Raúl Bravo

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Raúl Bravo
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Bravo in action for Olympiacos in 2010
Personal information
Full name Raúl Bravo Sanfélix
Date of birth (1981-04-14) 14 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Gandia, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Córdoba
Number 14
Youth career
1987–1996 Palma CF
1996–1997 Gandía
1997–2000 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Real Madrid C 7 (0)
2001–2002 Real Madrid B 40 (2)
2001–2007 Real Madrid 77 (4)
2003 Leeds United (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2011 Olympiacos 57 (0)
2009 Numancia (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Rayo Vallecano 6 (0)
2012–2013 Beerschot 12 (0)
2013– Córdoba 30 (1)
National team
1998 Spain U16 10 (1)
1998 Spain U17 3 (2)
2002 Spain U21 3 (0)
2002–2004 Spain 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Bravo and the second or maternal family name is Sanfélix.

Raúl Bravo Sanfélix (born 14 April 1981 in Gandia, Valencia) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Córdoba CF. Mainly a left back, he can also play in the centre.

Having played in almost all the youth ranks at Real Madrid, he went on to have a six-year spell in the first team, where he almost always served as a backup; however, it was during that period that he reached the Spanish national team, representing it at Euro 2004.[1]

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

After playing in his early years with two local outfits, Bravo joined Real Madrid's youth system at 16. He was subsequently part of the Junior A side, and played for them two more seasons before arriving at the C team in Tercera División, moving to Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B for 2001–02.

International call-ups of some players in the first team gave Bravo the chance for a La Liga debut against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabéu, on 6 October 2001, and he played 71 minutes in a 2–0 win. He ended up training with the main squad – under Vicente del Bosque's management – very often, which eventually led to his permanent stay from the 2002–03 season onwards.

In January 2003, Bravo started an unsuccessful six-month loan spell at Leeds United.[2] However, during Euro 2004 in which he appeared for Spain, Mick McCarthy, whilst commentating for the BBC, remarked that he looked a different player to the one in his Leeds stint; Roberto Carlos' presence, however, restricted his playing time in the Real main squad.

Olympiacos[edit]

With a chance to retain UEFA Champions League status, Bravo signed a four-year contract with Olympiacos F.C. in mid-July 2007, with the transfer fee estimated in the region of €2.3 million, while the player received an annual salary of €1.3 million.[3]

After having appeared rarely for Olympiakos due to injuries, Bravo had a short return to Spain in the 2009 January transfer window, moving on loan to top level strugglers CD Numancia[4][5] and having almost no impact in a relegation-ending campaign. He returned to the Piraeus outfit in the summer.

However, Bravo showed a much higher commitment than in the previous season and, thanks to his performances in pre-season, earned the starting left-back position over Leonardo and Didier Domi. He was released in May 2011 at the age of 30, after having contributed with 18 games to the national championship conquest.

Later years[edit]

On 31 August 2011 Bravo returned to his country and Madrid, signing for Rayo Vallecano which had just promoted to the top division.[6] In the following summer, after having been rarely played in his first and only season, he joined Beerschot AC in Belgium for one year.[7]

International career[edit]

Bravo was capped for Spain on the under-16 level in 1997–98, when the national team won the Algarve Tournament. With the under-17s he played in the Nymburk International Tournament, scoring two goals in three matches.

Bravo's senior national team debut was on 21 August 2002 against Hungary, in a friendly.[1] Subsequently he was a participant at UEFA Euro 2004, playing every minute in Spain's group stage exit campaign, against Portugal, Russia and eventual champions Greece (always as a stopper); he was not recalled since, receiving a total of 14 caps.

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Olympiacos

References[edit]

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