Claudio Bravo (footballer)
Bravo playing for Chile in 2013
|Full name||Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz|
|Date of birth||13 April 1983|
|Place of birth||Viluco, Chile|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈklauðjo ˈβɾaβo]; born 13 April 1983) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays, as a goalkeeper, for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the current captain of the Chilean national team.
Bravo was born in Viluco, Maipo Province. His father recognized his son's emerging talent and took him to Colo-Colo's youth academy, and he eventually made his professional debut in 2002. There, he was given the nickname Cóndor Chico, after former club goalkeeper Roberto Rojas.
Bravo recovered from injury in mid-2003 and with Lobos still in the sidelines, he took over the starting role which he would never lose again, with his competitor eventually being sold. In 2006 he won his first title, making an acrobatic save in the Apertura's penalty shootout final win against arch-rival C.F. Universidad de Chile.
For the 2006–07 season Bravo signed a five-year contract with Real Sociedad in Spain, in a reported €1.2 million deal –he and Asier Riesgo formed the youngest pair of goalkeepers that year in La Liga. He started on the bench, but eventually gained the battle for first-choice (29 games to nine) as the Basque side was relegated (despite this, he finished in fifth place for the Ricardo Zamora Trophy with a goal-against average of 1.00); his league debut came on 22 October 2006, in a 0–0 away draw against RCD Mallorca.
The following season, Riesgo reclaimed his starting position. For 2008–09 however, after a loan to the former to Recreativo de Huelva, Bravo was again the starter, but Real remained in the second division.
On 14 February 2010 Bravo scored the first goal of his career, from a direct free kick against Gimnàstic de Tarragona, the game's only in a home triumph. However, shortly after, he suffered a severe knee injury during Real Sociedad's 0–2 loss at Córdoba CF, which rendered him unavailable for the remainder of the season. He still featured in 25 matches to help his team finish champions and return to the top division, after three years.
Bravo joined FC Barcelona on 18 June 2014 with the four-year deal being made effective on 1 July, for €12 million (£9.7 million), becoming the second Chilean to ever play for the club after Alexis Sanchez.
Bravo represented Chile at under-17, under-20 and under-23 levels. He made his debut with the main side on 11 July 2004 against Paraguay in the 2004 Copa América, and retained his place for the rest of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Bravo was again called for duty in the 2007 Copa América held in Venezuela, where he started all four games. He became national side captain after Marcelo Salas announced his international retirement.
In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Bravo started in all four matches for Chile (remaining as captain), conceding five goals in an eventual 0–3 round-of-16 loss against Brazil. He was also selected by new manager Jorge Sampaoli to the squad of 23 for the following edition, which again ended in the same stage and at the hands of the same opponent, but in a penalty shootout.
- Chilean Primera División: Apertura 2006
- Real Sociedad
- As of 24 August 2014
- As of 28 June 2014
- "Comunicado oficial: Principio de acuerdo con Bravo" [Official announcement: Initial agreement with Bravo] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "La Real ficha al portero Claudio Bravo" [Real signs goalkeeper Claudio Bravo] (in Spanish). Donostia San Sebastián. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Los palos salvan a la Real de otra derrota" [Posts prevent another Real loss] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "(Crónica) Un gol del portero Bravo da la victoria a la Real Sociedad ante el Nástic" [(Report) Goal by goalkeeper Bravo gives win to Real Sociedad against Nástic] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Gol de falta del portero Bravo – Real sociedad vs Nastic!" [Free kick goal from keeper Bravo – Real sociedad vs Nastic!] (in Spanish). YouTube. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Bravo: "Estoy triste por no poder ayudar al equipo"" [Bravo: "I'm sad for not being able to help the team"] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Bravo ya es el tercer fichaje del Barcelona" [Bravo is already Barcelona's third signing] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- Conn, Tom (18 June 2014). "Real Sociedad and Barcelona finalise €12 million transfer of Claudio Bravo". Inside Spanish Football. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Brazil 3–0 Chile". BBC Sport. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Chile World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Brazil through as Chile pay the penalty". FIFA.com. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "C. Bravo". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
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- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile