Swiss international defender Bruno Berner joined Norwich City
on trial in the first few days of July 2008
Berner was released by Blackburn Rovers at the end of 2007/8,
having failed to make the jump from the Swiss League to the Premier
League. He had played for Grasshoppers Zurich, German side Freiburg
and FC Basel before moving to Ewood Park for a trial in January,
2007. He signed an initial 18-month deal, with the option of a
further year, and made two appearances before the end of the 2006/7
He made just four more appearances in league and cup in 2007/8
and soRovers decided not to take up the option of a further year,
releasing him, along with fellow Swiss Stephane Henchoz and goalkeeper
He is experienced at international level with 16 caps, although
he was an unused member of the Swiss Euro 2004 squad in Portugal.
He can play at left-back, central defence, wide left and left
Since leaving Norwich after his short trial, he had been in negotiations
with Leicester and Notts Forest but suprisingly was linked with
West Ham on 7th August 2008 who are in need of cover at left back
as first choice George McCartney is out with a hamstring injury.
On September 12th 2008, Berner joined Leicester City on a three-year
contract and was handed the number 31 shirt. He made his debut
in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Lincoln City at the
Walkers Stadium on 23 September, drawing 0-0 but winning 3-1 on
penalties. He scored his first goal for Leicester in a 2-1 away
win over Carlisle on 13 December 2008, his first in three years.
Leicester went on to win the League One title
Berner retired in March 2012 having played only eight games since
signing a one year contract in January 2011.
On 20th June 2012, it was reported that Berner had been appointed
coach of FC Zurich's Under-15s
In November 2016, Bruno was appointed manager of Swiss third division side FC Tuggen who were bottom of the league.