Daniel Fernandes (footballer)

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Daniel Fernandes
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Márcio Fernandes
Date of birth (1983-09-25) 25 September 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Edmonton, Canada
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club OFI Crete (loan from Twente)
Number 22
Youth career
Vancouver Olympics
2000–2001 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Porto B 0 (0)
2002–2003 Celta B 1 (0)
2003 Jahn Regensburg II (loan) 12 (0)
2003–2008 PAOK 90 (0)
2008–2011 Bochum 32 (0)
2010 Iraklis (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2011 Panathinaikos (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Panserraikos (loan) 7 (0)
2011 CFR Cluj 2 (0)
2012– Twente 0 (0)
2013–2014 OFI Crete (loan) 21 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Canada U20 6 (0)
2006 Portugal U21 2 (0)
2007– Portugal 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 May 2009

Daniel Márcio Fernandes (born 25 September 1983) is a Portuguese Canadian professional footballer who plays for OFI Crete in Greece, as a goalkeeper.

Early life[edit]

The son of a Portuguese father and Czechoslovakian mother,[1] Fernandes was born in Edmonton, Alberta,[2] being raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia. His first club were the Vancouver Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Early days[edit]

In 2000, aged 17, Fernandes returned to the land of his father and joined F.C. Porto's youth system. In his first two years as a senior he only managed to appear for the reserves, his second club being Celta de Vigo B in Spain.

In January 2003, the Galicians loaned Fernandes to Regionalliga Süd side SSV Jahn Regensburg, but again failed to appear officially for the main squad, returning in June to Celta and being released from contract.

PAOK[edit]

After a successful trial, Fernandes signed with Greek club PAOK FC, playing in just four top division games in his first two seasons combined. In 2005, the team's general manager – and former player – Giorgos Kostikos took over the club's fortunes, after coach Nikos Karageorgiou was sacked following a bad string of results. He immediately replaced ageing Kyriakos Tohouroglou in his starting XI with the Portuguese.

Despite many problems both inside and outside the pitch, PAOK managed to finish in sixth place in 2005–06, with Fernandes appearing in 27 matches as the Thessaloniki outfit qualified to the UEFA Cup, only to be disqualified shortly after for irregularities. He remained first-choice for the remainder of his spell.

Bochum[edit]

On 23 May 2008, after extensive negotiations, PAOK accepted an offer from VfL Bochum, who signed Fernandes for a fee of approximately 1.2 million, with the player reuniting at the German club with former teammate Marcin Mięciel.

Fernandes made his Bundesliga debut on 16 August, in a 0–1 away loss against Karlsruher SC. He only missed three league contests in his first season, as the North Rhine-Westphalia retained top division status after finishing 14th.

In 2009–10, Fernandes was relegated to the bench by Philipp Heerwagen. On 18 January 2010, he was loaned to Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. until the end of the season.[3] In the summer, in the same predicament, he signed with another Greek side, Panathinaikos FC, who retained an option to buy.

In January 2011, yet on loan, Fernandes moved to Panserraikos FC, appearing sparingly in an eventual top level relegation and being released by Bochum in June.

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 16 August 2011, Fernandes signed a contract with Romanian side CFR Cluj.[4] He was released after only five months, in which he played in just two games.[5]

Twente[edit]

Fernandes had only managed two appearances for the Romanian powerhouse, so he opted for a free transfer to Dutch powerhouse FC Twente. The goalkeeper has signed a two-year contract and will now compete with Nikolay Mihaylov for the no.1 position.[6]

After six months he returned to his favourite Superleague Greece by joining OFI, helping him to avoid relegation. He made his debut with the club on 23 November 2013 in a away 1-0 win against Apollon Smyrni.

International career[edit]

Fernandes gained caps for Canada at U-20 level.[2][7] He then changed to play for the country of his father, Portugal, and made his under-21 debut in 2006.[8]

Fernandes received his first senior call-up in November 2006,[9] as third goalkeeper behind Ricardo and Quim. In May of the following year, he was selected for a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Belgium and a friendly with Kuwait,[10] making his debut in the latter after replacing Quim in the 66th minute of a 1–1 draw.

In February 2009 Fernandes played his second international match, substituting Eduardo at the hour-mark of a 1–0 win against Finland. In May 2010 he was named in the 23-man squad for that year's FIFA World Cup,[11][12] but did not play in the tournament in South Africa.

Personal[edit]

Fernandes has two younger brothers. He is married to Norwegian Tori-Kristin Fernandes, with the couple having one daughter together, Vida Danyela.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coração lusitano" [Lusitano heart] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Stinson, Dan (28 March 2007). "A real 'keeper for Portugal". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Iraklis F.C. signed Dani Fernandes". Iraklis FC. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "CFR l-a achiziţionat pe Daniel Fernandes, al treilea portar al Portugaliei la CM 2010!" [CFR acquires Daniel Fernandes, third Portugal goalkeeper in WC 2010!] (in Romanian). GSP. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Fernandes și-a reziliat contractul pe cale amiabilă cu CFR 1907 Cluj!" [Daniel Fernandes amicably rescinds contract with CFR 1907 Cluj] (in Romanian). CFR 1907. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Fernandes Joins Twente" (in English). Portugal Football. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Teodoro da Silva, Lucas (3 December 2006). "The Bottom Line: Daniel Fernandes – Another Shooting Star flies through Canadian radar". The Soccer Paper. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Italy's Palladino punishes Portugal". UEFA.com. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Caras novas na Selecção" [New faces in national team] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Scolari names uncapped trio in Portugal squad". ESPN Soccernet. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Convocados revelados" [Squad revealed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Pepe in Portugal squad". FIFA.com. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

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