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Fernando (footballer, born 1987)

Fernando Francisco Reges Mouta (born 25 July 1987), known simply as Fernando (Brazilian Portuguese: [feʁˈnɐ̃du]), is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla as a defensive midfielder.

Fernando
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Fernando playing for Manchester City in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Fernando Francisco Reges Mouta[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Alto Paraíso, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
Number 25
Youth career
2003–2005 Vila Nova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Vila Nova 57 (3)
2007–2014 Porto 142 (2)
2007–2008Estrela Amadora (loan) 26 (1)
2014–2017 Manchester City 64 (4)
2017–2019 Galatasaray 47 (4)
2019– Sevilla 10 (0)
National team
2007 Brazil U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019

He spent most of his career with Porto with whom he signed in 2007, going on to appear in 236 competitive matches and win 12 major titles, including four Primeira Liga championships and the 2011 Europa League. He also played professionally in England, Turkey and Spain, winning the domestic league twice with Galatasaray and the 2016 League Cup with Manchester City.

Club careerEdit

 
Fernando in 2010

PortoEdit

Fernando was born in Alto Paraíso de Goiás. In June 2007 he signed a five-year contract with FC Porto directly from the Série C, having started his career at Vila Nova Futebol Clube.[2] However, he spent his first year in Portugal loaned to C.F. Estrela da Amadora,[3] where he was first-choice.

In the 2008–09 season, having returned to Porto, Fernando was an ever-present midfield fixture alongside established Lucho González and Raul Meireles, as the northerners achieved a fourth consecutive Primeira Liga title. He continued to be a starter when healthy, appearing in 41 competitive games during the 2010–11 campaign (including two goals in nearly 3,000 minutes of action) as his team won the treble.

On 9 February 2014, following an extensive negotiation that inclusively saw the player being suspended,[4] Fernando renewed his contract with Porto until 2017.[5]

Manchester CityEdit

On 25 June 2014, Fernando completed a move to Manchester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £12 million. Upon arriving, he said: "I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester".[6] He made his competitive debut on 10 August in the 2014 FA Community Shield, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–3 loss against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium;[7] he first appeared in the Premier League a week later, in a 2–0 win away to Newcastle United.[8]

Fernando scored his first goal for City on 26 December 2014, contributing to a 3–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion.[9] He featured 90 minutes in the final of the League Cup on 28 February 2016, helping defeat Liverpool on penalties.[10] On 4 May, he scored an own goal after 20 minutes of the UEFA Champions League semi-final fixture against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – the first time the club coached by Manuel Pellegrini had reached that stage[11]– in an eventual 0–1 loss (also on aggregate).[12][13]

During his three-year spell at the City of Manchester Stadium, Fernando played 102 official matches and netted four times.[14]

GalatasarayEdit

On 4 August 2017, Fernando signed with Galatasaray SK on a three-year contract for an initial fee of €5.25 million. In a note published on the Turkish club's official website, it was confirmed that the payment would ascend based on the accomplishment of certain performance variables during his spell.[15] He made his Süper Lig debut in the first fixture, playing 82 minutes in a 4–1 home win against Kayserispor;[16] he made 26 official appearances during the season, scoring on 9 December in a 4–2 home victory over against Akhisar Belediyespor[17] and repeating the feat the following 29 April to help defeat reigning champions Beşiktaş J.K. 2–0 at home, a result which proved decisive for achieving the league title.[18]

SevillaEdit

On 12 July 2019, aged 32, Fernando joined Sevilla FC of the Spanish La Liga for a fee of €4.5 million, agreeing to a deal until 30 June 2022.[19]

International careerEdit

Fernando was in the Brazil under-20 squad at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, where he was sent off in the second round against Chile for assaulting referee Albert Duarte,[20] as the nation went on to win the tournament in Paraguay. Subsequently, he received a one-year ban from CONMEBOL competitions for his actions and was not included for the following tournament in the category, the 2007 FIFA World Cup.[21]

