Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾajan ˈrwis]; born 18 August 1985) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Brazilian club Santos and captains the Costa Rica national team. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he can also play as a second striker.
|Full name||Bryan Jafet Ruiz González|
|Date of birth||18 August 1985|
|Place of birth||San José, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2014||→ PSV Eindhoven (loan)||14||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2019
Ruiz began his professional career at 18, making his debut for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense on 30 November 2003 against Municipal Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica's top division. He formed a trio with 2 strikers, Rolando Fonseca and Froylán Ledezma, where he built a reputation as a goalscorer and a play maker.
Ruiz scored his first goal on 23 December 2003 against Ramonense, netting twice against Fernando Patterson. In Alajuelense, he was nicknamed La Comadreja (The Weasel), for his facial profile. He was on the team when it won regional titles such as the UNCAF Cup and the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
In the summer of 2006, Ruiz was signed by Gent in a four-year deal along with Randall Azofeifa from Deportivo Saprissa and Roy Myrie from Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. He scored his first hat-trick playing on 8 December 2007 against Lokeren. In that season in the Belgian League, he was the captain and top scorer for the team.
On 15 July 2009, the Dutch club FC Twente announced that they had signed Ruiz for a fee of around € 5 million, and agreed to receive a percentage of a subsequent transfer. He signed a four-year deal with the Eredivisie side.
Ruiz made his debut for the new club by scoring the second goal of the match, with an assist from another newcomer, Miroslav Stoch, in an away defeat of Sparta Rotterdam. His goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2009 marked the 10th consecutive match in which he had scored. On 27 March 2010, Ruiz made one of the quickest hat tricks ever against Sparta, with goals in the 46th, 49th and 50th minutes.
On 2 May 2010, FC Twente were crowned champions of Eredivisie for the first time in their history, with a 2–0 win at NAC Breda; Ruiz scored the first goal of the match during the 23rd minute of play. He finished the season as top scorer for Twente with 24 goals in Eredivisie play.
In August 2011, Ruiz was being watched by scouts from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, however on 18 August 2011 Ruiz claimed that Fulham was in talks with him. He stated to a local source "Fulham is a serious option for me. "That is also a Premier League side and it is a fantastic league. "Fulham already contacted my agent. If Fulham does become serious, we will definitely talk."
On 31 August 2011, the last day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Fulham announced signing Ruiz for an undisclosed fee. His début was on Sunday, 11 September 2011 at home to Blackburn Rovers and he scored his first goal for Fulham in a 3–1 home defeat against Everton on 23 October 2011.
In the fixture against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on 7 April 2012, Ruiz broke a bone in his foot, leading to a stretcher taking him off and him needing an operation, which sidelined him for 10 weeks.
On 18 August 2012, Ruiz started Fulham's first Premier League game of the season, a 5–0 win against Norwich and assisted Mladen Petrić in scoring his second goal in his debut match. He finished the 2012–13 season making 31 first-team appearances and scoring five goals.
PSV Eindhoven (loan)Edit
On 1 October 2015, Ruiz scored his first goal for Sporting against Beşiktaş in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. His first goal in the Primeira Liga came in a 3–0 Lisbon derby defeat of Benfica at the Estádio da Luz on 25 October. In another derby, on 5 March 2016, he missed an open goal against Benfica, who eventually won the match 1–0 at Estádio José Alvalade, knocking out Sporting to second place in the league.
On 11 July 2018, free agent Ruiz signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Santos FC. He made his debut for the club on 8 August, replacing Diego Pituca at half-time in a 1–1 away draw against Ceará.
Ruiz scored six times during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Costa Rica was knocked out by Uruguay in the intercontinental play-off. In the 2014 qualifiers, he scored three goals to lead the team to the tournament finals in Brazil.
In June 2014, Ruiz was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's opening match, he captained Los Ticos to a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay in Fortaleza. On 20 June, Ruiz scored the only goal as Costa Rica upset four-time champion Italy 1–0 to qualify for the round of 16, where he again scored his team's goal as they drew 1–1 with Greece. Ruiz later successfully converted his kick as Costa Rica prevailed 5–3 in the penalty shootout. At the quarter-final stage, Ruiz was one of two Costa Ricans to have their kicks saved by Tim Krul in a 4–3 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands.
