Víctor (footballer, born 1974)
Víctor in 2007
|Full name||Víctor Manuel Fernández Gutiérrez|
|Date of birth||17 April 1974|
|Place of birth||Mérida, Spain|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|1993||Real Madrid C||12||(2)|
|1993–1994||Real Madrid B||20||(5)|
|1996||→ Toledo (loan)||20||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Over 18 seasons, he appeared in 561 matches both major levels of Spanish football combined, scoring 167 goals (342/93 in La Liga). He played nine years with Valladolid (two spells), and four with Villarreal.
Víctor was born in Mérida, Extremadura. A product of CD Leganés' youth system, he made his senior debuts with Real Madrid Castilla, and first appeared in La Liga with CD Tenerife, having little success in a one-and-a-half season stint. Towards the end of the second year, he played with CD Toledo in the second division.
In 1996–97, Víctor joined Real Valladolid, scoring 16 top flight goals in his debut campaign to help the club rank seventh, then spent another four years with Villarreal CF, where he was also a regular fixture (with 28 successful strikes in his first two seasons combined). On 5 June 2000, the latter signed him to a seven-year contract worth 1.4 million pesetas over the next seven years.
In July 2004, Víctor was deemed surplus to requirements at Villarreal and rejoined Valladolid, teaming up with centre forward Joseba Llorente for three years and netting nine goals to help the side retain their top level status in 2008.
In July 2009, after having once again helped the Castile and León team avoid relegation – 29 games, five goals, 1,956 minutes– Víctor, aged 35, was not offered a new contract and left. The following week he penned a one-year deal with FC Cartagena, freshly promoted to division two.
Víctor scored nine league goals for the Murcian side in his first season, improving to 12 in the following as they consecutively managed to stay afloat. In July 2011, the 37-year-old returned to first club Leganés who competed in the third tier, signing for one year. The following April, he retired to become the club's manager until the end of the season, and with three wins and a draw he saved them from relegation to Tercera División.
- "Pucelano histórico: Víctor Fernández" [Historical pucelano: Víctor Fernández] (in Spanish). Vavel. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "El Villarreal pagará 1.400 millones a Víctor en siete años" [Villarreal will pay 1.400 million to Víctor in seven years]. El País (in Spanish). 5 June 2000. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "Víctor, ex delantero del Valladolid y Villarreal, recala en Cartagena" [Víctor, former forward of Valladolid and Villarreal, ends up in Cartagena]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 10 July 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "El Leganés ficha a Víctor Fernández, ex del Valladolid, Villarreal y Cartagena" [Leganés sign Víctor Fernández, formerly of Valladolid, Villarreal and Cartagena] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "Víctor Fernández, nuevo entrenador del Leganés" [Víctor Fernández, new manager of Leganés]. El Día de Valladolid (in Spanish). 18 April 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "El 'polizón' que salvó al Leganés" [The 'stowaway' who saved Leganés]. El País (in Spanish). 21 May 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "Víctor vuelve a Cartagena como entrenador cinco años después" [Víctor returns to Cartagena as manager five years later]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 29 June 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "Cartagena destituye al entrenador Víctor Fernández tras 7 jornadas sin ganar" [Cartagena dismiss manager Víctor Fernández after 7 games without winning]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 February 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "Molina, héroe por un día" [Molina, hero for a day]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 February 2000. Retrieved 13 March 2014.