Dani Alves

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Alves and the second or paternal family name is Silva.
Dani Alves
2015 UEFA Super Cup 107.jpg
Alves celebrates after winning the 2015 UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona
Personal information
Full name Daniel Alves da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-06) 6 May 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Juazeiro, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 23
Youth career
Juazeiro
Bahia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Bahia 25 (2)
2002–2008 Sevilla 175 (11)
2008–2016 Barcelona 247 (14)
2016– Juventus 6 (1)
National team
2003 Brazil U20 7 (0)
2006– Brazil 99 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2016

Daniel Alves da Silva (born 6 May 1983), commonly known as Dani Alves (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈdɐ̃ni ˈawvis]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Italian club Juventus and the Brazil national team.

Before joining Barcelona, Alves spent a successful six-year spell with Sevilla, winning two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey with the Andalusian side. He joined Barcelona for €32.5 million,[3] becoming the third-most expensive defender of all time. He won the Treble in his first season with the club and in the next season he won the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Additionally, he helped the club to clinch another Spanish Super Cup, two league titles and a UEFA Champions League in the years that followed. Alves has held a Spanish passport since 2005.[4]

Alves is the second-most decorated footballer in European competitions of all time with nine European medals, leaving him one behind Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.[5][6]

A full international for Brazil since 2006, Alves was included in their squads for two World Cups and four Copa América tournaments, winning the 2007 edition of the Copa América, as well as the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cups.

Early life[edit]

Alves was born in Juazeiro, a city in the Brazilian state of Bahia, to father Domingos Alves da Silva, a farmer. He played football with the neighboring kids. Alves' father had a passion for football as well, and eventually managed to organize his own football team. Alves, at the age of ten, started as a winger, but because of the lack of goals he scored, his father re-positioned him as a right back, a position he still plays up to this day. Alves worked as a farmer and a trader in his youth.[7][8]

Club career[edit]

Bahia[edit]

Alves made his professional debut for Esporte Clube Bahia in a match against Paraná Clube for the 2001 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Bahia won 3–0, with Alves providing two assists and winning a penalty for the other goal. Coach Evaristo de Macedo gave him a starting place in the team from then on. His consistently good performances landed him a transfer, at first on a loan, to Spanish side Sevilla, midway through 2002.[9]

Sevilla[edit]

After 2002–03, on loan to Sevilla from Bahia, Alves travelled to play in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he impressed as Brazil won the tournament. He was named the third-best player of the tournament and, after this, the Sevilla move was made permanent.

In June 2006, Sevilla agreed to sell Alves to Liverpool, but Liverpool were unable to match Sevilla's asking price of around £8 million.[10] In December 2006, he signed a new contract with Sevilla, tying him to the club until 2012.[11] He had a successful 2006–07 season, making 47 appearances and scoring five goals. He played in every one of Sevilla's UEFA Cup matches, in a competition which the club went on to win.

From his years in Spain, Alves acquired Spanish citizenship, thus allowing him to bypass any non-EU quota restrictions and exempting him from needing a work permit to play in any EU countries.[12]

On 1 August 2007, Alves told SporTV that he wanted to leave Sevilla for a European giant,[13] later reiterating his desire to leave Sevilla to Marca, stating that he was flattered by Chelsea's interest and that he could never turn down such an opportunity.[14] In an interview with Antena 3 on 8 August, Alves confirmed that his agent had been in England for some time handling Chelsea's offer, urging Sevilla to at least consider the offer.[15]

On 16 August 2007, Sevilla rejected an unspecified Chelsea bid and, six days later, rejected another two bids from Chelsea, considering them to be "way below what was expected."[16][17] Alves later revealed his dismay with Sevilla President José María del Nido for having knocked back Chelsea's offers for his services after his move to Stamford Bridge collapsed, with Chelsea signing fellow Brazilian full back Juliano Belletti for a much lower fee.[18] After a public war of words between Alves and del Nido[19] and the death of teammate Antonio Puerta, Alves decided to stay with Sevilla, with player and president appearing reconciled.[20]

Barcelona[edit]

Alves (third) with Barcelona teammates in 2015.

