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Fernando Vázquez Pena (born 24 October 1954) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder,[1] and is a manager.

Fernando Vázquez
Personal information
Full name Fernando Vázquez Pena
Date of birth (1954-10-24) 24 October 1954 (age 64)
Place of birth Castrofeito, Spain
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sporting Lampón
1978–1982 Loixo
1982–1986 Camporrapado
Teams managed
1978–1982 Loixo1
1982–1986 Camporrapado2
1986–1991 Lalín
1991–1993 Racing Ferrol
1994–1995 Lugo
1995–1998 Compostela
1998–1999 Oviedo
1999–2000 Mallorca
2000–2001 Betis
2001–2002 Las Palmas
2002–2003 Rayo Vallecano
2003–2004 Valladolid
2004–2007 Celta
2005–2013 Galicia
2013–2014 Deportivo La Coruña
2016 Mallorca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

Born in the village of Castrofeito, O Pino, Galicia, Vázquez was an English teacher in Lalín where he began to get involved with the school's athletics, especially football. He started his senior coaching career with modest CD Lalín in 1986, but left for higher-profile Racing de Ferrol in 1991.

Vázquez took over for various teams from 1994 to 2004, most of them in La Liga.[2] With RC Celta de Vigo he achieved promotion followed by straight qualification into the UEFA Cup, after a sixth place in the 2005–06 season.

Vázquez was relieved of his duties as manager of Celta on 9 April 2007, on the eve of the Galician derby against Deportivo de La Coruña, with his team embroiled deep in a relegation fight which it eventually lost on the last matchday.

Aside from coaching, Vázquez also worked as a pundit for Canal+ in their UEFA Champions League coverage. While still at Celta, he took charge of the Galicia autonomous team together with Arsenio Iglesias, longtime Depor manager.[3][4]

On 11 February 2013, after nearly six years away from club duty, Vázquez was appointed at Deportivo, taking Domingos Paciência's place as the third manager of the campaign as the team ranked in 20th and last position,[5] eventually finishing one place up but still dropping down to Segunda División.

Vázquez coached the club to an immediate promotion back after finishing as runner-up and, on 1 June 2014, he renewed his contract until 2016.[6] However, in July, after some statements in which he criticized the club's signing policy, he was relieved of his duties.[7]

On 19 January 2016, after nearly 18 months without a club, Vázquez was appointed RCD Mallorca manager.[8] Seriously threatened with relegation, he managed to avoid the drop in the very last matchday.

Vázquez was sacked on 6 December 2016, after only one win in six matches.[9]


1.^ As player/manager


  1. ^ "Fernando Vázquez e o galego" [Fernando Vázquez and the Galician] (in Galician). Galicia Confidencial. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Un Compos de Primera" [Primera Compos] (in Spanish). Míticos del Balompié. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Ecuador empató a 1 con Galicia" [Ecuador drew 1 all with Galicia]. El Universo (in Spanish). 29 December 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ Beotas, Enrique (14 November 2008). "Arsenio Iglesias: "Nunca se acaba de ser profeta del todo en la tierra propia"" [Arsenio Iglesias: "One is never truly a prophet in one's hometown"]. El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Fernando Vázquez, nuevo técnico del Dépor" [Fernando Vázquez, new Dépor coach]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  6. ^ "El ascenso del Deportivo amplía el contrato de Fernando Vázquez" [Deportivo's promotion extends Fernando Vázquez's contract]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  7. ^ "El Deportivo despide a Fernando Vázquez por "falta de confianza"" [Deportivo fire Fernando Vázquez due to "lack of confidence"] (in Spanish). RTVE. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Vázquez: "estoy aquí para ganar partidos"" [Vázquez: "I am here to win matches"] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Fernando Vázquez deja de ser entrenador del Real Mallorca" [Fernando Vázquez ceases to be Real Mallorca manager] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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