Bruno Fernandes (footballer, born 1994)

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Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes 2018.jpg
Fernandes at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes
Date of birth (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Maia, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2004 Infesta
2004–2012 Boavista
2005–2010 → Pasteleira (loan)
2012–2013 Novara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Novara 23 (4)
2013–2016 Udinese 86 (10)
2016–2017 Sampdoria 33 (5)
2017– Sporting CP 37 (12)
National team
2012 Portugal U19 2 (0)
2014 Portugal U20 5 (1)
2014–2017 Portugal U21 17 (6)
2016– Portugal U23 4 (0)
2017– Portugal 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2018

Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (born 8 September 1994) is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Sporting CP and the Portugal national team as a midfielder.

He has spent most of his professional career in Italy, amassing Serie A totals of 119 games and 15 goals in representation of Udinese and Sampdoria.

Club career[edit]

Novara[edit]

Born in Maia, Metropolitan Area of Porto, Fernandes played most of his youth football with local Boavista FC. On 27 August 2012, he joined Novara Calcio in Italy, where he completed his formation.[2]

After only a few weeks with the youth sides, Fernandes was promoted to the first team in Serie B, still going on to appear in slightly more than half of the league games during the season to help his team to the fifth position and the promotion playoffs.

Udinese[edit]

In summer 2013, Fernandes signed for Udinese Calcio in a co-ownership deal.[3] He made his debut in Serie A on 3 November, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–3 home loss against Inter Milan.[4]

Fernandes scored his first league goal on 7 December 2013, contributing to a 3–3 draw at S.S.C. Napoli.[5] He repeated the feat in the second match between the sides (1–1)[6] having previously been acquired by the club in total on 30 January 2014.[7]

Sampdoria[edit]

On 16 August 2016, Fernandes moved to U.C. Sampdoria on loan with an obligation to be signed permanently.[8][9] He made his league debut 12 days later, playing six minutes in a 2–1 home win over Atalanta BC.[10]

Fernandes scored his first goal for his new team on 26 September 2016, but in a 1–2 away loss to Cagliari Calcio.[11] He managed a further four from 34 competitive appearances during the campaign, helping them to a final tenth position.

Sporting[edit]

On 27 June 2017, after returning from the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Fernandes joined Sporting CP for five years in a reported fee of €8.5 million, plus bonuses and a buyout clause of €100 million.[12] He scored four goals in his first five Primeira Liga games, including a brace in a 5–0 away win against Vitória de Guimarães.[13][14]

Fernandes' first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage took place on 12 September 2017, where he put the visitors 3–0 ahead in the 43rd minute of an eventual 3–2 success at Olympiacos FC.[15] He finished his first season with 16 goals across all competitions, only behind Bas Dost.[16]

On 15 May 2018, Fernandes and several of his teammates, including coaches, were injured following an attack by around 50 supporters of Sporting at the club's training ground after the team finished third in the league and missed out on Champions League qualification.[17][18] Despite the events, he and the rest of the team agreed to play in the final of the Taça de Portugal scheduled for the following weekend,[19] eventually losing to C.D. Aves.[20]

Fernandes was named the Portuguese League's Player of the Year on 6 July 2018,[21] and four days later he signed a new five-year contract with a €100 million release clause,[22] having turned back on his original decision to leave the Estádio José Alvalade following the departure of club president Bruno de Carvalho and being given an improved salary in the process.[23]

International career[edit]

Fernandes in action against Germany at the 2016 Olympics

Overlooked for Portugal senior selection during his spell in Italy, Fernandes was first called on 28 August 2017, replacing injured Pizzi for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Hungary to be held next month.[24] He did not make his debut on either match, however.

Additionally, Fernandes represented the nation in the 2016 Summer Olympics.[25] He started every game, as the team reached the quarter-finals.[26][27][28]

Fernandes won his first full cap on 10 November 2017, replacing Manuel Fernandes for the last 34 minutes of the 3–0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia in Viseu.[29] He was then selected by Fernando Santos for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[30] scoring his first goal on 7 June in the last warm-up match before the tournament, a 3–0 defeat of Algeria at the Estádio da Luz where he netted through a rare header.[31][32]

Fernandes' first World Cup game took place on 15 June 2018, when he played 66 minutes in a 3–3 group stage draw against Spain, being booked in the process.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2018[34]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Novara 2012–13 Serie B 23 4 0 0 23 4
Udinese 2013–14 Serie A 24 4 4 0 28 4
2014–15 31 3 3 1 34 4
2015–16 31 3 2 0 33 3
Total 86 10 9 1 0 0 95 11
Sampdoria 2016–17 Serie A 33 5 2 0 35 5
Sporting 2017–18 Primeira Liga 33 11 9 1 14 4 56 16
Career Total 175 30 20 2 14 4 209 36

International[edit]

As of 6 September 2018[35]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2017 2 0
2018 7 1
Total 9 1

International goals[edit]

