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Player Profile: Bruno Alves  

Bruno Alves
Full name: Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves

Position: Defender

Date of Birth: 27 November 1981

Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Not too long ago Bruno Alves was in danger of seeing his career nosedive into a nondescript story of a promising defender who was let down by an inability to control his temperament.

The potential of the tall and solidly built centre-half, a product of FC Porto’s youth system and son of a professional footballer was there for all to see. At 1.87m he is almost invincible in the air, and as well as a fearsome defender Alves is more than happy to add his considerable weight to the attack where he is a potent weapon at corners and set-pieces.

However, the massive Alves achieved notoriety in his early years more for his often violent conduct on the pitch, with a series of red cards stunting his progress. He infamously head-butted Nuno Gomes in 2005/06 as FC Porto fell to a rare home defeat against bitter rivals Benfica.
 

Curiosity
Bruno Alves’ older brother, Geraldo, is also a high-quality centre-half, who played for AEK Athens among other teams, a club Bruno represented in 2004/05, while younger brother Júlio Alves is a promising holding midfielder currently playing for Besiktas.

 

After being loaned out by the Dragons to Farense and Guimaraes in Portugal, then AEK Athens in Greece, Alves returned to Portugal a more mature player and gradually began to make his mark in a more positive manner.
 

Turning point

The arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at the helm of FC Porto would signal the turning point in Alves’ career. He beat off the stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe and formed a rock solid partnership with the Brazilian.

A superb season saw the player, now in his mid twenties, finally come of age. Alves was a virtual ever-present as Porto won another Portuguese Championship, and while the likes of Ricardo Quaresma, Anderson, Lucho Gonzalez and Pepe picked up most of the plaudits, Alves’ key role in the success did not go unnoticed.

Luiz Filipe Scolari gave the defender his full Portugal debut in June 2007 against Kuwait, and over the summer rumours emerged that Premiership club Aston Villa were chasing his signature.

But Alves was quick to pledge his loyalty to Porto, and following the sale of Pepe to Real Madrid the commanding centre-back became the undisputed boss of the Dragons’ defence. In fact, during the three seasons that followed, he led his team to numerous trophies and ended up claiming his spot on the Selecção alongside Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe or Rolando.

In August 2010, Alves finally got his wish and moved abroad, to Zenit St. Petersburg. He immediately claimed a spot on the line-up, but manager Luciano Spalletti has played him less and less over the last months, fuelling the rumour that Alves will leave after the European Championships.

by Tom Kundert and Vasco Mota Pereira (16/05/2012)
 

Club Appearances* Goals
Farense 46 3
Vitoria Guimaraes 25 1
AEK Athens 27 0
FC Porto 119 14
 Zenit** 50 0
     
 PORTUGAL** 49 5

 

*  League appearances only
** Up to 16 May 2012
 
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2 Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:07
kevin türkey
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hi
1 Thursday, 01 July 2010 18:41
o bruno albes grande jogador

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