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Fernando Soriano Marco (born 24 September 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and is a manager.

Fernando Soriano
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Soriano playing with Almería in 2013
Personal information
Full name Fernando Soriano Marco
Date of birth (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Zaragoza B 144 (32)
2001–2005 Zaragoza 81 (6)
2001–2002Recreativo (loan) 39 (4)
2005–2010 Almería 149 (19)
2010–2011 Osasuna 30 (2)
2011–2016 Almería 163 (23)
Total 606 (86)
National team
1995–1996 Spain U16 6 (1)
1997 Spain U17 5 (0)
1998 Spain U18 1 (0)
1999 Spain U20 2 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Almería
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent most of his 19-year professional career with Almería, totalling ten seasons in two different spells. In La Liga, where he also represented Zaragoza and Osasuna, he amassed totals of 229 games and 21 goals, adding the same amount of matches and 33 goals in Segunda División.

During nine months and starting in 2016, Soriano also managed Almería.

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Club careerEdit

Soriano was born in Zaragoza, Aragon. A product of hometown Real Zaragoza's youth ranks, he was loaned to second division side Recreativo de Huelva before appearing with the first team, which would befall during the 2002–03 season, also in the second level.

In La Liga, Soriano proved a very useful midfield element. In the 2003–04 campaign, he scored the winner in 2–1 wins over Racing de Santander[1] and FC Barcelona[2] while also helping his team to the conquest of the Copa del Rey.[3]

Soriano joined UD Almería for 2005–06, netting seven goals in his first year. He was an instrumental figure in the club's first-ever top division promotion the next season, reuniting with former Zaragoza teammate Corona; both players were instrumental in the following campaign, as the Andalusians went on to finish eighth in their maiden experience in the top tier.[4][5]

Soriano had a successful season overall in 2009–10, as Almería retained its status for the third consecutive year. Without the presence of striker Álvaro Negredo, he was much more depended upon in goalscoring matters and netted seven times in 35 games, joint-second in the team as they finished in 13th position (he also collected 13 yellow cards) – he spent many matches appearing as a supporting striker.[6][7]

On 21 May 2010, free agent Soriano signed for 2+1 years with CA Osasuna.[8] He made his official debut for the Navarrese in the season opener, a 0–0 home draw against former team Almería.[9]

In late July 2011, after a disappointing campaign overall, Soriano terminated his contract with Osasuna and returned to his previous club, penning a three-year deal.[10] He scored a career-best 12 goals from 39 appearances in the 2012–13 campaign, helping the team return to the top flight after a two-year absence.[11][12][7]

On 17 May 2016, aged 36, Soriano retired and was immediately appointed manager of Almería until the end of the division two season.[13] After managing to avoid relegation and remain unbeaten in his four games in charge (two wins and two draws), he renewed his contract for a further year.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[15][16]

Club Season Competition League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zaragoza B 1997–98 Segunda División B 34 9 34 9
1998–99 35 6 35 6
1999–2000 32 10 6 0 38 10
2000–01 37 7 37 7
Total 138 32 6 0 144 32
Recreativo 2001–02 Segunda División 39 4 0 0 39 4
Zaragoza 2002–03 Segunda División 38 4 2 1 40 5
2003–04 La Liga 24 2 3 1 27 3
2004–05 19 0 0 0 8 1 1 0 28 1
Total 81 6 5 2 8 1 1 0 95 9
Almería 2005–06 Segunda División 34 7 1 0 35 7
2006–07 22 2 0 0 22 2
2007–08 La Liga 34 2 1 0 35 2
2008–09 24 1 2 0 26 1
2009–10 35 7 1 0 36 7
Total 149 19 5 0 154 19
Osasuna 2010–11 La Liga 30 2 1 0 31 2
Almería 2011–12 Segunda División 34 4 4 2 38 6
2012–13 39 12 2 0 4 0 45 12
2013–14 La Liga 35 4 0 0 35 4
2014–15 28 3 2 0 30 3
2015–16 Segunda División 23 0 3 2 26 2
Total 159 23 11 4 4 0 174 27
Career totals 596 86 22 6 8 1 11 0 637 93

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 26 February 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Almería[17]   17 May 2016 26 February 2017 32 8 9 15 32 37 −5 025.00
Total 32 8 9 15 32 37 −5 025.00

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ El Zaragoza logra la remontada en Santander (Zaragoza come from behind in Santander); El Mundo, 23 November 2003 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Todos contentos en la Romareda (Everybody happy at la Romareda); El Mundo, 23 May 2004 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Beckham misses out on Cup; BBC Sport, 17 March 2004
  4. ^ Soriano busca su cuarto ascenso y Corona, el tercero (Soriano in search of a fourth promotion and Corona, a third); Marca, 19 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Corona y Fernando Soriano, dos capitanes para buscar el ascenso (Corona and Fernando Soriano, two captains in search of promotion); Ideal, 17 June 2015 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Fernando Soriano quiere ser Pichichi (Fernando Soriano wants to be Pichichi); El Periódico de Aragón, 2 December 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ a b Guerrero deslavazado (Disjointed warrior); Ecos del Balón, 14 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Soriano ficha por Osasuna por dos temporadas (Soriano signs for Osasuna for two seasons); Marca, 21 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ No goals in Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2010
  10. ^ Fernando Soriano regresa al Almería (Fernando Soriano returns to Almería)[permanent dead link]; UD Almería, 25 July 2011 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Soriano: "Ser favoritos al ascenso nos genera a veces una presión un poco excesiva" (Soriano: "Being favourites to promote sometimes brings an excessive pressure with it"); Marca, 28 February 2013 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Almería se aprovecha de la fiesta de ascenso del Elche (Almería crash Elche's promotion party); Diario AS, 19 May 2013 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Fernando Soriano dirigirá al Almería hasta el final de la presente temporada (Fernando Soriano will manage Almería until the end of the current season); UD Almería, 17 May 2016 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Fernando Soriano será el entrenador del Almería para la próxima temporada (Fernando Soriano will be Almería's manager for the following season); UD Almería, 8 June 2016 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Soriano: Fernando Soriano Marco". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Soriano". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Soriano: Fernando Soriano Marco". BDFutbol. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
    "Soriano: Fernando Soriano Marco". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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