Bruno Gama

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Bruno Gama
Bruno Gama2015.jpg
Gama in action for Dnipro in 2015
Personal information
Full name Bruno Alexandre Vilela Gama
Date of birth (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Vila Verde, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Aris
Number 17
Youth career
1998–2004 Braga
2000–2001 → Bairro Misericórdia (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Braga 1 (0)
2004–2006 Porto B 45 (6)
2005–2009 Porto 1 (0)
2006–2007Braga (loan) 15 (0)
2007–2009Vitória Setúbal (loan) 53 (6)
2009–2011 Rio Ave 59 (5)
2011–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 68 (13)
2013–2016 Dnipro 56 (9)
2016–2018 Deportivo La Coruña 28 (0)
2018 Alcorcón 15 (1)
2018– Aris 4 (1)
National team
2002 Portugal U16 7 (0)
2003–2004 Portugal U17 34 (11)
2004–2005 Portugal U18 6 (2)
2005–2006 Portugal U19 17 (9)
2006–2007 Portugal U20 14 (6)
2008–2009 Portugal U21 5 (0)
2009–2010 Portugal U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2018

Bruno Alexandre Vilela Gama (born 15 November 1987) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Greek club Aris Thessaloniki F.C. mainly as a right winger.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 129 games and 11 goals over seven seasons, mainly representing Vitória de Setúbal and Rio Ave (two years apiece). Abroad, he played with Deportivo, Dnipro, Alcorcón and Aris.

Gama won 83 caps for Portugal all youth categories comprised, scoring 28 goals.

Club career[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Gama was born in Vila Verde, Braga District. A S.C. Braga youth graduate, he appeared aged 16 in his first Primeira Liga game, a 2–2 away draw against U.D. Leiria,[1] being subsequently acquired by FC Porto in a €750,000 deal.

After spending most of his first seasons with the club's B-side, Gama served another two first division loans, at Braga in 2006–07[2]– scoring in a 4–0 home win over FC Slovan Liberec for the campaign's UEFA Cup[3]– and Vitória de Setúbal in the following two years.[4]

In mid-July 2009, Gama was released by Porto and joined Rio Ave F.C. on a two-year contract. During his first season with the Vila do Conde club he was one of the few players to appear in all 30 league matches, contributing to a final 12th place in the top division; he scored in home wins against former side Setúbal (1–0) and Leixões SC (2–0).[5]

Deportivo[edit]

As many compatriots during that timeframe, Gama signed for Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña on 27 July 2011, for an undisclosed fee.[6] He contributed with 29 games and seven goals in his first year, to help the Galicians win the Segunda División championship.[7]

Gama made his debut in La Liga on 20 August 2012, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home win against CA Osasuna.[8]

Dnipro[edit]

On 20 August 2013, following Deportivo's relegation, Gama moved teams and countries again, joining FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on a three-year contract.[9] On 13 September of the following year, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–2 win at FC Metalist Kharkiv.[10]

Gama contributed with 16 appearances – all rounds included – to help his team reach the final of the 2015 Europa League against Sevilla FC, being an unused substitute in the 2–3 loss in Warsaw.[11]

Alcorcón[edit]

On 17 February 2018, after a further two top flight seasons with Deportivo,[7] free agent Gama signed a short-term deal with AD Alcorcón.[12] He scored his only goal for the latter on 3 June, helping the hosts defeat CF Reus Deportiu 3–0.[13]

Aris[edit]

On 10 August 2018, Gama joined Aris Thessaloniki F.C. on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[14] Seventeen days later, in his Superleague Greece debut, he scored in a 3–0 away win against PAS Lamia 1964.[15]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Gama first participated in the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, as Portugal emerged victorious on home soil.[16] He also helped the team reach the quarter-finals in that year's FIFA World Cup held in Finland, scoring one goal against Cameroon.

Gama captained Portugal in the 2004 European Under-17 Championship, being crowned top goal scorer after netting three in five appearances and being essential as the national side took third place. In 2006 he appeared with the under-19s at the Under-19 European Championship, scoring in every game in the group stage.

