|Playing position |
1988–1996 Sporting CP
Height 1.76 m
Career start 1996
Name Bruno Patacas
|Full name Bruno Alexandre dos Santos Patacas|
Date of birth (1977-11-30) 30 November 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
Number 2 (C.D. Nacional / Defender)
Bruno Alexandre dos Santos Patacas (born 30 November 1977) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a right back.
After unsuccessfully starting his career with Sporting, he went to represent other clubs before settling with Nacional, where he remained for nearly one decade whilst appearing in almost 300 official games.
A Sporting Clube de Portugal youth graduate, Patacas was born in Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon, and spent his first professional season with farm team Sporting Clube Lourinhanense, not being very successful upon his return to the alma mater (three games during parts of 1997–98 and four more in the following, while also spending time at Lourinhanense).
After one more loan stint, with C.D. Santa Clara, Patacas was released, moving on to S.C. Campomaiorense – both these sides were also in the Primeira Liga – and then Madeira's C.D. Nacional in the 2002–03 campaign, being an undisputed starter and often the only Portuguese player in the latter's starting XI, in a squad filled with Brazilians. He was also eventually awarded club captaincy.
In 2007, a transfer was almost arranged with PFC CSKA Sofia, but Patacas ultimately stayed at Nacional. He amassed a further 55 league appearances in the following two seasons combined for the Madeirans, and qualified to the UEFA Europa League in the second.
At the end of the 2010–11 campaign, Patacas announced his retirement due to injuries, at the age of 33. He was immediately appointed Nacional's director of football.
Patacas' brother-in-law, Luís Pinto, was also a footballer.