João Alves

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João Alves
Personal information
Full name João Artur Rosa Alves
Date of birth (1980-08-18) 18 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Chaves, Portugal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1998 Chaves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Chaves 152 (17)
2004–2005 Braga 22 (4)
2005–2007 Sporting CP 25 (1)
2007–2012 Vitória Guimarães 118 (3)
2012–2013 Omonia 14 (1)
2013–2014 Académico Viseu 29 (4)
2014–2015 Freamunde 1 (0)
Total 361 (30)
National team
2005 Portugal 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

João Artur Rosa Alves (born 18 August 1980) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Chaves, Alves started his professional career at hometown club G.D. Chaves, making his debut in the Primeira Liga on 11 November 1998 in a 1–2 home loss against U.D. Leiria after coming in as a substitute in the 63rd minute. He appeared in a further nine league matches during that season, with the northerners eventually being relegated after ranking 17th.

In 2004–05, after five additional campaigns with Chaves in the second division, Alves joined S.C. Braga, his first league appearance occurring on 14 November 2004 in a 0–0 draw at Leiria. After some solid performances that helped the Minho side finish fourth, he moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal.

After having appeared just twice for Sporting in 2006–07, Alves signed a three-year contract with Vitória S.C. in July 2007, with Sporting keeping 50% of the player's rights and Braga and Guimarães sharing the other half. In his first year he only missed one league contest, as his team came straight from the second level into a final third place.

Alves played in an average of 23 league games in the following three seasons, sharing captain duties with veteran Flávio Meireles.

International career[edit]

On 17 August 2005, Alves made his debut for the Portugal national team, making an assist for an Hélder Postiga goal in a 2–0 friendly win over Egypt.[1]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 October 2014
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chaves 1998–99[2] Primeira Liga 10 0 0 0 10 0
1999–2000[2] Segunda Liga 21 0 1 0 22 0
2000–01[2] Segunda Liga 27 6 0 0 27 6
2001–02[2] Segunda Liga 31 5 1 0 32 5
2002–03[2] Segunda Liga 33 3 3 1 36 4
2003–04[2] Segunda Liga 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 152 17 6 1 158 18
Braga 2004–05[2] Primeira Liga 20 4 2 0 22 4
2005–06[2] Primeira Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 22 4 2 0 24 4
Sporting 2005–06[2] Primeira Liga 23 1 3 0 2[a] 0 28 1
2006–07[2] Primeira Liga 2 0 0 0 1[b] 0 3 0
Total 25 1 3 0 3 0 31 1
Vitória Guimarães 2007–08[2] Primeira Liga 29 0 5 1 34 1
2008–09[2] Primeira Liga 25 1 8 0 4[c] 1 37 2
2009–10[2] Primeira Liga 22 0 6 0 28 0
2010–11[2] Primeira Liga 22 2 8 0 30 2
2011–12[2] Primeira Liga 20 0 3 0 3[a] 0 26 0
Total 118 3 30 1 7 1 155 5
Omonia 2012–13[3] Cypriot First Division 14 1 4 2 1[a] 0 19 3
Académico 2013–14[2] Segunda Liga 29 4 1 0 30 4
Freamunde 2014–15[2] Segunda Liga 1 0 2 0 3 0
Career total 361 30 48 4 11 1 420 35
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting
Omonia

International[edit]

Portugal Under-19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Postiga on target for Portugal; UEFA.com, 18 August 2005
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "João Alves". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "João Alves". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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