Bruno Guimaraes is one of the brightest young talents currently playing football. He has impressed scouts from throughout the continent with his performances on the youth level. Bruno Guimaraes family is originally from Brazil and also hails from a wealthy family. Bruno was educated at the Catholic schoolboys boarding school located in Vitoria, Brazil. Bruno’s family are prominent in the Brazilian establishment and also enjoy a comfortable lifestyle due to their wealth.
1997-11-16 (24 years old)
Bruno Guimaraes started to play football aged eight and progressed through the ranks quickly, going to make three appearances for the Brazil under-20s. After making a senior international debut aged 21, Bruno made his first appearance for Brazil against Chile. He played one minute but did not receive a call up to the national side. He then signed for FC Internacional do Vitoria-Gamba in the country and impressed on both a full international and as a substitute during the Brazilian national side’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup.
Bruno has become one of the key players for Vitoria-Gamba and has built a reputation as one of the most exciting attacking players in the Brazilian club football league. Bruno started his career at Estoril Praia in the country’s top division and has spent several years playing predominantly as a right wing player. He moved to FC Barcelona in Spain and played in the center of forward, but injuries prevented him from fulfilling his potential at this club. He then joined former club Sporting Lisbon as an attacking midfielder, but again failed to feature for the Portuguese side.
Bruno has enjoyed some great spells at both club and international level, but has often struggled to break into the starting line-up at either position. He has mainly played on the wing for Vitoria-Gamba and in the middle of a central attacking role for Sporting Lisbon. Bruno made seven appearances for Portugal at the World Cup but was unable to even make the bench. This led many to believe that Bruno would be on the bench any time soon. He only made one start for the Under-20s, but impressed with his performances. He has also impressed manager Fabio Capello enough to be called upon by the Italian national team and is one of the players who has impressed the most during England’s recent pre-season training camp in the United Kingdom.
Bruno is currently enjoying a breakout season at Vitoria, although he acknowledges that he needs to improve on certain aspects of his game if he wants to stay on at the club. Bruno acknowledges that he has not developed as much as other players at the club and admits that it is an area of his game that he will have to continue to work on. He is realistic about his ability to achieve what he wants from the position and also admits that he knows he does not yet hold the same status or stature as some of the other Portuguese international players such as Rui Costa, Ante Covic and Koleijos Buzovic. Bruno has also admitted that he is not that familiar with some of the methods that England coach Capello uses, but is aware that he has a number of great players to learn from when he becomes a more experienced player at international level. Bruno would love to play for his native Portugal but believes that at this point in his career he is best playing for an English club.
Bruno Guimaraes will continue to play at the top level next season and should be considered an automatic inclusion in Portugal’s World Cup squad. He has established himself firmly at Sporting Lisbon and has impressed the coaching staff so much that he is expected to start in the centre of defence when the time arises. Bruno has impressed the national and international coaching staff enough that he is now one of their main players and is well looked after by his club. He has also impressed during his first season in the Portuguese capital and appears to be establishing himself as a key player at Sporting Lisbon.