|Full name||Felix Brunner, CD|
|Date of birth||18 July 1981|
|Place of birth||Koningstad, Brunant|
|Current club||AS Cettatie (on loan)|
|St. Marks Koningstad||1998-1999|
|St. Marks Koningstad||2003-2015|
|→ AS Cettatie (loan)||2015-2017|
Felix Brunner, CD (born 18 July 1981) is a Brunanter footballer, who currently plays for First League club St. Marks Koningstad, and the Brunant national football team. Brunner is known by fans as scherpschutter/sharpshooter for his ability at finding goals, even from long ranges. Brunner is the all-time top scorer for the national team and is one of the most popular players in Brunant.
Joining St. Marks in 1994, he made his professional debut in 1999 with FC Drenthe. After four seasons of success and many accolades, he returned to St. Marks. Despite a lack of trophies, Brunner has endeared himself to the fans and became one of the best-performing players in the league. In 2015, he was surprisingly loaned to AS Cettatie in the Championnat National, b
Brunner was born to Matthias and Anna Brunner in Koningstad, the second of three children. In an interview with Score, he said that George Michálek and Karim Zenadi were his youth idols. Brunner initially started playing with Sterren Koningstad in the Cape Cross League in 1993, but the following season, he joined St. Marks Koningstad. Progressing through their youth setup, Alexandria Koningstad, he advanced quickly.
In 1999, Brunner was sold to FC Drenthe for an impressive €1,200,000. In his first season, he was a substitute and only appeared in five matches. He made his debut against Brunant Leuwens and scored his first goal against Middleton Arrows two months later. During this period, he became friends with fellow Drenthe player Adrian van Schijzer, with whom he broke through. In 2000-01, Brunner became a regular starter. The next season, Brunner scored and impressive sixteen goals as Drenthe won the Johan II Cup in 2002, with Brunner scoring a brace in the semifinals versus Mediterranean FC. Brunner won the First League in 2003 with Drenthe. Scoring 26 goals in the league, he would be awarded Total Football's award for top goal scorer in the season. Kemburger player Andy Chappel was the player who made most assists of Brunner's goals.
St. Marks KoningstadEdit
Return to St. MarksEdit
In December 2003, Brunner returned to St. Marks Koningstad after an impressive few seasons at Drenthe, joining for a wikination record of €4 million. Brunner's first few seasons with St. Marks were largely trophyless, though he did score several key goals. It was upon his arrival at the Koningstadion that Brunner made himself a fan's favourite. Unofficially, he was named St. Marks Player of the Season three times and some of his goals received an award for the most beautiful goals of the competition.
In 2005-06, he won the WNFA Leaders League with St. Marks, scoring two goals in the final against North Beach Kemburg, scoring sixteen goals that season. The following season, he helped the team to finish second in the league. The season after that, he helped St. Marks to another Leaders League win, scoring in the final against his former team Drenthe, as well winning the Leaders League a third time in 2010. In 2010-11, St. Marks won the league, with Brunner contributing with 22 goals (behind teammate Ibra El-Zein) and six assists. This was, however, his first First League title with St. Marks.
Brunner had a difficult season in 2011-12. He scored two goals in the "Eternal Rivalry" match against Grijzestad Strijders in October, but he suffered a torn ligament late that year and was out for most of the season, only playing eighteen games.
In the 2012-13 season, he has scored eleven goals in 20 matches. Felix scored the opener in a decisive 2-2 draw versus Dortmund SFC in October. He recorded his first brace of the season in a 6-1 thrashing of Cape Cross FC in November. On 14 April, he provided both assists to Carlinhos and Mario Hoever's goals versus former team Drenthe. There were rumours of him moving to another First League team in the winter transfer period, but Brunner extended his contract with St. Marks.
Brunner improved throughout the 2013-14 First League in one of his best seasons yet. He played in 23 league matches and scored fifteen goals, tied for his second-highest tally. He managed three goals in the WNFA Leaders League as St. Marks won the tournament for the fourth time. Due to an injury received during the World Football Championship in the summer, Brunner missed the start of the 2014-15 First League. He was out for the first months of the league and only returned to action as a substitute on 19 October 2014.
