Bryan Ruiz facts for kids
|Full name||Bryan Jafet Ruiz González|
|Date of birth||18 August 1985|
|Place of birth||San José, Costa Rica|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2014||→ PSV (loan)||14||(5)|
† Appearances (Goals).
Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbɾaʝan ˈrwis]; born 18 August 1985) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Liga FPD club Alajuelense and the Costa Rica national team, whom he also captains. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he can also play as a second striker.
Ruiz began his professional career at 18, making his debut for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense on 30 November 2003 against Municipal Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica's top division. He formed a trio with 2 strikers, Rolando Fonseca and Froylán Ledezma, where he built a reputation as a goalscorer and a play maker.
Ruiz scored his first goal on 23 December 2003 against Ramonense, netting twice against Fernando Patterson. In Alajuelense, he was nicknamed La Comadreja (The Weasel), for his facial profile. He was on the team when it won regional titles such as the UNCAF Cup and the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
In the summer of 2006, Ruiz was signed by Gent in a four-year deal along with Randall Azofeifa from Deportivo Saprissa and Roy Myrie from Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. He scored his first hat-trick playing on 8 December 2007 against Lokeren. In that season in the Belgian League, he was the captain and top scorer for the team.
On 15 July 2009, the Dutch club FC Twente announced that they had signed Ruiz for a fee of around €5 million, and agreed to receive a percentage of a subsequent transfer. He signed a four-year deal with the Eredivisie side.
Ruiz made his debut for the new club by scoring the second goal of the match, with an assist from another newcomer, Miroslav Stoch, in an away defeat of Sparta Rotterdam. His goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2009 marked the tenth consecutive match in which he had scored. On 27 March 2010, Ruiz made one of the quickest hat-tricks ever against Sparta, with goals in the 46th, 49th and 50th minutes.
On 2 May 2010, FC Twente were crowned champions of Eredivisie for the first time in their history, with a 2–0 win at NAC Breda; Ruiz scored the first goal of the match during the 23rd minute of play. He finished the season as top scorer for Twente with 24 goals in Eredivisie play.
In August 2011, Ruiz was being watched by scouts from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur; however, on 18 August 2011 Ruiz claimed that Fulham was in talks with him. He stated to a local source "Fulham is a serious option for me. "That is also a Premier League side and it is a fantastic league. "Fulham already contacted my agent. If Fulham does become serious, we will definitely talk."
On 31 August 2011, the last day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Fulham announced signing Ruiz for an undisclosed fee. His début was on Sunday, 11 September 2011 at home to Blackburn Rovers and he scored his first goal for Fulham in a 3–1 home defeat against Everton on 23 October 2011.
In the fixture against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on 7 April 2012, Ruiz broke a bone in his foot, leading to a stretcher taking him off and him needing an operation, which sidelined him for 10 weeks.
On 18 August 2012, Ruiz started Fulham's first Premier League game of the season, a 5–0 win against Norwich and assisted Mladen Petrić in scoring his second goal in his debut match. He finished the 2012–13 season making 31 first-team appearances and scoring five goals.
PSV Eindhoven (loan)
He made his debut on 19 January 2014 in a 1–0 loss to Ajax and scored his first goal for the club on 14 February with a 63rd-minute winner against Heracles Almelo.
On 1 October 2015, Ruiz scored his first goal for Sporting against Beşiktaş in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. His first goal in the Primeira Liga came in a 3–0 Lisbon derby defeat of Benfica at the Estádio da Luz on 25 October. In another derby, on 5 March 2016, he missed an open goal, and Benfica won the match 1–0 at Estádio José Alvalade, knocking out Sporting to second place in the league.
On 11 July 2018, free agent Ruiz signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Santos FC. He made his debut for the club on 8 August, replacing Diego Pituca at half-time in a 1–1 away draw against Ceará.
After only 12 league matches during his first season, Ruiz failed to appear a single minute during his second, under Jorge Sampaoli. On 13 July 2020, after again failing to play under Jesualdo Ferreira, he terminated his contract with the club after alleging "wage breaches and moral damage".
