Birth date 13 Jan 1976 (42 years)
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Position Forward
Team history
Grêmio Novorizontino 2018 - present
Ceara Sporting Club 2017
Fluminense 2015 - 2016
Ceara Sporting Club 2012 - 2015
Umm Salal SC 2012
Sport Club do Recife 2012
Clube Atletico Mineiro 2011
Atlantida Sports Club 2008 - 2010
Ceara Sporting Club 2010
Al-Ittihad (Jeddah) 2007 - 2008
Gamba Osaka 2006 - 2007
Oita Trinita 2004 - 2005
Fluminense 1998 - 2003
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2003
Criciúma Esporte Clube 1997 - 1998
Independente Futebol Clube 1996 - 1997
Associação Esportiva Araçatuba 1997
:pt:Valinhos Futebol Clube 1995 - 1996
:pt:Ratrans Esporte Clube 1994 - 1995

Magno Alves de Araujo is one of the most experienced footballers in Brazil, plying his trade as a striker. Into his sixteenth year as a professional footballer, Alves made his debut way back in 1994. Playing for Ratrans Esporte Clube, in the lowest rungs of Brazilian football, Alves began learning the tricks of the trade. He moved to Valinhos Futebol Clube in 1995, still in the lowest divisions. However, by this time, Alves was beginning to leave his mark on games and was getting noticed by teams in the higher divisions.

In 1996, Alves got his massive break, signing with Independente Futebol Clube in Brazil’s Serie B championships. A season later, he was on his way out again, with Associacao Esportivo Aracatuba as his destination. The same year, Alves moved to Criciuma, still searching for a regular place to play first team football and finally, for Alves, it arrived.

He played fifteen games for Criciuma and scored eight goals. His fabulous strike-rate caught the eye of Fluminense Football Clube, one of Brazil’s largest teams. Alves created a massive presence with Fluminense, playing over 260 league games and scoring 111 goals over a period of five seasons. As he helped the team win the Brazilian Serie C title in 1999 and the 2002 Rio de Janeiro State Championships, Alves won a number of personal accolades along the way as well.

He was the top scorer in the Brazilian Leagues, in 2000, his biggest accolade in the Brazilian league setup. Alves was to move east-wards, winning more silverware along his journey. Alves moved to South Korea, in 2003, signing with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He was the star of the show, with his 27 goals in 44 appearances as his popularity slowly grew.

He moved onto the Japanese second division, signing up with Oita Trinita in 2004. Over two seasons, Alves played around 62 games and was part of the J-League All-Star game where he was named MVP. In 2006, he moved to Gamba Osaka, a club playing in the highest league competitions in Japan and Asia. With Gamba, Alves went on to Asian glory as he became the top-scorer in the AFC Champions League that year. He was also the highest scorer in the Japanese League and was also named to the best-eleven of the league.

He ended his career, at Gamba Osaka, with 36 goals in 53 games. 2007-08 was spent in the Middle-East, where Al-Ittihad signed Alves. Despite helping the side win the Japanese Super Cup in 2007, disciplinary issues led to his ouster from Gamba Osaka - something that had plagued him throughout his career. Although he played just 12 games for Al-Ittihad, Alves had the ability to shine and scoring 9 goals in those twelve games meant that he would gain a move to Umm-Salal.

From 2008-10, Alves enjoyed his time at Umm-Salal, scoring 36 goals in 45 games and being named the top-scorer of the 2008-09 season in the Qatari League. In 2010, he decided to return to Brazil and signed with Ceara Sporting Clube, in the Serie A. On his way down, in his career, Alves managed to score only 9 goals in the superior Brazilian league, failing to repeat his scoring touch from Qatar. In 2011, he moved to Atletico Mineiro, where he has already scored four times in his first 12 appearances.

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