Leonardo Fernández (Bolivian footballer)
|Full name||Leonardo Alberto Fernandez Napollitano|
|Date of birth||January 13, 1974|
|Place of birth||Avellaneda, Argentina|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1997–2000||Oriente Petrolero||201 total||(0)|
|2001||Unión Santa Fe||10||(0)|
|2002–2003||Oriente Petrolero||(see above)|
|2004||Oriente Petrolero||(see above)|
|2007||Oriente Petrolero||(see above)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 28, 2009|
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.
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.
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.
- Leo Fernández resguardará el pórtico de Aucas[permanent dead link] eluniverso.com (in Spanish)
- Fernández dio positivo por cocaina y sería suspendido por dos años 26noticias.com.ar (in Spanish)
- Leo Fernández es arquero de Real Mamoré Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine laprensa.com.bo (in Spanish)
- La Paz refuerza su arco con Fernández Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine laprensa.com.bo (in Spanish)
- Leonardo Fernández – FIFA competition record