Return to Alajuelense
On 23 July 2020, Ruiz announced his return to Alajuelense.
Ruiz scored six times during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Costa Rica was knocked out by Uruguay in the intercontinental play-off. In the 2014 qualifiers, he scored three goals to lead the team to the tournament finals in Brazil.
In June 2014, Ruiz was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's opening match, he captained Los Ticos to a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay in Fortaleza. On 20 June, Ruiz scored the only goal as Costa Rica upset four-time champion Italy 1–0 to qualify for the round of 16, where he again scored his team's goal as they drew 1–1 with Greece. Ruiz later successfully converted his kick as Costa Rica prevailed 5–3 in the penalty shootout. At the quarter-final stage, Ruiz was one of two Costa Ricans to have their kicks saved by Tim Krul in a 4–3 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands.
In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In the last group-stage match against Switzerland, he scored a last-minute equalizing goal from a penalty spot in 2–2 draw; however, the goal was credited as an own goal by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Alajuelense||2003–04||Costa Rican Primera División||20||3||—||—||10||5||—||30||8|
|Gent||2006–07||Belgian First Division||16||3||2||0||—||1||0||—||19||3|
|PSV Eindhoven (loan)||2013–14||Eredivisie||14||5||—||—||—||—||14||5|
|Sporting CP||2015–16||Primeira Liga||34||8||2||1||1||1||8||3||1||0||46||13|
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Ruiz goal.
|1||16 July 2005||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States||Honduras||2–3||2–3||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2||24 March 2007||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||New Zealand||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|3||2 June 2007||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Chile||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4||21 June 2008||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Grenada||2–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||6 September 2008||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Suriname||7–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||10 September 2008||Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti||Haiti||1–0||3–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||14 October 2009||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, United States||United States||1–0||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||6 February 2013||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||2–2||2–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||18 June 2013||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Panama||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||15 October 2013||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Mexico||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||2 June 2014||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Japan||1–0||1–3||Friendly|
|14||20 June 2014||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Italy||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|15||29 June 2014||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Greece||1–0||1–1 (5–3 pen.)||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|16||13 September 2014||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles United States||Guatemala||1–1||2–1||2014 Copa Centroamericana|
|17||13 November 2014||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||2–1||3–3||Friendly|
|18||11 July 2015||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||El Salvador||1–0||1–1||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|19||8 September 2015||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Uruguay||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|20||17 November 2015||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21||29 March 2016||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Jamaica||2–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22||9 October 2016||Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia||Russia||2–0||4–3||Friendly|
|23||13 June 2017||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24||11 June 2018||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||1–4||Friendly|
|25||11 October 2018||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico||Mexico||2–1||2–3||Friendly|
|26||29 June 2019||NRG Stadium, Houston, United States||Mexico||1–1||1–1 (4–5 pen.)||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|27||20 July 2021||Exploria Stadium, Orlando, United States||Jamaica||1–0||1–0||2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|28||10 October 2021||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||El Salvador||1–1||2–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|29||27 January 2022||Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica||Panama||1–0||1–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup: 2004
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 2005
- Primera División: Apertura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2020
- CONCACAF League: 2020
- Taça da Liga: 2017–18
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2015
- Copa Centroamericana: 2014
- CONCACAF Men's Player of the Year: 2016
- CONCACAF Goal of the Year: 2014
- CONCACAF Best XI: 2015, 2016, 2017
- Jean-Claude Bouvy Trophy: 2008, 2009
- Player of the season at FC Twente: 2010
- BBC Goal of the Month: October 2011
- IFFHS CONCACAF team of the decade 2011–2020
- IFFHS CONCACAF Men's Team of All Time: 2021
Ruiz has two brothers; one of them, Yendrick, is also a football player. Both Bryan and Yendrick were teammates in Alajuelense for a period of two weeks before Bryan signed for Gent. It was not until 14 August 2013, when both played together for the first time, in a friendly that Costa Rica played against Dominican Republic.
Ruiz worked as a columnist for Costa Rican sports newspaper Al Día from 2011 until the journal's ceasing in 2014.
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