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Bruno Soriano, Villarreal's new appearance leader

Almost lost in the shuffle of the chase for the Champions League place and Europa league match tomorrow, Bruno Soriano passed Marcos Senna as Villarreal's appearance leader in la Liga.

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Bruno Soriano has now appeared in 364 matches for Villarreal, overtaking Marcos Senna as the player to play the most matches for the Yellow Submarine in the league.  In an era where footballers seem to move around from team to team every couple of years, and many don't seem to have much control over their own futures, Bruno is an anomaly--a one-team man.

Hard to imagine now, but Bruno left Villarreal's youth setup to return home to nearby Artana in 2001, and he was out of football for two years.  Juan Carlos Garrido, believing Bruno could become a quality player, convinced him to return.  He made his first team-debut in 2006, becoming a permanent starter in 2009.

Bruno could have left when Villarreal were relegated--Valencia made him an offer, and it's said Vicente del Bosque told him he need to stay in the Primera in order to remain in the running for national team callups--but he would have none of it.  Under contract until 2020, he's not going anywhere.

Congratulations, Captain Bruno!!