Gerardo Bruna

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bruna and the second or maternal family name is Blanco.
Gerardo Bruna
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Whitehawk
Youth career
2002–2007 Real Madrid
2007–2011 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Liverpool 0 (0)
2011–2013 Blackpool 4 (0)
2013–2014 Huesca 17 (1)
2014 Tranmere 0 (0)
2014- Whitehawk 4 (1)
National team
2008 Spain U17 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:06, 4 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:04, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco (born 29 January 1991) is a Spanish-Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Whitehawk in the Conference South.

Club career[edit]

Spain[edit]

An attacking midfielder, Bruna spent five years in the youth set-up at Real Madrid from 2002 to 2007.[2]

Liverpool[edit]

In the summer of 2007 Bruna moved to England to sign for Liverpool, having been offered and turned down a professional contract by Real Madrid.[3]

"My father agreed with me that moving here would be a great opportunity. I already knew about Liverpool from the Champions League, the final we won and the final we lost. These games, as well as the Chelsea semi-finals, made a big impression on me." A left-footer with a talent for set pieces, he learnt his trade with the reserves, helping them to win the Premier Reserve League in 2007–08.[2]

Blackpool[edit]

Bruna joined Championship side Blackpool on a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months, on 17 July 2011.[4][5] He made his competitive debut as a substitute in the League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 11 August 2011.[6] He made his Football League debut in a 2–1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest on 22 October, coming on as a late substitute.[7] Bruna also played against Burnley away. Other games for Blackpool included league cup tie vs Sheffield Wednesday and FA cup game again Sheffield Wednesday.

Bruna was released by Blackpool on 9 May 2013.[8]

Back to Spain[edit]

On 20 September 2013 Bruna joined SD Huesca, freshly relegated to Segunda División B.[9] Gerardo Bruna played 17 games for SD Huesca scoring one goal against top of the league.

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Bruna played in a number of pre-season friendlies for Tranmere Rovers, before picking up an injury.[10] He was then offered a one month contract by the club so that he could show that he was not prone to injury following a mild strain in the Bolton Tranmere match.[11] He made his debut for the club as a substitute in a league cup match[12] but was not offered a long term contract by the club at the end of the short term contract despite having no current injury problems [13] Gerardo Bruna passed private fitness tests in a well respected sports medical centre, standing up to rumours that he was unfit [14]

Whitehawk[edit]

Bruna signed a one month contract with Whitehawk, who currently play in England's 6th tier, with the option to extend by the club depending on performances.[15] The signing of Bruna was described as a "massive coup" for Whitehawk as Bruna had previously played for clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.[16] Bruna scored his first goal for Whitehawk in a 5-1 victory over Chelmsford City.[17]

International career[edit]

Bruna has represented both Argentina and Spain at youth level.[2] In May 2008 he was a member of the Spanish under-17 squad European Under-17 Football Championship in Turkey.[18] He made one appearance in the group stages as a second half substitute in a 3–3 draw with France at the Mardan Sports Complex, Aksu, Antalya.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". premierleague.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Hodges, Vicki (15 November 2007). "Real Madrid slam Liverpool for Bruna signing". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blackpool boost midfield with capture of Liverpool reserve Bruna". Daily Mail. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blackpool sign Liverpool's Bruna". BBC Sport. 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Blackpool (4–2 penalties)". BBC Sport. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Blackpool 1 – 2 Nott'm Forest". BBC Sport. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Thomas Ince & Matt Phillips: Blackpool take up one-year options; BBC Sport, 9 May 2013
  9. ^ Bruna, un lujo para la S.D. Huesca (Bruna, a luxury for S.D. Huesca); Aragón Digital, 20 September 2013 (Spanish)
  10. ^ "Tranmere Rovers ready to offer short-term deal to Gerardo Bruna". Liverpool Echo. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tranmere Rovers sign Gerardo Bruna and Matt Hill". BBC Sport. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tranmere crash out of League Cup but take plenty of positives from defeat". Liverpool Echo. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.tranmererovers.co.uk/news/club/
  14. ^ http://coreclinic.co.uk/news
  15. ^ http://www.planetafichajes.net/2014/10/el-ex-del-liverpool-gerardo-bruno-ficha.html
  16. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/latest-transfer-news/impressive-capture-for-hawks-with-bruna-signing.html
  17. ^ http://whitehawkfc.com/match/850/
  18. ^ Tully, David (15 December 2009). "‘The Boy Has Got Skills’ – Liverpool's Gerardo Bruna". FootballFanCast.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^ Mizrahi, Yakir (7 May 2008). "France and Spain share six goals". UEFA. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 

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