Omar Bravo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bravo and the second or maternal family name is Tordecillas.
Omar Bravo
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Bravo while playing for Cruz Azul
Personal information
Full name Omar Bravo Tordecillas
Date of birth (1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Los Mochis, Mexico
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Guadalajara
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Guadalajara 258 (101)
2008–2009 Deportivo La Coruña 9 (3)
2009 UANL (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010 Guadalajara 32 (5)
2011 Sporting Kansas City 28 (9)
2011 Guadalajara (loan) 9 (2)
2012–2013 Cruz Azul 36 (6)
2013 Atlas (loan) 33 (13)
2014– Guadalajara 49 (13)
National team
2004 Mexico Olympic 3 (2)
2002–2013 Mexico 65 (15)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 April 2013

Omar Bravo Tordecillas (born 4 March 1980 in Los Mochis) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a striker for Guadalajara in the Liga MX.

Club career[edit]

Club Deportivo Guadalajara[edit]

Bravo was brought to the Guadalajara youth system by Jose Luis Real. He made his debut with the senior team on 17 February 2001 against Tigres UANL in a 0–0 draw. After playing as a substitute in his first three seasons, Bravo became a regular starter for the team during the 2002 Apertura, playing 15 games and scoring 6 goals.

In 2006, Bravo participated in a successful season for Club Deportivo Guadalajara, helping the team win the Apertura championship title, as well as achieving first place for the top goal scorer in the Mexico First Division and registering 11 goals for the tournament.

In 2007, Bravo displayed skills at the Clausura division, winning the golden boot for most goals in the league with 11 goals in 17 matches. Club Deportivo Guadalajara becoming champion in the Apertura 2006 made them eligible to participate in the Champions Cup. Bravo scored in his first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup against W Connection F.C. as well as in the first match of the semifinals against DC United. In the final, on 8 April 2007, he helped Club Deportivo Guadalajara to a 2–2 draw against CF Pachuca at the CONCACAF Champions' Cup Final, scoring 2 Goals in the first match.

Omar Bravo scored his 100th goal on 26 April 2008 in a 4–0 victory over Puebla F.C.. Bravo became the 2nd player in Club Deportivo Guadalajara history to reach 100 goals, only behind Salvador Reyes, who has 122 goals. He played his last match of his first stint in C.D. Guadalajara by scoring his 101st goal against C.F. Monterrey in the quarter-finals, which they tied 4–4, losing 8–5 on aggregate.

Deportivo de La Coruña[edit]

Omar Bravo playing for Deportivo la Coruña

On 22 May 2008, Deportivo de La Coruña announced an agreement between the club and Omar Bravo for the next three years. Omar Bravo left Guadalajara as a free agent. Bravo became the second Mexican on Deportivo's squad at that time, after Andrés Guardado. Omar Bravo made his debut on 31 August 2008 in a 2–1 victory over Real Madrid. On 8 December 2008 he scored his first league goal against Málaga in a 2–0 victory. With only nine league appearances (only two of them as a starter), it was evident that his stint at the Spanish club wasn't as successful as expected.

Loan to Tigres UANL[edit]

On 5 March 2009, he was loaned out to Mexico side Tigres UANL for the remainder of the Clausura 2009 season. However, he had a bad season, as he did not have much playing time due to the inactivity in Spain. He made 6 appearances and made 2 goals.

Return to Club Deportivo Guadalajara[edit]

After his stint with Deportivo and the loan at Tigres UANL, Omar returned to the Chivas where he signed a 1 year contract with the club and appeared in 32 games, as well as scoring 5 goals. Later on, he would be again loaned by the Chivas to Sporting Kansas City, to play some League games where he scored two goals, and the Copa Santander Libertadores where Chivas became Runner Up in the tournament.

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

On 8 August 2010, it was announced that Bravo was signed by Sporting Kansas City as the squad's first designated player since Claudio López, beginning in 2011.[1]

Upon arrival in Kansas City, Bravo mentioned that he was very happy to join the team and that he believed the level of play in the MLS is among the best in the world. In his debut for the club against Chivas USA, Bravo showed off his skilled form, and managed to score 2 goals for his new club. Omar Bravo scored 9 goals for Sporting getting Latino of the year.[2]

Cruz Azul[edit]

On 12 December 2011 it was announced that Bravo wouldn't be returning to Kansas City in 2012, and would instead be signing with Cruz Azul in his native Mexico.[3] Bravo scored a brace against San Luis F.C. in a 3-1 home win. Cruz Azul later transferred Omar Bravo to Club Atlas on a loan after underperforming with them. Later, he himself revealed that he felt he failed with the team.[4]

Loan to Atlas[edit]

Bravo joined Club Atlas of Guadalajara on loan before the Clausura 2013. He proved effect by scoring 7 times during his stint.

Return to Guadalajara[edit]

Bravo returned to C.D. Guadalajara after Cruz Azul agreed to sell him after his loan deal expired. He scored on his return debut against Santos Laguna.

International career[edit]

Bravo has played for various levels of the Mexico youth national system and in several amateur tournaments including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He has accumulated 71 caps and has scored 15 goals for the senior Mexico national team.

On 11 June 2006, playing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Bravo scored two goals on Mexico's 3–1 victory over Iran and was named the Man of the Match.[1]. Two matches later, he missed a penalty against Portugal in a 2–1 loss for Mexico, and did not play in the game against Argentina.

In 2007, Bravo was selected by former coach Hugo Sánchez to represent his country to play in a series of friendly international matches and to take part in Gold Cup 2007 and 2007 Copa América, where he scored three goals.

Bravo also played in World Cup Qualifiers and in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was recalled to the national team in March 2013.

Statistics[edit]

As of August 17, 2012

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200001 Guadalajara Primera División 3 0 3 0
200102 33 2 33 2
200203 41 18 41 18
200304 40 14 3 2 43 16
200405 32 18 2 0 10 6 44 24
200506 28 9 7 3 9 3 44 15
200607 43 22 0 0 6 4 49 28
200708 38 18 0 0 6 0 38 18
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2008–09 Deportivo La Coruña La Liga 9 1 3 2 8 0 20 3
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200809 UANL Primera División 6 2 0 0 6 0
2009–10 Guadalajara 32 5 8 5 40 10
2010–11 9 2 9 2
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2011 Sporting Kansas City MLS 28 9 2 0 0 0 30 9
Total Mexico 305 108 12 5 14 9 331 122
Spain 9 1 3 2 8 0 20 3
USA 28 9 2 0 0 0 30 9
Career total 342 118 17 7 22 9 381 143

International goals[edit]

[5]

International[edit]

As of 27 June 2010

National team Season Apps Goals
Mexico 2002–03 7 1
2003–04 5 2
2004–05 7 1
2005–06 15 5
2006–07 14 4
2007–08 1 0
2008–09 13 2
2009–10 0 0
2010–11 0 0
2011–12 0 0
2012–13 2 0
Total 64 15

Honors[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Mexico national team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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