Bernard (footballer)

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Bernard at a press conference in 2015
Personal information
Full name Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)[1][3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 10
Youth career
1997–2006 Comercial EC do Barreiro
2006–2011 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Atlético Mineiro 62 (12)
2010 Democrata-SL (loan) 16 (14)
2013– Shakhtar Donetsk 76 (8)
National team
2012– Brazil 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of match played 8 July 2014

Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte (born 8 September 1992), better known as Bernard (Brazilian Portuguese: [bɛʁˈnaʁ]) and Bernard Duarte,[4][5] is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League, as a winger. A left-sided player, Bernard is known for his pace and energy.[6]

He made his senior international debut in 2012 and was in the Brazilian squads which won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals on home soil.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Mineiro[edit]

Bernard started his footballing career in 2006, joining Atlético Mineiro's youth system, but was released twice because of his short height.[7] In 2010, he was loaned to Democrata FC (back then, a club which was made up entirely of Atlético Mineiro's youth players), to play in Campeonato Mineiro Third Level.[8]

Bernard playing for Atlético Mineiro in 2012

After being the top goalscorer at Democrata (14 goals in only 16 games), Bernard returned to Atlético. Despite being young enough to play in Copa São Paulo de Juniores, he was called up by the manager Dorival Júnior to play for first team.[9]

He made his debut with the club in the match against Uberaba, on 23 March 2011, playing in the right back position due to the squad's injury crisis at the time.[10][11] He then returned to youth squads, scoring the winning goal of the Taça Belo Horizonte de Juniores.

After Dorival's dismissal and the appointment of Cuca, Bernard returned to the first team squad. On 21 May, he made his Série A debut, against Atlético Paranaense. In his first season, Bernard appeared 23 times for Galo (19 starts, 1794 minutes overall). On 14 September, Atlético's president Alexandre Kalil rejected a £3.4 million bid from Al Ahli Doha.

He scored his first professional goal on 29 January 2012, against Boa Esporte.[12] He then scored again against Caldense on 11 February, and twice against América-MG on 13 May, Campeonato Mineiro's final. His first Série A goal came on 23 June, in a 5–1 routing against Náutico.[13] He finished the season with 36 appearances (all starts, 3100 minutes overall), scoring eleven times, leading the club (along with Ronaldinho and ) to a second-place finish in the league. Bernard also won Brasileirão's Best Newcomer.[14]

In December, Spartak Moscow had an £9.8 million offer rejected by Alexandre Kalil.[15]

On 30 July 2013 Atletico Mineiro President Alexandre Kalil accepted an offer of £22 million from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. However, the player's agent and father revealed his son had his heart set on joining FC Porto, although, Kalil revealed Shakhtar were the only club to submit an offer for the player.[16]

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Bernard with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015

On 8 August 2013 Shakhtar Donetsk announced the signing of Bernard on a five-year deal for a reported €25 million.[17] He made his debut for the Ukrainian side on 31 August, coming on as a substitute for Douglas Costa, in the 1–1 draw with FC Metalist Kharkiv.[18]

Bernard was chosen as one of the top 11 South American players 2013 by the Spanish newspaper El País.[19][20]

Commenting on the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, Bernard has stated that he was willing to leave Shakhtar if the situation intensifies, and has made arrangements for a potential emergency exit.[21]

International career[edit]

Bernard (center), playing for Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Bernard was first called up for Brazil on 11 September 2012, to the Superclásico de las Américas, by coach Mano Menezes.[22] He made his debut for Brazil as a 74th-minute substitute for Lucas Marques on 21 November 2012, in the 2nd leg of the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina, where the Seleção won the title on penalties.

Bernard training with Neymar (in the background, wearing number 10) before the match against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 11th of June.

He was selected in Brazil's squad for their hosting of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, making his first appearance in the final group game against Italy for the last 20 minutes in place of Neymar. He also came on as a substitute in the semi-final victory over Uruguay, as Brazil went on to win the trophy.

After being regularly called up by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, Bernard was named among the final 23-man squad ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup on 7 May 2014.[23] He played in the opening game against Croatia as a substitute for Hulk, and came on at half-time in Brazil's second group game against Mexico, a 0–0 draw. He was then unused until his first start in a major tournament, playing all 90 minutes of the 7–1 defeat to Germany in his hometown of Belo Horizonte.