In January 2013, Fernando declared: "Even if someone asked me to naturalize, I would refuse. My dream is to play for Brazil. I'm sure one day I will wear the amarelinha".[22] In December, however, he became a Portuguese citizen,[23] applying to FIFA in March 2014 to change his international allegiance to Portugal;[24] under article 8.1 of the governing body's statutes, however, he was only eligible to represent Brazil internationally as he previously played for that country at under-20 level and at that time he did not hold Portuguese nationality.[25][26]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 27 October 2019[27][28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estrela Amadora 2007–08 Primeira Liga 26 1 3 0 2 0 31 1
Total 26 1 3 0 2 0 31 1
Porto 2008–09 Primeira Liga 25 0 4 0 1 0 10[c] 0 0 0 40 0
2009–10 Primeira Liga 25 0 6 0 1 0 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 39 0
2010–11 Primeira Liga 21 0 4 0 1 1 14[e] 1 1[d] 0 41 2
2011–12 Primeira Liga 22 1 1 0 2 0 8[f] 0 1[g] 0 34 1
2012–13 Primeira Liga 24 1 1 0 5 1 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 37 2
2013–14 Primeira Liga 25 0 4 1 4 0 11[h] 0 1[d] 0 45 1
Total 142 2 20 1 14 2 55 1 5 0 236 6
Manchester City 2014–15 Premier League 25 2 2 0 0 0 5[c] 0 1[i] 0 33 2
2015–16 Premier League 24 2 3 0 5 0 10[c] 0 42 2
2016–17 Premier League 15 0 4 0 2 0 6[c] 0 27 0
Total 64 4 9 0 7 0 21 0 1 0 102 4
Galatasaray 2017–18 Süper Lig 25 2 1 0 0 0 26 2
2018–19 Süper Lig 22 2 4 0 5[j] 0 1[k] 0 32 2
Total 47 4 5 0 5 0 1 0 58 4
Sevilla 2019–20 La Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career Total 282 10 33 1 23 2 80 1 7 0 425 14
  1. ^ Appearances in Taça de Portugal, FA Cup, Turkish Cup and Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Appearances in Taça da Liga and Football League Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in Champions League
  4. ^ a b c d Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  5. ^ Appearances in Europa League
  6. ^ Six appearances in Champions League and two in Europa League
  7. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  8. ^ Six appearances in Champions League and five in Europa League
  9. ^ Appearance in Community Shield
  10. ^ Four appearances in Champions League and one in Europa League
  11. ^ Appearance in Turkish Super Cup

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Porto put faith in Fernando". UEFA. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Fernando emprestado ao Estrela" [Fernando loaned to Estrela]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 August 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "News round-up: Fernando frozen out by FC Porto, Otamendi sold". PortuGOAL. 6 February 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Fernando saga ends... for now". PortuGOAL. 9 February 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Fernando: Manchester City sign FC Porto midfielder". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (10 August 2014). "Arsenal 3–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (17 August 2014). "Newcastle United 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  9. ^ Bevan, Chris (26 December 2014). "West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  10. ^ Rostance, Tom (28 February 2016). "League Cup final: Man City win on penalties". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Manchester City qualify for first ever Champions League semi-final". Yaya Touré. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ Burt, Jason (4 May 2016). "Real Madrid 1 Manchester City 0 (agg 1–0): Fernando own goal sets up all-Madrid Champions League final". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  13. ^ Jurejko, Jonathan (4 May 2016). "Real Madrid 1–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  14. ^ Young-Myles, Oliver (22 June 2017). "Hit or Miss? Every Brazilian to play for Man City". Squawka. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Fernando Galatasaray'da" [Fernando to Galatasaray] (in Turkish). Galatasaray S.K. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  16. ^ "İşte Galatasaray – Kayserispor maçının özeti" [Here is the Galatasaray – Kayserispor match summary] (in Turkish). beIN Sports. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Galatasaray: 4 – Akhisarspor: 2 | MAÇ SONUCU" [Galatasaray: 4 – Akhisarspor: 2 | MATCH RESULT]. Habertürk (in Turkish). 9 December 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Galatasaray-Beşiktaş maç sonucu: 2–0" [Galatasaray-Besiktas match result: 2–0]. Fanatik (in Turkish). 29 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  19. ^ Clancy, Conor (12 July 2019). "Fernando arrives in Seville". Marca. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Meia Fernando é suspenso do Sul-Americano sub-20 por agredir árbitro" [Midfielder Fernando is suspended from under-20 South American for assaulting referee] (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  21. ^ "Volante da seleção sub-20 é suspenso por um ano" [Under-20 national team holding midfielder is suspended for one year]. O Globo (in Portuguese). 14 February 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  22. ^ Nunes, Luís Miguel (22 January 2013). "Fernando: "É impossível naturalizar-me português"" [Fernando: "It is impossible for me to become a Portuguese national"] (in Portuguese). Relvado. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Fernando já tem nacionalidade portuguesa" [Fernando is already a Portuguese citizen]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  24. ^ "Federação pediu autorização à FIFA para utilizar Fernando" [Federation asked FIFA's permission to use Fernando]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 27 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  25. ^ "FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  26. ^ "Fernando denied clearance to play for Portugal". Goal. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  27. ^ a b c d Fernando at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  28. ^ "Fernando". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  29. ^ Cândido, Felipe (27 June 2014). "Vila Nova receberá R$ 1 milhão com venda de volante" [Vila Nova to make R$ 1 million with sale of holding midfielder] (in Portuguese). Mais Goiás. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Final: Porto 1–0 Braga: Overview". UEFA. Archived from the original on 23 October 2018.
  31. ^ McNulty, Phil (28 February 2016). "Liverpool 1–1 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Aslan, Beşiktaş derbisinde şampiyonluk için kükredi" [Aslan roars for the championship in Beşiktaş derby]. Hürriyet (in Turkish). 29 April 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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