As of 7 June 2018 (Portugal score listed first, score column indicates score after each Fernandes goal)[35]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2018 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  Algeria 2–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Sporting

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 23. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bruno Fernandes. O miúdo que começou a rolar na capital do hóquei" [Bruno Fernandes. The kid who started rolling in the hockey capital] (in Portuguese). Observador. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Bruno Fernandes, l'ennesimo colpo dell'Udinese" [Bruno Fernandes, Udinese's umpteenth steal] (in Italian). Yahoo Sports. 3 December 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Udinese-Inter 0–3: Palacio, raddoppia Rannocchia, tris di Alvarez" [Udinese-Inter 0–3: Palacio, Rannocchia doubles it, Alvarez gets third] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pareggio al San Paolo, doppietta di Pandev e gol di Dzemaili per gli azzurri" [Draw at San Paolo, Pandev brace and Dzemaili goal for the blues] (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Udinese-Napoli 1–1, gol di Callejon e Bruno Fernandes. Espulso Fernandez" [Udinese-Napoli 1–1, goals from Callejon and Bruno Fernandes. Fernandez sent off]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 19 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Calciomercato Udinese, ecco due riscatti: Bruno Fernandes-Douglas" [Calciomercato Udinese, here are two acquisitions: Bruno Fernandes-Douglas]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 30 January 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Official: Sampdoria sign Bruno Fernandes". Football Italia. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ufficiale: Bruno Fernandes alla Sampdoria" [Official: Bruno Fernandes to Sampdoria]. Corriere Dello Sport (in Italian). 16 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Atalanta ancora ko: 2–1 per la Samp – Non riesce la rimonta in dieci uomini" [Atalanta down again: 2–1 to Samp – No comeback with ten men]. L'Eco di Bergamo (in Italian). 28 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Serie A, Cagliari-Sampdoria 2–1: Joao Pedro e Melchiorri show, ma che papera di Viviano" [Serie A, Cagliari-Sampdoria 2–1: Joao Pedro and Melchiorri show, but what a blunder by Viviano]. Corriere Dello Sport (in Italian). 26 September 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sporting: Bruno Fernandes com cláusula de 100 milhões" [Sporting: Bruno Fernandes with 100 million clause] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Jorge Jesus: «Dupla Bruno Fernandes-Bas Dost não serve para todos os jogos»" [Jorge Jesus: «Bruno Fernandes-Bas Dost duo is not good for every game»]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 August 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Bruno Fernandes arranca como Balakov" [Bruno Fernandes gets going like Balakov]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 10 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sporting derrota Olympiacos na Grécia" [Sporting defeat Olympiacos in Greece] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Quarta vez de Bruno Fernandes" [Fourth time for Bruno Fernandes]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 April 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  17. ^ "19 jogadores do Sporting contam tudo sobre o ataque a Alcochete (e como Palhinha protegeu Montero)" [19 Sporting players tell everything about the attack at Alcochete (and how Palinha protected Montero)] (in Portuguese). MSN. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  18. ^ Kiley, Ben (15 May 2018). "Sporting Lisbon players attacked at training ground after failing to secure Champions League spot". Sports Joe. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 
  19. ^ "Sporting Lisbon: Players agree to play Portuguese Cup final after attack". BBC Sport. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Aves ganha a Taça de Portugal graças a bis de Guedes" [Aves win Portuguese Cup thanks to Guedes brace]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 20 May 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  21. ^ "Bruno Fernandes eleito melhor jogador da 1 Liga" [Bruno Fernandes voted best player of the 1 League]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 6 July 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  22. ^ "Bruno Fernandes pens Sporting Lisbon deal". Sportsmole. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  23. ^ "Bruno Fernandes passará a ganhar o dobro" [Bruno Fernandes will earn twice as much]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 8 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  24. ^ "Bruno Fernandes chamado para o lugar de Pizzi" [Bruno Fernandes called in place of Pizzi] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  25. ^ "Os 17 convocados de Rui Jorge para os Jogos Olímpicos" [The 17 called up by Rui Jorge for the Olympic Games]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 14 July 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  26. ^ "Vitória na estreia" [Win in debut] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "Portugal vence e garante quartos de final" [Portugal win and confirm quarter-finals] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  28. ^ "Portugal assegura primeiro lugar" [Portugal confirm first place] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Portugal vence Arábia Saudita com golos de Manuel Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes e João Mário" [Portugal beat Saudi Arabia with goals from Manuel Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes and João Mário] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  30. ^ "Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup". Special Broadcasting Service. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  31. ^ "Portugal 3–0 Algeria". BBC Sport. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  32. ^ "Bruno Fernandes: «Foi o meu primeiro golo de cabeça como profissional»" [Bruno Fernandes: «It was my first goal with the head as a professional»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  33. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo scores sensational hat-trick as Portugal hold Spain in instant World Cup classic". The Daily Telegraph. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  34. ^ "Bruno Fernandes". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  35. ^ a b "Bruno Fernandes". European Football. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  36. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the 2017/18 Season". UEFA. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 

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