Bernardo Espinosa

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Bernardo
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Bernardo in action for Sporting Gijón in 2014
Personal information
Full name Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Girona
Number 2
Youth career
2005–2006 Dos Hermanas San Andrés
2006–2008 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Sevilla B 75 (1)
2011–2013 Sevilla 1 (0)
2011–2012Racing Santander (loan) 25 (2)
2013Sporting Gijón (loan) 22 (2)
2013–2016 Sporting Gijón 95 (6)
2016–2017 Middlesbrough 11 (0)
2017– Girona 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018

Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga (Spanish pronunciation: [berˈnarðo espiˈnosa]; born 11 July 1989), known simply as Bernardo, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Spanish club Girona.

Club career[edit]

Sevilla[edit]

Born in Cali, Bernardo finished his football formation in Spain with Sevilla FC. After appearing in one game for the B-team in 2007–08 (five minutes), he proceeded to play a further three full seasons with the B's, one in Segunda División and two in Segunda División B, only starting regularly in his last.

Bernardo made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 11 May 2011, playing 90 minutes in a 2–3 away loss against CA Osasuna.[2] In the ensuing summer, he was loaned to fellow league club Racing de Santander in a season-long move.[3]

Bernardo scored his first top flight goal for the Cantabrians on 7 January 2012, heading home the game's only in a home win against Real Zaragoza.[4]

Sporting Gijón[edit]

On 26 December 2012, after not featuring at all for Sevilla in the first half of the campaign, Bernardo was loaned to Sporting de Gijón in the second level.[5] The following 26 June he signed a permanent three-year contract,[6] scoring three goals[7][8][9] while only missing one game in 42 in the 2014–15 campaign to help the Asturians return to the top division after three years.[10]

Bernardo missed the second part of 2015–16, due to a serious knee injury.[11]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 15 June 2016, at the expiration of his contract, Bernardo joined newly promoted Premier League side Middlesbrough on a three-year deal.[12] Still recovering from his anterior cruciate ligament ailment when he arrived, he gained regular playing time during the second half of the season, being third-choice in his position behind Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson.[13]

Girona[edit]

On 7 July 2017, after being relegated,[14] Bernardo signed with Girona FC for an undisclosed fee.[15]

International career[edit]

In November 2015, Bernardo was named in Colombia's squad for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina,[16] but eventually did not make his debut. He was called up again in March 2018, for friendlies against France and Australia.[17]

Bernardo was named in a preliminary 35-man squad for the finals in Russia,[18] but he did not make the final cut.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 February 2018[20][21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla B 2007–08 Segunda División 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Segunda División 15 0 15 0
2009–10 Segunda División B 24 0 24 0
2010–11 Segunda División B 35 1 4[a] 0 39 1
Total 75 1 4 0 79 1
Sevilla 2010–11 La Liga 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
Racing Santander (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 25 2 1 0 26 2
Sporting Gijón 2012–13 Segunda División 22 2 0 0 22 2
2013–14 Segunda División 38 2 0 0 2[b] 0 40 2
2014–15 Segunda División 41 3 0 0 41 3
2015–16 La Liga 16 1 1 1 17 2
Total 143 8 3 2 2 0 148 9
Middlesbrough 2016–17 Premier League 11 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Middlesbrough U23 2016–17 Professional Development League 1[c] 0 1 0
Girona 2017–18 La Liga 23 0 1 0 24 0
Career total 253 11 8 2 0 0 7 0 268 13

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Osasuna hit back for stunning win; ESPN Soccernet, 11 May 2011
  3. ^ El central Bernardo Espinosa, nuevo refuerzo sorpresa del Racing (Centre-back Bernardo Espinosa, new surprise Racing signing) Archived 3 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; El Diario Montañés, 31 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Racing Santander beats Zaragoza 1–0 in Spain; Sports Illustrated, 7 January 2012
  5. ^ "Bernardo llega cedido del Sevilla para reforzar la defensa" [Bernardo arrives on loan from Sevilla to bolster defence] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Bernardo Espinosa ya es propiedad del Sporting (Bernardo Espinosa is already property of Sporting); Marca, 26 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "0–1: El Sporting, imparable, acaba con la racha del Mallorca" [0–1: Sporting, unstoppable, end Mallorca's streak] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "3–0: El Sporting se reencuentra con la victoria ante un conservador Numancia" [3–0: Sporting back to winning ways against conservative Numancia] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "El Sporting remonta al Racing y duerme el sábado como segundo" [Sporting come back from behind against Racing and go to sleep as second on Saturday] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sporting de Gijón 2015/2016: Bernardo, el muro colombiano" [2015/2016 Sporting de Gijón: Bernardo, the Colombian wall] (in Spanish). Vavel. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bernardo es operado con éxito de su rotura de ligamentos" [Bernardo undergoes successful surgery to his ligament rupture] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bernardo Espinosa to join Boro from La Liga side Sporting Gijon". Middlesbrough F.C. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "The 18 Middlesbrough signings since Victor Orta was appointed & if they've worked out". Teesside Gazette. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Bye Boro! Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League". BBC Sport. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bernardo moves on". Middlesbrough F.C. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "James returns to Colombia squad". Goal. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rodriguez, Falcao headline Colombia squad for France, Australia". Chicago Tribune. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  19. ^ "Falcao and James join injured duo in Colombia's World Cup squad". Goal. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Bernardo: Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga". BDFutbol. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Bernardo Espinosa at Soccerway
  22. ^ "Bernardo, 2014/15 Liga Adelante Best Defender". La Liga. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 

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