Gama was part of the squad that took part in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring two goals in Portugal's only win in the tournament – one from a free kick and the other from the penalty spot in a 2–0 triumph against New Zealand.[17] In the ensuing Autumn he was called up to the under-21s[18] and, in 2010, he played with the Olympic team in the 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Gama's older brother, Augusto, was also a footballer. He too represented Braga and Rio Ave.[20]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 September 2018[21]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Braga 2003–04 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Porto 2004–05 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0
Porto B 2004–05 23 3 - - - 23 3
2005–06 22 3 - - - 22 3
Total 45 6 45 6
Braga 2006–07 15 0 3 0 - 3 1 21 1
Setúbal 2007–08 24 4 5 0 5 0 - 34 4
2008–09 29 2 3 2 2 0 2 1 36 5
Total 53 6 8 2 7 0 2 1 70 9
Rio Ave 2009–10 30 3 5 0 5 1 - 40 3
2010–11 29 2 4 2 2 0 - 35 4
Total 59 5 9 2 7 1 75 7
Deportivo 2011–12 29 7 0 0 - - 29 7
2012–13 38 6 2 0 - - 40 6
2013–14 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
2016–17 22 0 2 1 - - 24 1
2017–18 6 0 1 0 - - 7 0
Total 96 13 5 1 101 14
Dnipro 2013–14 10 3 1 0 - 6 0 17 3
2014–15 23 5 4 0 - 18[B] 0 45 5
2015–16 23 1 6 2 - 6 1 35 4
Total 56 9 11 2 - 30 1 97 12
Alcorcón 2017–18 15 1 0 0 - - 15 1
Aris 2018–19 4 1 0 0 - - 4 1
Career totals 345 41 36 7 14 1 35 3 430 52

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vitória Setúbal

Deportivo

Dnipro

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
B. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sub-17: Golo com dedicatória" [Under-17: Dedicated goal]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 May 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ Braga grab Bruno Gama; UEFA, 17 August 2006
  3. ^ "Braga sweep Liberec aside". UEFA. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Bruno Gama cedido por uma temporada" [Bruno Gama loaned for one season]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Porto keep pressure on leaders Benfica". FIFA. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "El Deportivo ficha a Bruno Gama, del Río Ave [sic] portugués" [Deportivo sign Bruno Gama, from Portugal's Rio Ave]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Vuelve Bruno Gama, uno de los ídolos de la afición de Riazor" [Return of Bruno Gama, one of the Riazor faithful's idols]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 June 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Depor start with a win". ESPN FC. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ Dnipro signs Portuguese midfielder from Deportivo; Interfax-Ukraine, 20 August 2013
  10. ^ "Bruno Gama faz hat-trick na vitória do Dnipro" [Bruno Gama scores hat-trick in Dnipro's victory] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  11. ^ Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Bruno Gama, nuevo futbolista de la A.D. Alcorcón" [Bruno Gama, new footballer of A.D. Alcorcón] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  13. ^ "3–0. El Alcorcón vence sin oposición al Reus y consigue la permanencia" [3–0. Alcorcón have no problem beating Reus and stay up] (in Spanish). EFE. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Θα... τρελάνει κόσμο ο Άρης φέτος – Ανακοίνωσε κι άλλη μεταγραφή" [In sight... Crazy Aris this year – Another transfer announced] (in Greek). Sport Dog. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Άρης να γουστάρεις, 3–0 τη Λαμία στο ΔΑΚ" [Aris too good, 3–0 to Lamia at DΑΚ] (in Greek). Sport 24. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  16. ^ Portugal secure maximum points; UEFA, 11 May 2003
  17. ^ Gama gets Portugal going; UEFA, 3 July 2007
  18. ^ Caçador offers chance to new trio; UEFA, 8 November 2007
  19. ^ Sub-23 regressam (Under-23 return); Portuguese Football Federation, 26 February 2010 (in Portuguese)
  20. ^ "Quando todos os dias são vividos em família" [When every day is a family day]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 December 2009. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Bruno Gama". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

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