Gerardo Bruna

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Gerardo Bruna
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 26)
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 10 (0)
National team
2008 Spain U17 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 February 2012

Gerardo Alfredo Bruna Blanco (born 29 January 1991) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Ottawa Fury.

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]

The longer Bruna stayed at Liverpool, the less the club liked him and finally he was released. Bruna then 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]

Back to Spain[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][20] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 loss to Bury in the Football League Trophy on 1 September 2015.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 September 2015.
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 1 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 1 3 1
Total 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 1
Career total 31 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 37 3
  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 (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. ^ ===Whitehawk===
  20. ^ http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/11768137.Why_Accrington_Stanley_s_new_signing_turned_down_Real_Madrid_contract/
  21. ^ "Accrington 1-2 Bury". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Former Liverpool Midfielder and Real Madrid Youth Product Joins Fury FC". ottawafuryfc.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Gerardo Bruna, l'énigmatique surdoué". expressottawa.ca. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  24. ^ Tully, David (15 December 2009). "'The Boy Has Got Skills' – Liverpool's Gerardo Bruna". FootballFanCast.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  25. ^ Mizrahi, Yakir (7 May 2008). "France and Spain share six goals". UEFA. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. 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. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna - Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Gerardo Bruna in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 

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