Bruno Cirillo

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Bruno Cirillo
Bruno Cirillo 2.jpg
Cirillo playing for Reggina in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-03-21) 21 March 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 Reggina 49 (2)
1996–1998 → Tricase Calcio (loan) 54 (4)
2000–2001 Internazionale 17 (0)
2001–2005 Lecce 32 (4)
2002Reggina (loan) 10 (0)
2003–2005Siena (loan) 54 (0)
2005–2007 AEK Athens 50 (2)
2007–2008 Levante 16 (0)
2008Reggina (loan) 18 (0)
2008–2009 Reggina 31 (0)
2009–2012 PAOK 74 (4)
2012 Alki Larnaca 7 (0)
2013 Metz 15 (0)
2013–2014 AEK Athens 12 (0)
2014 FC Pune City 14 (0)
2015 Reggina 16 (0)
Total 469 (16)
National team
1999–2000 Italy U21 11 (0)
2000 Italy Olympic 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bruno "Brunillo" Cirillo (born 21 March 1977) is a former Italian footballer who played as a centre-back.

He moved clubs frequently throughout his career, spending two spells at AEK Athens and a further three years at PAOK, both in Greece, in addition to brief spells in Spain, Cyprus and France.

Cirillo played for Italy at under-21 level and was included in their squad for the 2000 Olympics.

Club career[edit]


Born in Castellammare di Stabia, Cirillo started his career in the ranks of Reggina, and started enjoying regular first-team football after a 1996–97 switch to Serie C2 Tricase Calcio. In the summer of 1998, he returned to Reggina and helped them to promotion to Serie A. The following season was even better, with Cirillo scoring twice in 32 matches and catching the eye of F.C. Internazionale Milano, joining in 2000.[1] He appeared 24 times in his sole season in Milan before moving to U.S. Lecce for 6,000 million lire in co-ownership deal[2][3] along with Giorgio Frezzolini for 2,500 million lire in co-ownership deal[4] (swapped with Erminio Rullo of Lecce for 3,000 million lire in co-ownership deal[4] and 5,500 million lire cash). In June 2002 Lecce acquired Cirillo (€306,000), Frezzolini (free) and Rullo (€151,000) outright.[3]

Cirillo then returned to Reggina in 2002–03, rejoined Lecce and was loaned to A.C. Siena in quick succession.

AEK Athens[edit]

12 months later he switched again, this time to AEK Athens F.C., and proved influential for the Greek runners-up spot in 2006 and 2007. He was a big fan favorite in Athens for his passion, and was under contract until 2008. However, on 29 April 2007 Cirillo played his last match with AEK against Skoda Xanthi F.C. in the Greek Super League. Right after the game, for which Cirillo was given the Man of the Match award, the much-spread rumours that he was leaving the club at the end of the season were confirmed.

Later career[edit]

On 4 July 2007, Cirillo signed a two-year deal for Spanish outfit Levante UD.[5][6] In January 2008, due to Levante's inability to pay agreed wages he, alongside countryman Marco Storari left the club, with Cirillo signing for Reggina,[7] the club where he grew as a player. Cirillo mutually terminated his contract with Reggina in June 2009,[8] and later that month PAOK FC signed him until June 2011 on free transfer.[9]

On 28 January 2013, Cirillo signed a six-month deal for French club FC Metz, with the option of a further year.[10] This option was not taken, and on 26 August 2013, Cirillo signed a one-year private agreement for AEK Athens, returning to the club after six years away.[11]

On 21 August 2014, Cirillo was the first pick in the Indian Super League Inaugural International Draft, signed by FC Pune City.[12]

In 2015, he returned to Reggina,the club in which he started his career to finish his career there. He retired in 2015 and now he plans on becoming a manager in the future.

International career[edit]

Cirillo played every second of Italy's campaign at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, in which they reached the quarter-finals before elimination by Spain.[13][14][15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Cirillo is married with the Greek actress and model Elena Asimakopoulou and they have one daughter named, Maria Rozaria (born: 13 December 2010).



Italy U-21


AEK Athens


  1. ^ "PRESO IL DIFENSORE CIRILLO DALLA REGGINA" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 28 June 2000. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ "CIRILLO SI ACCORDA CON IL LECCE, CEDUTO IN COMPROPRIETA'" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 14 July 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2002, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  4. ^ a b FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2001, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  5. ^ "Bruno Cirillo, presentado como nuevo jugador del Levante UD". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ "LEVANTE: Bruno Cirillo, presentado como nuevo jugador del Levante UD" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Reggina: ufficiale l'arrivo di Cirillo".
  8. ^ "Rescissione consensuale per Bruno Cirillo" (in Italian). 9 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Συμφωνία με Bruno Cirillo" (in Greek). 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Bruno Cirillo est Messin !" (in French). Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  11. ^ Συμφωνία με τον Μπρούνο Τσιρίλο. (in Greek) 26 August 2013, [ AEK Athens F.C. Official Website].
  12. ^ "Round 1 of the #HeroISL International Player Draft is now complete. Here are the picks! #ISLDraft". Facebook. Indian Super League. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Australia 0-1 Italy". FIFA. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Italy 3-1 Honduras". FIFA. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Italy 1-1 Honduras". FIFA. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Italy 0-1 Spain". FIFA. Retrieved 29 September 2014.

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