Roberto Bonano

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Roberto Bonano
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Bonano in 1992
Personal information
Full name Roberto Oscar Bonano
Date of birth (1970-01-24) 24 January 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Rosario Central
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Rosario Central 110 (0)
1996–2001 River Plate 104 (1)
2001–2003 Barcelona 51 (0)
2003–2004 Murcia 11 (0)
2004–2008 Alavés 56 (0)
Total 332 (1)
National team
1989 Argentina U20 4 (0)
1996–2000 Argentina 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roberto Oscar Bonano (born 24 January 1970) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Already in his 30s, he moved from River Plate to Spain where he spent the remainder of his 17-year professional career in representation of three teams, mainly Alavés.

Bonano earned 13 caps for Argentina, and was part of the squad at the 2002 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Bonano represented in his native country Rosario Central and Club Atlético River Plate, winning several titles with the latter including five national championships. In 2001, at 31, he moved to FC Barcelona, initially as first-choice; he made his La Liga debut on 26 August of that year, in a 2–1 away win against Sevilla FC.[1]

After the emergence of Víctor Valdés from the Catalans' youth ranks, however, Bonano was deemed surplus to requirements[2] and signed with Real Murcia, joining Deportivo Alavés in Segunda División in the summer of 2004 after his team's relegation. With the Basques, he was instrumental in a 2005 top flight promotion but, in the following campaign, played second-fiddle to compatriot Franco Costanzo who also played with him at River,[3] as the season ended in relegation.

Bonano's last year at Alavés was highly turbulent, after being suspended by the club's elusive chairman/owner/manager Dmitry Piterman, after the latter had had a run-in with teammate Lluís Carreras.[4] He retired at the season's close, aged 38.

International[edit]

Bonano represented Argentina at various youth levels. He made his senior debut on 28 December 1996, in a 2–3 friendly loss to Yugoslavia.

Bonano was subsequently picked up for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as a backup to Pablo Cavallero and Germán Burgos,[5] and appeared in a total of 13 matches for his country.

Coaching career[edit]

From 2011 to 2013, Bonano worked as assistant manager under Eduardo Berizzo, first with Estudiantes de La Plata then O'Higgins F.C. in Chile.[6] Again in Spain, he was assistant and goalkeeper coach at Carreras' RCD Mallorca.[7]

On 6 July 2015, Bonano reunited with compatriot Berizzo, joining his staff at RC Celta de Vigo.[8] Two years later, in the same capacity and under the same coach, he signed with Sevilla FC.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rosario Central

River Plate

References[edit]

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