Daniel Fernández Artola

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Dani Fernández
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Fernández playing for N.E.C.
Personal information
Full name Daniel Fernández Artola
Date of birth (1983-01-21) 21 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
OFI Crete
Number 17
Youth career
1992–2002 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Barcelona C 14 (0)
2002–2006 Barcelona B 110 (0)
2006–2008 Metalurh Donetsk 32 (0)
2008–2009 Arsenal Kyiv 0 (0)
2008–2009 NEC (loan) 34 (0)
2009–2012 Feyenoord 10 (0)
2012–2013 Genk 26 (0)
2014– OFI Crete 4 (0)
National team
2006 Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Artola.

Daniel "Dani" Fernández Artola (born 21 January 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Greek club OFI Crete as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Fernández was the youngest of three brothers, seven and nine years older.[1] He started his football career at the cantera of local FC Barcelona, starting as a striker, then midfielder and finally defender.[2]

In the summer of 2002 Fernández joined FC Barcelona B, where he played during the next four years, always in the third division. In the 2004–05 pre-season he was invited to the first team by manager Frank Rijkaard, and appeared in friendlies with CD Banyoles, UE Figueres and Palamós CF, adding one official match on 15 November 2005, the Copa Catalunya semifinal against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[3][4]

Ukrainian adventure[edit]

After playing for Barcelona for 14 years, Fernández was ready for a new challenge. In June 2006 he signed a three-year deal with Ukrainian club FC Metalurh Donetsk.[5] The defender followed former Barcelona player Jordi Cruyff and manager Pichi Alonso to Donetsk, and made his official debut on 19 August in the league game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk (0–0).[6]

Due to disappointing results, Alonso was replaced by Dutch Co Adriaanse in December 2006. Fernández wasn't a big fan of the new manager: "It was not easy to get along with him. It really took some time to get used to him."[7] In December 2007 Metalurh Donetsk found itself in a crisis, and decided to seize all operations with the club's vice president; Dmitry Selyuk; this led to the departure of almost all foreign players.

The former vice-president turned out to be the owner of various player's transfer rights, including Fernández's. Selyuk placed the Spaniard at another Ukrainian club, FC Arsenal Kyiv. However, the player did not play a single match for Arsenal, as both he and his wife were having a hard time adjusting to the country's lifestyle; after one and a half-year, he requested a transfer.[2]

Holland[edit]

On 17 January 2008 Fernández joined Eredivisie side N.E.C. Nijmegen, on loan.[8] Club manager Mario Been had been tipped by former Feyenoord youth coach Henk van Stee, the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk's youth academy;[2] however, due to N.E.C.'s good performances after the winter break, the player had a hard time fighting himself into the first team,[7] and only played four league matches.

Despite Fernández's position on the bench, Been was very satisfied with the progress the Spanish made. After the departure of starting right-back Muslu Nalbantoğlu to Kayserispor at the end of 2007–08, N.E.C. decided to offer him an extended loan deal for another season.[7] He quickly became a first-team regular, appearing in 30 games during the campaign.

In the summer of 2009 Fernández followed former manager Been to Feyenoord, where he only played five games before suffering two serious knee injuries, which kept him off the pitch for nearly two years.

International career[edit]

Fernández never played for the Spanish national team. However, on 8 October 2006, he participated in a friendly match with Catalonia against the Basque Country (2–2).

Club statistics[edit]

As of 13 September 2009[9]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2002–03 Barcelona B Segunda División B 13 0 0 0 - 13 0
2003–04 32 0 0 0 - 32 0
2004–05 30 0 0 0 - 30 0
2005–06 35 0 0 0 - 35 0
Ukraine League Ukrainian Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Metalurh Donetsk Ukrainian Premier League 20 0 0 0 - 20 0
2007–08 12 0 0 0 - 12 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 N.E.C. Eredivisie 4 0 0 0 - 4 0
2008–09 30 0 4 0 7 0 41 0
2009–10 Feyenoord Eredivisie 5 0 0 0 - 5 0
Total Spain 110 0 0 0 0 0 110 0
Ukraine 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
Netherlands 39 0 4 0 7 0 50 0
Career total 181 0 4 0 7 0 192 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wie is Dani Fernandez?" [Who is Dani Fernandez?] (in Dutch). NEC Nijmegen. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fernández, opvolger van Emerton" [Fernández, new Emerton] (in Dutch). AD. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fernández: Leuker dan bij Barcelona" [Fernández: Nicer than Barcelona] (in Dutch). AD. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ronaldinho et Eto'o, écartés de la Copa Catalunya" [Ronaldinho and Eto'o, left out of the Copa Catalunya] (in French). FC Barcelona Clan. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Донецкий "Металлург" подписал полузащитника "Барселоны" [Metalurg Donetsk signs Barcelona midfielder] (in Russian). Podrobnosti. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Металлург Д (Донецк) – Шахтёр (Донецк) [Metallurg D (Donetsk) – Shakhtar (Donetsk)] (in Russian). Чемпионат. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Dani Fernández: "¡Me muero por jugar contra el Ajax!"" [Dani Fernandez: "I'm dying to play against Ajax!"] (in Spanish). Sport. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dani Fernández maakt overstap naar N.E.C." [Dani Fernández moves to N.E.C.] (in Dutch). NEC Nijmegen. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Dani Fernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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