Daniel Fernandes (footballer)

Daniel Márcio Fernandes (born 25 September 1983) is a professional footballer who plays for S.C. Farense as a goalkeeper.

Daniel Fernandes
Daniel Fernandes 2012.jpg
Fernandes with Twente in 2012
Personal information
Full name Daniel Márcio Fernandes
Date of birth (1983-09-25) 25 September 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Edmonton, Canada
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 90
Youth career
Vancouver Olympics
2000–2001 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Porto B 0 (0)
2002–2003 Celta B 0 (0)
2003Jahn Regensburg II (loan) 12 (0)
2003–2008 PAOK 90 (0)
2008–2011 VfL Bochum 32 (0)
2010Iraklis (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2011Panathinaikos (loan) 0 (0)
2011Panserraikos (loan) 7 (0)
2011 CFR Cluj 2 (0)
2012–2016 Twente 0 (0)
2013–2014OFI (loan) 21 (0)
2014–2015Panthrakikos (loan) 4 (0)
2015San Antonio Scorpions (loan) 14 (0)
2016 Rayo OKC 31 (0)
2017 Lillestrøm 3 (0)
2018– Farense 18 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Canada U20 6 (0)
2006 Portugal U21 2 (0)
2007–2009 Portugal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2019

He moved frequently in his club career, representing teams in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Greece, Romania, the Netherlands, the United States and Norway.

Internationally, Fernandes played for Canada at under-20 level before switching allegiance to Portugal, and was called up for their senior team at the 2010 World Cup.

Early lifeEdit

The son of a Portuguese father and a Czechoslovakian mother,[1] Fernandes was born in Edmonton, Alberta,[2] being raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia. His first club was the Vancouver Olympics.

Club careerEdit

Early daysEdit

In 2000, aged 17, Fernandes returned to the land of his father and joined FC Porto's youth system.[3] In his first two years as a senior he only managed to appear for the reserves, his second team being Celta de Vigo B in Spain.

In January 2003, the Galicians loaned Fernandes to Regionalliga Süd side SSV Jahn Regensburg, but again failed to appear officially for the main squad, returning in June to Celta and being released from contract.


After a successful trial, Fernandes signed with Greek club PAOK FC, playing in just four Superleague games in his first two seasons combined. In 2005, the team's general manager – and former player – Giorgos Kostikos took over the team's fortunes, after coach Nikos Karageorgiou was sacked following a bad string of results. He immediately replaced ageing Kyriakos Tohouroglou in his starting XI with the Portuguese.

Despite many problems both inside and outside the pitch, PAOK managed to finish in sixth place in the 2005–06 campaign, with Fernandes appearing in 27 matches as the Thessaloniki club qualified to the UEFA Cup, only to be disqualified shortly after for irregularities. He remained first-choice for the remainder of his spell.


On 23 May 2008, after extensive negotiations, PAOK accepted an offer from VfL Bochum, who signed Fernandes for a fee of approximately 1.2 million, with the player reuniting at the German side with former teammate Marcin Mięciel.

Fernandes made his Bundesliga debut on 16 August 2008, in a 0–1 away loss against Karlsruher SC.[4] He only missed three league contests in his first season, as the North Rhine-Westphalia team retained their top division status after finishing 14th.

In 2009–10, Fernandes was relegated to the bench by Philipp Heerwagen and, on 18 January 2010, he was loaned to Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. until the end of the campaign.[5] In the summer, he signed on loan with another Greek side, Panathinaikos FC, who retained an option to buy.

In January 2011, Fernandes moved to Panserraikos FC, again on loan. He appeared sparingly as the team were relegated from the top level, and was released by Bochum in June.

Cluj / TwenteEdit

On 16 August 2011, Fernandes joined Romania's CFR Cluj.[6] He was released after only five months, in which he played in just two games.[7]

Fernandes moved teams and countries again on 17 January 2012, signing a two-year contract with FC Twente in the Eredivisie and competing with Nikolay Mihaylov for the no.1 position.[8] He spent the following seasons on loan, with OFI Crete FC[9] and Panthrakikos FC.[10]

North AmericaEdit

On 3 August 2015, Fernandes moved to the San Antonio Scorpions on loan from Twente.[11][12] After the former ceased operations following the 2015 NASL season, he joined manager Alen Marcina as both signed with Rayo OKC on 2 February 2016.[13]

