|Full name Philippe Brunel|
Name Philippe Brunel
Date joined June 29, 2007
1991–1995 RC Lens
Height 1.77 m
Role Football player
|Date of birth (1973-02-28) 28 February 1973 (age 42)|
Place of birth Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Number 11 (Angers SCO / Midfielder)
Philippe Brunel (born 28 February 1973) is a French former professional football midfielder. He was a midfielder or playmaker with a wide range of passing.
Brunel began his career at RC Lens in 1991. From then until 1995, he made 27 appearances for the club, scoring one goal before moving to F.C. Gueugnon on a year-long loan in 1995. He made 34 appearances and scored 4 goals for Gueugnon; upon the completion of his loan, he returned to Lens.
Upon his return, Brunel featured much more prominently in the Lens squad; over five years from 1996 to 2001, he played 131 times and scored 8 goals in Ligue 1. He contributed 33 appearances as his side won 1997–98 French Division 1. He also featured in the club's UEFA Cup campaign in the 1999-2000 season, making two appearances - a 1–2 defeat to FC Kaiserslautern on 25 November 1999 in the home leg of the 3rd-round tie, and the 1–4 victory in the away leg.
Brunel's performances for Lens earned him a free transfer in 2001 to Olympique Marseille, however as with his time at Gueugnon his Marseille career did not go to plan; having made only 11 appearances for his new club, he was transferred in January 2002 to Lille for £880,000.
During the second half of the season, Brunel made a further 11 appearances for Lille, scoring once, in addition to two appearances in the UEFA Cup - both legs of the last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund on 21 February and 28 February 2002.
From then until 2005, he would make a total of 118 appearances for Lille and score 16 goals in the process; in 2005 he was transferred to Sochaux, however he made only 28 appearances in two years with the club before leaving for SCO Angers in 2007.
Over four years with Angers, Brunel scored 10 goals in a total of 99 league appearances in Ligue 2; having featured regularly until 2010 but not made a single appearance in the 2010-11 season, he retired from professional football and moved into amateur football with AS Valence in the summer of 2011.