He remained an unused substitute in the third place play-off match against Netherlands, which Brazil lost 3–0.

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 10 April 2017[24]
Club Season National League National Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Democrata (loan) 2010 16 14 16 14
Total 16 14 16 14
Atlético Mineiro 2011 23 0 1 0 4 0 28 0
2012 36 11 2 0 9 4 47 15
2013 3 1 11 4 11 2 25 7
Total 62 12 3 0 11 4 24 6 100 22
Shakhtar Donetsk 2013–14 18 2 3 1 8 0 29 3
2014–15 14 0 4 2 5 0 30 2
2015–16 21 2 3 3 13 0 1 1 38 6
2016–17 23 4 3 0 9 3 1 0 34 7
Total 76 8 11 6 32 3 2 1 121 18
Career Total 138 20 14 6 43 7 42 21 237 54

1 Including matches for UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

2 Including matches for State Leagues, and Ukrainian Super Cup.


As of match played 8 July 2014[25]
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 9 1
2014 4 0
Total 14 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 2013 Sun Life Stadium, Miami, United States  Honduras 1–0 5–0 Friendly



Atlético Mineiro
Shakhtar Donetsk




  1. ^ a b "Squad lists for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Shakhtar Squad 2015–2016 | First Team | FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ Bernard | First Team | FC Shakhtar Donetsk. (8 September 1992). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  4. ^ Bernard Duarte (@b_10duarte). Twitter. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ Bernard Duarte (@bernard_duarte) • Instagram photos and videos. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ Atkins, Christopher. "World Cup 2014: Ten potential breakout stars". Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Entrevista Exclusiva: Bernard (Exclusive interview: Bernard); Galo de Prata, 12 December 2010 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Democrata já tem grupo definido para o mineiro (Democrata already has a definitive role to play in Mineiro); Portal Sete, 13 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Além de reforços, Dorival Júnior vai receber jogadores da categoria de base (In addition to signings, Dorival Júnior will receive youth team players); Superesporte, 1 January 2011 (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ 201111 Atlético 1 x 1 Uberaba-MG; Galo Digital, 23 March 2011 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Elogiado por Dorival, Bernard comemora boa estreia na lateral (Praised by Dorival, Bernard celebrates good debut as a full back); Terra, 24 March 2011 (in Portuguese)
  12. ^ Jovem Bernard desencanta e marca primeiro gol como profissional do Atlético (Bernard scores first professional goal for Atlético); Super Esportes, 29 January 2012 (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Na estreia em BH, R49 faz um gol, e Atlético-MG goleia o Náutico por 5 a 1 (In BH's debut, R49 scores once, and Atlético-MG thrashes Náutico by 5–1); Globo Esporte, 23 June 2012 (in Portuguese)
  14. ^ Eleito revelação do Brasileirão, Bernard atribui feito a Ronaldinho: "Cresci com ele" (Elected Brasileirão's best newcomer, Bernard dedicates trophy to Ronaldinho: "I have learned much with him"); UOL Esporte, 23 November 2012 (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ Após recusa de proposta pelo Atlético-MG, Bernard segue com futuro indefinido (After bid was rejected by Atlético-MG, Bernard was still has undetermined future); UOL Esporte, 19 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
  16. ^ Atletico Mineiro accept Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard bid;, 30 July 2013
  17. ^ Shakhtar Donetsk announce Bernard signing;, 8 August 2013
  18. ^ Shakhtar vs Metalist: the strongest play out a draw; Shakhtar's official website, 31 August 2013
  19. ^ Неймар и Бернард попали в символическую сборной Южной Америки в 2013 году (Neymar and Bernard were in symbolic team of South America in 2013); UA, 1 January 2014 (in Russian)
  20. ^ Жо, Неймар и Бернард попали в символическую сборной Южной Америки в 2013 году (Jô, Neymar and Bernard were in symbolic team of South America in 2013);, 1 January 2014 (in Russian)
  21. ^ Shakhtar’s Bernard concerned with situation in Ukraine as he links up with Brazil squad; Sambafoot, 3 March 2014
  22. ^ Mano Menezes aposta em base paulista e Fabuloso para o Superclássico Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  23. ^ World Cup 2014: Kaka and Robinho omitted from Brazil squad; BBC Sport, 7 May 2014
  24. ^ Soccerway profile. Retrieved on 2 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Bernard". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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