João Resende Alves
|Full name||João António Ferreira Resende Alves|
|Date of birth||5 December 1952|
|Place of birth||Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1972–1973||→ Varzim (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
João António Ferreira Resende Alves (born 5 December 1952) is a former Portuguese footballer, and a coach.
Born in Albergaria-a-Velha, Alves started playing at youth level for A.D. Sanjoanense, being recruited in 1969 by S.L. Benfica. His first professional team was Varzim S.C. in the 1972–73 season followed by C.D. Montijo, the latter being his Primeira Liga experience.
Alves moved to his first major club, Boavista FC, for the 1974–75 campaign, where he first showed more of his talent, earning him a transfer to Spain's UD Salamanca where he remained two more years. He then returned to Portugal and Benfica, only to move after one year to Paris Saint-Germain FC.
Failing to impress, Alves immediately moved back to the Estádio da Luz, where he would play for the next three seasons. He then re-joined Boavista, ending his career during 1984–85 at the age of 32 to become team coach.
Alves won two national championships for Benfica (1981 and 1983) and four Portuguese Cups (two for Boavista, in 1975 and 1976, and two with the former side, in 1981 and 1983). He also played for them in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup final, losing on aggregate to R.S.C. Anderlecht of Belgium.
Alves won 36 caps for Portugal (11 for Boavista, two for Salamanca and 17 for Benfica), scoring three goals. His debut took place on 13 November 1974 in a 0–3 friendly loss to Switzerland, and his final match was on 27 April 1983, in a 0–5 loss against the Soviet Union for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers.
|1||3 December 1975||Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal, Portugal||Cyprus||1–0||1–0||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|2||30 March 1977||Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Portugal||Switzerland||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|3||9 May 1979||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||0–1||0–1||Euro 1980 qualifying|
Alves became a coach after finishing his player career, managing Boavista on three separate occasions, C.F. Estrela da Amadora (leading the Amadora team to an historical 1990 Cup of Portugal triumph), Vitória de Guimarães, C.F. Os Belenenses, Salamanca, S.C. Campomaiorense, S.C. Farense, Académica de Coimbra and Leixões SC. In 1996–97, he led former side Salamanca to a La Liga return.
After three years out of coaching, he returned to Benfica in 2007, to be in charge of its under-18 team. Two years later he returned to senior football, signing with Switzerland's Servette FC and achieving promotion to the Super League in his second season.
On 28 November 2011, following Swiss Cup elimination at the hands of FC Biel-Bienne (0–3 away loss), Alves was relieved of his duties. However, following poor results achieved by his successor and the club's takeover by Hugh Quennec, he was reinstated as manager in April 2012: in the final five games of the season results improved, with the team achieving four wins and one draw – this included a 2–1 win over eventual champions FC Basel, which ended Servette's streak of 17 consecutive defeats against that opponent as well as ending their 26 match unbeaten run – and the side eventually qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
Managerial statistics (incomplete)
|João Alves||16 July 2011||28 November 2011||16||6||3||7||37.50|
|João Carlos Pereira||28 November 2011||24 April 2012||13||4||2||7||30.77|
|João Alves||24 April 2012||20 May 2012||5||4||1||0||80.00|
|João Alves (overall)||16 July 2012||20 May 2012||21||10||4||7||47.62|
- Taça de Portugal: 1974–75, 1975–76
- Primeira Liga: 1980–81, 1982–83
- Taça de Portugal: 1980–81, 1982–83
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1980
- Estrela da Amadora
- "Nº80 – João António Ferreira Resende Alves" (in Portuguese). Vedeta ou Marreta?. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Costinha, bourreau d'Alves" [Costinha, Alves' executioner]. Le Matin (in French). 30 December 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Costinha encore viré, João Alves de retour!" [Costinha fired once again, João Alves returns!] (in French). Ma Chaine Sport. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing: 55. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540.