Júlio Regufe Alves
|Full name||Júlio Regufe Alves|
|Date of birth||29 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Ribeirão (loan)||12||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Sporting B (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014
Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Alves played youth football with three clubs, finishing his formation with Rio Ave FC. In the 2010–11 season, he made his senior debuts with farm team G.D. Ribeirão in the third division.
In late January 2011, Alves was recalled by his parent club, making his Primeira Liga debut on 6 February by playing the last five minutes – and nearly scoring from a direct free kick – of a 0–1 away loss against FC Porto, which he had previously represented as a youth. He contributed with 239 minutes (three starts), as the Vila do Conde team retained their division status.
Alves was bought by Spanish club Atlético Madrid in July 2011. However, the following month, in the very last day of the summer transfer window, he moved teams – and countries – again, joining a host of compatriots at Beşiktaş JK, including manager Carlos Carvalhal.
On 24 August 2012, Alves signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal B on loan, playing the 2012–13 campaign in the second level. On 16 April of the following year, his contract was terminated for €200,000.
Alves then returned to Rio Ave, but a registration error meant that neither he nor Ângelo Meneses could take part in Nuno Espírito Santo's team. In February 2016, in an interview to site Mais Futebol, he acknowledged that if his career was not better it was mainly due to personal problems and own mistakes.
Alves represented Portugal at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, only missing one match in seven as the nation finished in second place in Colombia. His only appearance with the under-21s occurred on 5 September of that year, when he came on as a late substitute in the 1–0 friendly defeat of France in Rio Maior.
Alves' older brothers, Bruno and Geraldo, were also footballers. He had paternal Brazilian ancestry, his father Washington Geraldo Dias Alves having played ten years of his career in Portugal – mainly with Varzim – where his children were born.
- "Júlio Alves integrou sessão de trabalho" [Júlio Alves joined working session] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "F.C. Porto-Rio Ave, 1–0 (ficha)" [F.C. Porto-Rio Ave, 1–0 (match sheet)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- Atlético reportedly sign Júlio Alves; Atlético Fans, 6 July 2011
- El extraño caso de Julio Regufe Alves (The strange case of Julio Regufe Alves); Marca, 31 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- "Júlio Alves é novo reforço da equipa B" [Júlio Alves is the new B-team addition] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Alves loaned to Sporting". Beşiktaş JK. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- "Profesyonel Futbolcu Julio Regufe Alves ile olan sözleşmemiz karşılıklı olarak feshedilmiştir" (in Turkish). KAP. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Júlio Alves e Ângelo Meneses sem espaço" [Júlio Alves and Ângelo Meneses with no room] (in Portuguese). Record. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Entrevista a Júlio Alves: «O erro era meu, não era dos treinadores»" [Interview to Júlio Alves: «The mistake was mine, not the coaches'»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Oscar treble wins thrilling final for Brazil". FIFA.com. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Sub-21: Portugal-França, 1–0" [Under-21: Portugal-France, 1–0] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Biografia" [Biography] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
- 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 (in Portuguese)
- La dinastía que une Brasil y Portugal (The dynasty that unites Brazil and Portugal); FIFA.com, 2 April 2014 (in Spanish)