Bruno Alves

Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɾunu ˈaɫvɨʃ]; born 27 November 1981) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a centre back.

Bruno Alves
Alves with Portugal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-27) 27 November 1981[2]
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal[1]
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[3][1]
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1992–1999 Varzim
1999–2000 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Porto B 58 (8)
2002–2010 Porto 119 (14)
2002–2003 → Farense (loan) 46 (3)
2003–2004 → Vitória Guimarães (loan) 26 (1)
2004–2005 → AEK Athens (loan) 27 (0)
2010–2013 Zenit Saint Petersburg 71 (1)
2013–2016 Fenerbahçe 75 (3)
2016–2017 Cagliari 36 (1)
2017–2018 Rangers 20 (1)
2018–2021 Parma 85 (5)
2021 Famalicão 0 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 10 (1)
2002–2004 Portugal U21 19 (2)
2004 Portugal U23 3 (0)
2004 Portugal B 1 (0)
2007–2018 Portugal 96 (11)
Men's football
Representing  Portugal
UEFA European Championship
Winner2016 France
2012 Poland-Ukraine
FIFA Confederations Cup
2017 Russia
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2004 Germany
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:24, 17 May 2021 (UTC)

He began and spent most of his professional career at Porto, where he won a total of nine titles and appeared in 171 official games. He also won trophies in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg, and in Turkey with Fenerbahçe.

A senior Portugal international since 2007, Alves represented the country in three World Cups, three European Championships and one Confederations Cup, winning Euro 2016 and earning 96 caps in the process.

Club career


Alves was born in Póvoa de Varzim, and grew up in the Caxinas fishing neighbourhood of bordering Vila do Conde, as did his long-time international teammates Hélder Postiga and Fábio Coentrão.[4][5] He started playing football for local club Varzim SC, before joining the youth ranks of FC Porto at the age of 17.

After three consecutive loans, two in Portugal[6] and another in Greece with AEK Athens FC,[7] Alves returned Porto for the 2005–06 season, extending his contract until 2010[8] and battling for a first-team spot with Ricardo Costa and João Paulo. He played seven league games for the eventual Primeira Liga champions, but was infamously sent off on 15 October 2005 in a 0–2 home loss against S.L. Benfica, after headbutting Nuno Gomes.[9]

The arrival of manager Jesualdo Ferreira in summer 2006 signalled the turning point in Alves' career.[10] He beat off stiff competition for a starting berth in the team alongside Pepe and formed a solid partnership with the Brazilian-born centre back. An impressive campaign saw the player finally come of age, and he was ever-present as the northerners won another national championship.

On 7 April 2009, Alves' early mistake in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford led to Wayne Rooney's equaliser[11]– the match ended 2–2 and Porto went on to lose 3–2 on aggregate. However, on 10 May, he headed in the only goal in a home win over C.D. Nacional which ensured team and the player a fourth consecutive league accolade.[12]

Zenit Saint Petersburg

Alves in action for Zenit

On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League side FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for €22 million,[13] 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.[14]

Alves scored his first goal for the side on 30 September 2010, against former team AEK Athens in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.[15]


Alves playing for Fenerbahçe in 2014

On 5 June 2013, Alves agreed to join Turkey's Fenerbahçe SK on a three-year deal worth €2.5 million per season, for a transfer fee of €5.5 million.[16][17] He scored twice in 25 league appearances in his first season in Istanbul, to help the side win the Süper Lig title, and also contested in their Turkish Super Cup win against Galatasaray SK on 25 August 2014.

On 18 October 2014, Alves was given a straight red card for kicking Blerim Džemaili, as his team eventually lost 2–1 to Galatasaray at the Türk Telekom Arena.[18] He was sent off again on 25 May 2015, for conceding a penalty against another team from the city, İstanbul Başakşehir, being the second of four Fener players to be dismissed in a 2–2 draw which gave the title to Galatasaray.[19]


On 5 June 2016, Alves signed a two-year contract with Cagliari Calcio, who had recently returned to the Italian Serie A.[20] The deal was set to go through when he became a free agent at the end of the month.[21] He made his debut on 15 August 2016, in a 5–1 home win over S.P.A.L. 2013 in the Coppa Italia,[22] and scored his first goal on 11 September, which was a free-kick in a 2–1 league loss at Bologna F.C. 1909.[23]


On 31 May 2017, Alves signed for Rangers on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[24][25] He scored his first goal for his new team on 9 August, in a 6–0 routing of Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup.[26]

On 24 October 2017, two days after an incident with Louis Moult during a 0–2 defeat against Motherwell in the League Cup semi-finals, Alves was handed a two-match ban[27] which was appealed.[28] On 11 July 2018, the 36-year-old terminated his contract by mutual consent.[29]


Alves returned to the Italian top division in the summer of 2018, joining recently promoted Parma Calcio 1913 until 30 June 2019.[30] The following February he signed a new deal covering the 2019–20 season[31] and, in January 2020, agreed to a further extension until June 2021.[32]

