Marcus Alves is a freelance journalist based in Lisbon and has written for FourFourTwo since 2012. He can also be found at BBC Sport, the Telegraph, Kicker and Yahoo. A former ESPN reporter, he covered 12 games in 15 days during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but can barely remember any of them. He blames cachaça for that.
PERFECT XI Maniche, formerly of Portugal and Chelsea, picks the best team he ever played with
After returning to Brazil to play for Corinthians, the attacking midfielder still has hopes to continue playing at the highest level despite a dismal spell in north London
Fabio Silva probably wasn't expecting to play such a full part in his first Wolves season, but injury to Raul Jimenez forced the teenager to grow up quickly. Now, as he tells FourFourTwo, the Portuguese forward is relishing showing the Premier League what he can do...
Ricardo Carvalho was Jose Mourinho's most trusted defender at Porto, Chelsea and Real Madrid, but the Portuguese pair didn't always see eye to eye. Carvalho reflects on a trophy-laden career by answering FFT readers' toughest posers...
Cristiano Ronaldo may be on the verge of international immortality for Portugal, but not everyone thinks the 36-year-old should be in Fernando Santos’ team this summer. Here’s why they’re uttering the unthinkable back home...
After a dazzling debut season at Liverpool, Diogo Jota is ready to shine for Portugal this summer. As he tells FFT, though, even he took some convincing from his super agent when it came to his unconventional journey to the top
A plucky disagreement with dad changed the course of his life forever, but such burning ambition has already made Bruno Fernandes a United hero. Taking in Italian escapades and lunacy in Lisbon, this is his remarkable story so far
Arsenal The former midfielder has agreed to return to north London – but what can Gunners expect from their new (old) man?
Kerlon Moura Souza He began as an online sensation for his mid-match trickery, and won a high-profile move to Europe with Inter Milan. Then he disappeared. So where did the Brazilian trickster go?
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham’s in-form forward has enjoyed a fine start to the season in north London, but controversial opinions on social media have landed badly in his home nation, writes Marcus Alves
Alisson Becker On his way to Anfield as the most expensive goalkeeper ever, Alisson elicits the highest of praise from his Brazil coaches. Marcus Alves delivers the lowdown...
Philippe Coutinho Neymar gets the headlines, but Philippe Coutinho is the player Brazil can't be without. Marcus Alves digs into the roots of his relationship with Brazil manager Tite
Neymar Neymar may be Brazil's leading man at this World Cup, but a war is brewing between the country and its star striker, writes Marcus Alves
Ruben Neves Marcus Alves explains how super-agent Jorge Mendes works to keep clients and clubs happy – by ensuring everyone has a place at the table
Roberto Firmino His gifts have gradually become appreciated in England, but 'Bobby' has previously been labelled “the new Afonso Alves” in his home country. Marcus Alves explains all...
100 Best Teenagers Looking for some bright young things to lead your future in FM 2018? Marcus Alves runs down the finest U20 players from South America, all featured in our list of the 100 best teenagers in the world
Philippe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho is desperate to leave Anfield for the Camp Nou – but he’s far from the first Premier League player to crave a move to one of Spain’s Big Two. Marcus Alves explains an ingrained fascination
Philippe Coutinho The Brazilian is looking increasingly likely to be a Barcelona player. FFT contributor and Brazilian journalist Marcus Alves broke the story yesterday that Coutinho had asked to leave Anfield – and this is how it all went down
FFT 100 Greatest Football’s most iconic player, revered from South America to Europe, from the USA to Africa... it’s O Rei – the king himself
FFT 100 Greatest O Fenomeno had every quality a striker could want. Only injuries and fitness could stop him
FFT 100 Greatest Brazil’s two-time World Cup winner is remembered even more for his wonderful trickery than his many triumphs
FFT 100 Greatest Brazil’s great entertainer and goalscorer is the closest thing the nation had to a second Pele
FFT 50 Managers The successful Brazilian club manager has enjoyed an instant impact with the national side, rebuilding confidence after a string of major tournament disappointments
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