Bryan Ruiz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ruiz and the second or maternal family name is González.
Bryan Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Bryan Jafet Ruiz González[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-18) 18 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Second striker / Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Alajuelense 66 (21)
2006–2009 Gent 78 (26)
2009–2011 Twente 65 (35)
2011– Fulham 84 (12)
2014 PSV (loan) 14 (5)
National team
2005– Costa Rica 71 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:36, 18 January 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 November 2014

Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾajan ˈrwis]; born 18 August 1985) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for English club Fulham. He is a right sided attacking midfielder who can play as a second striker, and is captain of the Costa Rica national team.

Club career[edit]

L.D. Alajuelense[edit]

He began his professional career at 18, making his debut for for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense on 30 November 2003 against Municipal Pérez Zeledón,[3] in Costa Rica's top division. He formed a trio with 2 strikers, Rolando Fonseca and Froylán Ledezma, where he built a reputation as a goalscorer and a play maker. He scored his first goal on 23 December 2003 against Ramonense, netting twice against Fernando Patterson.[3] In Alajuelense, Bryan was nicknamed in jest "la comadreja" (the weasel), for his facial profile. He was on the team when it won regional titles such as the UNCAF Cup and the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

AA Gent[edit]

In the summer of 2006, Ruiz was signed by Gent in a 4-year deal along with Randall Azofeifa from Deportivo Saprissa and Roy Myrie from Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

He scored his first hat trick playing for Gent on 8 December 2007 against Lokeren. In that season in the Belgian League, he was the captain and top scorer for the team.[4]

FC Twente[edit]

Ruiz with FC Twente in 2010.

On 15 July 2009, the Dutch club FC Twente announced that they had signed Ruiz for around five million Euro and agreed to receive a percentage of a subsequent transfer. Ruiz signed a 4-year deal with the Eredivisie side.[citation needed] Ruiz made his debut for the new club by scoring the second goal of the match, with an assist from another newcomer, Miroslav Stoch.[5][6] Ruiz's goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2009 marked the 10th consecutive match in which he had scored.[7] On 27 March 2010, Ruiz made one of the quickest hat tricks ever[8] against Sparta Rotterdam, with goals in the 46th, 49th and 50th minutes.[9]

On 2 May 2010, FC Twente were crowned champions of Eredivisie for the first time in their history, with a 2–0 win at NAC Breda; Ruiz scored the first goal of the match during the 23rd minute of play. Ruiz finished the season as top scorer for Twente with 24 goals in Eredivisie play. In August 2011, Ruiz was being watched by scouts from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, however on 18 August 2011 Ruiz claimed that Fulham was in talks with him. Ruiz stated to a local source "Fulham is a serious option for me. "That is also a Premier League side and it is a fantastic league. "Fulham already contacted my agent. If Fulham does become serious, we will definitely talk."


Ruiz playing for Fulham in 2012

On 31 August 2011, the last day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Fulham announced signing Ruiz for an undisclosed fee.[10] His début was on Sunday, 11 September 2011 at home to Blackburn Rovers[11] and he scored his first goal for Fulham in a 3–1 home defeat against Everton on 23 October 2011.[12]

In the fixture against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on 7 April 2012, Ruiz broke a bone in his foot, leading to a stretcher taking him off and him needing an operation, which sidelined him for 10 weeks.[13]

On 18 August 2012, Ruiz started Fulham's first Premier League game of the season, a 5–0 win against Norwich and assisted Mladen Petrić in scoring his second goal in his debut match.[14] He finished the 2012–2013 season making 31 first-team appearances and scoring five goals.[15]

PSV (loan)[edit]

Ruiz joined Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven on 15 January 2014, on loan until the end of the season.[16] He made his debut on 19 January 2014 in a 1-0 loss to Ajax[17] and scored his first goal for the club on 14 February with a 63rd minute winner against Heracles Almelo.[18]

International career[edit]

Ruiz made his debut for Costa Rica against China on 19 June 2005.[19]

He has represented the Ticos at the 2005 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. His first international goal came against Honduras in the 2005 tournament.

Ruiz scored six times during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Costa Rica was knocked out by Uruguay in the intercontinental play-off. In the 2014 qualifiers, he scored three goals to lead the team to the FIFA World Cup finals.

In June 2014, Ruiz was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[20] In the team's opening match, he captained Los Ticos to a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay in Fortaleza.[21] On 20 June, Ruiz scored the only goal as Costa Rica upset four-time champion Italy 1–0 to qualify for the round of 16,[22] where he again scored his team's goal as they drew 1–1 with Greece. Ruiz later successfully converted his kick as Costa Rica prevailed 5–3 in the penalty shootout.[23] In the quarter-final against the Netherlands, Ruiz was one of two Costa Ricans to have his kick saved by Tim Krul in a 4–3 penalty shootout defeat.[24]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 July 2005 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Honduras 2–3 2–3 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 24 March 2007 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  New Zealand 4–0 4–0 Friendly
3 2 June 2007 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Chile 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 21 June 2008 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Grenada 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
5 6 September 2008 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica  Suriname 7–0 7–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6 10 September 2008 Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Haiti 1–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7 2–1
8 14 October 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  United States 1–0 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9 2–0
10 6 February 2013 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
11 18 June 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Panama 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
12 15 October 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Mexico 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
13 2 June 2014 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States  Japan 1–0 1–3 Friendly
14 20 June 2014 Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil  Italy 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
15 29 June 2014 Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil  Greece 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
16 13 September 2014 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 1–1 2–1 2014 Copa Centroamericana
17 13 November 2014 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 2–1 3–3 Friendly


L.D. Alajuelense

AA Gent

FC Twente

Costa Rica



  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bryan Ruiz profile". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Vida de Bryan Ruiz (Profile) - Nación (Spanish)
  4. ^ón_holandés_AZ_Alkmaar_también_quiere_a_Ruíz
  5. ^ VI – Sparta Rotterdam – Fc Twente (01-08-2009)[dead link]
  6. ^ "VI – Bryan Ruiz Gonzales". 
  7. ^ "FC Twente na rust langs NAC Breda". NOS. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  8. ^ According to some sources this was Jan Seelen (Ajax) who made the hat trick within 2 minutes against SHS (2–9) (1958/1959).
  9. ^ "Bryan Ruiz hat-trick keeps Twente on course for title". 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ruiz Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Fulham 1-3 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz has surgery on broken foot". BBC Sport. 10 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fulham 5-0 Norwich". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Bryan Ruiz - Soccerbase". Soccerbase. 19 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bryan Ruiz: Fulham forward joins PSV Eindhoven on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Bryan RUIZ". FIFA. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Italy 0-1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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