Bruno Alves

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Regufe and the second or paternal family name is Alves.
Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves'14.JPG
Alves playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cagliari
Number 2
Youth career
1992–1999 Varzim
1999–2000 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Porto B 53 (8)
2001–2010 Porto 119 (14)
2002–2003 Farense (loan) 46 (3)
2003–2004 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 25 (1)
2004–2005 AEK Athens (loan) 27 (0)
2010–2013 Zenit Saint Petersburg 72 (1)
2013–2016 Fenerbahçe 75 (3)
2016– Cagliari 0 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 10 (1)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 19 (2)
2004 Portugal B 1 (0)
2007– Portugal 86 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2016

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

He spent most of his professional career at Porto, winning a total of nine titles, seven as first-choice, and appearing in 171 official games. He also won trophies in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg, and in Turkey with Fenerbahçe.

A Portuguese international since 2007, Alves represented the country in two World Cups and three European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Alves was born in Póvoa de Varzim, and started playing football for local Varzim SC, joining the youth ranks of FC Porto at the age of 17. After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal and another in the Superleague Greece with AEK Athens FC,[1] he returned to the latter in the 2005–06 season, extending his contract until 2010[2] 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 the 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[3]

The arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at the helm of Porto in the 2006 summer signalled the turning point in Alves' career. He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe, and formed a solid partnership with the Brazilian-born; 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 1–1 equaliser[4]– 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 the Dragons and the player a fourth consecutive league accolade.

Zenit[edit]

Alves in action for Zenit.

On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League's FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €22 million,[5] 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.[6]

On 30 September 2010, Alves scored his first goal for his new club, against former team AEK in the UEFA Europa League's group stage (4–2 home win).[7]

Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 5 June 2013, Alves agreed to join Turkey's Fenerbahçe S.K. on a three-year deal worth €2.5 million per season, for a transfer fee of €5.5 million.[8][9] He scored twice in 25 appearances in his first season in Istanbul to help the side won the Süper Lig title, and also contested their Turkish Super Cup win against Galatasaray S.K. on 25 August 2014.

On 18 October 2014, Alves was given a straight red card for kicking Blerim Džemaili, as his team eventually lost 1–2 to Galatasaray at the Türk Telekom Arena.[10] He was again sent off on 25 May of the following year for conceding a penalty against another team from the city, İstanbul Başakşehir FK, being the second of four Fener players to be dismissed in a 2–2 draw which gave the title to Galatasaray.[11]

Cagliari[edit]

On 5 June 2016, Alves signed a two-year contract with the option for a third at Cagliari Calcio, newly returned to the Italian Serie A. The deal was set to go through when he became a free agent at the end of the month.[12]

International career[edit]

Alves playing for Portugal in 2011.

Alves played twice 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,[13] and he was then selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 0–2 group stage loss against Switzerland.

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,[14] as Portugal eventually reached the play-offs. There, in the first leg in Lisbon, he also found the net (the game's only goal) against Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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 2–4 loss (0–0 after 120 minutes).[15]

Ten days after being included in Paulo Bento's final 23-men squad for the 2014 World Cup,[16] Alves scored a 93rd-minute winner in a 1–0 friendly win over Mexico for his tenth international goal,[17] also featuring in the tournament opener against Germany, a 0–4 loss.[18] He also started in the following two contests in Brazil, in a group stage exit.

Alves was also selected for Euro 2016.[19] 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;[20] he only made his debut in the tournament in the semi-finals against Wales due to injury to Pepe,[21] playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 2–0 win at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.[22]

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

[23]

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 – Playoffs
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

Personal life[edit]

Alves' older brother, Geraldo, is also a footballer, and a central defender. He has paternal Brazilian ancestry, his father Washington having played ten years of his career in Portugal – mainly with Varzim SC – where his children were born.[24][25]

