Bruno Soriano Llido (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾuno soˈɾjano ˈʎiðo]; born 12 June 1984), known simply as Bruno, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for and captains Villarreal CF as a defensive midfielder.
Bruno with Villarreal in 2015
|Full name||Bruno Soriano Llido|
|Date of birth||12 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Artana, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:28, 9 June 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2016
He spent his entire career with Villarreal since making his first appearance with the first team in 2006, and played over 400 official games for them.
Born in Artana, Castellón, Valencian Community, Bruno was a product of Villarreal CF's youth system. He made his debut for the first team on 15 July 2006 in a 1–2 home loss to NK Maribor for the UEFA Intertoto Cup and, on 1 October, his La Liga bow in a 2–1 away win against RCD Mallorca; his first appearances as a senior were made with the reserve side, which operated in Tercera División.
Bruno made a permanent switch to the main squad in 2007–08, and was a regular fixture in the side's callups throughout the season, though not an undisputed starter. On 14 November 2007 he scored his first professional goal, in a 4–2 win at UD Las Palmas for the Copa del Rey; he had the same status in the following year as the Yellow Submarine qualified for the UEFA Europa League, in fifth place.
In 2009–10, Bruno became an automatic first-choice for Villarreal, finally winning the battle for starting duties over Uruguayan Sebastián Eguren. He only missed one game in 38 in the following campaign, with the club finishing fourth and returning to the UEFA Champions League.
In the 2012 off-season, shortly after suffering relegation, Bruno received a €9 million offer from neighbouring Valencia CF, which he rejected in order to stay and help achieve promotion, also signing a new four-year contract until 2020. In 2013–14, with Villarreal back in the top flight, he scored a career-best six goals – three through penalty kicks – to help his team finish in sixth position and qualify to the Europa League.
On 31 December 2015, Bruno netted through a superbly taken free kick to help defeat Valencia 1–0 at the Estadio El Madrigal. The following matchday, he scored both of his team's goals in 2–1 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña, the second coming through an injury-time penalty.
On 5 August 2010, Vicente del Bosque named Bruno as one of the three new players for the Spanish team after the victorious FIFA World Cup in South Africa, for a friendly with Mexico. He made his debut on the 11th, playing 61 minutes in the 1–1 draw in Mexico City.
On 17 May 2016, Bruno was named in a provisional squad of 25 for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, and also made the final list. He made his debut in the competition on 17 June at the age of 32, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute for David Silva in a 3–0 group stage win against Turkey at the Allianz Riviera.
- As of 9 June 2018
- As of 21 June 2016
- "El Villarreal pierde contra el Maribor y se complica en Europa" [Villarreal lose against Maribor and are in European hot waters]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 July 2006. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- García, Gregorio (1 October 2006). "Forlán hace que el Villarreal olvide la crisis" [Forlán makes Villarreal forget about crisis]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Zaragoza beaten by lowly Pontevedra in Copa". ESPN FC. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- Andrés, A. (6 August 2008). "Bruno, listo para ser el 'comodín' de Pellegrini" [Bruno, ready to be Pellegrini's 'joker']. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Ballester, Nacho (17 July 2012). "El Villarreal rechaza 9 'kilos' del Valencia por Bruno Soriano" [Villarreal reject 9 'kilos' from Valencia for Bruno Soriano] (in Spanish). Deporte Valenciano. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Bruno Soriano, hasta 2020" [Bruno Soriano, until 2020]. Super Deporte (in Spanish). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Villarreal 1–0 Valencia". BBC Sport. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Chova, Edu (3 January 2016). "Bruno, principio y fin en el Villarreal" [Bruno, beginning and end in Villarreal]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Bruno, sin fecha de regreso" [Bruno, no return date] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- Pérez, Javier (2 January 2019). "La orfandad del Villarreal sin Bruno y Rodri" [Villarreal lacking without Bruno and Rodri]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 February 2019.
- "Bruno: "Esto es lo máximo"" [Bruno: "It does not get any better than this"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
- "Crónica del México-España, 1–1" [Mexico-Spain match report, 1–1] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
- "Euro 2016: Diego Costa, Juan Mata & Fernando Torres not in Spain squad". BBC Sport. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- Martín, Luis (31 May 2016). "Isco y Saúl fuera de la lista de Del Bosque para la Eurocopa 2016" [Isco and Saúl out of Del Bosque's list for 2016 European Championship]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Spain cruise past Turkey to advance to knockout stage". ESPN FC. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Bruno". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Bruno Soriano". European Football. Retrieved 2 January 2016.