Abelardo Fernández

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Abelardo training with Barcelona in 2000
Personal information
Full name Abelardo Fernández Antuña
Date of birth (1970-04-19) 19 April 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sporting Gijón (coach)
Youth career
1985–1986 La Braña
1986–1988 Estudiantes Somió
1988–1989 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Sporting Gijón 179 (13)
1994–2002 Barcelona 178 (11)
2002–2003 Alavés 28 (0)
Total 385 (24)
National team
1990 Spain U20 1 (0)
1990–1991 Spain U21 6 (1)
1991–1992 Spain U23 12 (5)
1991–2001 Spain 54 (3)
2002 Asturias 1 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Sporting B
2010–2011 Candás
2011–2012 Tuilla
2012 Sporting Gijón (assistant)
2012–2014 Sporting B
2014– Sporting Gijón
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Gold 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Antuña.

Abelardo Fernández Antuña (Spanish pronunciation: [aβeˈlarðo ferˈnandeθ anˈtuɲa]; born 19 April 1970), simply known as Abelardo, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Sporting de Gijón.

A player with good heading and marking ability, he was also known for a distinctive bald head, a style which he adopted from a relatively young age. During his career he was almost exclusively associated with Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona, having amassed La Liga totals of 385 games and 24 goals over the course of 14 seasons.

Having won nearly 60 caps for Spain in one full decade, Abelardo represented the nation in two World Cups and as many European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Born in Gijón, Asturias, Abelardo started his professional career with local Sporting de Gijón, with which he made his La Liga debuts. Signing with FC Barcelona for the 1994–95 season in a 275 million pesetas deal, he was always an important first team element, helping the Catalans to two leagues, cups and supercups, adding another two European trophies. However, he was greatly hampered by injuries in his final years at the Camp Nou.[1]

Aged 32, Abelardo joined Deportivo Alavés, initially signing a two-year deal[2] but retiring after just one season[3] due to a recurrent knee injury, which had already bothered him at Barcelona.[4]

Subsequently he took up coaching, starting with his first team's B-side in 2008. Midway through his second year he was fired, with the club managing to retain its third division status nonetheless. In the 2010 summer he moved to another club in the region, amateurs Candás CF.

Fernández signed for CD Tuilla for the 2011–12 season – also in Asturias and the fourth level – winning the Copa Federación de España (Asturias tournament). On 10 February 2012, former team Sporting Gijón hired him as an assistant coach after Iñaki Tejada was appointed following the departure of Manolo Preciado.[5]

Abelardo returned to head coach duties and Sporting B for the 2012–13 campaign.[6] Late into the following season he led the team to a 4–1 away win over neighbouring Real Oviedo and, one week later, replaced sacked José Ramón Sandoval at the helm of the main squad.[7]

International career[edit]

Abelardo made his debut for the Spanish national team on 4 September 1991, in a friendly against Uruguay in Oviedo.[8] He went on to collect 54 caps with three goals, and was a participant at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 1996 and 2000.

He was also an essential member of the squad that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, netting in both the semifinals (2–0, Ghana) and the final (3–2 over Poland).[9]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 1991 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  France 1–2 1–2 Euro 1992 qualifying
2. 13 November 1991 Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Czechoslovakia 1–0 2–1 Euro 1992 qualifying
3. 29 March 2000 Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain  Italy 2–0 2–0 Friendly









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