Bruno (footballer)

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Bruno
Bruno Saltor VCF.jpg
Bruno playing for Valencia (2010)
Personal information
Full name Bruno Saltor Grau[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-01) 1 October 1980 (age 36)
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)
2001–2002 Gimnàstic (loan) 14 (0)
2003–2006 Lleida 110 (1)
2006–2009 Almería 104 (0)
2009–2012 Valencia 59 (0)
2012– Brighton & Hove Albion 186 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2017.

Bruno Saltor Grau (born 1 October 1980), known simply as Bruno, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back for English 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 only appeared once for the first team, playing eight minutes in a 3–1 home win over Rayo Vallecano on 29 September 2001;[2] he was almost exclusively used 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 2006 summer, being instrumental in the Andalusia side's first ever promotion to La Liga as a late bloomer. In 2007–08, he only missed 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]

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 side Brighton & Hove Albion.[8] He scored his first goal for his new team on 24 November, helping to a 1–1 home draw against Bolton Wanderers.[9]

At the age of 35/36, Bruno was still the automatic first-choice in his position, helping the club promote 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]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 December 2016[14][15]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2000–01 Segunda División B 32 2 6[a] 0 38 2
2001–02 Segunda División B 9 1 9 1
2002–03 Segunda División B 31 3 31 3
Total 72 6 6 0 78 6
Espanyol 2001–02 La Liga 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 1 0 2 0
Gimnàstic 2001–02 Segunda División 14 0 0 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 14 0
Lleida 2003–04 Segunda División B 34 1 0 0 5[a] 0 39 1
2004–05 Segunda División 37 0 1 0 38 0
2005–06 Segunda División 39 0 4 0 43 0
Total 110 1 5 0 5 0 120 1
Almería 2006–07 Segunda División 36 0 0 0 36 0
2007–08 La Liga 34 0 2 0 36 0
2008–09 La Liga 34 0 3 0 37 0
Total 104 0 5 0 109 0
Valencia 2009–10 La Liga 26 0 3 0 8[b] 1 37 1
2010–11 La Liga 19 0 2 0 4[c] 0 25 0
2011–12 La Liga 14 0 1 0 3[b] 0 18 0
Total 59 0 6 0 15 0 80 0
Brighton and Hove Albion 2012–13 Championship 30 1 0 0 1 0 31 1
2013–14 Championship 33 1 0 0 0 0 33 1
2014–15 Championship 35 3 1 0 1 0 37 3
2015–16 Championship 46 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 48 1
2016–17 Championship 45 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 189 6 0 0 2 0 2 0 176 6
Career total 549 13 18 0 2 0 28 1 574 16
  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]

Club[edit]

Lleida

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Retained list: 2015/16" (PDF). English Football League. p. 11. 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. ^ ""Sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento hacia Unai"" ["I can only thank Unai"]. Diario de Almería (in Spanish). 8 September 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Mestalla calls for Moyá and Saltor; UEFA.com, 1 July 2009
  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 negotiates Bruno signing]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 June 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Es el lateral derecho que más partidos ha jugado" [He is the right-back that has played the most matches] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 21 January 2012. 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. ^ "David Ngog's 96th-minute strike gave Bolton an unlikely point at Brighton, who hit the woodwork three times and also missed a penalty.". BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "24/7 heaven Bruno claims to have discovered the fountain of youth — at Brighton’s state-of-the-art HQ". The Sun. 18 February 2017. 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. ^ "Bruno". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bruno". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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