On 2 July 2008, Alves joined Barcelona. He left Sevilla in tears and said that he would love to play for Sevilla again. He said that he came to Sevilla as a boy and is now leaving as a man, but later broke down in tears at the press conference.[21] The official price of the transfer stood at £23 million up front, with about £7 million more depending on a number of performance-related factors over the next few seasons of Alves' Barcelona career, making him one of the most expensive defenders in history and the third-most expensive player bought by Barça. He signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, which included a buy-out clause of €90 million.

Dani Alves with Barcelona.

Alves made his competitive and European debuts for Barcelona against Wisła Kraków in the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League third-round qualifiers on 13 August 2008.[22] He made his La Liga debut in the season-opener away to Numancia on 31 August 2008.[23] Later on in his debut season, he missed the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final due to a yellow-card suspension; Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0 and thus completed The Treble.

In his second season at Barça, the club retained the La Liga title and won the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, and in the 2010–11 season, Alves was instrumental in Barcelona's winning of their third consecutive Liga title.

On 28 May 2011, Alves played in his first UEFA Champions League Final as Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3–1 at Wembley Stadium to win its fourth European Cup.

In 2011–12, Alves was part of a Barcelona team that won the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup. In 2012–13, Alves won the La Liga title for the fourth time in his five seasons at Barça.

In 2013–14, Alves wore shirt number 22, formerly worn by his friend Éric Abidal, to whom he offered to donate part of his liver during Abidal's treatment for liver cancer.[24]

On 6 June 2015, Alves started for Barça in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as the club won its fifth European Cup by beating Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[25] This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice.[26] Alves, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Piqué, Pedro and Sergio Busquets are the only players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.[26]

On 9 June 2015, Alves signed a two-year contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2017, with the option to extend a further year.[27]

After Barcelona were eliminated by compatriots Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, Alves recorded a "bizarre" video in which he impersonated his wife consoling him for the defeat, and posted it on Instagram; manager Luis Enrique subsequently dropped him from the following match against Valencia CF.[28]

On 2 June 2016, Roberto Fernández, Barcelona's technical secretary, announced that Dani Alves is leaving FC Barcelona this summer after eight years.[29] Although his contract was until 30 June 2017, Barcelona allowed Alves to leave on a free-transfer.

Juventus[edit]

On 27 June 2016, Juventus announced the signing of Dani Alves on a 2-year deal with an option of a 3-year-deal.[30] He made his official club debut on 20 August, in a 2–1 home win over rivals Fiorentina, in Serie A.[31] On 21 September 2016, Dani Alves scored his first goal with Juventus in a 4–0 home win over Cagliari.[32] On 27 November, Alves suffered a broken leg in Juventus' 3-1 defeat at the hands of Genoa.[33]

Target of racism[edit]

On 27 April 2014, Alves was targeted by David Campaya Lleo[34] during a match at Villarreal's stadium, El Madrigal. He threw a banana at him. Alves picked up the banana, peeled it and took a bite.[35] He responded to the incident by saying:

"We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren't going to change things easily. If you don't give it importance, they don't achieve their objective."[36]

Teammate Neymar's response – to post a photograph of himself on social media also eating a banana – went viral.[37] Other footballers have also since taken photographs of themselves eating bananas.[38] Cyrille Regis, who had been racially abused while a player in the 1970s and 1980s, expressed concern that the viral campaign would detract from the important issues of combating racism in the game.[39] Alves said that whoever threw the banana at him should be publicly shamed,[40] and on 30 April 2014, a man was arrested in connection with the incident.[41] Villareal were later fined €12,000 for the incident.[42]

Alves had previously been subjected to racist taunts in Spain. He complained of racial abuse after being taunted by monkey chants during a Copa del Rey semi-final at Real Madrid in 2013.[35][43]

International career[edit]

Alves with Brazil, 2010

Alves made his Brazil debut as a substitute in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwait club Al-Kuwait Selection on 7 October 2006. Three days later, he earned his first international cap in a friendly against Ecuador. He was included in Brazil's team for the 2007 Copa América. He appeared in four matches including the final against Argentina, where he gave an assist and scored a goal in a 3–0 victory.

