|Full name||Paulo Lourenço Martins Alves|
|Date of birth||10 December 1969|
|Place of birth||Vila Real, Portugal|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1997–1998||→ West Ham (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 301 games and 78 goals over the course of 13 seasons, mainly with Gil Vicente (five years). He also represented in the competition Marítimo, Sporting (three apiece) União de Leiria (two) and Braga.
Alves started coaching in 2005, and went on to be in charge of several clubs including Gil (in several spells).
Born in Vila Real, Alves moved from local club to FC Porto's youth ranks at 17, but had no success there, moving to Gil Vicente F.C. as a member of which he helped Portugal win the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia – in the group stage opener against Czechoslovakia, he scored a last-minute header (his strongest asset) for the game's only goal. Later in his career he also managed 13 caps for the full side, scoring seven times, mostly during the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying stage and friendlies within that period.
After spells with F.C. Tirsense, C.S. Marítimo (twice) and S.C. Braga, Alves joined Primeira Liga giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, being relatively used during his three-year stay. He also played in England with West Ham United on loan, but managed just four substitute appearances in his three-month stint; upon his return to Lisbon, he notably scored a hat-trick in a 6–3 win at S.C. Campomaiorense.
Alves then spent two seasons with U.D. Leiria, netting six times in 27 matches in his last to help the club to its best ever top flight finish, a fifth position. His second stint at Gil Vicente saw him finish as team top scorer for the 2001–02 campaign, with 11 goals in 27 games; he retired in June 2005, at the age of 35.
|1||18 December 1994||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal||Liechtenstein||7–0||8–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|2||18 December 1994||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal||Liechtenstein||8–0||8–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|3||29 January 1995||Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada||Denmark||1–0||1–0||SkyDome Cup|
|4||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–4||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|5||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–5||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|6||15 August 1995||Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||0–7||0–7||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|7||12 December 1995||Wembley Stadium (1923), London, England||England||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
Due to poor results in the 2008–09 season, Alves was sacked by União de Leiria, but stayed in that tier by moving to F.C. Vizela. In the following summer he rejoined former Sporting teammtate Oceano's coaching staff at the Portugal under-21 side, while also being charged with the under-20s; after a handful of games he resigned and returned to Gil Vicente, winning the 2011 second level championship with the subsequent promotion.
After three years, which also brought a runner-up place in the Taça da Liga, Alves replaced former national teammate Abel Xavier at the helm of S.C. Olhanense early into the 2013–14 campaign, being sacked after less than three months in charge and with only one point won in six league games.
- Gil Vicente
- "Paulo Alves volta a orientar Gil Vicente" [Paulo Alves back at the helm for Gil Vicente] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Paulo Alves: "Em Riade levei uma cabeçada e joguei minutos que não me lembro. Acordei na ambulância, vi uns árabes e gritei: 'Onde estou?'"" [Paulo Alves: “I took a headbutt in Riyadh and played for minutes without remembering anything. I woke up in the ambulance, saw some Arabs and shouted: ‘Where am I?’”]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 6 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
- "Riade, 25 anos: como foi e onde estão os campeões" [Riyadh, 25 anos: how did it go and where are the champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Paulo Alves". European Football. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Nandinho é trunfo para Paulo Alves em Penafiel" [Nandinho is an asset for Paulo Alves in Penafiel]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 March 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Dia D em Barcelos com Alves à espera" [D Day in Barcelos with Alves waiting]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 28 September 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- "Paulo Alves é o novo treinador da União de Leiria" [Paulo Alves is the new manager of União de Leiria]. Público (in Portuguese). 20 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Manuel Fernandes vai treinar a União de Leiria" [Manuel Fernandes will coach União de Leiria]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Oceano nomeado técnico dos sub-21, Paulo Alves comanda sub-20" [Oceano named under-21 manager, Paulo Alves in charge of under-20s]. Público (in Portuguese). 25 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Paulo Alves sai dos sub-20 e regressa ao Gil Vicente" [Paulo Alves leaves the under-20s and returns to Gil Vicente]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 5 March 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Benfica win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 14 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Paulo Alves no Olhanense para manter fuga aos últimos lugares" [Paulo Alves in Olhanense to keep escaping from last places] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "Olhanense: Galderisi já treina, Paulo Alves sai" [Olhanense: Galderisi already training, Paulo Alves leaves] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2018.