The prodigal son of Artana, yes, I'm talking about Bruno Soriano, captain of Villarreal, the man with over 200 appearances for the Yellow Submarine, and who best represents the values of Villarreal Club de Fútbol.
It has been an remarkable journey for Bruno. Arduous at times. It wasn't always like this for the "Baron of Artana" as Bruno is best known in his local town of Artana in the Castellón province. While still on the youth teams of Villarreal, Bruno had to make the difficult decision of giving up his dream of being a footballer and went back to his hometown of Artana to work as a miner. Nevertheless, Juan Carlos Garrido himself, went looking for Bruno and after hours of a long talk, convinced the midfielder to return to the Villarreal cantera, and the rest is history. Bruno made his debut in 2006 and he has been an ever present figure for the Yellow Submarine, taking over the captaincy after Marcos Senna retired.
After a long await to wear the famous red elastic jersey of Spain, Bruno has been finally rewarded with a call up for his country to participate in the biggest international competition of the summer, the 2016 Euro in France.
OFFICIAL | 23 men to make a nation's dream come true. MAY THE 4TH BE WITH US! #VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/bl8beSzbDP— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) May 31, 2016
Marcos Senna, member of the Villarreal CF Institutional Relations Department was very happy with news about his former teammate inclusion to the European tournament.
"Bruno has earnt it. He’s a spectacular player and person. He should have been in the national team before, but in the end he’s got the reward he deserves after Villarreal’s magnificent campaign".
#CVFEnglish | @MarcosSenna19: "Bruno is earnt it and I'm really happy for him". https://t.co/iMoa8VMNlg pic.twitter.com/lnfT93nhYH— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) May 31, 2016
Marcos Senna won the European tournament in 2008, being named in the team of the tournament, and was considered as the main key player for Spain's triumph in the final against Germany. Senna spoke about his memories about the EURO 2008 championship in Austria and Switzerland:
"It wouldn’t be fair to choose one best memory from my professional football career, because I’ve had so many, but winning the EUROs with Spain was unforgettable; such a beautiful moment and I hope Spain will win it again and Bruno will get to experience that feeling first hand"
Villarreal USA wants to wish Bruno and Spain well and may Spain return home triumphant once again. Endavant!