José Alves

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José Alves dos Santos
José Alves
Personal information
Full name
Date of birth (1934-08-10) 10 August 1934 (age 83)
Place of birth Bahia, Brazil
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Botafogo SC
1956–1961 Corinthians 241 (127)
1961–1969 América 299 (86)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
For the Portuguese paralympics sprinter see José Alves (athlete)

José Alves, nicknamed Zague (born August 10, 1934 in Bahia, Brazil) is a Brazilian former footballer. Among the teams he played for were Corinthians in his home country, and Club América in Mexico. He is also the father of Luis Roberto Alves, who would also go on to play for Club América and for the Selección de fútbol de México (Mexico national team) because Luis Roberto was born in Mexico, during his father's playing days for América.

Zague was only one of several high-profile signings made in the early years of Emilio Azcárraga Milmo's ownership of Club América. Azcárraga, the owner of the Mexican television network Televisa, purchased both Zague and Francisco Moacyr, another Brazilian, prior to the 1961-1962 season.

As a striker, Zague would rarely leave the opposing penalty box or run towards the ball, instead preferring to let other players pass to him so he could shoot from a comfortable distance. For these reasons, he was known as "The Lone Wolf" by media and fans alike.

Alves scored 102 goals for Club América, of which 86 were made for the Aguilas during league competitions. He also won the Golden Boot after the 1965-66 season, in which he scored 20 goals.






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