The youngest sibling, Júlio, is also a footballer, in the midfielder position.[26]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2016.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Farense (loan) 2001–02[27] Primeira Liga 15 0 0 0 15 0
2002–03[27] Segunda Liga 31 3 2 0 33 3
Total 46 3 2 0 48 3
Vitória Guimarães (loan) 2003–04[27] Primeira Liga 26 1 1 0 27 1
AEK Athens (loan) 2004–05[27] Superleague Greece 27 0 27 0
Porto 2005–06[27] Primeira Liga 7 0 1 0 3[a] 0 11 0
2006–07[27] Primeira Liga 28 2 0 0 8[a] 0 0 0 36 2
2007–08[27] Primeira Liga 27 2 2 0 0 0 8[a] 0 1[b] 0 38 2
2008–09[27] Primeira Liga 30 5 4 0 1 0 10[a] 1 1[b] 0 46 6
2009–10[27] 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
Zenit 2010[28] Russian Premier League 14 0 2 0 9[c] 0 25 0
2011–12[28] Russian Premier League 36 0 3 0 5[a] 0 1[d] 0 45 0
2012–13[28] Russian Premier League 21 1 2 1 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 30 2
Total 72 1 7 1 20 0 2 1 100 3
Fenerbahçe 2013–14[28] Süper Lig 25 2 0 0 4[a] 0 1[e] 0 30 2
2014–15[28] Süper Lig 24 0 5 1 1[e] 0 30 1
2015–16[28] Süper Lig 26 1 3 0 12 0 0[e] 0 41 1
Total 75 3 8 1 16 0 2 0 101 4
Career total 364 22 27 1 3 0 73 2 7 2 474 27
  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 Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in Russian Super Cup
  5. ^ a b c Appearance in Turkish Super Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Zenit
Fenerbahçe

Country[edit]

Portugal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porto promise to AEK; UEFA.com, 4 August 2004
  2. ^ Porto trio commit futures; UEFA.com, 28 October 2005
  3. ^ Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
  4. ^ Last-gasp Mariano goal puts Porto in position; UEFA.com, 7 April 2009
  5. ^ Comunicado (announcement); FC Porto, 3 August 2010 (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Лучано Спаллетти: "Главное – самоотдача и профессионализм" [Luciano Spalletti: "The main thing - dedication and professionalism"] (in Russian). FC Zenit. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Zenit zip proves too much for AEK". UEFA.com. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves'in transferi konusunda kendisi ve Zenit Kulübü ile anlaşmaya varılmıştır." (in Turkish). KAP. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bruno Alves swaps Zenit for Fenerbahçe". UEFA.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Galatasaray's Sneijder shoots down Fenerbahçe in derby after late goal flurry". Hürriyet Daily News. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Turkish Super Lig review: Galatasaray crowned champions as Fener have four sent off". FourFourTwo. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cagliari pick up Bruno Alves". Football Italia. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Scolari names uncapped trio in Portugal squad; ESPN Soccernet, 22 May 2007
  14. ^ Alves is king as Portugal prevail; UEFA.com, 6 June 2009
  15. ^ "Spain survive test of nerve to reach final". UEFA.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Portugal World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mexico 0–1 Portugal: Bruno Alves heads home late winner as Paulo Bento's men seal victory without star man Cristiano Ronaldo". Daily Mail. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Muller-inspired Germany thrash ten-man Portugal". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Portugal name Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches for Euros squad". ESPN FC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bruno Alves sent off for high kick on Harry Kane in England v Portugal friendly at Wembley". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Antevisão da meia-final: Portugal – País de Gales" [Semi-final preview: Portugal – Wales] (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Portugal reach EURO final as Wales fairy tale ends". UEFA.com. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "Bruno Alves". European Football. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  24. ^ Bruno Alves: «Sinto grande orgulho no Geraldo e no Júlio» (Bruno Alves: «I am very proud of Geraldo and Júlio»); Mais Futebol, 26 August 2011 (Portuguese)
  25. ^ La dinastía que une Brasil y Portugal (The dynasty that unites Brazil and Portugal); FIFA.com, 2 April 2014 (Spanish)
  26. ^ Atlético reportedly sign Júlio Alves; Atlético Fans, 6 July 2011
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Bruno Alves". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  28. ^ a b c d e f "Bruno Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 

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