Geraldo 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.
Geraldo Alves
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Alves with Steaua București in 2010
Personal information
Full name Geraldo Washington Regufe Alves
Date of birth (1980-11-08) 8 November 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Astra Giurgiu
Number 2
Youth career
1994–1999 Varzim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Benfica B 61 (1)
2000–2004 Benfica 5 (0)
2002 Beira-Mar (loan) 9 (1)
2002–2003 Gil Vicente (loan) 16 (0)
2003–2004 Paços Ferreira (loan) 17 (1)
2004–2007 Paços Ferreira 73 (7)
2007–2010 AEK Athens 52 (0)
2010–2012 Steaua București 54 (3)
2012–2015 Petrolul Ploiești 65 (4)
2015– Astra Giurgiu 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.

Geraldo Washington Regufe Alves (born 8 November 1980) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Romanian club FC Astra Giurgiu as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Alves finished his football formation at hometown's Varzim SC, signing in 1999 with Primeira Liga giants S.L. Benfica and appearing in five league games over the course of two seasons, being mainly registered with the B-team in the third division. He was the first player to be given a professional debut by José Mourinho.[1]

However, when first team opportunities proved few, Alves moved to fellow league club S.C. Beira-Mar in January 2002, where he was irregularly used. After a season with Gil Vicente F.C. he joined F.C. Paços de Ferreira, experiencing his most steady career period: in the 2006–07 campaign, as they achieved a first ever qualification to the UEFA Cup, he played 28 matches and added three goals, including two in a 2–1 home win over C.D. Nacional on 7 April 2007.

AEK Athens[edit]

On 5 June 2007, Alves signed a three-year deal worth €1.3 million with AEK Athens FC, where younger brother Bruno had previously played, loaned by FC Porto.[2] In a 20 September UEFA Cup match against FC Red Bull Salzburg, he scored his first AEK goal in a 3–0 home win (3–1 on aggregate).

A starter in his debut season, Alves lost his spot in 2008–09 to Swedish international Daniel Majstorović.

Steaua[edit]

On 5 July 2010, Alves joined FC Steaua Bucureşti on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract.[3] He made his Liga I debut on the 25th, against FC Universitatea Cluj.

Alves netted his first two official goals for Steaua on 5 April 2011, in a 5–0 home win against FC Unirea Urziceni in the league, with his team eventually ranking fifth and qualifying to the Europa League. In June 2012, he was released by the club due to his high salary.[4]

Petrolul Ploieşti[edit]

On 18 August 2012, Alves agreed to stay in Romania, penning a two-year deal with FC Petrolul Ploiești.[5] He eventually gained team captaincy.

Personal life[edit]

Alves is the older brother of Bruno, also a professional footballer (and centre back). His father is Brazilian, while his mother is Portuguese. The youngest sibling, Júlio, is also a footballer, playing as a midfielder.[6][7]

Honours[edit]

Paços Ferreira
AEK Athens
Steaua București
Petrolul Ploiești
Astra Giurgiu

References[edit]

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