Alves with Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

Despite being the most expensive right-back in history, he has been unable to hold down a regular starting spot in the national team, with Maicon being the first choice ahead of him. Alves came on as a substitute in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final against South Africa and scored the winner, a free-kick and a goal in the 88th minute in a 1–0 win.[44] He scored another long-range free-kick against Iran on 7 October 2010. On 7 May 2014, Alves was named to Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[45]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as one of the best full-backs of his generation, Dani Alves is an offensive right-back or wing-back who is known in particular for his pace, stamina, overlapping attacking runs, and technical skills, which also enable him to play in midfield, or as a winger; he is also gifted with good crossing accuracy and distribution, which allows him to link up with midfielders, and makes him an effective assist provider along the right flank. In addition to his ability to create chances, he is an accurate striker of the ball, and is known for his ability to score goals in particular from outside the area or long-range set-pieces. Despite not being particularly imposing physically, he possesses significant strength and tenacity, which along with his energy, anticipation, and work-rate, enable him to intercept passes or chase down and press opponents when not in possession, thus allowing him to aid his team both offensively and defensively; however, despite his skill and offensive ability, he has drawn criticism at times in the media for neglecting the defensive aspect of his game.[46][47][48][49][50]

Outside football[edit]

On 29 September 2011, Alves was appointed as a Special Olympics Ambassador for its Global Football program, charged with promoting respect and inclusion in football for people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[51]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 November 2016.[52]
Club Season League Cup[53] Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bahia 2001 6 0 0 0 6 0
2002 19 2 0 0 19 2
Total 25 2 0 0 25 2
Sevilla 2002–03 10 0 1 0 11 0
2003–04 29 1 6 1 35 2
2004–05 33 2 2 0 9[a] 0 44 2
2005–06 36 3 2 0 14[a] 0 52 3
2006–07 34 3 8 0 15[b] 2 57 5
2007–08 33 2 3 0 9[c] 2 2[d] 0 47 4
Total 175 11 22 1 47 4 2 0 246 16
Barcelona 2008–09 34 5 8 0 12[e] 0 54 5
2009–10 29 3 3 0 12[f] 0 4[g] 0 48 3
2010–11 35 2 5 0 12[e] 2 2[d] 0 54 4
2011–12 33 2 5 1 11[h] 0 3[i] 0 52 3
2012–13 30 0 6 0 10[e] 1 1[d] 0 47 1
2013–14 27 2 5 0 8[e] 2 2[d] 0 42 4
2014–15 30 0 5 0 11[e] 0 46 0
2015–16 29 0 6 1 8[e] 0 5[d] 0 48 1
Total 247 14 43 2 84 5 17 0 391 21
Juventus 2016–17 6 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 10 2
Total 6 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 10 2
Career total 453 28 65 3 135 10 19 0 672 41
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Fourteen appearances and two goal in UEFA Cup, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Eight appearances and two goal in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ a b c d e f All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ Eleven appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  7. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  8. ^ Ten appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  9. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of 16 November 2016.[54][55][56]
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2006 1 0
2007 12 1
2008 5 0
2009 14 2
2010 12 2
2011 10 0
2012 5 0
2013 14 0
2014 6 1
2015 8 0
2016 12 1
Total 99 7

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 July 2007 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  Argentina 3–0 3–0 2007 Copa América Final
2 6 June 2009 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
3 25 June 2009 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 1–0 1–0 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
4 7 October 2010 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Iran 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5 11 October 2010 Pride Park Stadium, Derby, England  Ukraine 1–0 2–0
6 3 June 2014 Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiás, Brazil  Panama 2–0 4–0
7 29 March 2016 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 2–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

[57]

Club[edit]

Bahia
Sevilla
Barcelona

International[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

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