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Raúl Bravo

Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 17.39CET
Olympiacos FC
Published: Friday 1 January 2010, 17.39CET

Raúl Bravo

Olympiacos FC

An experienced former Real Madrid CF and Spanish international defender, Raúl Bravo is equally comfortable performing at left-back or centre-back. He joined Olympiacos FC from Madrid in 2007 but returned to Spain for a brief loan spell at CD Numancia before establishing himself with the Greek champions in 2009/10.

• Joined the Madrid academy aged 16 and worked his way up through various youth and nursery teams until he made his top-flight debut against Athletic Club on 6 October 2001.

• An intermittent member of the Madrid side that won the UEFA Champions League in 2001/02.

• Kept out of starting XI by Roberto Carlos, he was sent on loan to Leeds United AFC in January 2003 but made only five Premier League appearances.

• Revived career as central defender at Madrid under coach Carlos Queiroz in 2003/04 and also became a prominent member of Iñaki Sáez's Spain team for UEFA EURO 2004, both in qualifying and at the finals in Portugal, where he started all three matches; received no further caps thereafter.

• Ended Madrid career with 77 Liga appearances and four goals, joining Olympiacos on four-year contract; loaned to Numancia but career in Greece rekindled by both Bozidar Bandovic and Zico, who fielded him from start to finish in all six 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group games.

Did you know?
Raúl Bravo won two Spanish titles with Madrid, under Vicente del Bosque in 2002/03 and Fabio Capello in 2006/07, but started only four matches in the two campaigns combined.

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