Fernando Gómez Colomer (born 11 September 1965), sometimes known as just Fernando, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
|Full name||Fernando Gómez Colomer|
|Date of birth||11 September 1965|
|Place of birth||Valencia, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
His professional career was closely connected to Valencia with which he made his La Liga debut at the age of 18, going on to make a record 556 appearances and score 142 official goals. He worked with the club in directorial capacities following his retirement.
Fernando represented Spain at the 1990 World Cup.
Born in Valencia, Fernando spent the vast majority of his career at hometown's Valencia CF, representing them for 15 seasons as a senior. He would garner a reputation as an outstanding playmaker who boasted an exceptional scoring record from midfield (he scored 14 league goals twice, ten three times), also being team captain; he played a club-record 420 La Liga matches, and also ranked as the fourth-highest scorer with 142 goals in all competitions.
Fernando made his debut with the main squad on 15 January 1984 in a 2–1 away loss against Real Valladolid, after moving up from the reserves CD Mestalla. He truly came to the forefront in 1986–87 as the team won promotion back from the Segunda División at the first attempt; aside from this campaign he spent all of his spell with Valencia in the top flight, where he twice finished second in the championship, also helping to a runner-up finish in the Copa del Rey of 1995.
Fernando won the Don Balón's Best Spanish Player Award for 1988–89, and broke into the Spanish national team later that year. He finally left the Mestalla Stadium in August 1998, to join English First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer. In his one season at the Molineux Stadium, partnering club icon Steve Bull and young prospect Robbie Keane, he scored twice: a left-foot volley against Stockport County in a 2–2 home draw at the end of his first month, and an early winner in the 2–1 victory at Tranmere Rovers in his penultimate game in January.
Fernando then signed with Segunda División B's CD Castellón also in the Valencian Community. After another sole season, he retired in 2000 at the age of nearly 35. He remained at the club as director of football, switching afterwards to sports commentator on both radio and television. In July 2008, however, he returned to Valencia again as sporting director, leaving the post two years later.
Fernando began managing already in his 50s, at CF Torre Levante in the Tercera División. He resigned in September 2016 with the team in eighth, calling the situation "unsustainable". The following July, he joined UD Alzira in the same league, and received a one-year extension in June 2018.
A seven-game winless run ending with four straight defeats saw Fernando dismissed in November 2018. After a season at UD Benigànim, another local amateur side, he became sporting director at Castellón in June 2021.
Fernando earned eight caps and scored two goals for Spain, making his international debut on 15 November 1989 in a 4–0 win against Hungary for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, closing the score in Seville. He was subsequently selected for the squad that competed in the finals in Italy, where he made a substitute appearance in the 3–1 group stage victory over South Korea.
Fernando had earlier represented the nation at youth level in the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing joint-top scorer with three goals en route to the final.
Fernando's father was head of a university department, while his brothers became a law professor and a doctor, respectively. His sons followed him into football, but did not turn professional. For his studious background, he was nicknamed "El Catedrático" (The Professor).
In April 2011, Fernando was recruited by the People's Party in Chiva, Valencia to run as number 3 on their list for the local elections. After serving one term as the councillor in charge of sports, he did not run for re-election in 2015.
- Segunda División: 1986–87
- Copa del Rey runner-up: 1994–95
- FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up: 1985
- List of La Liga players (400+ appearances)
- List of Valencia CF players (+100 appearances)
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- ^ Astruells, Andrés (16 November 1989). "El remate de una gran faena" [Icing on tasty cake]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ^ Guasch, Tomás (18 June 1990). "Victoria para la rehabilitación" [Win for rehabilitation]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2014.
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- ^ Torres, David (8 June 2021). "Fernando Gómez vuelve a encabezar un proyecto como director deportivo" [Fernando Gómez leads a project as sporting director again] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
- ^ Badillo, A. (16 April 2011). "Fernando regresa a la política con el PP de Chiva" [Fernando returns to politics with Chiva's PP]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2021.
- ^ Pérez, Iván (16 April 2015). "El ex futbolista Fernando Gómez no repetirá como concejal en Chiva" [Ex-footballer Fernando Gómez will not run as councillor again in Chiva]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2021.
- Fernando Gómez at BDFutbol
- CiberChe biography and stats (in Spanish)
- Fernando Gómez at Soccerbase
- Fernando Gómez at National-Football-Teams.com
- Fernando Gómez – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Fernando Gómez at EU-Football.info