In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In the last group stage match against Switzerland, he scored a last minute equalizing goal from a penalty spot in 2–2 draw, however, the goal was credited as an own goal by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
- As of 16 November 2018
|Gent||2006–07||Belgian First Division||16||3||2||0||—||1[c]||0||—||19||3|
|PSV Eindhoven (loan)||2013–14||Eredivisie||14||5||—||—||—||—||14||5|
|Sporting CP||2015–16||Primeira Liga||34||8||2||1||1||1||8[i]||3||1[j]||0||46||13|
- Six appearances and four goals in UNCAF Interclub Cup, four appearances and one goal in CONCACAF Champions Cup
- Seven appearances and six goals in UNCAF Interclub Cup, four appearances in CONCACAF Champions Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, ten appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
- Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in Johan Cruyff Shield
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- As of 29 June 2019
|1.||16 July 2005||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States||Honduras||2–3||2–3||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||24 March 2007||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||New Zealand||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|3.||2 June 2007||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Chile||2–0||2–0|
|4.||21 June 2008||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Grenada||2–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||6 September 2008||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Suriname||7–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||10 September 2008||Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti||Haiti||1–0||3–2|
|8.||14 October 2009||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, United States||United States||1–0||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||6 February 2013||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||2–2||2–2|
|11.||18 June 2013||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Panama||2–0||2–0|
|12.||15 October 2013||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Mexico||1–0||2–1|
|13.||2 June 2014||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Japan||1–0||1–3||Friendly|
|14.||20 June 2014||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Italy||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|15.||29 June 2014||Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Greece||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||13 September 2014||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles United States||Guatemala||1–1||2–1||2014 Copa Centroamericana|
|17.||13 November 2014||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||2–1||3–3||Friendly|
|18.||11 July 2015||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||El Salvador||1–0||1–1||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|19.||8 September 2015||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Uruguay||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|20.||17 November 2015||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21.||29 March 2016||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Jamaica||2–0||3–0|
|22.||9 October 2016||Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia||Russia||2–0||4–3||Friendly|
|23.||13 June 2017||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||11 June 2018||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||1–4||Friendly|
|25.||11 October 2018||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico||Mexico||2–1||2–3|
|26.||29 June 2019||NRG Stadium, Houston, United States||Mexico||1–1||1–1||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
Bryan has two brothers; one of them, Yendrick, is also a football player. Both Bryan and Yendrick were teammates in Alajuelense for a period of two weeks before Bryan signed for Gent. It was not until 14 August 2013, when both played together for the first time, in a friendly that Costa Rica played against Dominican Republic.
Bryan worked as a columnist for Costa Rican sports newspaper Al Día from 2011 until the journal ceasing in 2014.
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 24 June 2018. p. 6.
- Vida de Bryan Ruiz (Profile) Archived 2 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine – Nación (in Spanish)
- http://everardoherrera.com/default.asp?s=nv&n=131-Campeón_holandés_AZ_Alkmaar_también_quiere_a_Ruíz[permanent dead link]
- "Bryan Ruiz signs for FC Twente". FC Twente. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- VI – Sparta Rotterdam – Fc Twente (01-08-2009) Archived 10 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "VI – Bryan Ruiz Gonzales". Vi.nl.
- "FC Twente na rust langs NAC Breda". NOS. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- According to some sources this was Jan Seelen (Ajax) who made the hat trick within 2 minutes against SHS (2–9) (1958/1959).
- "Bryan Ruiz hat-trick keeps Twente on course for title". 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "Ruiz Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Fulham 1–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Fulham 1–3 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- "Bryan Ruiz profile". Fulham F.C. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz has surgery on broken foot". BBC Sport. 10 April 2012.
- "Fulham 5–0 Norwich". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012.
- "Bryan Ruiz". Soccerbase. 19 May 2013.
- "Bryan Ruiz: Fulham forward joins PSV Eindhoven on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Eredivisie: PSV climb to fifth with victory over Heracles Almelo".
- "Bryan Ruiz: Sporting Lisbon sign Fulham forward on three-year deal". BBC Sport. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- "Sporting bate Benfica e entra a ganhar na nova época". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 9 August 2015.
- "Bryan Ruiz anota primer gol con el Sporting Lisboa". CR Hoy (in Spanish). 1 October 2015.
- "Benfica 0–3 Sporting". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 25 October 2015.
- "Ruiz misses open goal as Benfica beat Sporting to go top". Reuters. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
- "Costa Rica captain Ruiz leaves troubled Sporting for Santos". The Star. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- "Bryan RUIZ". FIFA. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica". BBC. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Italy 0–1 Costa Rica". BBC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Costa Rica 1–1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Netherlands 0–0 Costa Rica". FIFA. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Estadísticas" [Stats] (in Spanish). Bryan Ruiz. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- Bryan Ruiz at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Games played by Bryan Ruiz in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Games played by Bryan Ruiz in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Games played by Bryan Ruiz in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Games played by Bryan Ruiz in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Bryan Ruiz". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
- "Bryan Ruiz and Alex Morgan Named 2016 CONCACAF Players of the Year". CONCACAF. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Navas, Wambach named 2014 CONCACAF Players of the Year". concacaf.com. 23 December 2014. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Javier Hernandez and Carli Lloyd Named 2015 CONCACAF Players of the Year". CONCACAF.com. 22 January 2016.
- "2017 CONCACAF Award Winners Announced". CONCACAF. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Goldberg, David (13 August 2013). "Bryan Ruiz y Yendrick Ruiz al fin cumplen su sueño de niños: jugar juntos". La Nación. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- "Dominican Republic vs. Costa Rica 0–4". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- Ruiz, Bryan (11 October 2014). "Un libro de vivencias y puntos de vista". Al Día. Grupo Nación. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.