Gerardo Bruna

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Gerardo Bruna
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco
Date of birth (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ottawa Fury
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2007 Real Madrid
2007–2008 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Liverpool 0 (0)
2011–2013 Blackpool 2 (0)
2013–2014 Huesca 17 (1)
2014 Tranmere Rovers 0 (0)
2014–2015 Whitehawk 5 (1)
2015–2016 Accrington Stanley 9 (0)
2016– Ottawa Fury 37 (1)
National team
2008 Spain U17 1 (0)
2009 Argentina U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 February 2012

Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco[1] (born 29 January 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ottawa Fury. Born in Argentina and raised in Spain, Bruna first resented Spain at a youth international level, before switching to represent his native Argentina.

Club career[edit]

Spain[edit]

An attacking midfielder, Bruna spent five years in the youth set-up at Real Madrid from 2002 to 2007.[2] At the time, Bruna was considered hugely promising and even called "the Messi of Madrid".[3]

Liverpool[edit]

In the summer of 2007 Bruna moved to England to sign for Liverpool, having been offered and turned down a professional contract by Real Madrid.[4]

"My father agreed with me that moving here would be a great opportunity. I already knew about Liverpool from the Champions League, the final we won and the final we lost. These games, as well as the Chelsea semi-finals, made a big impression on me." A left-footer with a talent for set pieces, he learnt his trade with the reserves, helping them to win the Premier Reserve League in 2007–08.[2]

Blackpool[edit]

Bruna joined Championship side Blackpool on a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months, on 17 July 2011.[5][6] He made his competitive debut as a substitute in the League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 11 August 2011.[7] He made his Football League debut in a 2–1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest on 22 October, coming on as a late substitute.[8] Bruna also played against Burnley away. Other games for Blackpool included a League Cup tie vs Sheffield Wednesday and FA Cup game again against Sheffield Wednesday.

Bruna was released by Blackpool on 9 May 2013.[9]

Huesca[edit]

On 20 September 2013 Bruna joined SD Huesca, freshly relegated to Segunda División B.[10] Gerardo Bruna played 17 games for SD Huesca, scoring one goal.

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Bruna played in a number of pre-season friendlies for Tranmere Rovers, before picking up an injury.[11] He was then offered a one-month contract by the club[12] He made his debut for the club as a substitute in a league cup match[13] but was not offered a long term contract[14][15]

Whitehawk[edit]

Bruna signed a one-month contract with Whitehawk, who then played in England's 6th tier, with the option to extend by the club depending on performances.[16] The signing of Bruna was described as a "massive coup" for Whitehawk as Bruna had previously played for clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.[17] Bruna scored his first goal for Whitehawk in a 5–1 victory over Chelmsford City.[18] That was the second goal of his competitive career, the first having been scored for SD Huesca, as mentioned above.

Accrington Stanley[edit]

In January 2015, Bruna joined League Two's Lancashire club Accrington Stanley.[19] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 loss to Bury in the Football League Trophy on 1 September 2015.[20] On 18 January 2016, Bruna signed a pre-contract with Canadian club Ottawa Fury which would have him depart Accrington Stanley at the end of the season.[21]

Ottawa Fury[edit]

On 15 February 2016, Bruna was released by Accrington Stanley, allowing him to join the Fury in time for the start of training camp.[22]

International career[edit]

Bruna has represented both Argentina and Spain at youth level.[2] In May 2008 he was a member of the Spanish under-17 squad European Under-17 Football Championship in Turkey.[23] He made one appearance in the group stages as a second-half substitute in a 3–3 draw with France at the Mardan Sports Complex, Aksu, Antalya.[24] Bruna represented the Argentina national under-20 football team at the 2009 Toulon tournament.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 10 January 2018.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackpool 2011–12[26] Championship 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
2012–13[27] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
SD Huesca 2013–14[28] Segunda División B 17 1 0 0 17 1
Tranmere Rovers 2014–15[29] League Two 0 0 1 0 1 0
Whitehawk 2014–15[30] Conference South 5 1 1[a] 0 6 1
Accrington Stanley 2014–15[29] League Two 6 0 6 0
2015–16[31] League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 1 5 1
Total 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 11 1
Ottawa Fury 2016[30] NASL 6 0 0 0 6 0
2017[30] USL 26 1 1 0 27 1
Total 32 1 1 0 33 1
Career total 65 3 2 0 3 0 2 1 72 4
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". premierleague.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. ^ http://sgforums.com/forums/2497/topics/282952
  4. ^ Hodges, Vicki (15 November 2007). "Real Madrid slam Liverpool for Bruna signing". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Blackpool boost midfield with capture of Liverpool reserve Bruna". Daily Mail. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Blackpool sign Liverpool's Bruna". BBC Sport. 18 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Blackpool (4–2 penalties)". BBC Sport. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Blackpool 1 – 2 Nott'm Forest". BBC Sport. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  9. ^ Thomas Ince & Matt Phillips: Blackpool take up one-year options; BBC Sport, 9 May 2013
  10. ^ Bruna, un lujo para la S.D. Huesca (Bruna, a luxury for S.D. Huesca); Aragón Digital, 20 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Tranmere Rovers ready to offer short-term deal to Gerardo Bruna". Liverpool Echo. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Tranmere Rovers sign Gerardo Bruna and Matt Hill". BBC Sport. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Tranmere crash out of League Cup but take plenty of positives from defeat". Liverpool Echo. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.tranmererovers.co.uk/news/club/
  15. ^ http://coreclinic.co.uk/news
  16. ^ http://www.planetafichajes.net/2014/10/el-ex-del-liverpool-gerardo-bruno-ficha.html
  17. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/latest-transfer-news/impressive-capture-for-hawks-with-bruna-signing.html
  18. ^ http://whitehawkfc.com/match/850/
  19. ^ http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/11768137.Why_Accrington_Stanley_s_new_signing_turned_down_Real_Madrid_contract/
  20. ^ "Accrington 1-2 Bury". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Former Liverpool Midfielder and Real Madrid Youth Product Joins Fury FC". ottawafuryfc.com. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Gerardo Bruna, l'énigmatique surdoué". expressottawa.ca. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  23. ^ Tully, David (15 December 2009). "'The Boy Has Got Skills' – Liverpool's Gerardo Bruna". FootballFanCast.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  24. ^ Mizrahi, Yakir (7 May 2008). "France and Spain share six goals". UEFA. Retrieved 26 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090608114732/http://www.festival-foot-espoirs.com/festival-foot-espoirs/match-festival-foot.php?&match=09
  26. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna - BD Futbol". BD Futbol. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  30. ^ a b c "Games played by Gerardo Bruna - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  31. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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