 2009 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 1–0 2010 World Cup qualification play-offs
6 11 September 2012 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Azerbaijan 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
7 22 March 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 0–1 3–3 2014 World Cup qualification
8 26 March 2013 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 0–1 0–2 2014 World Cup qualification
9 6 September 2013 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 2–4 2014 World Cup qualification
10 6 June 2014 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Mexico 0–1 0–1 Friendly
11 13 November 2016 Estádio Algarve, São João da Venda, Portugal  Latvia 4–1 4–1 2018 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Zenit

Fenerbahçe

International[edit]

Portugal Under-21

Portugal

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

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