Alberto Bueno

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bueno and the second or maternal family name is Calvo.
Alberto Bueno
Personal information
Full name Alberto Bueno Calvo
Date of birth (1988-03-20) 20 March 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Granada (on loan from Porto)
Number 23
Youth career
EF Concepción
2001–2006 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Real Madrid B 97 (22)
2008–2009 Real Madrid 3 (0)
2009–2013 Valladolid 85 (13)
2010–2011 Derby County (loan) 29 (5)
2013–2015 Rayo Vallecano 72 (28)
2015– Porto 4 (0)
2016– Granada (loan) 12 (1)
National team
2004 Spain U16 4 (4)
2004–2005 Spain U17 6 (3)
2006–2007 Spain U19 13 (11)
2007 Spain U20 4 (1)
2008 Spain U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 January 2017.

Alberto Bueno Calvo (born 20 March 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Granada CF on loan from Portuguese club FC Porto. He operates mainly as a forward, but can also appear as a left winger.

After starting out at Real Madrid he went on to represent mainly Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, amassing La Liga totals of 129 games and 34 goals over the course of five seasons.

Bueno gained 28 caps for Spain at youth level all categories comprised, scoring 19 goals.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Bueno was a product of Real Madrid's youth system, and he started playing for the Juvenil team, scoring 37 goals in 37 matches.[1] The following season he progressed to Real Madrid Castilla, playing 31 games in the second division.[2]

In August 2007, Real Madrid signed Bueno on a professional contract with the first team. He was called up to the pre-season training under coach Bernd Schuster, teaming up in a friendly with FC Lokomotiv Moscow where he was substituted at half-time by another cantera player, Javier Balboa.

On 11 November 2008, due to many injuries to the main squad, Bueno was given his official debut, in a Copa del Rey home contest against Real Unión (third level): within minutes of his entry, 15 minutes into the second half, he scored in a 4–3 final win, but Real Madrid suffered a shock exit from the competition (6–6 aggregate).[3] 11 days later he made his La Liga debut, replacing Raúl late into a 1–0 home success over Recreativo de Huelva.[4]


On 15 July 2009, Real Valladolid purchased Bueno on a five-year deal, with Real Madrid having an option to repurchase during the first two.[5] During his first season he was used intermittently, as the Castile and León side also suffered top flight relegation.

On 30 August 2010, English club Derby County announced that Bueno was a guest at the Rams' 2–2 draw against Queens Park Rangers, and that a loan deal was very close to being completed in time for the close of the transfer window.[6][7] It was revealed the following day that the player signed on a season-long loan.[8]

After making his debut as a substitute in a 0–1 home loss against Sheffield United, and his first start in a 0–2 defeat at Hull City, Bueno helped spark a run of six unbeaten matches, as Derby earned 14 points from a possible 18 – after just one win in the first four games – earning praise from first-team coach Gary Crosby, who said: "Alberto is a natural footballer – his awareness, his touch and his ability are outstanding at times."[9]

Playing as one of three support strikers in Derby's 4–2–3–1 formation, Bueno grabbed his first goals for the club with a brace against Crystal Palace, and followed it up with the second in a 3–0 win over Preston North End, earning the man of the match award in both games.[9] His form was such he was linked with a move to Premier League side Wigan Athletic,[10] but Derby dismissed the link, stating "There is no clause in the loan agreement which allows (Bueno) to leave during the January transfer window."[11]

After a promising start, Bueno, and the team as a whole, faded throughout the rest of the campaign, winning just four of 26 league games and dropping from fourth in the table to 19th. He contributed with only two goals in the final seven months, in defeats against Ipswich Town and Norwich City, and at the end of the season Clough stated himself "unsure" over the player's future, saying his signature was "not a priority".[12]

Bueno subsequently returned to Valladolid, scoring seven times from 32 appearances to help it return to the top flight after two years.[13][14][15] He added five in the following season, in an eventual safe escape from relegation.

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

Bueno signed with Rayo Vallecano in the 2013 summer, for two years.[16] On 28 February 2015, he scored four goals in only 14 minutes in a 4–2 league home win over Levante UD, being the second fastest to accomplish this feat after Bebeto in 1995.[17][18]


On 25 May 2015, free agent Bueno signed with FC Porto for five years, joining a host of compatriots at the Portuguese club including manager Julen Lopetegui.[19] He spent most of his first season on the sidelines, due to a meniscus injury.[20]

On 31 August 2016, Bueno returned to Spain and its main category after agreeing to a one-year loan deal at Granada CF.[21]

International career[edit]

Bueno was part of the Spain under-19 team which won the 2006 UEFA European Championship. He was the top scorer of the competition with five goals, with another Real Madrid product, Juan Mata, adding four.[22]

Subsequently, Bueno represented the nation at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.


Spain U19


  1. ^ "Rafa eyes Negredo and Bueno bids". FourFourTwo. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alberto Bueno Calvo" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Real Unión de Irún elimina al Real Madrid de la Copa del Rey pese a Raúl (4–3)" [Real Unión of Irún ousts Real Madrid from the Spanish Cup in spite of Raúl (4–3)] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Schuster se da un respiro" [Schuster takes a breather] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Mendilibar ya tiene el delantero que quería: Alberto Bueno (Mendilibar already has forward he wanted: Alberto Bueno); Marca, 15 July 2009 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Rams make loan bid for Spanish forward Bueno". Derby Telegraph. 28 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rams closing in on season-long deal for Spanish forward Alberto Bueno". Derby Telegraph. 30 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Derby tie up Bueno loan". Derby County F.C. 31 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Little Alberto's made a big impact, says Rams coach". Derby Telegraph. 18 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wigan scouting Derby striker Alberto Bueno". Tribal Football. 20 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rams clarify Bueno situation". Derby County F.C. 21 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nigel Clough unsure on Alberto Bueno's Derby future". BBC Sport. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "El Valladolid, más 'bueno' que nunca" [Valladolid, more 'bueno' ("Good" in Spanish) than ever] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dos goles de Bueno matan al Córdoba" [Two Bueno goals kill Córdoba] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "El Valladolid y Bueno están de dulce (3–0)" [Valladolid and Bueno are to die for (3–0)] (in Spanish). Noticias Castilla y León. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Alberto Bueno, nuevo delantero del Rayo Vallecano" [Alberto Bueno, new Rayo Vallecano forward] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "El Rayo tiene un halcón del área" [Rayo has a hawk of the box] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bueno hizo historia con un póquer en 14 minutos" [Bueno made history with poker in 14 minutes] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Alberto Bueno: "Estou numa fase muito boa da carreira"" [Alberto Bueno: "I am at a very good stage in my career"] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bueno vuelve a entrenar con el Oporto tras meses lesionado" [Bueno returns to training with Porto after months injured] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Bueno, un goleador de regreso a LaLiga" [Bueno, a goalscorer returning to LaLiga] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  22. ^ Bueno basks in dream come true;, 30 July 2006
  23. ^ Bueno double gives Spain glory;, 29 July 2006

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