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  • Writer's pictureDag Jenkins

Bruno Pereirinha

Updated: Apr 2

Bruno Alexandre Marques Pereirinha was born in Rio de Mouro, Portugal, on March 2, 1988.

Bruno Pereirinha is third from right, front row. Official SS Lazio photo

At 14 he joined the Belnenses youth sector where he stayed two years. In 2016, at 16, he moved to Sporting Lisbon's youth sector.


In 2006 he was then loaned to Olivais e Moscavide for a year, a historic Lisbon club in the Second Division where he played 9 league games.


In 2007 he was back with Sporting where he stayed three seasons. The manager was Paulo Bento and the "Leões" finished 2nd. The Sportinguisti won the Portuguese Cup beating Porto 2-0 after extra time and the Super Cup again beating Porto 1-0. In Europe League, Sporting reached the quarter finals but lost to Glasgow Rangers 0-2 on aggregate.


In 2008-09 the "Verdi Brancos" finished 2nd again (behind Porto). They won their 7th Super Cup beating Porto again 2-0. In Champions League they were thrashed by 12-1 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the last 16.


In 2009-10 Sporting finished 4th under three different managers, Bento, Leonel Pontes and then from November Carlos Carvalhal. One of Pereirinha's teammates was future Lazio fan favourite Felipe Caicedo (2017-21). This was Pereirinha' last season with Sporting and he left after 76 league games and 2 goals, 11 games in the domestic cups with 1 goal and 26 in Europe (15 UCL + 11 in EL) with 2 goals.


In 2010 he joined Vitória Guimarães on loan. The "Conquistadores" were in the Primera Liga. Pereirinha however played 10 league games with 1 goal before leaving in January for Kavala in Greece. For the record, Guimarães finished 5th.


In Greece Kavala, from the north-east, were in the Second Division and Pereirinha played 13 league games. He then returned to Sporting Lisbon.


In 2011-12 the manager was first Domingos Paciência and then Ricardo Sá Pinto and Sporting finished 4th. The "Leoes" reached the semi-finals of Europa League, after being in Lazio's first round group (2-1, 0-2, one win each), but lost to Atletic Bilbao 3-4 on aggregate. Pereirinha played 11 league games, 2 in the domestic cups and 11 in Europa League. One of his teammates was brief future Lazio connection Hélder Postiga (Jan 2014-June 2014).


In 2012-13 he was out of favour and only played 3 games for Sporting Lisbon's B team, in the Segunda Liga.


At this point in January 2013, he joined Lazio. The manager was Vladimir Petkovic and Pereirinha played 8 league games and 3 in the Europa League. Lazio finished 7th and reached the quarterfinals of EL. It was in Coppa Italia where they lived their finest hour beating city rivals Roma 1-0 on a memorable May 26, with a Senad Lulic goal.


In 2013-14 Petkovic stayed on but was replaced by Edy Reja after 17 games. Lazio finished 9th and lost the Supercoppa final to Juventus 0-4. Pereirinha played 11 league games.


The 2014-15 would be Pereirinha's last in Rome. The manager was Stefano Pioli and Lazio had a positive season finishing 3rd (ECL prelimary). The Biancocelesti reached the Coppa Italia final but lost 1-2 to Juventus in extra time. Pereirinha only played 3 league games and 2 games in Coppa Italia.


In July 2015 he joined Athletico Paranaense in Brazil. He stayed until 2016 with the "Furucão" (The Hurricane) but only played a total of 14 games with 1 goal.


In 2017-18 he was back in Portugal with Belnenses in the Primera Liga. The "Aziuis” (The Blues) finished 12th and Pereirinha played 16 league games and 2 in the domestic cups.


He then played one last season with Cova de Piedade in the Portuguese Pro 2. He played 15 league games.


At 31 he retired.


In his youth he played 16 games for Portugal U19's, 5 for the U20's with 1 goal and 19 for the U21's.


Pereirinha was a defender and midfielder. He usually played on the right where his main asset was his speed. He was a versatile player and could play in various positions but then again did not excel in any particular task.


His career started with more promise as shown by his games for Portugal national youth selections. He did however win four trophies with Sporting Lisbon and played a total of 138 games with 5 goals.


At Lazio he stayed two and a half seasons and was basically a reserve. He played a total of 27 games. His name is nevertheless in the record books as he was in the squad that won the epic Coppa Italia against Roma in 2013 and was on the bench that historic day.

Lazio Career


Total appearances

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Europa League

Jan-June 2013






















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