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Alves Alfonso

Position Striker

Club Al Gharafa - Qatar

Height 1.85 M

Nationality Brazil

Date of birth 30 January 1981

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Afonso Alves Martins Júnior (born 30 January 1981) is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Qatari club Al Gharafa as a striker. He has also been capped by Brazil. He enjoyed the most successful period of his career during his time in Heerenveen in the Dutch league, where his goal-to-game ratio was higher than a goal a game. This precipitated a club record move to English club Middlesbrough, the transfer completed on the last day of the transfer window in January 2008. Al-Rayyan Alves officially moved to Al Rayyan Sports Club for a further two years after winning the 2010 Emir of Qatar Cup with Al Rayyan on the 15th of May, 2010. Alves shortly emerged as a fan favorite, however he suffered a ligament injury in his left knee in December which kept him out of action for eight months. While recovering, he stated "Offers may’ve come to me during the transfer period, but I never bothered to listen to them and left them all to my agent. While recuperating from surgery, I remained in touch with coach Paulo (Autuori) and the club management, and kept them updated on my progress." He is expected to rejoin Al-Rayyan as their top striker and start the 2011-2012 season in Al-Rayyan's starting eleven. And in 2011/2012 season he was back and then he scored in first 10 matches and again became a fan favorite. Al Gharafa On 11 September, 2012, he signed a 1–year deal with QSL giants Al Gharafa as their fourth professional player.

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