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Pasquale Bruno

Personal information
Date of birth19 June 1962(age 54)
Place of birthLecce, Italy
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11.3 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Pasquale Bruno (born 19 June 1962 in Lecce) is a former Italian footballer who played as a defender for a number of clubs in his homeland, Heart of Midlothian, in Scotland and, Wigan Athletic, in England. He is currently a football analyst for Italian television.

Bruno, controversially named the animal was famed for his commitment, aggression and occasional outrageous outbursts on the pitch, started his career with his home-town side U.S. Lecce in 1979. The defender moved north to Como in 1983 and then four years later joined Juventus. While with the Bianconeri he won a UEFA Cup medal, Juventus defeating Fiorentina in the 1989-90 Final, and a Coppa Italia winners medal the same season.

In 1990 Bruno joined Juve's fierce rivals Torino, where he added a further Coppa Italia medal in 1992-93. The previous season he had played in his second UEFA Cup final, although on this occasion he tasted defeat as Ajax Amsterdam defeated Torino on the "away goals" rule. He joined Fiorentina for the 1993-94 season, helping them win the Serie B title but stayed in Serie B the following year, as a result of a transfer back to Lecce.

Bruno left Italy in the summer of 1995, eventually joining Scottish side Hearts in November.

He spent two seasons with Edinburgh club, helping them to reach the 1996 Scottish Cup Final and the 1996-97 Scottish League Cup final. He left for Wigan in 1997 but only played 45 minutes for the Lancashire side before retiring to his native land.

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