Return to EuropeEdit

For the second consecutive time, Fernandes' American club folded, and he signed for Norwegian Eliteserien team Lillestrøm SK on a one-year deal in January 2017.[14][15] In May he failed a doping test when he tested positive for dextroamphetamine, and was frozen out of the team while his representatives appealed on the basis that the drug was prescribed medicine for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and worthy of a medical exemption.[16]

On 1 July 2018, the 34-year-old Fernandes returned to Portuguese club football for the first time in 16 years, joining S.C. Farense for their upcoming season back in LigaPro.[17] He made his debut for the Algarveans – his first professional appearance in the country – on 11 August, in a 1–0 home win over F.C. Famalicão.[18]

International careerEdit

Fernandes won caps for Canada at under-20 level.[2][19] He then changed to play for the country of his father, Portugal, and made his under-21 debut in 2006.[20]

Fernandes received his first senior call-up in November 2006,[21] as third goalkeeper behind Ricardo and Quim. In May of the following year, he was selected for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Belgium and a friendly with Kuwait,[22] making his debut in the latter after replacing Quim in the 66th minute of a 1–1 draw.[23]

In February 2009, Fernandes played his second international match, substituting Eduardo at the hour-mark of a 1–0 win against Finland.[24] In May 2010 he was named in the 23-man squad for that year's FIFA World Cup,[25][26] but did not play in the tournament in South Africa.


  1. ^ "Coração lusitano" [Lusitanian heart] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 22 March 2007. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b Stinson, Dan (28 March 2007). "A real 'keeper for Portugal". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  3. ^ Pedro Jorge da Cunha; Pedro Morais (9 November 2016). ""FC Porto foi a minha melhor experiência"" [«FC Porto was my best experience»] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Eichner macht für Karlsruhe den Unterschied" [Eichner makes the difference for Karlsruhe]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 16 August 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Iraklis F.C. signed Dani Fernandes". Iraklis FC. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  6. ^ "CFR l-a achiziţionat pe Daniel Fernandes, al treilea portar al Portugaliei la CM 2010!" [CFR acquired Daniel Fernandes, third Portugal goalkeeper in WC 2010!]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 16 August 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Daniel Fernandes și-a reziliat contractul pe cale amiabilă cu CFR 1907 Cluj!" [Daniel Fernandes amicably terminated contract with CFR 1907 Cluj] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Daniel Fernandes – CFR Cluj to Twente". Portugal Football. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Fernandes, de Twente à l'OFI Crete" [Fernandes, from Twente to OFI Crete]. L'Équipe (in French). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  10. ^ Ανακοινώθηκε ο Φερνάντεζ [Fernandes announced] (in Greek). Sport FM. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Daniel Fernandes naar San Antonio Scorpions" [Daniel Fernandes to the San Antonio Scorpions] (in Dutch). FC Twente. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  12. ^ "San Antonio Scorpions announce two additions". Goal Nation. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Rayo OKC inks Daniel Fernandes". Rayo OKC. 2 February 2016. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Noruega: Daniel Fernandes vai defender a baliza do Lillestrom" [Norway: Daniel Fernandes will defend Lillestrøm's goal]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 January 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Daniel Fernandes signerte for LSK" [Daniel Fernandes signs for LSK] (in Norwegian). Lillestrøm SK. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Vurderer ny keeper i påvente av dopingdom" [New keeper considered pending doping] (in Norwegian). TV 2. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Antigo internacional Daniel Fernandes reforça Farense" [Former international Daniel Fernandes strengthens Farense]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 1 July 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Irobiso decisivo no triunfo do Farense sobre o Famalicão" [Irobiso decisive in Farense's triumph over Famalicão]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 11 August 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  19. ^ Teodoro da Silva, Lucas (3 December 2006). "The Bottom Line: Daniel Fernandes – Another Shooting Star flies through Canadian radar". The Soccer Paper. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
  20. ^ "Italy's Palladino punishes Portugal". UEFA. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  21. ^ "Caras novas na selecção" [New faces in national team] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 9 November 2006. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  22. ^ "Scolari names uncapped trio in Portugal squad". ESPN Soccernet. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  23. ^ "Portugal cede empate com o Kuwait" [Portugal allow Kuwait draw] (in Portuguese). Mundo Português. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Portugal-Finlândia, 1–0 (Ronaldo 78' GP)" [Portugal-Finland, 1–0 (Ronaldo 78' PK)]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  26. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.

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