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Iker Casillas
12
José Sá
24
João Costa
26
Vaná Alves
40
Fabiano
2
Maxi Pereira
5
Marcano
13
Alex Telles
19
Miguel Layún
21
Ricardo Pereira
23
Reyes
28
Felipe
30
Diogo Dalot
10
Óliver Torres
16
Herrera
20
André André
22
Danilo Pereira
25
Otávio
27
Sérgio Oliveira
7
Hernâni
8
Brahimi
9
Aboubakar
11
Marega
17
Jesús Corona
29
Soares

Sérgio Conceição

Vítor Bruno

Siramana Dembélé

Diamantino Figueiredo

Eduardo Oliveira

Nélson Puga

José Mário Almeida

Eduardo Braga

Luís Pinto

Álvaro Magalhães

Telmo Sousa

Manuel Vítor

José Luís Ferreira

Roberto Carreira
26

Vaná Alves

25-04-1991
Brazilian

Goalkeeper

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.

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.

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