Jonathan Bru

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Jonathan Bru
Jonathan Bru.jpg
Bru during pre-season with Melbourne Victory (2012)
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Bru
Date of birth (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
AS Poissy
Youth career
1995–1998 CS Brétigny
1998–2001 Clairefontaine
2001–2004 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Rennes B 75 (5)
2006 Rennes 1 (0)
2006–2008 Istres 23 (1)
2008–2009 AEP 20 (0)
2009–2010 Académica 3 (0)
2010–2011 Oliveirense 28 (2)
2011–2012 Moreirense 11 (1)
2012–2014 Melbourne Victory 19 (0)
2014–2015 Oliveirense 26 (2)
2016– AS Poissy 7 (0)
National team
2000–2001 France U16 6 (0)
2001–2002 France U17 13 (1)
2002–2003 France U18 8 (1)
2003–2004 France U19 8 (1)
2004–2005 France U21 1 (0)
2010– Mauritius 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2016

Jonathan Bru (born 2 May 1985) is a Mauritian professional footballer who plays for French club AS Poissy and the Mauritius national team as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Bru played youth football at CS Brétigny, INF Clairefontaine and Stade Rennais FC. He began his professional career with the latter, making only one Ligue 1 appearance during his spell.

In the 2006 summer, Bru moved to FC Istres in Ligue 2, playing nine games in his first year and being relegated.

Cyprus / Portugal[edit]

After one season with AEP Paphos F.C. in the Cypriot First Division, Bru joined Académica de Coimbra in Portugal, appearing in only four official matches in his debut campaign in the Primeira Liga. On 26 July 2010, he signed a one-year deal with Segunda Liga side U.D. Oliveirense,[1] scoring his first goal for his new club on 23 October in a 1–1 home draw against S.C. Freamunde.[2]

In August 2011, Bru continued in Portugal's second level, signing with Moreirense FC. He netted his first goal against his former team, the 3–2 game-winner on 2 October (away fixture).[3]


On 20 June 2012, Bru signed a two-year deal with two-time A-League champions Melbourne Victory FC, as Ange Postecoglou's first import signing.[4] He helped his new team to the preliminary finals in his first year by making 19 out of a possible 29 appearances, but also nearly came to blows with teammate Danny Allsopp after a training ground incident.[5]

On 8 January 2014, after spending several weeks training on his own,[6] Bru was released by the Victory.[7] After almost nine months without a club, he returned to Oliveirense and the Portuguese second division.[8]

International career[edit]

Bru represented France in almost every youth team, but never made an appearance for the senior side. In June 2009, he told Mauritian newspaper L'Express that he hoped to play one day for Mauritius, since both of his parents were born in the country;[9] this became a reality when Mauritius head coach Akbar Patel called him to the squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.[10]

Bru made his debut on 4 September 2010 in a 1–3 defeat at the hands of Cameroon, scoring the national team's goal through a penalty kick.[11] His second goal came on 5 June of the following year against DR Congo, also for the CAN qualifiers and from the penalty spot.

In August 2011, Bru was called up by Mauritius for the 2011 Indian Ocean Island Games, and played in all of the matches en route to the final, a loss to Seychelles on penalties.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mauritius' goal tally first.[13]
As of 11 October 2015
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 2010 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius  Cameroon 1–1 1–3 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 5 June 2011 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius  DR Congo 1–0 1–2 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 7 October 2015 Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius  Kenya 2–3 2–5 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Bru's younger brother, Kévin, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in the French lower leagues – with spells in the second level and in England with Ipswich Town – and also represented Mauritius internationally.[14]



  1. ^ "Bru assina por uma época" [Bru signs for one season] (in Portuguese). Record. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oliveirense-Freamunde 1–1: Caminho das igualdades" [Oliveirense-Freamunde 1–1: Path of draws] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oliveirense-Moreirense, 2–3: Bru dá vitória aos forasteiros" [Oliveirense-Moreirense, 2–3: Bru gives win to outsiders] (in Portuguese). Record. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Victory down under for Mauritius star Bru". BBC Sport. 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fighting and fit for Victory". The Age. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "A look at the Melbourne Victory squad ahead of the 2013/14 A-League season". Herald Sun. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Victory releases Bru from contract". Special Broadcasting Service. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Médio Jonathan Bru regressa à Oliveirense" [Midfielder Jonathan Bru returns to Oliveirense] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jonathan Bru, young footballer: "I dream of playing for Club M"". L'Express. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "?" [Five expatriates called] (in French). Le Mauricien. August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Eto'o lance le Cameroun" [Eto'o thrusts Cameroon] (in French). L'Équipe. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Victory sign Mauritius international Bru; The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 2012
  13. ^ "Bru, Jonathan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "FOOTBALL: La sélection sans les frères Bru" [FOOTBALL: National team without the Bru brothers] (in French). Le Mauricien. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 

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