The Dragon as fate
It would appear that playing for FC Porto was fated for Vaná Alves, the goalkeeper signed in July, 2017, to Feirense. In the first statement with the blue and white jersey, the Brazilian admitted that the first big match he watched in Portugal was in Estádio Do Dragão, and that, since then, he wanted to “wear the blue and white”. That came true after an amazing debut season in Portugal, playing for Feirense, ending the season, impressively, as eighth in the league table. That classification was due, in good portion, to the safety of Vaná, who also made FC Porto’s life hard, with a great performance at Estádio do Dragão, close to the end of the competition.
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In Brazil, Vaná Alves took his first steps as a professional in Coritiba, also representing Canoas and ABC. His friend and former Dragon Alex Sandro and former goalkeeper Helton gave him many and good references of FC Porto, and the club won a complete goalkeeper, strong in aerial plays, and with a good control of the ball. “To wake up and feel that I have the opportunity to represent a European giant, and know it’s not a dream, is amazing”, the number 26 added. The fans also hope for the best from a goalkeeper that has some tough competition, namely that of Iker Casillas, but one that is also just waiting for an opportunity to justify the nickname “Vaneuer” – a reference to the German World champion Manuel Neuer –, after the coach of Coritiba, Marquinhos Santos, stated he could even use him as a libero, given his skill with the ball on his feet.