Alcântara before a game with Cluj in 2008
|Full name||Hugo da Silva Alcântara|
|Date of birth||28 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Cuiabá, Brazil|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent most of his professional career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 138 games and four goals for Vitória Setúbal, Académica, Belenenses and União de Leiria. He also competed in Poland and Romania.
Born in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Alcântara played for several modest clubs in his country, almost all hailing from his native region. In 2000 he was part of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas' roster, but played in no official games.
In the 2001–02 season, Alcântara moved to Portugal with Vitória de Setúbal, going on to appear in an average of 26 league matches in his four-year spell – 2003–04 was spent in the second division, with promotion – and helping the Sadinos win the 2005 domestic cup against S.L. Benfica (he played the full 90 minutes in the 2–1 final win); he spent 2005–06 with fellow Primeira Liga team Académica de Coimbra, only missing seven contests during the campaign for an eventual 13th-place finish.
After one season in Poland and another back in Portugal with C.F. Os Belenenses, where he was punished with a three-game ban for slapping Kostas Katsouranis of Benfica across the face, Alcântara joined a host of Portuguese (or Portugal-based) players at Romanian side CFR Cluj. He made his Liga I debut on 26 October 2008 in a 1–2 away loss against FC Politehnica Timișoara, and proceeded to be relatively used during his stint as they won five major titles, including the 2010 national championship with 22 appearances and three goals from the player.
In February 2011, Alcântara signed for J1 League club Montedio Yamagata. Before the season started, however, he left the club, in the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan. On 4 April, he joined Clube Atlético Paranaense.
- Vitória Setúbal
- CFR Cluj
- "Meyong magic seals Setúbal joy". UEFA.com. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- "Hugo Alcântara suspenso por 3 jogos" [Hugo Alcântara suspended for 3 games]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 April 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- "Atlético-PR contrata zagueiro Hugo Alcântara" [Atlético-PR hire stopper Hugo Alcântara] (in Portuguese). Futebol Paranaense. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
- "U. Leiria: Hugo Alcântara reforça leirienses" [U. Leiria: Hugo Alcântara strengthens leirienses] (in Portuguese). Futebol Portugal. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- "Cupa Romaniei ramane la Cluj-Napoca!" [Cluj-Napoca renew Cup title!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.