Nacho (footballer, born 1990)
José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse iɣˈnaθjo feɾˈnandeθ iˈɣlesjas]; born 18 January 1990), known as Nacho (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnatʃo]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Real Madrid and the Spain national team.
Nacho with Spain in 2017
|Full name||José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias|
|Date of birth||18 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009–2013||Real Madrid B||105||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:54, 1 March 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2018
He has spent his entire career with Real Madrid after making his debut with the first team in 2011, making over 200 appearances and winning several trophies, including four Champions Leagues.
Born in Madrid, Nacho arrived in Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 11. He made his senior debut in 2008–09, playing two games with the reserves in Segunda División B and subsequently appearing in a further two full seasons in that level; it was during this time he formed a long-lasting friendship with future Russian national team player Denis Cheryshev.
On 23 April 2011, Nacho made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, starting as a left back in a 6–3 away win against Valencia CF and playing in the entire match. His second appearance came the following week, in a 2–3 home loss to Real Zaragoza.
Nacho was one of the youth team players chosen to accompany the first team on their summer friendlies in North America, prior to the start of the 2011–12 campaign. He came on as a substitute in all three matches, against the LA Galaxy, C.D. Guadalajara and Philadelphia Union.
On 2 September 2012, main squad manager José Mourinho announced that Nacho, along with Álvaro Morata and Jesús, would be promoted to the first team but continue to play with Castilla. He became an official full-time member at the start of 2013–14, receiving the number 18 shirt after the departure of Raúl Albiol.
On 3 July 2014, Nacho signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2021. He scored his first official goal for them on 10 January of the following year, closing the score in a 3–0 home victory against RCD Espanyol.
Two minutes after replacing the injured Marcelo in a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on 3 November 2015, Nacho scored the only goal and sealed his team's advance to the last-16 with his first goal in a European competition. He contributed with five appearances, as the tournament ended in conquest.
On 11 February 2017, Nacho made his 100th appearance for Real Madrid in a 3–1 away win against CA Osasuna. Benefitting from injuries and suspensions to teammates, he was the most utilized player in the centre-back position as the club won its first national championship in five years; he added four matches in the Champions League, again conquered by his team.
Nacho scored his first career brace on 21 January 2018, in a 7–1 win over Deportivo de La Coruña. During that year's Champions League he made eight appearances while scoring one goal, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the tournament; in the decisive match against Liverpool, he featured at right-back after replacing the injured Dani Carvajal late into the first half of an eventual 3–1 win in Kyiv.
After playing for Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, Nacho was first called by the full side on 2 September 2013 for a friendly with Switzerland to be held eight days later, in place of injured Iñigo Martínez. He made his debut by replacing Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos early into the second half of the 2–2 draw against Chile in Geneva.
Nacho was named in Spain's final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He scored his first goal for his country on 15 June, starting as right-back in the group stage fixture against Portugal and netting with a curled shot from 30 meters in a 3–3 draw.
Style of playEdit
A player known for his versatility in every defensive position on the pitch, both Julen Lopetegui and Zinedine Zidane used Nacho as a centre, right and left back. He is seen as a reliable full-back option due to his skills on the ball and penchant for making forward runs down his flank; a fast and agile defender who is known for his work rate, endurance and strength in the air despite not being particularly tall for his position.
Apart from his defensive skills, Nacho is also a competent passer of the ball in both short and long distances, with a 92.2% pass completion and accuracy in 2017–18. During the same season, he scored five goals from set pieces.
Nacho's younger brother, Álex, is also a footballer. A midfielder, he too graduated from Real Madrid's academy, and both made their first-team debut in the same game; Álex moved on, settling at Cádiz CF, and they played against one another in 2020. Their physical appearance is quite dissimilar, owing to Álex's red hair.
In November 2016, Nacho revealed that he has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was 12 years old. Throughout his first five years in the first team, Nacho managed to avoid major injuries, attributing his success to his eating habits and preparation.
He has three children with his wife María Cortés, a daughter and two sons.
|RM Castilla||2008–09||Segunda División B||2||0||–||–||–||2||0|
|Real Madrid||2010–11||La Liga||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
- As of 15 October 2018
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Nacho goal.
|1||15 June 2018||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia||18||Portugal||3–2||3–3||2018 FIFA World Cup|
Real Madrid Castilla
- La Liga: 2016–17, 2019–20
- Copa del Rey: 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2017
- UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
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- "Real Madrid win the longest LaLiga Santander season". Marca. Spain. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
- Nacho, convocado por la selección española absoluta (Nacho, called up by Spain's full team) Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Real Madrid CF, 2 September 2013 (in Spanish)
- Spain 2–2 Chile: Last gasp Navas saves the day Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Inside Spanish Football, 10 September 2013
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- Nacho y Álex, sangre blanca en la familia Fernández (Nacho and Álex, white blood in the Fernández family) Archived 21 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Real Madrid CF, 3 May 2010 (in Spanish)
- Alex Fernandez wins sibling rivalry in Cadiz victory over Real Madrid, The Times of India, 18 October 2020
- 'I have told him many times, to come and join me at Cadiz': Alex Fernandez offers Nacho chance for Madrid exit, Tribuna.com, 30 March 2020
- Lara, Miguel Ángel (10 November 2016). "Nacho opens up on struggles with diabetes". Marca. Spain. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
- Jack, Woodfield (7 March 2017). "Real Madrid footballer Nacho Fernandez was told type 1 diabetes would end his career". Diabetes.co.uk. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Nacho, sin lesiones ¡desde infantiles!" [Nacho, injury-free since the youth team!]. Marca (in Spanish). Spain. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Nacho Fernández es padre unas horas antes de la final" [Nacho Fernández is a father a couple of hours before the final]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- Nacho at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Nacho at ESPN FC
- "Nacho". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- "Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 (5–1 on aggregate): Woeful Barca dismissed as Zinedine Zidane's unstoppable side win Super Cup". The Daily Telegraph. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- "Isco goal gives Real Madrid victory over Manchester United in Super Cup". The Guardian. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- "Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory". The Guardian. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- La selección española sub'17 se proclama campeona de Europa [The Spain under-17 team is proclaimed European champion], Marca (in Spanish), 13 May 2007
- "Experience and talent fill Spain U21 selection". UEFA. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
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