Bruno Fernandes Biography
Bruno Fernandes is a Portuguese footballer, born on 8th September 1994 in Maia. Primarily, Bruno plays as a central midfielder for his present club, Sporting CP but has also been deployed as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder. Bruno Fernandes prefers his right foot to his left.
Bruno Fernandes played most of his youth football at the different levels of local club, Boavista. On 27th August 2012, Bruno would move to Serie B club, Novara where he would establish his name as one of the emerging players of the league. He helped the Italian side finish 5th in the league and earn a promotion playoff.
In the summer of 2013, Serie A club Udinese came calling with a €2.5 million offer and Bruno moved to the Black and Whites. Although Bruno had to wait for eleven games to make his debut, he scored his first goal for his new club against Napoli.
Bruno Fernandes was called up to the Portuguese squad for the first time in 2017 when he replaced an injured Pizzi for a couple of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Faroe Islands and Hungary. However, he did not make his debut.
He made his debut in an international friendly against Saudi Arabia later in the same year when he replaced Manuel Fernandes from the bench.
Bruno made his first start for Portugal against USA in another international friendly, a few days later.
Rise to Glory
Bruno started further establishing himself at Udinese. He scored against Napoli in the return leg as well. In his three seasons at Udinese, Bruno would score 11 goals in 66 appearances.
Bruno’s club Udinese finished 17th in the 2015-16 season in the midst of three managerial changes. Luigi Delneri arrived at the helms of the club at the start of the 2016-17 campaign and Bruno did not find any favours with the new manager. He was loaned out to fellow Serie A club Sampdoria with an option to make the signing permanent.
Bruno would appear 33 times in the Serie A for Sampdoria and managed to score five goals. He scored his first goal in a 1-2 loss to Cagliari. His performances helped Sampdoria finish an impressive 10th, higher than his parent club.
Bruno would return to Portugal at the start of the 2017-18 season in a high profile move to Sporting CP. He scored four goals in his first five appearances in the Primeira Liga. He would go on to score eight goals in 23 appearances till date.
Bruno was continuously overlooked for the national side when he was playing his club football away from Portugal. Inspite of the Portuguese side having a number of midfield problems, his mentionable performances in Italy were ignored.
Bruno started his professional football career with Novara. After scoring four goals and contributing two assists in 21 games for Novara, he moved to Udinese. He spent three seasons at Udinese before moving to Sampdoria on loan. At the start of the 2017-18 season, Sporting CP paid €8.5 million plus €500,000 in add-ons to secure his services. Sampdoria also negotiated a 10% sell-on fee and Sporting CP inserted a €100 million release clause into the new long-term contract of Bruno Fernandes.