In Friday’s opening match of the 10th round of the Turkish Championship against the current leader Bursaspor, former Palmeiras midfielder Alex completed 300 games for Fenerbahçe. The clash ended 1-1 with Alex responsible for assisting the only goal of the away team.
This was team captain Alex’s fourth assist in nine games in the Turkish League this season, adding to the five goals he has scored so far. With this latest draw, Fenerbahçe remains in fourth place with 18 points, while Bursaspor continues to lead with 24 points.
Now in his seventh seasons with the club and having bagged four titles, the midfielder admits to not expecting to reach that mark when he for the first time entered the pitch wearing the team’s colours on August 14, 2004. “No, I never imagined”, says Alex. “When I arrived here I didn’t think I would be staying for so long, but I’m satisfied and happy because they are good numbers,” he concludes.
Alex played 241 games for Palmeiras between 1996 and 2002. The midfielder is 32 years old and his contract with Fenerbahçe ends in June 2011. A couple of months back, the player on his web site expressed that he would not renew the contract and that he pretended to return to Brazil, preferably playing for either Coritiba, Palmeiras or Cruzeiro.
Needless to say, it would be a tremendous joy to once again see Alex pulling on the Palmeiras jersey!