Braulio Nóbrega

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Personal information
Full name Braulio Nóbrega Rodríguez
Date of birth (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Puerto del Rosario, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2004 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Atlético B 29 (17)
2004–2008 Atlético Madrid 11 (0)
2006 Mallorca (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Salamanca (loan) 39 (14)
2007–2008 Getafe (loan) 19 (3)
2008–2011 Zaragoza 56 (6)
2010 Recreativo (loan) 20 (2)
2012 Cartagena 18 (6)
2012–2013 Hércules 14 (5)
2013–2014 Johor Darul Takzim 0 (0)
2014– Recreativo 10 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Nóbrega and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.

Braulio Nóbrega Rodríguez, simply known as Braulio (born 18 September 1985), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Recreativo de Huelva as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Braulio was born in Puerto del Rosario, Canary Islands. Having grown through the youth system of Atlético Madrid, he played 11 La Liga games for the Colchoneros between 2004 to 2006 (ten being in his debut season) before being loaned to RCD Mallorca in January 2006 and second division's UD Salamanca in 2006–07, finishing the campaign as the latter team's top scorer.

Braulio was loaned again in 2007–08, this time to Madrid side Getafe CF, where he teamed up again with Manu del Moral who had played with him in Atlético's youth squads.[1] On 25 October 2007 he scored a marvellous backheel goal in the group stage of the UEFA Cup, in a 2–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[2] He also netted the third and final goal for Getafe in the competition's quarterfinal second-leg match against FC Bayern Munich, capitalizing on a defensive mistake by Lúcio in the box and proceeding to put the ball past Oliver Kahn, in a 3–3 home draw (4–4 aggregate loss).[3]

On 28 June 2008 Braulio signed a four-year contract with Real Zaragoza, freshly relegated to the second level. He was relatively used as the Aragonese were immediately promoted to the top flight, but then suffered an injury which sidelined him for several months; upon return in late 2009 he found himself without room in the first team and, on 23 January 2010, was loaned to Recreativo de Huelva, as another forward, Adrián Colunga, moved, in the same predicament, in the opposite direction.[4]

In January 2012, after being released by Zaragoza[5] and sorting out his legal problems, Braulio joined FC Cartagena in division two. He scored six goals in only four 1/2 months, not enough however to help the Murcian team avoid relegation; in July he joined another club in the category, Hércules CF.

In the 2014 summer, after an unassuming spell in Malaysia, Braulio signed with Millonarios FC, being released shortly after and taking the Colombian club to court. The same situation occurred with another side in the country, Patriotas FC, but an amicable settlement was reached.[6]


On 21 September 2011 Braulio was arrested on a charge of sexual assault, which occurred in a town near Zaragoza – Cuarte de Huerva – shortly before Real Zaragoza's morning training.[7] He was not incarcerated immediately, and the following day pleaded guilty,[8] being ousted from the squad until the situation was cleared[9] and released by the club the following month.[5]

On 18 October 2011 Braulio changed his plea to "not guilty," citing poor advice as the reason for this sudden change.[10] Finally, on 22 June of the following year, he avoided a prison sentence and reached an agreement to pay 11,400 in damages.[11]


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