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Leonardo Fernández (Bolivian footballer)

Leonardo Alberto Fernandez Napollitano (born January 13, 1974 in Avellaneda) is a retired Argentine-born Bolivian football goalkeeper. He played for 13 professional clubs in six different countries.

Leonardo Fernández
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Alberto Fernandez Napollitano
Date of birth (1974-01-13) January 13, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Argentinos Juniors 2 (0)
1996 Defensores 9 (0)
1997–2000 Oriente Petrolero 201 total (0)
2000–2001 Independiente 0 (0)
2001 Extremadura 1 (0)
2001 Unión Santa Fe 10 (0)
2002–2003 Oriente Petrolero (see above)
2004 Chacarita Juniors 16 (0)
2004 Oriente Petrolero (see above)
2005 Atlético Nacional 8 (0)
2005 Tiro Federal 2 (0)
2006 Palestino 10 (0)
2006 Aucas 9 (0)
2007 Oriente Petrolero (see above)
2009 Real Mamoré 11 (0)
2009 La Paz 8 (0)
National team
2003–2005 Bolivia 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 28, 2009

Club careerEdit

Fernández has an extensive career in football. He started out at Argentinos Juniors, where he was promoted to the first team in 1994. He then transferred to Defensores de Belgrano. After a short spell, he moved to Bolivia in 1997 to join Oriente Petrolero, a club which acquired his playing rights shortly thereafter. Fernández spent a good portion of his career at Oriente, playing there in four different occasions altogether. During his first period with Oriente he had a series of impressive displays, situation that encouraged him to apply for Bolivian citizenship in hopes of getting a call from the Bolivia national team. Fernández also played professionally for Independiente, Unión de Santa Fe, Chacarita Juniors and Tiro Federal in the Argentine Primera, CF Extremadura of the Spanish second division, Atlético Nacional in the Copa Mustang and Sociedad Deportiva Aucas of the Serie A de Ecuador.[1]

In April 2007, while playing for Oriente, Fernández tested positive for marijuana consumption after a league game's doping control test. He appealed for a second test, and after the results came positive again the league decided to suspend him for a two-year period.[2]

In 2009, Fernández returned to professional football with Bolivian first division club Real Mamoré.[3] Later in the year, he joined La Paz F.C., club where he finished his career.[4]

Bolivia national teamEdit

After his naturalization, Fernández was called to represent the Bolivia national team. Between 2003 and 2005, he earned a total of 17 caps for Bolivia, including 3 appearances in Copa América 2004. He represented his newly adopted country in 13 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[5]

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Club titlesEdit


  1. ^ Leo Fernández resguardará el pórtico de Aucas[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Fernández dio positivo por cocaina y sería suspendido por dos años (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Leo Fernández es arquero de Real Mamoré Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  4. ^ La Paz refuerza su arco con Fernández Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Leonardo FernándezFIFA competition record

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