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Alex Nicolao Telles (born 15 December 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Portuguese club Porto. Telles is an offensive full-back and is described as a skilled, quick and playmaking defender.[1]

Alex Telles
Alex Telles 2018.jpg
Telles playing for Porto in 2018.
Personal information
Full name Alex Nicolao Telles
Date of birth (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
FC Porto
Number 13
Youth career
2007–2011 Juventude
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Juventude 13 (2)
2013–2014 Grêmio 36 (1)
2014–2016 Galatasaray 39 (2)
2015–2016Inter Milan (loan) 21 (0)
2016– Porto 95 (8)
National team
2019– Brazil 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019

Telles is highly rated in Brazil and was rewarded with a place in the 2013 Brasileirão Team of the Year.[2]

Contents

Club careerEdit

Juventude and GrêmioEdit

Telles was born in Caxias do Sul, a city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. At the age of eight, he began playing football with the neighbouring kids and was later enrolled to a youth academy of Esporte Clube Juventude.

Telles began his professional career with Juventude, making his debut on 24 January 2011 against São José-PA.[3] He scored his first goal on 20 August in a 1–1 home draw against Cruzeiro.[4]

In December, Telles was transferred to Grêmio after a partnership was established with Juventude.[5] He made his Grêmio debut on 3 February 2013 against Internacional.[6] On 26 May, Telles made his Série A debut, starting in a 2–0 home win against Náutico.[7]

GalatasarayEdit

On 22 January 2014, after long negotiations, Telles completed a move to Turkish club Galatasaray for 6 million, signing a contract that will keep him with the club until 2018.[8] He made his debut two weeks later, starting in a 3–0 win against Tokatspor for the campaign's Turkish Cup, and made his maiden Süper Lig debut in a 3–0 home victory against Eskişehirspor on 8 February 2014.[9] Telles made his first assist for the club against Antalyaspor in a 2–2 away game on 17 February.[10] He also scored his first goal for Galatasaray against Akhisar Belediyespor on 8 March in a 6–1 home win.[11]

In August 2015, there were rumours[where?] mentioning Telles as a good choice to fill the place made by the departure of left-back Filipe Luís at Chelsea. In response to the rumour, Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu said the club would only be tempted by an acceptable offer.[citation needed]

Loan to Inter MilanEdit

On 31 August 2015, Galatasaray agreed to let Telles join Italian club Internazionale of Serie A on a one-year loan for a €1.3 million fee, in addition to €250,000 if Inter qualify for the group stage of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.[12] The deal included a buyout option for €8.5 million,[12] letting Internazionale make the move permanent when the loan deal is finished.[13] Telles reunited with Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini in Italy, who previously coached him at Galatasaray.[14]

He made his debut for the club on 13 September in the 2015–16 Serie A matchday 3 against city rivals Milan, playing the entirely match as Inter won 1–0.[15]

PortoEdit

On 12 July 2016, Portuguese side FC Porto announced the signing of Alex Telles for a 6.5 million fee. According to a Galatasaray press release, the Istanbul club reserved a further 10% of any added value in a future transfer deal.[16] The following day, after signing a five year contract, he stated: "I ambition titles, I ambition a very beautiful story. I have recently commented with my relatives that I do not want to come here in passing, I want to leave a legacy."[17] On 12 August, in a 3–1 away win against Rio Ave, he marked his league debut and first competitive match with a poor performance and subsequent expulsion.[18] Despite the rough start, Telles gradually cemented himself in the team's starting eleven, scoring his first goal when facing rivals Boavista in a 3–1 home victory at Estádio do Dragão.[19]

International careerEdit

Telles also has an Italian passport,[20] making him in the past eligible to represent Italy national team.[20] In October 2016, Telles said that he would "welcome" a call-up from "Azzurri", adding that his great grandparents are Italian and he feels Italian.[21] In March 2019, however, he received his first call-up to the Brazil national team.[22] He made his debut for Brazil on 23 March 2019 in a friendly against Panama, as a starter.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 25 May 2019[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventude 2011 Série D 4 1 0 0 12[c] 0 16 1
2012 Série D 9 1 2 0 14[c] 0 25 1
Total 13 2 2 0 26 0 41 2
Grêmio 2013 Série A 36 1 6 0 3[d] 0 6[e] 0 51 1
Galatasaray 2013–14 Süper Lig 15 1 4 0 2[f] 0 21 1
2014–15 Süper Lig 22 1 8 0 5[f] 0 1[g] 0 36 1
2015–16 Süper Lig 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[g] 0 3 0
Total 39 2 12 0 7 0 2 0 60 2
Inter Milan (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 21 0 1 0 22 0
Porto 2016–17 Primeira Liga 32 1 2 0 2 0 9[f] 0 45 1
2017–18 Primeira Liga 30 3 5 0 3 0 7[f] 1 45 4
2018–19 Primeira Liga 33 4 5 1 4 0 10[f] 1 1[h] 0 53 6
Total 95 8 12 1 9 0 26 2 1 0 143 11
Career total 204 13 33 1 9 0 36 2 35 0 306 16
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa do Brasil, Turkish Cup, Coppa Italia and Taça de Portugal
  2. ^ Appearances in Taça da Liga
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Campeonato Gaúcho and Copa FGF
  4. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ Appearances in Campeonato Gaúcho
  6. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Turkish Super Cup
  8. ^ Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Juventude[24]
Galatasaray[24]
Porto[24]

