Technical, fast and appreciated by the Portuguese: find out more about defender Bruno Viana, new reinforcement from Coritiba

“I see myself as a technical defender, quick in coverage, I prefer to play on the right wing, but play on the left if necessary. I have a good pass and a good reading of the game”, said the defender Bruno Viana described in the presentation of Flamengoin February 2021.

The 27-year-old is the youngest signing of the Coritiba. The announcement was made this Wednesday (1st). Bruno Viana’s contract with Coxa is valid until the end of 2025. According to the Portuguese press, the club would have disbursed 1 million euros for the salary and another 500,000 euros in variables for the achievement of goals.

Bruno Viana was born in Macaé, in Rio de Janeiro, but it was in Minas Gerais that he started playing football. The player took the first steps of his career in a social project in the Botafogo district, and also passed through the PSTC base, in Londrina, before moving to the youth categories of Cruzeiro.

At Raposa he spent 10 seasons: from 2009 to 2016; from under 15 to professional. He also had a pass through the Brazilian youth team. A decade in Minas Gerais, however, which translated into only 20 official matches in the main squad. Bruno Viana got his first chance in a friendly match against Rio Branco-ES in January 2016.

Bruno Viana plays in Cruzeiro's youth team
Bruno Viana plays in Cruzeiro’s youth team| Playback/Instagram

Portuguese coaches throughout their career

With coach Deivid, he received opportunities in Primeira Liga, Campeonato Mineiro and Copa do Brasil matches. But it was with Portuguese manager Paulo Bento that Cruzeiro took the titlewith veterans Dedé and Manoel injured.

“He played a lot with Paulo Bento, but it was a short pass from the coach and very contested. The team played with a very high defensive line and conceded many goals. When Paulo Bento left, Bruno lost space. The Mano Menezes was the next coach,” the journalist recalled Eduardo Panzifrom Radio Itatiaia.

“Bruno Viana’s career at Cruzeiro was quick, he was soon sold to Olympiacos, who happened to be coached by Paulo Bento. He had the potential to play more for Cruzeiro, but I think he was hampered by defensive inconsistency of the team in which he was in charge of. of the Portuguese” added Panzi.

On the recommendation of Paulo Bento, Viana agreed with Olympiacos, from Greece, who paid 2 million euros (about R $ 7.2 million at the time) for the athlete. In the Greek team he played 23 matches and scored one goal, winning the Greek Super League for the 2016/2017 season.

He went to Braga from Portugal the following season. Highlights, Viana played 35 matches, with five goals and one assist, and was permanently acquired by the Portuguese club. There were three seasons in a good phase, two of them under the command of Abel Ferreira, now manager of Palmeiras, and the second Portuguese to bet on his football. He also played regularly under coach Rúben Amorim in 2019/2020. With the two coaches, the teams played with three defenders.

Bruno Viana celebrates a goal for Braga, Portugal
Bruno Viana celebrates a goal for Braga, Portugal| Disclosure/Braga

Off with Carlos Carvalhal

The coexistence with the Portuguese Carlos Carvalhal, however, was different. Bruno Viana lost space in the first team and was “relegated” to Serie B due to “lack of aptitude” and lack of motivation, according to the Portuguese press at the time.

“The door is closed and will not be missed. All it takes is who is there. The board is taking care of it and the player is about to be placed [transferência]. His future does not pass through Braga,’ criticized Carvalhal of the defender.

Despite being off the field, Bruno Viana had good numbers for the club: 150 games, with eight goals and four assists.

“Bruno Viana established himself at a young age in Braga, where he arrived in 2017. He played 150 games in three and a half seasons at the club. It was a bet from Abel Ferreira, when he was in charge of the team, and after Rúben Amorim ( now coach of Sporting).With the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal (in 2020) he stopped being a starter, lost space and ended up on loan at Flamengo” he said Sergio Pireswebsite reporter More footballfrom Portugal.

Old desire of Flamengo, with indication of Jorge Jesus

After the controversy in 2021, he was presented as a reinforcement of Flamengo. But the desire to have it in pink has arrived since 2019, at the suggestion of another Portuguese: the coach Jorge Jesus. At the time, the deal did not go ahead for financial reasons.

Rising that season, the defender was considered expensive – having received surveys from big European clubs – a situation that changed years later. For Flamengo, Bruno Viana did not shine, he was criticized by the Rossoneri fans and played 38 games, scoring one goal. He won the Carioca and the Brazilian Super Cup.

How do you get to Coritiba?

  • Defender scores goal for Wuhan, China
  • Bruno Viana was introduced by Khimki, Russia, but only played two games

Last year Viana played two games for Khimki before the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine. And he returned to play three months later for Wuhan, a club in the Chinese city where the Covid-19 pandemic began. For the Asian team he made 22 games, with four goals and one assist.

The player will have to readjust to Brazilian football, but stands out for his strong aerial play and quality of play. It is adapted to a high defensive line, characteristic of the game of coach António Oliveira, another Portuguese who will be in his way.

Among other things, Oliveira would have been enthusiastic about the signing of Viana, who manages to win the title in defense of the black and white team. Of negative points, there are some childish passing errors and carelessness in the moments of the game.

“I think Braga has finally found a solution with this departure for Coritiba. At another stage, they could have sold him for a much higher amount, but that moment has passed. At that moment he was a player that coach Artur Jorge was not counting on, but who has value. In fact, for three seasons he was considered an important player: a defender with anticipatory power, strong in marking and with leadership” summed up the journalist Sérgio Pires.

Data sheet

Name and surname: Bruno Viana Willemen da Silva
Birth: 02/05/1995 (Macae-RJ)
Position: defender
Height: 1.87m
Career: Cruzeiro, Olympiacos-GRE, Braga-POR, Flamengo, Khimki-RUS and Wuhan Yangtze River-CHI.

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