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Roberto Fernández Bonillo (born 5 July 1962), known simply as Roberto, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

Personal information
Full name Roberto Fernández Bonillo
Date of birth (1962-07-05) 5 July 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Betxí, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1978 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Villarreal
1979–1981 Castellón 63 (8)
1981–1986 Valencia 135 (36)
1986–1990 Barcelona 144 (35)
1990–1995 Valencia 123 (22)
1995–1999 Villarreal 142 (8)
1999–2001 Córdoba 67 (0)
Total 674 (109)
National team
1979–1980 Spain U18 10 (1)
1981 Spain U19 3 (0)
1980–1988 Spain U21 21 (7)
1982 Spain U23 1 (0)
1983 Spain amateur 2 (0)
1982–1991 Spain 29 (1)
Teams managed
2004 Valencia B
2004 Córdoba
2006–2007 Orihuela
2008–2009 Alzira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

From 1981 and during the next 14 years, he played with Valencia and Barcelona, going on to amass La Liga totals of 439 matches and 95 goals over 15 seasons. He also had two spells at Villarreal, where he started his career.

Roberto represented the Spain national team for nearly one decade, appearing at one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club careerEdit

Born in Betxí, Province of Castellón, Roberto started playing professionally with CD Castellón in 1979, after emerging through the ranks of neighbours Villarreal CF. After two years, he moved to another club in the community, Valencia CF, proceeding to score a combined 33 La Liga goals during his first four seasons but suffering relegation in 1986.

Subsequently, Roberto signed for FC Barcelona, netting ten times in 40 matches in his debut campaign,[1] including a penalty in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid,[2] which won that year's league ahead of the Catalans.

After being an essential unit as Barça won two vice-championships, two Copa del Rey trophies and the 1989 conquest of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Roberto returned to Valencia in 1990. He helped the latter to two consecutive fourth-place finishes, and spent almost the entire 1993–94 on the sidelines due to injury.[3]

For the 1995–96 season, Roberto re-joined another familiar team, now Villarreal which competed in the second division. He scored once in 36 appearances in his third year to help them achieve a first-ever promotion, being immediately relegated afterwards; he retired in 2001 at almost 39, after two seasons in the second level with Córdoba CF.[1]

Subsequently, after more than 700 official games, Roberto moved into coaching, being in charge of lowly Valencia B, Orihuela CF and UD Alzira in his native region. In the 2004–05 campaign he was one of four managers for Córdoba, who finished in 19th position and dropped down to division three.[4][1]

Roberto returned to Barcelona in the summer of 2015, in directorial capacities.[5][6][7][8] He left in June 2018 after his contract expired, being replaced by Eric Abidal who also played for the club.[9]

International careerEdit

Roberto earned 29 caps and scored one goal for Spain during nine years, and was included in the squad for the UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournaments. His debut came during the former's qualifying stage, in a 1–0 home win over Iceland on 27 October 1982 in which he played the full 90 minutes.[10]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 1990 Strahov, Prague, Czechoslovakia   Czechoslovakia 1–1 3–2 Euro 1992 qualifying[10]



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