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Bruno Alves
Personal information
Full name Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth 27 November 1981 (1981-11-27) (age 28)
Place of birth    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Porto
Number 2
Youth career
1992–1998
1998–1999
Varzim
Porto
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1999–2001
2001–
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
Porto B
Porto
Farense (loan)
Vitória Guimarães (loan)
AEK Athens (loan)
053 0(8)
107 (12)
046 0(3)
026 0(1)
027 0(0)   
National team2
2001–2002
2004
2007–
Portugal U21
Portugal B
Portugal
20 (2)
1 (0)
28 (5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 11:00, 1 January 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 00:00, 2 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (born 27 November 1981 in Póvoa de Varzim) is a Portuguese footballer who currently plays for F.C. Porto, as a central defender.

Alves is noted for his strength, tough tackling and aerial ability, and is the younger brother of another footballer, AEK Athens' Geraldo, also a central defender. He has paternal Brazilian ancestry.[1]

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Club career

After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal and another in the Greek first division with AEK Athens,[2] Alves returned to F.C. Porto in 2005–06, extending his contract until 2010,[3] and battling for a first-team spot with Ricardo Costa and João Paulo. He played in seven league matches for the eventual champions, but was infamously sent off on 15 October 2005, in the 2–0 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[4]

The arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at the helm of Porto signalled the turning point in Alves' career. He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe and formed a rock solid partnership with the Brazilian. An impressive season saw the player, now in his mid-twenties, finally come of age. Alves was ever-present as Porto won another national championship.

On 7 April 2009, Alves' early mistake in the Champions League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford led to Wayne Rooney's 1–1 equaliser;[5] the game ended 2–2 and Porto went on to lose 3–2 on aggregate. However, on 10 May, he headed in the game's only goal in a home win over C.D. Nacional, which ensured the Dragões and the player a fourth consecutive league accolade.

International career

Luiz Felipe Scolari gave Alves his full Portugal debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw. He was then selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 2–0 group stage loss against Switzerland.

A regular starter during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Alves headed the winner in injury time for the final 2–1 win in Albania on 6 June 2009,[6] as Portugal eventually reached the play-offs. There, in the first leg in Lisbon, he also found the net (the game's only goal) against Bosnia and Herzegovina, in an eventual 2–0 aggregate qualification.

Honours

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Team

Individual

Club statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup UEFA Total
Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals Games Goals
Porto B 1999/00 2 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2 0
2000/01 36 6 0 0 - - 0 0 36 6
2001/02 17 2 0 0 - - 0 0 17 2
Farense 2001/02 15 0 0 0 - - 0 0 15 0
2002/03 31 3 2 0 - - 0 0 33 3
Guimarães 2003/04 25 1 1 0 - - 0 0 26 1
AEK 2004/05 27 0 0 0 - - 5 0 32 0
Porto 2005/06 7 0 1 0 - - 3 0 11 0
2006/07 28 2 0 0 - - 8 0 36 2
2007/08 27 2 2 0 0 0 8 0 37 2
2008/09 30 5 4 0 1 0 10 1 44 6
2009/10 17 3 2 0 0 0 6 1 25 3
Total 260 24 11 0 1 0 40 2 310 25

References

  1. ^ Biography at TalentSpotter
  2. ^ Porto promise to AEK; UEFA.com, 4 August 2004
  3. ^ Porto trio commit futures; UEFA.com, 28 October 2005
  4. ^ Nuno Gomes inspires Benfica; UEFA.com, 15 October 2005
  5. ^ Last-gasp Mariano goal puts Porto in position; UEFA.com, 7 April 2009
  6. ^ Alves is king as Portugal prevail; UEFA.com, 6 June 2009

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