Roberto Bonano

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Roberto Bonano
Personal information
Full name Roberto Oscar Bonano
Date of birth (1970-01-24) 24 January 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position 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 30's, he moved from River Plate to Spain, where he played the remainder of his 17-year professional career, representing three teams, mainly Alavés.

Bonano appeared with Argentina at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career[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, Bonano was deemed surplus to requirements and signed with Real Murcia, joining Deportivo Alavés in Segunda División in the 2004 summer 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, 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.[2] He retired at the season's close, aged 38.

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.[3] Again in Spain, he was assistant and goalkeeper coach at Carreras' RCD Mallorca.[4]

On 6 July 2015, Bonano reunited with compatriot Berizzo, joining his staff at Celta de Vigo.[5]

International career[edit]

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

Bonano was subsequently picked up for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as a backup, and collected 13 full caps in total.


Season Club Title
1995 Argentina Rosario Central Copa CONMEBOL
1996 Argentina River Plate Copa Libertadores
Apertura 1996 Argentina River Plate Argentine Primera División
1997 Argentina River Plate Supercopa Sudamericana
Clausura 1997 Argentina River Plate Argentine Primera División
Apertura 1997 Argentina River Plate Argentine Primera División
Apertura 1999 Argentina River Plate Argentine Primera División
Clausura 2000 Argentina River Plate Argentine Primera División


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