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Player Profile: Bruno Berner

Full Name: Bruno Berner
Date of Birth: 21st November 1977
Nationality: Swiss
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 25
Internationals: Capped at Full level for Switzerland
Signed: January 2007
Previous Clubs: Grasshoppers (Switzerland), Real Oviedo (Spain), Freiburg (Germany) & Basle (Switzerland)

Swiss born Bruno Berner started his career in his native Switzerland but has a vast experience of football around Europe, both at club and International level.

Berner came through the youth system with Grasshoppers, signing professionally with the Swiss outfit in 1997. During a five-year stint (which also included an unsuccessful loan spell to Spanish side Real Oviedo, which only saw him play one game, he did however score) he became a regular.

The summer of 2002 saw Berner make the short switch into German football with Freiburg, with him being an almost ever present during his three-years with the club. In 2005 Berner decided he wanted to return home and signed a deal with Swiss Giants Basle, a team that proved to be a UEFA Cup opponent for Rovers during our 2006-2007 campaign.

With first team football limited and a change wanted Berner, like so many before him underwent a trial in the aim of impressing Mark Hughes. This trial during the January 2007 transfer window proved successful and Berner signed an initial 18-month deal with the option of a further year should all parties be happy shortly before the January window closed.

The Swiss International, a member of their 2004 European Championship squad, comes with a reputation of being very versatile with him able to play as a left-back, central defender, left-midfielder/winger or even up front if needed! It was in fact this versatility that prompted Hughes to snap him up for a small undisclosed fee.

We haven't seen a great deal of Berner since his signing but his experience alone makes him a very valuable asset to the Rovers squad.

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 0
FA Cup: 0
League Cup: 0
Other (European etc.): 0
TOTAL: 0 - 0 goals

Berner only signed in January 2007 so he has no previous Rovers data.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 26 2007

Time: 9:33PM

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We've not seen much of Berner have we but Sparky isn't often wrong. Think he'll have a far greater roll to play next season, but will still have a part to play this term. Another good signing that adds greater strength in depth to the squad.
Hughes Da Man
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26/03/2007 21:37:00

we need players like Berner who can play a number of roles, as we dont have the money to have a hugh squad.
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27/03/2007 08:09:00

Yes its unfortunate for him (good for us) that Warnok has done so well in his preferred role. i hope he does get a crack in some form next season if for no other reason than I am able to hear a commentator say tongue in cheek " the young fellow is burning along" etc... seriously though a good left back or a good left winger are 2 positions teams often have trouble filing so to have him as back up (if he cuts it) for both is good as you're right Clint we dont have the money for a huge squad. I hope it doesnt mean that Sergio Peter (as back up to Gamst) is pushed down the list for a place as whenever I have seen him he looks OK and seems to be progressing nicely.
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27/03/2007 08:43:00

I wouldnt think that Berner would affect Peter's role in the team, i think he is more back up to Warnock than Pederson, which is Peter's role. With both there it offers more competition for places, which pushes the main men to constantly perform - good for the team
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27/03/2007 09:55:00

Born in Ormskirk? Well, i never knew that ;-)
Head Rover Heels
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27/03/2007 11:31:00

Well you leanr something new everyday :) lol It's a little known fact Head Rover Heels, he wanted to play for England but he knoew that at some point down the line Sven and then Stevie Mac would be in charge so he'd not get a look in :) lol
Hughes Da Man
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27/03/2007 11:43:00

You do want these puns on his names used don't you, you know the commentators love doing so! Berner could fill in for MGP as he could Stevie W, hell he could even slot into the middle of the back four if needed or even up front. He can play almost anywhere but I'd think as back up for Stevie W at left-back primarily. I do have to admit though I am beginning to fear for Sergio a little, REALLY want him to stay but Stevie W could be used if MGP is out with Berner filling in at left back (maybe even the other way round). Sergio can only be overlooked so many times before he moves on.
Hughes Da Man
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27/03/2007 11:47:00

Obviously we haven;t seen too much of him, but on paper Berner is a cracking signing. To have that much versatility is almost unheard of in this day and age - Sounds like too good an opportunity to turn down. With Warnock's injury record, it's better to be prepared. From what i've seen of Peter, he's getting there, and in a year or two will be moaning if he's not getting in the team. I think we're ok for a bit, i'm sure even he can see how much he is benefiting under the current regime - By that time, Chelsea should have offered 354M for Pederson, and we won't need to worry about an investor.
Head Rover Heels
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27/03/2007 13:17:00

i think you under value him Head Rover :) and Peter is 21 this year i hope he has the patience to wait a couple of years.
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28/03/2007 07:01:00

Lets hope so AustRover. He's got some superb footballers around him to learn from if he can remain grounded his chance will come, it will then be down to him to take it.
Hughes Da Man
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28/03/2007 11:36:00


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