Aloisio Pires came to Barcelona in the summer of 1988 from Brazilian club Sport Clube Internacional. Initially he featured from the substitutes' bench under coach Johan Cruyff in one of the most turbulent seasons in the Club's history.
Nevertheless, the Brazilian soon became a fixture in the starting Xi under the Dutch master, forming an excellent partnership with Ricardo Serna. At the end of his first season he was part of the team that claimed the Copa del Rey title with victory against Real Sociedad in the final. The following season the arrival of Ronaldo Koeman provided some stiff competition in defence but Aloisio still remained a key figure in Cruyff's squad. In two seasons the defender made 68 appearances for Barça before leaving to sign for Porto where he played for 11 seasons before retiring in 2001 at the age of 38.
1 Copa del Rey (1990)
1 European Cup Winners' Cup (1989)
Capped 7 times by Brazil