Profiles - Bruno Gama

BRUNO ALEXANDRE VILELA GAMA
Squad number 12/13:  16
Date of Birth: November 15th 1987
City of Birth: Vila Verde (Braga), Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese (international with the U17 & U20 squad)
Contract: 2011 - 2015
Transfer: €250,000 (2011, from Rio Ave)
Career: Deportivo (2011-now), Rio Ave (2009-2011), Vitória Setúbal (loan, 2007-2009), Braga (loan, 2006-2007), Porto (2005-2006), Porto B (2004-2005), Braga (2003-2004).
Buy-out Clause: ?
Height: 17 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Position: Midfielder (right/centre/left)


BRUNO GAMA is one of those talents that have been lucky enough to make an early debut in football, but that already played for several teams in their short career; he was the youngest player that has debuted at the Portuguese first division and his arrival to Deportivo was completed in a matter of hours. He didn’t succeed at Porto, and now wants to prove his skills in Spain; he was the best signing of Deportivo for the season 2011/12 and now targets to succeed at Liga BBVA.

In recent decades Portugal has been producing skillful wingers that can also perform at other positions, names like Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma are well-known stars in the world of football, and now Bruno Gama is one of the members of the new generation that aspire to continue with this tendency. He started playing at the youth teams of Sporting Clube de Portugal and became famous at the age of 16 as he was the youngest player to have debuted at the Primeira Liga (Portugal’s first division). At the time he was described as a multifunctional right-footed player that can perform at both wings and also at the playmaking function, his main virtues are his velocity and his skills with the ball.

Bruno made his official debut on April 10th, 2004 during the 2-2 draw at União de Leiria, he just played for a few minutes, but it was enough to convince FC Porto, side that paid €750,000 for him after the winger didn’t want to renew his contract with Sporting. Before his signing for Porto, Gama took part of the Portuguese team that clinched the title in the 2003 UEFA European U-17 Championship. He was a substitute at the beginning of the tournament, but later gained a place at the starting team scoring one goal in the 2-0 win over Hungary, though he also missed a penalty in the shootout against England (semifinals).

At Porto he was performing at the B team and was the main sensation at the squad, while he became the captain of Portugal’s U-18 squad conquering the Meridian Cup, but his young age became a factor against his ascending career, because the lack of discipline obstructed his growing process at Porto, in the end he only played once with the fist team and begun a period of loan spells at Braga and Vitória Setúbal. The best thing he made during these years was to score a goal in the UEFA Cup 4–0 home win of Braga over FC Slovan Liberec (season 2006/07). At least Gama continued progressing with Portugal’s youth team as he took part of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup played in Canada. Portugal didn’t have a good performance there, but Bruno scored two goals in Portugal's lonely win in the tournament –2–0 against New Zealand- This before suffering a toe injury.

But Porto was no longer impressed with Bruno Gama, after two years loaned at Vitória Setúbal he was released early on the summer transfer window ahead of the season 2009/10. His destiny was Rio Ave FC, which is a modest club trying to survive at the Primeira Liga. His brother Augusto Gama was the second coach of that team. The true is that it was a good move for the player, because he gained the regularity that any young promise needs in order to grow up; for the season 2009/10 he played 30 Primeira matches (2,573 minutes) scoring three goals, one year later he took part of 29 Primeira games (2,173 minutes), this time scoring twice. Then his agent, Jorge Mendes, started to offer the player in Spain; he was close to be transferred to Real Zaragoza, but ended at Deportivo as new coach José Luis Oltra was targeting a multifunctional player that can perform in attack.

What called the attention in his signing was the quickness in the operation; the player was never linked with the club until Depor Sport announced his arrival on the issue of July 27, then a few hours later, the winger was passing the medicals and was presented on that same day. The amount of the operation wasn’t revealed, but president Lendoiro confirmed that Depor pay a fee for his services and that the player was signing a four-year deal. Later the media in Portugal reported that Depor was paying €250,000 for the 50% of the rights over the player. In this way it is the first normal transfer made by Deportivo since the €2.5 million operation for Colotto in 2008. During his presentation, the Portuguese was explaining why he chose Depor, It was the project that put more interest in my signing. It is a team with great history and with very good players. I am arriving in order to help Deportivo to achieve its goal; I am willing and ready to win the games.”

And Bruno was without doubt the best signing of the season 2011/12, though the Portuguese man had problems at the beginning. He left a positive impression during the pre-season scoring goals and providing assists, but sustained a groin injury during the Teresa Herrera match against Sevilla CF (August 14), just when the Blanquiazul outfit was going to debut at Segunda División. The winger spent three months on the sidelines, only to return and shine as Depor began the ascension to the top of the standings.

After struggling to recover he finally debuted in liga on November 7 replacing Guardado for the final five minutes in the visit to Real Murcia (matchday 12). At the beginning he was out of shape, but with the passage of the time he demonstrated his great skills: ability to release successful crosses, individual skills for one-on-one plays, combinative game by the centre and capacity to score goals. His first official goal at Depor came on February 12 as Depor trashed Hercules CF on the road (4-1, matchday 24). At the time he expressed his happiness for ending with the anxiety to meet the goal, ”Yes. Now, I’ve been fortunate enough to have scored and especially I´ve been able to help the team to win the games, which is the most important thing and I'm really happy. In the last games I felt very good. Not a matter of whether or not I have improved physically, I'm just more confident as the days pass. The injuries that prevented me from starting the games at the beginning of the season are now forgotten.”

He later earned the spot at the right wing of Oltra and his entry into the starting eleven coincided with the best moment of Deportivo in the league, which included the historic rally of nine straight victories. In the end the Portuguese winger scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 29 liga matches; the topping was his great goal against CD Guadalajara (matchday 28, March 10); he was the most in-form player in the last stretch of the season; besides he was named the RCDLC.com best signing of the season and, definitely, after the exit of Guardado, he’s the man to watch ahead of next season at Primera.


NUMBERS AT DEPORTIVO

LIGA

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

assists

2011-2012

29

26

2,153

6

0

8

8

Totals

29

26

2,153

6

0

8

8


COPA

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

assists

2011-2012

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

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