Domingos Alexandre Martins Costa

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Full name Domingos Alexandre Martins Costa
Date of birth (1979-09-06) 6 September 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Guimarães, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Wingback
Youth career
1990–1994 Vitória Guimarães
1994–1995 Ribeira Pena
1995–1998 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Fafe 76 (16)
2001–2003 Moreirense 57 (8)
2003–2005 Benfica 14 (0)
2004–2005 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 31 (4)
2005–2009 VfL Wolfsburg 21 (0)
2009–2013 Vitória Guimarães 95 (0)
Total 295 (28)
National team
2005 Portugal 3 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Felgueiras
2014 Académico Viseu
2016– Vitória Guimarães (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Domingos Alexandre Martins Costa (born 6 September 1979), commonly known as Alex, is a former Portuguese professional footballer who played mainly as a right back, and a current manager.

Over the course of seven seasons (15 years in total as a professional) he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 170 games and seven goals, mainly at the service of Vitória de Guimarães. He also spent four years in Germany, with Wolfsburg.

Football career[edit]

Alex was born in Guimarães. After five seasons, spent at both AD Fafe and Moreirense FC he made his Primeira Liga debuts with S.L. Benfica, mainly deputising for established Miguel. In 2004–05, he served a season-long loan spell at Vitória de Guimarães.

After good performances at Vitória, which earned him a Portugal national team call-up (three matches, including two in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers),[1] Benfica sold Alex to VfL Wolfsburg on the very last days of the summer transfer window.[2] He had a relatively successful debut campaign, but only appeared four times in the Bundesliga in the next three combined (none in the last two).

In late May 2009, Alex signed for former side Vitória de Guimarães on a free transfer.[3] During that first season, he operated mostly as a right back, going on to be fully reconverted to the position in the following years and being an automatic first-choice.

On 3 July 2013, Alex announced his retirement from professional football at the age of nearly 34, immediately starting his managing career with FC Felgueiras in the regional championships.[4]


Vitória Guimarães


  1. ^ "Estreias com Scolari raramente são a doer" [Debuts with Scolari rarely happen when it matters]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Fußball: VfL Wolfsburg verpflichtet portugiesischen Verteidiger Alex" [Football: VfL Wolfsburg acquire Portuguese defender Alex] (in German). kicker. 20 August 2005. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alex verlässt Wolfsburg in Richtung Portugal" [Alex leaves Wolfsburg towards Portugal] (in German). 26 June 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alex despediu-se em lágrimas" [Alex said goodbye in tears]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 3 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 

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