Bruno Basto

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Bruno Basto
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Basto in 2015
Personal information
Full name Bruno Miguel Leite Basto
Date of birth (1978-05-21) 21 May 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1989–1996 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Alverca 37 (1)
1998–2000 Benfica 48 (1)
2000–2004 Bordeaux 115 (0)
2004–2005 Feyenoord 18 (1)
2006 Saint-Étienne 8 (0)
2006–2007 Nacional 12 (0)
2008–2009 Shinnik 14 (0)
Total 252 (3)
National team
1997–1998 Portugal U20 9 (0)
1998–2000 Portugal U21 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bruno Miguel Leite Basto (born 21 May 1978) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a left back.

After starting professionally with Benfica, he went on to play in France, the Netherlands and Russia.

Football career[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Basto was a graduate of hometown S.L. Benfica's youth system, and began playing professionally with its farm team, F.C. Alverca, being recalled for good in January 1998.

After some good performances, he began an abroad spell that would last six years: four at FC Girondins de Bordeaux, one 1/2 seasons at Feyenoord and six months at AS Saint-Étienne, with relative success – he only managed to be first-choice for the first. In the 2001–02 season Basto helped Girondins finish sixth in Ligue 1, with the side also qualifying for the UEFA Cup after winning the domestic league cup, defeating FC Lorient in the final with two goals from countryman Pauleta (3–0).

Basto returned to Portugal in 2006–07, signing with C.D. Nacional. He was played very rarely in Madeira however, and left for Russia's FC Shinnik Yaroslavl in the 2008 January transfer window; there, he teamed up with compatriot Ricardo Silva, and was released in 2009.

In the 2010 summer, after not being able to find a club in more than one year, Basto retired from football at the age of 32.

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