On 30 May 2021, after being relegated to Serie B, Alves announced he was leaving the club.[33]


Alves agreed to a two-year contract with F.C. Famalicão on 1 July 2021.[34] Two weeks later, however, after falling out with the management, he cancelled it.[35]

International career

Alves playing for Portugal in 2011

Alves played for Portugal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, with the country's participation ending after three games in Greece. Luiz Felipe Scolari gave him his full international debut in June 2007 against Kuwait in a 1–1 away draw,[36][37] and he was later selected as a back-up for UEFA Euro 2008, appearing in the 0–2 group stage loss to Switzerland.[38]

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,[39] allowing Portugal to reach the play-offs; there, in the first leg in Lisbon, he also found the net (the game's only goal) against Bosnia and Herzegovina,[40] 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 semi-finals, against Spain, he missed his penalty shootout attempt in a 4–2 loss.[41]

Ten days after being included in Paulo Bento's final 23-men squad for the 2014 World Cup,[42] Alves scored a 93rd-minute winner in a 1–0 friendly win over Mexico for his tenth international goal,[43] also featuring in the tournament opener against Germany, a 0–4 defeat.[44] He also started in the following two fixtures in Brazil, in a group stage exit.

Alves was also selected for Euro 2016.[45] In the penultimate warm-up game away to England on 2 June, he was sent off in the first half for a head-high tackle on Harry Kane;[46] he only made his debut in the tournament in the semi-finals against Wales due to injury to Pepe,[47] playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 2–0 victory at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.[48]

In May 2017, Alves was picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup squad.[49] The following year, he was selected for the 2018 World Cup also to be held in Russia.[50]

Personal life

Alves' older brother, Geraldo, was also a footballer and a central defender. He had paternal Brazilian ancestry through his father Washington Geraldo Dias Alves. He played ten years of his career in Portugal–mainly with Varzim–where his children were born.[51][52][53][54]

The youngest sibling, Júlio, was also a footballer, playing in the midfielder position.[53][54][55] Their uncle, Geraldo Assoviador, also played the sport.[51][54]

On 20 October 2020, Alves tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Italy.[56]

Career statistics


As of match played 16 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Porto B 1999–2000[57] Segunda Divisão 4040
2000–01[57] 366366
2001–02[57] 172172
2005–06[57] 1010
Total 588588
Porto 2005–06[57] Primeira Liga 70103[lower-alpha 1]0110
2006–07[57] 282008[lower-alpha 1]000362
2007–08[57] 27220008[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 2]0382
2008–09[57] 305401010[lower-alpha 1]11[lower-alpha 2]0466
2009–10[57] 27520208[lower-alpha 1]11[lower-alpha 2]1407
Total 1191490303723117117
Farense (loan) 2001–02[57] Primeira Liga 15000150
2002–03[57] Segunda Liga 31320333
Total 46320483
Vitória Guimarães (loan) 2003–04[57] Primeira Liga 26110271
AEK Athens (loan) 2004–05[57] Super League Greece 27010150421
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2010[58] Russian Premier League 140209[lower-alpha 3]1251
2011–12[58] 360305[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 4]0450
2012–13[58] 211216[lower-alpha 3]01[lower-alpha 4]0302
Total 71171201201003
Fenerbahçe 2013–14[58] Süper Lig 252004[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 5]0302
2014–15[58] 240511[lower-alpha 5]0301
2015–16[58] 2613012[lower-alpha 3]0411
Total 75381160201014
Cagliari 2016–17[58] Serie A 36110371
Rangers 2017–18[58] Scottish Premiership 201203100252
Parma 2018–19[58] Serie A 33400334
2019–20[58] 33010340
2020–21[58] 19100191
Total 85510865
Career total 56337413617837169544
  1. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  3. Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  4. Appearance in Russian Super Cup
  5. Appearance in Turkish Super Cup


National teamYearAppsGoals
Portugal 200781

International goals

Bruno Alves: International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition[59]
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 play-offs
611 September 2012Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal Azerbaijan3–03–02014 World Cup qualification
722 March 2013Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel Israel0–13–32014 World Cup qualification
826 March 2013Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan0–10–22014 World Cup qualification
96 September 2013Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland0–12–42014 World Cup qualification
106 June 2014Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States Mexico0–10–1Friendly
1113 November 2016Estádio Algarve, São João da Venda, Portugal Latvia4–14–12018 World Cup qualification



  • Primeira Liga: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Taça de Portugal: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2006, 2009

Zenit Saint Petersburg

  • Russian Premier League: 2010, 2011–12
  • Russian Super Cup: 2011


  • Süper Lig: 2013–14
  • Turkish Super Cup: 2014

Portugal U21

  • Toulon Tournament: 2001



  • Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2009
  • Russian Premier League Top 33 Players of the Season: 2010 (right-centre back Nº2)


  • Commander of the Order of Merit[61]


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