Enrique Fernández Viola, commonly referred to as Enrique Fernández, (10 June 1912 – 6 October 1985 ) was a [1 ] Uruguayan footballer and manager who played for Nacional, Talleres (RE), Independiente, FC Barcelona, Uruguay and the Catalan XI. As a manager he won two Uruguayan championships with Nacional and La Liga titles with both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Along with Radomir Antic, he is one of only two coaches to have taken charge of both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and he is the only coach to have won La Liga titles with both. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Playing career [ edit ]
In January 1935, while playing for
Nacional, Fernández helped Uruguay win the South American Championship. His team mates at both Nacional and Uruguay included Héctor Castro. He subsequently joined FC Barcelona and under coaches Franz Platko and Patrick O'Connell helped them win the Campionat de Catalunya twice and reach the final of the Copa de España. His team mates while playing for FC Barcelona included Joan Josep Nogués, Josep Escolà and Domènec Balmanya. