Bruno Gama

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Bruno Gama
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Gama in action for Deportivo
Personal information
Full name Bruno Alexandre Vilela Gama
Date of birth (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Vila Verde, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Dnipro
Number 20
Youth career
1998–2004 Braga
2000–2001 → Bairro Misericórdia (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Braga 1 (0)
2004–2006 Porto B 45 (6)
2005–2009 Porto 1 (0)
2006–2007 Braga (loan) 15 (0)
2007–2009 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 53 (6)
2009–2011 Rio Ave 59 (5)
2011–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 68 (13)
2013– Dnipro 8 (3)
National team
2002 Portugal U16 7 (0)
2003–2004 Portugal U17 34 (11)
2004–2005 Portugal U18 6 (2)
2005–2006 Portugal U19 17 (9)
2006–2007 Portugal U20 14 (6)
2008–2009 Portugal U21 5 (0)
2009–2010 Portugal U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Alexandre Vilela Gama (born 15 November 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine, mainly as a right winger.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 129 games and 11 goals over the course of seven seasons, mainly representing Vitória de Setúbal and Rio Ave (two years apiece). Abroad, he played with Deportivo de La Coruña and Dnipro.

Gama gained 83 caps for Portugal all youth categories comprised, scoring 28 goals.

Club career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Gama was born in Vila Verde, Braga District. A Sporting Clube de Braga youth graduate, he appeared aged 16 in his first top division game, a 2–2 away draw against União de Leiria,[1] being subsequently acquired by league powerhouse F.C. Porto in a 750,000 deal.

After spending most of his first seasons with the club's B-side, Gama served another two first division loans, at Braga in 2006–07[2]– scoring in a 4–0 home win over FC Slovan Liberec for the campaign's UEFA Cup – and Vitória de Setúbal in the following two years.[3]

In mid-July 2009, Gama was released by Porto and joined Rio Ave F.C. on a two-year contract. During his first season with the Vila do Conde club he was one of the few players to appear in all 30 league matches, contributing to a final 12th place in the top division; he scored in home wins against former side Setúbal (1–0) and Leixões SC (2–0).[4]

Deportivo[edit]

As many compatriots during that timeframe, Gama signed for Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña on 27 July 2011, for an undisclosed fee.[5] He contributed with 29 games and seven goals in his first season to help the Galicians win the Segunda División championship.

Gama made his debut in La Liga on 20 August 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against CA Osasuna.[6]

Dnipropetrovsk[edit]

On 20 August 2013, following Deportivo's relegation, Gama moved teams and countries again, joining FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on a three-year contract.[7]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Gama first participated in the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, as Portugal emerged victorious on home soil.[8] He also helped the team reach the quarter-finals in that year's FIFA World Cup held in Finland, scoring one goal against Cameroon.

Gama captained Portugal in the 2004 European Under-17 Championship, being crowned top goal scorer after netting three in five appearances and being essential as the national team took third place. In 2006 he appeared with the under-19s at the Under-19 European Championship, scoring in every game in the group stage.

Gama was part of the squad that took part in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring two goals in Portugal's only win in the tournament – one from a free kick and the other from the penalty spot in a 2–0 triumph against New Zealand.[9] In the ensuing Autumn he was called up to the U21s[10] and, in 2010, he played with the Olympic team in the 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy.[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória Setúbal
Deportivo

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 August 2013[12]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Braga 2003–04 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Porto 2004–05 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0
Porto B 2004–05 23 3 - - - 23 3
2005–06 22 3 - - - 22 3
Total 45 6 45 6
Braga 2006–07 15 0 3 0 - 3 1 21 1
Setúbal 2007–08 24 4 5 0 5 0 - 34 4
2008–09 29 2 3 2 2 0 2 1 36 5
Total 53 6 8 2 7 0 2 1 70 9
Rio Ave 2009–10 30 3 5 0 5 1 - 40 3
2010–11 29 2 4 2 2 0 - 35 4
Total 59 5 9 2 7 1 75 7
Deportivo 2011–12 29 7 0 0 - - 29 7
2012–13 38 6 2 0 - - 40 6
2013–14 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Total 68 13 2 0 70 13
Dnipro 2013–14 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
Career totals 226 30 22 4 14 1 5 2 282 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sub-17: Golo com dedicatória" [Under-17: Dedicated goal] (in Portuguese). Record. 11 May 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Braga grab Bruno Gama; UEFA.com, 17 August 2006
  3. ^ "Bruno Gama cedido por uma temporada" [Bruno Gama loaned for one season] (in Portuguese). Record. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Porto keep pressure on leaders Benfica". FIFA.com. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Deportivo ficha a Bruno Gama, del Río Ave [sic] portugués" [Deportivo signs Bruno Gama, from Portugal's Rio Ave] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Depor start with a win". ESPN FC. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Dnipro signs Portuguese midfielder from Deportivo; Interfax-Ukraine, 20 August 2013
  8. ^ Portugal secure maximum points; UEFA.com, 11 May 2003
  9. ^ Gama gets Portugal going; UEFA.com, 3 July 2007
  10. ^ Caçador offers chance to new trio; UEFA.com, 8 November 2007
  11. ^ Sub-23 regressam (Under-23 return); Portuguese Football Federation, 26 February 2010 (Portuguese)
  12. ^ "Bruno Gama". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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