Brisbane Roar say goodbye to vaz Alves

Brisbane Roar are sad to say goodbye to one of their longest serving employees last week as goalkeeper coach Fernando vaz Alves left the club to take up a full-time position at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Brisbane Roar are sad to say goodbye to one of their longest serving employees last week as goalkeeper coach Fernando vaz Alves left the club to take up a full-time position at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Vaz Alves, who had been with the Roar since their inaugural season in 2005, was a popular figure around the club.

He was also known around the Hyundai A-League for his colourful sideline antics which included eccentric dance moves whenever Brisbane found the back of the net - or when one of his goalkeepers made an important save.

“Fernando was a huge part of our soul at the Roar and he-ll be sorely missed,” said Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson.

“This was a massive opportunity for him to take on the challenge of looking after the best goalkeepers in Australia-s youth set-up in a full-time capacity and we wish him all the very best.

“He-s been an important figure around the club since day one and the goalkeepers in Queensland have flourished under his guidance.”

Born in Angola, vaz Alves spent the majority of his footballer career in Portugal where he was once on the playing roster of FC Porto but a serious back injury meant a move to coaching for him in his early twenties.

His involvement in the set-up of Australian national teams spans over seven years, honing and developing the skills of the country-s brightest goalkeeping talents, and vaz Alves felt the time was right to make the position permanent.

Brisbane Roar is in the process of selecting a replacement goalkeeper coach.