Roberto Fernández Bonillo
|Full name||Roberto Fernández Bonillo|
|Date of birth||5 July 1962|
|Place of birth||Betxí, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* 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.
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, including a penalty in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid, 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.
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.
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.
Roberto returned to Barcelona in the summer of 2015, in directorial capacities. He left in June 2018 after his contract expired, being replaced by Eric Abidal who also played for the club.
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.
|1.||14 November 1990||Strahov, Prague, Czechoslovakia||Czechoslovakia||1–1||3–2||Euro 1992 qualifying|
- Qué fue de… Roberto Fernández, un centrocampista 100% mediterráneo (What happened to… Roberto Fernández, 100% Mediterranean midfielder); 20 minutos, 24 October 2013 (in Spanish)
- Lo que hay que tener (Whatever it takes); Mundo Deportivo, 24 May 1987 (in Spanish)
- El vestuario ‘ché’, de uñas (‘Ché’ locker room, up in arms); Mundo Deportivo, 24 November 1993 (in Spanish)
- El fantasma del último descenso a Segunda B (The ghost of the last relegation to Segunda B); La Voz de Córdoba, 14 November 2017 (in Spanish)
- Robert Fernández, nuevo director deportivo del Barcelona (Robert Fernández, new Barcelona sporting director); Goal, 21 July 2015 (in Spanish)
- Pedro: "Robert Fernández ha hecho unas declaraciones muy desafortunadas" (Pedro: "Robert Fernandez's statements were really out of turn"); Sport, 12 August 2015 (in Spanish)
- Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona 'for life,' says director Robert Fernandez; ESPN FC, 4 September 2015
- Robert Fernández, director deportivo del Barça: "Mi intención es que llegue un jugador más y si es posible, dos" (Robert Fernández, Barça's sporting director: "I am intent on bringing another player in and if possible, two"); Antena 3, 28 August 2017 (in Spanish)
- Soccer-Abidal Returns to Barcelona as sporting director; The New York Times, 7 June 2018
- Roberto Fernández Bonillo – International Matches; at RSSSF
- ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (in Spanish)