Patrice ("Bernie") Bernier
(born September 23, 1979 in Brossard
) is a Canadian soccer
player with FC Nordsjælland
in the Danish Superliga
A 177 cm central midfielder
, also capable of playing on the right wing.
Bernier has played for the Montreal Impact
in the A-league
in Canada. For one season he played college soccer in USA, for Syracuse University
, in New York
. He has some background in Canadian hockey, but he was told he was too short to reach the top level.
He joined Norwegian side Moss F.K.
to play alongside compatriot Rob Friend
at the start of the 2003 season.
Bernier signed for Tromsø
in the summer of 2004. He was picked up from the Norwegian 1st division
team Moss F.K.
for somewhat less than 500,000 NOK
63,000 or $75,000 USD
.) As an almost complete midfielder, he is very aggressive, has good technique, a fine passing foot, heavy shot and an amazing running capacity. He has delivered the best stamina test result in the history of Tromsø Idrettslag, surpassing even former Tromsø player Morten Gamst Pedersen
(now with Blackburn
, in the Premier League
). After performing an amazing autumn season and a fine spring for the Tromsø side, they refused an offer of 10,000,000 NOK (approx. 1,3 million Euro) for him from the Turkish
Bernier started the 2007 season as one of Tippeliga's best players, scoring two fantastic goals against Norways best football club the last 20 years, Rosenborg BK
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