20 Sep 2000
Typically a creative midfielder who likes to get forward, Bernardo Costa da Rosa – better known as Bernardo Rosa – has also proven productive while displaying those traits as an diligent full-back.
The Brazilian started his youth career at Vasco da Gama in hometown Rio de Janeiro, inspired by the feats of his hero and compatriot Ronaldinho, before switching to CR Flamengo.
Initially a winger, Rosa’s excellent vision, accurate passing and focused play led to him switching to central midfield at 12-years-old, before subsequently joining the Academy of Football in his early teenage years.*Stats inclusive of U23s matches in Premier League 2 Division 1 and the Premier League Cup
Rosa impressed in Claret and Blue with his attacking output, making his U18s debut at the tail end of 2016 at just 16 years of age, before netting five times for the Academy side the following season.
Rosa began the 2018/19 season in spectacular fashion, netting a clinical hat-trick as a playmaker for the U18s on the opening day of the campaign, and established himself as. Premier League 2 regular with eight appearances.
In 2019/20, the young Brazilian successfully added further strands to his game, making valuable contributions both as a playmaker and, more recently, an attack-minded full-back, his consistency earning him a Premier League 2 Player of the Month nomination for November.
No player played more minutes for the young Hammers as they finished 2019/20 as Premier League 2 Division 2 champions - Rosa also earning his maiden first-team call-up as he was named among David Moyes' substitutes for the Premier League trip to Sheffield United in January 2020.
2020/21 was a rather more disrupted one for Rosa, who was restricted to 19 appearances as injury disrupted periods of his campaign, but the Brazilian still helped West Ham secure safety upon their return to Division 1 of development football.
*Stats inclusive of U23s matches in Premier League 2 Division 1 and the Premier League Cup and U21s matches in the Papa John's Trophy