Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alex Middlesbrough v. Chelsea 1.png
Personal information
Full name Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa
Date of birth 17 June 1982 (1982-06-17) (age 27)
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 33
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Santos 57 (12)
2004– Chelsea 59 (6)
2004–2007 PSV (loan) 84 (11)
National team
2004 Brazil U-23 8 (2)
2003– Brazil 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:31, 10 November 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2009

Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, better known as Alex (pronounced [aˈlɛks]; born 17 June 1982 in Niterói), is a Brazilian professional football player. Alex plays as a centre back currently for Chelsea and the Brazil national football team.

Having been bought by the Premier League club Chelsea in 2004, he was loaned to Dutch team PSV and he won 3 Eredivisie titles with them. Alex finally joined the Chelsea squad in the summer of 2007 after three years on loan to PSV in the Netherlands.[2] Alex is famously known among PSV and Chelsea fans for his great physical strength, his imposing size and his freekicks. He is nicknamed "The Tank" among certain fans.


Club career



Alex began his career with Santos of Brazil, making his first team debut in 2002. He, Diego, Elano, and Robinho we known as the famous group that played for Santos. He was signed by English club Chelsea in 2004 on the recommendation of famed PSV and Chelsea scout Piet de Visser, but because of potential problems in attaining a work permit, he was loaned out to Dutch club PSV.[3]


Alex with Phillip Cocu (behind) at PSV.

The joint contract of Chelsea and PSV loaned Alex to PSV for three years, with Chelsea having a 1 buy-out clause. Alex eventually played three years at PSV, donning the number 4 jersey for the Dutch club.

He formally joined PSV in the 2004–05 season, helping the club win a domestic double of both the Dutch Eredivisie championship and Dutch Cup that year. In the UEFA Champions League 2004-05, Alex played a key role in the PSV team that was eliminated in the semi-finals against Milan on away goals (PSV won their home game 3–1 but had previously lost 0–2 in San Siro). The team eliminated Monaco and Lyon on their way to the semis.

Alex won a second straight Dutch league championship in the 2005–06 season with PSV. Chelsea did not recall Alex, even though Abramovich adviser Piet de Visser and Chelsea head of scouting Frank Arnesen recommended that Alex be brought over from PSV to solve the club's defensive problems.[4] Instead, Chelsea manager José Mourinho insisted on the signing of Khalid Boulahrouz instead.[4] Therefore, Alex stayed a third season at PSV on loan in 2006–07. He won a third straight Eredivisie title with PSV, after a dramatic final-day finish to the season in which PSV sensationally trumped both Ajax and AZ. Alex scored in a UEFA Champions League first knockout round against Arsenal for both teams in the second half, turning in an own goal past his own goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, but compensating for it with a storming headed goal with eight minutes left to play to redeem himself and in the process ensure PSV a place in the quarter finals.[5] However, he was later injured and played no part in PSV's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, which PSV lost 4–0 on aggregate.


Alex with Chelsea teammate Florent Malouda.

In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Alex confirmed that Chelsea were in the process of getting him a work permit and that the possibilities of him joining Chelsea next season were very high.[6] Alex later confirmed that Chelsea had almost completed the process of acquiring him a work permit and that he would start next season as a Chelsea player.

Alex was granted a work permit on 2 August 2007, and completed his transfer to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, signing a three year deal, and adding to Chelsea's options at centre-back, along with team captain John Terry, Portuguese international Ricardo Carvalho, and Israeli international Tal Ben Haim.

On 14 August 2007, Alex was presented to the English media, in a press conference with manager José Mourinho, and was given shirt number 33. He made his debut on 19 August 2007 when he came on as a substitute for Florent Malouda against Liverpool in the 85th minute, with the teams tied at 1–1. He also played in the 2–0 defeat away at Aston Villa and the 4–0 victory over Hull City in the Carling Cup.[7]

Alex scored his first goal for Chelsea on 20 October 2007, bulging the net from an absolutely stunning free kick 30 yards out against Middlesbrough. He scored another goal from a free kick on 28 November 2007 in a Champions League game against Rosenborg.[8] He then scored in Chelsea's 4-4 draw with Aston Villa, scoring his first goal at Stamford Bridge from an Andriy Shevchenko pass, taking his tally for the season to 3.


Alex again wasn't a first team starter for the 2008/09 season, however he has been playing regularly at centreback due to frequent back injuries to Ricardo Carvalho.