Rumours again surfaced of Brunner leaving the club and Mediterranean FC and FC Willemstad had shown interest in the player. It was widely believed that Brunner could leave St. Marks in the winter, with AS Cettatie from Cettatie and FC Donderar serious contenders.
In early January 2015 Brunner joined AS Cettatie on a loan deal until the summer of 2015. This deal surprised many, but now it was believed that a permanent transfer would be agreed upon in the summer. In 2015, his loan period was extended until December 2016. He is currently coached by Libertan Gerard Dekhuis and plays in the Championnat National in France alongside fellow Brunanter James Giggs.
Brunner retuned to St. Marks in January 2017.
National team Edit
Brunner has been Brunant national football team's all-time top scorers and hold the records with 33 goals in 50 matches, surpassing Florian Evers' record of 32 goals from 1940. He has scored seventeen goals in friendlies and competitions since 2010. Brunner is a huge favourite of the national team, since he has been playing with Brunant for seventeen years. He scored his first international goal in 1999 against Ivory Coast in a friendly game.
In his first WFC tournament in 2000, Brunner was surprisingly given the call-up by coach Roberto Bracciale to go to Switzerland. His first appearance came as a substitute in a 4-0 win against Lebanon. His third appearance came in the final versus Trinidad and Tobago, where he headed in Dirk Schaertsen's corner to score the lone winning goal of the match.
Despite the tournament ending rather suddenly for Brunant (in the group stages), Brunner performed well and was one of the highest scorers. He scored the first goal in a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands Antilles and scored a hat-trick in Brunant's 1-3 win against Gambia.
Brunner entered WFC 2010 as Brunant finished second. He scored the equalizing goal in a 2-2 draw with Cape Verde, the second goal in a 2-4 win over New Caledonia and the winning goal (2-1) against Slovakia.
WFC 2012 and afterEdit
Brunner only scored one goal in WFC 2012, versus Vanuatu, but he assisted four times. He scored Brunant's second goal in a 3-2 friendly loss to Belgium, and in 2013 he already has scored a goal against Libertas in a friendly. Brunner scored three goals in the WFC 2014 qualification. At the tournament, Brunner made his scoring debut versus Libertas, bagging a brace in a 5-2 win, taking him to top scorer for Brunant. In the quarterfinals against Lovia, Brunner was injured by an opposing midfielder and stretchered off. Brunner was out for four months. In 2015, he became a regular starter for Brunant after a recovery period.
Personal life Edit
Brunner was made a Commadant of the Order of the Dragon after winning the World Football Championship in 2000. In 2009, he married Cristiane Melker, a well-known Brunanter singer-songwriter and actress. Melker gave birth to a son in 2014, Lucas, the couple's first child. The couple is considered by the media an important and interesting celebrity couple. They are living in Koningstad, but since Brunner's professional departure to Cettatie, they are half-time living in Cettatie. In a 2016 interview, Brunner informed that "living in Cettatie was more difficult for his family than he thought".
|St. Marks Koningstad||2003-04||23||8||4||3||2||0|
Honors and recordsEdit
- First League: 2002-03, 2010-11, 2013-14
- Johan II Cup: 2001-02
- WNFA Leaders League: 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2013-14
- Order of the Dragon: 2000
- RBFA Young Player Award: 2001-02
- Total Football Golden Flower award: 2002-03
- RBFA Player of Season: 2003-04
|2000 Brunant squad|
|1 Kunter • 4 Temple (c) • 5 Schaertsen • 3 Nord • 2 Lopes • 8 Mathisen • 7 Wittstein • 10 Zenadi • 11 Jordans • 9 Brunner • 70 Harlow • 10 Bates • 13 Cordoba • 19 Benley • 41 Versten • 23 Campdegall • 24 Stefan Kamphuis • Coach: Bracciale|
|2016 Brunant squad|
|1 Elteman • 2 Capels • 4 Marshall • 5 Lecaros • 6 Jamieson • 14 Nadir • 8 Jostens (c) • 16 S. El-Zein • 12 Marzouk • 11 Hoever • 10 I. El-Zein • 9 Carlinhos • 13 Giggs • 23 Losinger • 24 Brunner • 15 Nabil • Coach: Bergher|