Bruno Aguiar

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Morais and the second or paternal family name is Aguiar.
Bruno Aguiar
Personal information
Full name Bruno João Morais Aguiar
Date of birth (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–2000 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Benfica B 47 (4)
2004–2005 Benfica 18 (0)
2002 Gil Vicente (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2004 Alverca (loan) 46 (6)
2006 FBK Kaunas 0 (0)
2006–2009 Hearts 61 (10)
2009–2014 Omonia 73 (6)
2014–2016 Oriental 55 (3)
Total 303 (29)
National team
2001–2002 Portugal U20 11 (1)
2001–2004 Portugal U21 6 (0)
2005 Portugal B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bruno João Morais Aguiar (born 24 February 1981) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a central midfielder.

After an unsuccessful spell with Benfica, although he contributed to the team's first Primeira Liga title in over one decade, he left the club in 2005, going on to play professionally in Scotland and Cyprus.

Club career[edit]

Benfica[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Aguiar grew in local S.L. Benfica's youth system, but spent the vast majority of his spell as a senior with the B-side. Additionally, he also served two loans, at Gil Vicente FC – six months – and F.C. Alverca, helping former Benfica farm team return to the Primeira Liga in the second of his two full seasons, after which he returned to his alma mater.

Under Giovanni Trapattoni, hired for the 2004–05 campaign, Aguiar would make all of his appearances for Benfica's main squad, his first being a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round against R.S.C. Anderlecht on 10 August 2004 (1–0 home win, 1–3 aggregate loss). He also contributed with 18 matches (840 minutes) as they won the domestic league for the first time since 1994; however, after the Italian was replaced by Ronald Koeman, he fell out of favour and was released from contract.

Hearts[edit]

In January 2006, Aguiar signed for FBK Kaunas, who immediately loaned him to Heart of Midlothian,[1] both clubs being owned by Vladimir Romanov. He made his competitive debut in a 1–2 defeat to Aberdeen in February, and made a further 11 appearances before the end of the season, helping the side finish in second place in the Scottish Premier League, with the addition of the Scottish Cup.[2]

2006–07 did not start so well for Aguiar, as he was sent off in the first leg of Hearts' Champions League third round qualifier against AEK Athens FC, after receiving a second yellow card for throwing the ball away with a 1–0 lead – the Greek utilised their subsequent one-man advantage to win it 2–1.[3]

A lengthy eighteen-month injury layoff soon followed for Aguiar, and he made his return to first-team action in October 2008, in the Edinburgh Derby where he scored a free-kick to earn Hearts a draw. On 9 December he was awarded the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Player of the Month award for the previous month,[4] and ended the 2008–09 season as team top scorer with seven goals.

On 1 June 2009, Hearts confirmed Aguiar's departure following the expiration of his contract, leaving him free to sign with another club. He stated that he had enjoyed his time at the Tynecastle Stadium, with the Scottish Cup victory and second-place finish in the league in 2006 being personal highlights, as well as wishing them the best for the future.[5]

Omonia[edit]

A free agent, Aguiar signed for AC Omonia from Cyprus in June 2009.[6] He left five years later at the age of 33, after helping the Nicosia club to five major titles, including the 2009–10 edition of the First Division championship where he appeared in 15 games, scoring one goal; he subsequently returned to his homeland, and joined Clube Oriental de Lisboa.[7]

International career[edit]

Aguiar was a member of the Portugal under-21 team that finished third at the 2004 UEFA European Championship and qualified for the Athens Olympics, along with several future full internationals such as Hugo Almeida, Bruno Alves, José Bosingwa, Danny, Raul Meireles and Hugo Viana. He did not make however, the final cut for the latter competition.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Benfica 2001–02[8] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05[8] Primeira Liga 19 0 5 0 6[a] 0 30 0
2005–06[8] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 0 5 0 6 0 30 0
Gil Vicente (loan) 2001–02[8] Primeira Liga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Alverca (loan) 2002–03[8] Segunda Liga 29 4 2 0 31 4
2003–04[8] Primeira Liga 17 2 0 0 17 2
Total 46 6 2 0 48 6
Hearts 2005–06[9] Scottish Premier League 10 1 2 0 0 0 12 1
2006–07[10] Scottish Premier League 25 2 1 0 2 1 5[a] 0 33 3
2007–08[11] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09[12] Scottish Premier League 26 7 1 0 0 0 27 7
Total 61 10 4 0 2 1 5 0 72 11
Omonia 2009–10[13] Cypriot First Division 15 1 4[b] 0 19 1
2010–11[13] Cypriot First Division 19 1 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 20 1
2011–12[13] Cypriot First Division 18 3 5 2 2[b] 0 1[c] 0 26 5
2012–13[13] Cypriot First Division 13 1 2 0 2[b] 0 0 0 17 1
2013–14[13] Cypriot First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 73 6 7 2 8 0 2 0 90 8
Oriental 2014–15[13] Segunda Liga 24 2 1 0 2 0 27 2
2015–16[13] Segunda Liga 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 28 2 1 0 3 0 32 2
Career total 230 24 19 2 5 1 19 0 2 0 275 27
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Cypriot Super Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica
Hearts
Omonia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romanov delivers big style; The Scotsman, 1 February 2006.
  2. ^ Hearts 1–1 Gretna (4–2 on pens); BBC Sport, 13 May 2006
  3. ^ Hearts 1–2 AEK Athens; BBC Sport, 9 August 2006
  4. ^ Aguiar given monthly player award; BBC Sport, 9 December 2008
  5. ^ Bruno wishes Hearts well Archived 6 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; Heart of Midlothian, 1 June 2009
  6. ^ Aguiar joins Omonia after Old Firm fail to make bid; The Scotsman, 9 June 2009
  7. ^ "Bruno Aguiar issues word of warning to Ryan Gauld". The Scotsman. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Bruno Aguiar". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Matches played by Bruno Aguiar in 2005/06". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Matches played by Bruno Aguiar in 2006/07". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Matches played by Bruno Aguiar in 2007/08". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Matches played by Bruno Aguiar in 2008/09". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Bruno Aguiar". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Nov 08 Awards". CB Football. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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