Paulo Alves (footballer, born 1969)

Paulo Lourenço Martins Alves (born 10 December 1969) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a centre forward, and the coach of Varzim SC.

Paulo Alves
Personal information
Full name Paulo Lourenço Martins Alves
Date of birth (1969-12-10) 10 December 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Vila Real, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Varzim (coach)
Youth career
1982–1985 Abambres
1985–1986 Vila Real
1986–1988 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Gil Vicente 68 (16)
1991–1992 Tirsense 33 (8)
1992–1993 Marítimo 22 (4)
1993 Braga 4 (0)
1993–1995 Marítimo 50 (16)
1995–1998 Sporting CP 68 (22)
1997–1998West Ham United (loan) 4 (0)
1998–1999 Bastia 19 (3)
1999–2001 União Leiria 46 (8)
2001–2005 Gil Vicente 87 (26)
Total 401 (103)
National team
1989 Portugal U20 4 (1)
1989–1991 Portugal U21 9 (6)
1994–1996 Portugal 13 (7)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Gil Vicente
2008–2009 União Leiria
2009 Vizela
2009–2010 Portugal U20
2010–2013 Gil Vicente
2013 Olhanense
2015 Beira-Mar
2015 Nassaji Mazandaran
2015–2017 Penafiel
2017 União Madeira
2018 Gil Vicente
2018–2019 Ohod
2019– Varzim
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 301 matches and 78 goals over 13 seasons, mainly with Gil Vicente (five years). He also represented in the competition Marítimo, Sporting (three apiece) União de Leiria (two) and Braga.

Alves started coaching in 2005, and went on to be in charge of several clubs including Gil (in several spells).[1]

Playing careerEdit

Born in Vila Real, Alves moved from local club to FC Porto's youth ranks at 17, but had no success there,[2] moving to Gil Vicente F.C. as a member of which he helped Portugal win the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia – in the group stage opener against Czechoslovakia, he scored a last-minute header (his strongest asset) for the game's only goal.[3] Later in his career he also managed 13 caps for the full side, scoring seven times, mostly during the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying stage and friendlies within that period.

After spells with F.C. Tirsense, C.S. Marítimo (twice) and S.C. Braga, Alves joined Primeira Liga giants Sporting CP, being relatively used during his three-year stay. He also played in England with West Ham United on loan, but managed just four substitute appearances in his three-month stint; upon his return to Lisbon, he notably scored a hat-trick in a 6–3 win at S.C. Campomaiorense.

Alves then spent two seasons with U.D. Leiria, netting six times in 27 matches in his last to help the club to its best ever top flight finish, a fifth position. His second stint at Gil Vicente saw him finish as team top scorer for the 2001–02 campaign, with 11 goals in 27 games; he retired in June 2005, at the age of 35.

International goalsEdit

Paulo Alves: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition


1 18 December 1994 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal   Liechtenstein 7–0 8–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
2 18 December 1994 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisboa, Portugal   Liechtenstein 8–0 8–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
3 29 January 1995 Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada   Denmark 1–0 1–0 SkyDome Cup
4 15 August 1995 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 0–4 0–7 Euro 1996 qualifying
5 15 August 1995 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 0–5 0–7 Euro 1996 qualifying
6 15 August 1995 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 0–7 0–7 Euro 1996 qualifying
7 12 December 1995 Wembley Stadium (1923), London, England   England 1–1 1–1 Friendly

Coaching careerEdit

Alves took up coaching immediately after retiring, precisely with the Barcelos club.[5][6] In 2008 he joined another team he played for, Leiria, also in the second division.[7]

Due to poor results in the 2008–09 season, Alves was sacked by União de Leiria,[8] but stayed in that tier by moving to F.C. Vizela. In the following summer he rejoined former Sporting teammate Oceano's coaching staff at the Portugal under-21 side, while also being charged with the under-20s;[9] after a handful of games he resigned and returned to Gil Vicente,[10] winning the 2011 second level championship with the subsequent promotion.