He scored Chelsea's 1000th Premier League goal against Sunderland on 1 November 2008. Alex has so far started every game for Chelsea after the arrival of Guus Hiddink, who managed Alex at PSV. He also scored in an FA Cup quarter-final against Coventry.

Alex playing for Chelsea F.C.

In the 2009 Champions League Quarter-finals (second leg at Stamford Bridge) against Liverpool, Alex scored a sensational swerving canonball freekick from 30 yards to level the score 2-2. Chelsea would eventually draw the game 4-4 with Liverpool and move on to the Champions League Semi-finals against Barcelona on aggregates (7-5) In the match against Barcelona (second leg at Stamford Bridge) he played the full time, his team was winning 1-0 by a goal scored by Michael Essien but at the final Barcelona drew the game 1-1 and they passed on to the final against Manchester United.

On 10 May, Alex scored a header in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League from a Didier Drogba free-kick. The goal was his second against the Gunners in his career.


Alex made his first pre-season debut against AC Milan in the World Football Challenge[9]. On July 28, 2009, Real Madrid had made an £18m bid for Alex, but a few days later Chelsea rejected it.[10]

Alex has yet to feature for Chelsea in the new season, because he has been out with a groin injury since August 15.[11]

On October 13, 2009, Alex signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2013.[12]

Alex started his first game of the season in a Carling Cup match against Bolton Wanderers on 28 October 2009 playing the full 90 minutes. On Saturday 13th March 2010 He scored his first goal of the season at Stamford Brdige giving Chelsea the lead in a 4-1 league win over West Ham United.

Alex made his first Premier League start of the season against Portsmouth on December 16, 2009.[13]

International career

Alex made his debut for Brazil on July 17, 2003 against Mexico in 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although he played under Brazil U-23 team at the tournament, the tournament was a full international tournament, hence the international cap gained was fully recognized by FIFA.[14]

He was overlooked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. However, after the World Cup, he earned regular call-ups with the new head coach, Dunga. He was a member of the Brazil squad that won the Copa América 2007 with a 3–0 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in the final. He was dropped from Brazilian squad to 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to injuries.

Career statistics

Club career

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
2002 Santos  Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro 24 3
2003 Santos  Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro 34 9
2004 Santos  Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro 4 0
2004–05 PSV  Netherlands Eredivisie 40 5
2005–06 PSV  Netherlands Eredivisie 36 2
2006–07 PSV  Netherlands Eredivisie 37 8
2007–08 Chelsea  England Premier League 39 3
2008–09 Chelsea  England Premier League 40 4
2009–10 Chelsea  England Premier League 11 1
Total 253 33

International career

As of April 1, 2009[15][16][17][18][19][20]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Santos 2003 5 0
2004 0 0
PSV 2004–2005 0 0
2005–2006 0 0
2006–2007 9 0
Chelsea 2007–2008 3 0
2008–2009 0 0
Total 17 0







  1. ^ "Alex". Chelsea FC.,,10268~30821,00.html. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea target Alex earns permit". BBC Football. August 2, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Piet De Visser - Internationaal Voetbalscout". PSVZone. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  4. ^ a b Matt Hughes (2007-01-15). "'Special One' has suffered a power cut". London: The Times. Archived from the original on 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Arsenal 1-1 PSV (agg 1-2)". BBC Football. March 7, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Alex set on Chelsea move". Sky Sports. Retrieved June 5, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea". BBC SPORT. August 19, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  8. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Rosenborg 0-4 Chelsea
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Alex Signs New Chelsea Contract". BBC Sport. October 13, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Futebol - The Foreign Legion". Retrieved 20 August 2007. 
  15. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2002-2003
  16. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004-2005
  17. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006-2007
  18. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008-2009
  19. ^ Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000-2003
  20. ^ Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2004-2008

External links

Simple English

Alex Costa
File:Alex Middlesbrough v. Chelsea
Personal information
Full name Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa
Date of birth 17 June 1982 (1982-06-17) (age 28)
Place of birth    Niterói, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 33
Senior clubs
Years Club
PSV Eindhoven (loan)
National team
2003-2008 Brazil

Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa (born 17 June 1982) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Chelsea.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South AmericaTotal
2002SantosSérie A193193
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05PSV EindhovenEredivisie273132405
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08ChelseaPremier League282203061393
CountryBrazil 57125712
Netherlands 841128411215
England 5248150152807
Total 19327815043624934

International career statistics

Brazil national team



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address