Pasquale Bruno

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Pasquale Bruno
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Lecce 111 (9)
1983–1987 Como 109 (2)
1987–1990 Juventus 67 (1)
1990–1993 Torino 74 (1)
1993–1994 Fiorentina 18 (0)
1994–1995 Lecce 17 (3)
1995–1997 Hearts 35 (1)
1997 Wigan Athletic 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pasquale Bruno (born 19 June 1962, in Lecce) is a former Italian footballer who played as a defender for a number of clubs in his homeland, Heart of Midlothian, in Scotland and, Wigan Athletic, in England. He is currently a football analyst for Italian television.

Bruno, controversially named the animal was famed for his commitment, aggression and occasional outrageous outbursts on the pitch, started his career with his home-town side U.S. Lecce in 1979. The defender moved north to Como in 1983 and then four years later joined Juventus. While with the Bianconeri he won a UEFA Cup medal, Juventus defeating Fiorentina in the 1989–90 Final, and a Coppa Italia winners medal the same season.

In 1990 Bruno joined Juve's fierce rivals Torino, where he added a further Coppa Italia medal in 1992–93. The previous season he had played in his second UEFA Cup final, although on this occasion he tasted defeat as Ajax Amsterdam defeated Torino on the "away goals" rule. He joined Fiorentina for the 1993–94 season, helping them win the Serie B title but stayed in Serie B the following year, as a result of a transfer back to Lecce.

Bruno left Italy in the summer of 1995, eventually joining Scottish side Hearts in November. He spent two seasons with Edinburgh club, helping them to reach the 1996 Scottish Cup Final and the 1996–97 Scottish League Cup final. He left for Wigan in 1997 but only played 45 minutes for the Lancashire side before retiring to his native land.


1989–90, 1992–93

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