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roberto Carlos'tan Alex Telles yorumu" [Roberto Carlos speaks of Alex Telles] (in Turkish). TRTspor. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Seleção do Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2013" [Best eleven of 2013 Brazilian League] (in Portuguese). CBF. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 18 December 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ EC São José vs. Juventude 1–2; Global Sports Media, 24 January 2011
  4. ^ Juventude-RS 1 x 1 Cruzeiro-RS - Decepção alviverde em Caxias do Sul! (Juventude-RS 1–1 Cruzeiro-RS — Alviverde disappointment in Caxias do Sul!); Futebol Interior, 20 August 2011 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Grêmio contrata lateral esquerdo Alex Telles e encaminha parceria com o Juventude (Grêmio signs left back Alex Telles and pushes partnership with Juventude forward); UOL Esporte, 12 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Deu a lógica: em Gre-Nal quente, Inter vence os reservas do Grêmio; Globo Esporte, 3 February 2013 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Grêmio cumpre promessa, joga bem e vence Náutico pelo Brasileirão; Globo Esporte, 26 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Alex Telles Galatasaray'da [Alex Telles to Galatasaray]; Galatasaray's official website, 22 January 2014 (in Turkish)
  9. ^ Tokatspor 0–3 Galatasaray Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Galatasaray's official website, 5 February 2014 (in Turkish)
  10. ^ "Galatasaray vs Antalyaspor". Galatasaray.org. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Telles ilk golünü attı [Telles's first goal]". Hürriyet. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  12. ^ a b Galatasaray (1 September 2015). "Alex Nicolao Telles – Geçici Transfer" (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP). Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ "ALEX TELLES IS A NERAZZURRI PLAYER". inter.it. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Felipe Melo, Adem Ljajic and Alex Telles complete Inter Milan moves". ESPN FC. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Serie A: Inter-Milan 1-0, Guarin decide il derby" [Serie A: Inter-Milan 1-0, Guarin decides the derby] (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ "OFICIAL: Alex Telles no FC Porto por 6,5 milhões de euros" [OFFICIAL: Alex Telles at FC Porto for 6.5 million euros]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 12 July 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Alex Telles: «Não quero vir de passagem, quero deixar um legado»" [Alex Telles: «I do not want to come in passing, I want to leave a legacy»]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Alex Telles com estreia azarada" [Alex Telles with unlucky debut]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  19. ^ "F.C. Porto vence Boavista com reviravolta" [F.C. Porto wins Boavista with turnaround]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 23 September 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Italy ask after Alex Telles". Football Italia. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  21. ^ Ben Gladwell (13 October 2016). "Porto defender Alex Telles open to representing Italy instead of Brazil". ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Alex Telles substitui Filipe Luís nos amistosos de março". CBF. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Brazil v Panama game report". ESPN. 23 March 2019.
  24. ^ a b c d Alex Telles at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  25. ^ "FC Porto conquista Supertaça pela 21.ª vez" [FC Porto conquer Supercup for the 21st time] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Os melhores do campeonato são homenageados na festa da Premiação Brasileirão 2013" [The best of the championship are honored in the awards party Brasileirão 2013] (in Portuguese). CBF. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Campeão, Cruzeiro domina Bola de Prata 2013; veja a seleção do Brasileirão" [Champion, Cruzeiro dominates Bola de Prata 2013; see the selection of the Brasileirão] (in Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  28. ^ "SJPF revela os melhores 11 de 2016" [SPFP discloses best 11 of 2016] (in Portuguese). SJPF. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Sindicato revela os melhores 11 de 2017" [Union discloses best 11 of 2017] (in Portuguese). SJPF. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Vencedores dos Prémios mensais da Liga Portugal 2017–18" [Winners of the Liga Portugal 2017–18 Monthly Awards] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Jonas e Chiquinho, os melhores de janeiro" [Jonas and Chiquinho, the best of January] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  32. ^ "Jonas e Vinícius, os melhores de fevereiro" [Jonas and Vinícius, the best of February] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Bruno Fernandes e Ricardo Gomes eleitos "Jogador do Mês" de abril" [Bruno Fernandes and Ricardo Gomes elected "Player of the Month" of April] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  34. ^ "FC Porto lidera Onze do Ano" [FC Porto leads Starting Eleven of the Year] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  35. ^ "Alex Telles foi eleito Futebolista do Ano na Gala dos Dragões de Ouro" [Alex Telles was elected Footballer of the Year at the Gala Dragões de Ouro] (in Portuguese). Sapo Desporto. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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