Bruno (footballer)

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Bruno
Bruno Saltor 2018.jpg
Bruno in 2018
Personal information
Full name Bruno Saltor Grau[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-01) 1 October 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth El Masnou, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 2
Youth career
Olimpic Mora d'Ebre
Lleida
1997–1999 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Espanyol B 72 (6)
2001–2003 Espanyol 1 (0)
2001–2002Gimnàstic (loan) 14 (0)
2003–2006 Lleida 110 (1)
2006–2009 Almería 104 (0)
2009–2012 Valencia 59 (0)
2012– Brighton & Hove Albion 212 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:02, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Bruno Saltor Grau (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾuno salˈtoɾ ˈɣɾau];[A] born 1 October 1980), known simply as Bruno, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

He appeared in 128 La Liga games during six seasons, representing mainly in the competition Almería and Valencia. In 2012 he signed with Brighton & Hove Albion, going on to spend several years with the English club.

Football career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Born in El Masnou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Bruno was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system. He appeared only once for the first team, playing eight minutes in a 3–1 home win over Rayo Vallecano on 29 September 2001;[2] he was used almost exclusively by the B-side during his tenure, spending three of his four years in Segunda División B.

After a further two stints in his native region, with Gimnàstic de Tarragona (loan) and UE Lleida, Bruno joined UD Almería in the summer of 2006, being instrumental in the Andalusia side's first ever promotion to La Liga as a late bloomer. In 2007–08, he missed only four league games as his team overachieved for a final eighth place, and produced similar numbers in the following season.[3]

In mid-June 2009, Bruno signed a three-year deal with Valencia CF and reunited with former Almería manager Unai Emery.[4] He had previously arranged a transfer to Real Betis, but the move collapsed as the club was eventually relegated.[5][6]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

Bruno playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015

On 25 June 2012, after a further 33 league appearances for Valencia in two seasons combined,[7] free agent Bruno signed a two-year contract for EFL Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion.[8] He scored his first goal for his new team on 24 November, in a 1–1 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers.[9]

At the age of 35/36, Bruno was still the automatic first choice in his position, helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2016–17 campaign after 34 years.[10][11] Previously, in March 2017, the captain agreed to a one-year contract extension,[12] and on 20 April he was included in the Championship Team of the Year for the second year running.[13]

Bruno made his debut in the English top flight on 12 August 2017, playing the whole of a 2–0 home loss to Manchester City.[14] On 3 April 2018, he signed a new one-year deal.[15] Two weeks later, he made his first league start since January, at home to Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw that gave his team "a big point" in their fight against relegation,[16] and remained in the side for the 1–0 home defeat of Manchester United that ensured their safety.[17]

Brighton's first match of 2018–19 was away against Watford, and Bruno injured his ankle and was subbed off in the 26 minute of an eventual 2–0 loss.[18] As a result, he lost his place to fellow Spaniard Martín Montoya.[19][20]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 August 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2000–01[21] Segunda División B 32 2 6[a] 0 38 2
2001–02[22] Segunda División B 9 1 9 1
2002–03[23] Segunda División B 31 3 31 3
Total 72 6 6 0 78 6
Espanyol 2001–02[22] La Liga 1 0 1 0 2 0
Gimnàstic (loan) 2001–02[22] Segunda División 14 0 0 0 14 0
Lleida 2003–04[24] Segunda División B 34 1 5[a] 0 39 1
2004–05[25] Segunda División 37 0 1 0 38 0
2005–06[26] Segunda División 39 0 4 0 43 0
Total 110 1 5 0 5 0 120 1
Almería 2006–07[27] Segunda División 36 0 0 0 36 0
2007–08[28] La Liga 34 0 2 0 36 0
2008–09[29] La Liga 34 0 3 0 37 0
Total 104 0 5 0 109 0
Valencia 2009–10[30] La Liga 26 0 3 0 8[b] 1 37 1
2010–11[31] La Liga 19 0 2 0 4[c] 0 25 0
2011–12[32] La Liga 14 0 1 0 3[b] 0 18 0
Total 59 0 6 0 15 1 80 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2012–13[33] Championship 30 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 1
2013–14[34] Championship 33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
2014–15[35] Championship 35 3 1 0 1 0 37 3
2015–16[36] Championship 46 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 48 1
2016–17[37] Championship 42 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
2017–18[38] Premier League 25 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
2018–19[39] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 212 6 2 0 2 0 2 0 218 6
Career total 572 13 19 0 2 0 28 1 621 14
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in promotion play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Lleida

Brighton & Hove Albion

Individual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Grau is pronounced [ɡɾau].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "El Espanyol eleva su caché ante un Rayo hundido" [Espanyol prestige on the rise against sunken Rayo]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 29 September 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Piñeiro, Raúl (8 September 2008). ""Sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento hacia Unai"" ["I can only thank Unai"]. Diario de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mestalla calls for Moyá and Saltor". UEFA. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bruno será el primer fichaje de los béticos" [Bruno will be first bético signing]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 14 May 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "El Barcelona negocia el fichaje de Bruno" [Barcelona negotiate Bruno signing]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 June 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Fuster, P. (21 January 2012). "Es el lateral derecho que más partidos ha jugado" [He is the right-back that has played the most matches]. Super Deporte (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Albion agree Bruno deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brighton 1–1 Bolton". BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Jamie (18 February 2017). "24/7 heaven Bruno claims to have discovered the fountain of youth – at Brighton's state-of-the-art HQ". The Sun. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Wigan Athletic". BBC Sport. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion: Skipper Bruno signs contract extension". BBC Sport. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Brighton have four in Championship Team of the Year, Sessegnon in". ESPN FC. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "El City de Guardiola gana sin lucirse en su debut" [Unimpressive win in debut for Guardiola's City]. ABC (in Spanish). 12 August 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bruno: Brighton captain signs new one-year contract". BBC Sport. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  16. ^ Owen, Brian (17 April 2018). "Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Spurs 1: Bruno hails 'big point'". The Argus. Brighton. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Begley, Emlyn (4 May 2018). "Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  18. ^ "Watford 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion". BBC Sport. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  19. ^ Rivers, Chris (17 August 2018). "Bruno absence paves way for Montoya". Sport in a Storm. Retrieved 3 September 2018. 
  20. ^ Stenning, Adam (21 August 2018). "Debut Analysis: Montoya and Balogun impress in win over Manchester United". Vavel. Retrieved 3 September 2018. 
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  32. ^ "Bruno Saltor: Bruno Saltor Grau: Matches: 2011–12". BDFutbol. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Bruno in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  40. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  41. ^ "PFA teams of the year: Chelsea and Tottenham dominate Premier League XI". BBC Sport. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 

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