Bruno Alves

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Bruno Alves
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Personal information
Full nameBruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth(1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 31)
Place of birthPóvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubZenit St. Petersburg
Number3
Youth career
1992–1998Varzim
1998–1999Porto
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2002Porto B53(8)
2001–2010Porto119(14)
2002–2003Farense (loan)46(3)
2003–2004Vitória Guimarães (loan)25(1)
2005AEK Athens (loan)27(0)
2010–Zenit St. Petersburg63(0)
National team
2001–2002Portugal U2012(1)
2002–2004Portugal U2120(2)
2004Portugal B1(0)
2007–Portugal60(6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012
 
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Bruno Alves
BrunoAlves.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBruno Eduardo Regufe Alves
Date of birth(1981-11-27) 27 November 1981 (age 31)
Place of birthPóvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubZenit St. Petersburg
Number3
Youth career
1992–1998Varzim
1998–1999Porto
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2002Porto B53(8)
2001–2010Porto119(14)
2002–2003Farense (loan)46(3)
2003–2004Vitória Guimarães (loan)25(1)
2005AEK Athens (loan)27(0)
2010–Zenit St. Petersburg63(0)
National team
2001–2002Portugal U2012(1)
2002–2004Portugal U2120(2)
2004Portugal B1(0)
2007–Portugal60(6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (born 27 November 1981) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia and the Portuguese national team, as a central defender.

He is noted for his strength, tough tackling and aerial ability. He has spent most of his professional career at Porto, winning a total of nine titles, of which seven came during his time in the first-team.

A Portuguese international since 2007, Alves represented the country at the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships.

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Club career

Porto

Alves was born in Póvoa de Varzim, and started playing football for local Varzim SC, joining the youth ranks of F.C. Porto at the age of 16. After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal and another in the Greek first division with AEK Athens FC,[1] he returned to the latter in 2005–06, extending his contract until 2010[2] and battling for a first-team spot with Ricardo Costa and João Paulo: he played in seven league games for the eventual league champions, but was infamously sent off on 15 October 2005 in the 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[3]

The arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at the helm of Porto in the 2006 summer signalled the turning point in Alves' career. He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe, and formed a solid partnership with the Brazilian-born. An impressive season saw the player finally come of age, and he was ever-present as the club won another national championship.

On 7 April 2009 Alves' early mistake in the season's UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford led to Wayne Rooney's 1–1 equaliser[4]– 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.

Zenit

On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League's FC Zenit for €22 million,[5] joining compatriots Danny and Fernando Meira in the squad. Upon his arrival, head coach Luciano Spalletti described him as a very important player for the team, noting his experience, ability in the air and strong character.[6]

On 30 October 2010 Alves scored his first goal for his new club, against former team AEK in the UEFA Europa League group stage (4–2 home win).

International career

Luiz Felipe Scolari gave Alves his full Portugal debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw.[7] He was then selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 0–2 group stage loss against Switzerland.

A regular starter during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Alves headed the winner in injury time for the final 2–1 win in Albania on 6 June 2009,[8] 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; he also played all the matches and minutes in the finals in South Africa, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

Alves played all the games and minutes at the Euro 2012 tournament, starring alongside former Porto teammate Pepe. In the semifinals against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt, in an eventual 2–4 loss (0–0 after 120 minutes).[9]

Bruno Alves: International goals
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
113 October 2007Shafa Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan0–10–2Euro 2008 qualifying
220 August 2008Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, Faroe Islands4–05–0Friendly
331 March 2009Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland South Africa1–02–0Friendly
46 June 2009Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania Albania1–21–22010 World Cup qualification
514 November 2009Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal Bosnia and Herzegovina1–01–02010 World Cup qualification – Playoffs
611 September 2012Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal Azerbaijan3–03–02014 World Cup qualification

Honours

Team

Porto
Zenit

Individual

Club statistics

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupUEFATotal
GamesGoalsGamesGoalsGamesGoalsGamesGoalsGamesGoals
Porto B1999/002000--0020
2000/0136600--00366
2001/0217200--00172
Farense2001/0215000--00150
2002/0331320--00333
Guimarães2003/0425110--00261
AEK2004/0527000--50320
Porto2005/067010--30110
2006/0728200--80362
2007/08272200080372
2008/093054010101446
2009/10275200061355
Total260241101040231226

Personal

Alves' older brother, Geraldo, is also a footballer, and a central defender. He has paternal Brazilian ancestry, his father Washington having played ten years of his career in Portugal – namely with Varzim Sport Club – where his children were born.[10]

The youngest sibling, Júlio, is also a footballer, in the midfielder position.[11]

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