Bruno Gaspar adds a wealth of top-tier European competition experience to the fullback position for Whitecaps FC, joining Vancouver on loan from Portuguese Primeira Liga club Sporting CP in March 2021.
The versatile Angolan international defender boasts a resume that includes over 200 appearances for club and country. He is on loan through the end of 2021, with a club option to purchase.
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Gaspar most recently helped Olympiacos FC win the 2019-20 Super League and Greek Football Cup competitions while on loan. He arrived in Vancouver from Sporting CP, having helped the Portuguese giants capture both the Taça da Liga and Taça de Portugal titles during the 2018-19 season. The defender has also featured for Olympiacos and Sporting CP in the UEFA Europa League, making seven combined appearances since 2018 in one of Europe’s top-tier club football competitions. Gaspar made his professional debut in 2013, playing three seasons with Benfica B, before joining Vitória de Guimarães on loan in 2014, a move that was made permanent the following year. Gaspar played one season in the Italian Serie A with ACF Fiorentina in 2017-18, then returned home to Portugal when he was transferred to Sporting CP in 2018.
Gaspar graduated from SL Benfica’s famed academy program. Prior to Benfica, he also developed at GDR Canavais.
Born in Évora, Portugal, Gaspar represented his native country at the youth levels, from U-15 to U-21. At the senior international level, Gaspar is now cap-tied to Angola after representing his father's home country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.