After three years, which also brought a runner-up place in the Taça da Liga,[11] Alves replaced former national teammate Abel Xavier at the helm of S.C. Olhanense early into the 2013–14 campaign,[12] being sacked after less than three months in charge and with only one point won in six league matches.[13]

Alves returned to management in December 2014, taking the helm at S.C. Beira-Mar, 14th in the second division.[14] The team suffered with serious financial problems over the season, and were sent to the Aveiro Football Association's second division as a punishment.[15][16]

On 3 December 2015, Alves was appointed at F.C. Penafiel until the end of the second level season, having been working in Iran for F.C. Nassaji Mazandaran.[17] He remained in the job until being hired by C.F. União for 2017–18, being sacked on 2 October with the side placed 12th.[18] He returned to Gil Vicente halfway through the campaign, and left on 23 February 2018 by mutual agreement having not won any of his seven fixtures.[19]

After a few months back in the Middle East with Ohod Club of Saudi Arabia,[20] Alves returned to the Portuguese second tier in June 2019, at Varzim SC.[21]






Gil Vicente


  1. ^ "Paulo Alves volta a orientar Gil Vicente" [Paulo Alves back at the helm for Gil Vicente] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ Simões de Abreu, Alexandra (6 January 2018). "Paulo Alves: "Em Riade levei uma cabeçada e joguei minutos que não me lembro. Acordei na ambulância, vi uns árabes e gritei: 'Onde estou?'"" [Paulo Alves: “I took a headbutt in Riyadh and played for minutes without remembering anything. I woke up in the ambulance, saw some Arabs and shouted: ‘Where am I?’”]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ Alvarenga, Vítor Hugo (3 March 2014). "Riade, 25 anos: como foi e onde estão os campeões" [Riyadh, 25 anos: how did it go and where are the champions] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Paulo Alves". European Football. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Nandinho é trunfo para Paulo Alves em Penafiel" [Nandinho is an asset for Paulo Alves in Penafiel]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 March 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Dia D em Barcelos com Alves à espera" [D Day in Barcelos with Alves waiting]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 28 September 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Paulo Alves é o novo treinador da União de Leiria" [Paulo Alves is the new manager of União de Leiria]. Público (in Portuguese). 20 May 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Manuel Fernandes vai treinar a União de Leiria" [Manuel Fernandes will coach União de Leiria]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Oceano nomeado técnico dos sub-21, Paulo Alves comanda sub-20" [Oceano named under-21 manager, Paulo Alves in charge of under-20s]. Público (in Portuguese). 25 June 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Paulo Alves sai dos sub-20 e regressa ao Gil Vicente" [Paulo Alves leaves the under-20s and returns to Gil Vicente]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 5 March 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Benfica win Taça da Liga". PortuGOAL. 14 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Paulo Alves no Olhanense para manter fuga aos últimos lugares" [Paulo Alves in Olhanense to keep escaping from last places] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. ^ Anjinho, Jorge (7 January 2014). "Olhanense: Galderisi já treina, Paulo Alves sai" [Olhanense: Galderisi already training, Paulo Alves leaves] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Paulo Alves é o novo treinador do Beira-Mar" [Paulo Alves is the new manager of Beira-Mar]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 26 December 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Paulo Alves: "Enquanto me quiserem no Beira-Mar continuo"" [Paulo Alves: "As long as they want me at Beira-Mar I will continue"] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Beira-Mar cai para a segunda divisão distrital" [Beira-Mar fall to the second district division] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Paulo Alves é o novo treinador do Penafiel" [Paulo Alves is the new manager of Penafiel] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Paulo Alves já não é treinador do União da Madeira" [Paulo Alves is no longer manager of União da Madeira] (in Portuguese). Bancada. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Paulo Alves abandona Gil Vicente" [Paulo Alves leaves Gil Vicente]. Público (in Portuguese). 23 February 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  20. ^ Castro, Ricardo Jorge (28 January 2019). "Paulo Alves rescinde com o Ohod da Arábia Saudita" [Paulo Alves resigns from Ohod of Saudi Arabia] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Paulo Alves vai treinar o Varzim" [Paulo Alves will manage Varzim]. O Minho (in Portuguese). 8 June 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 19. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.

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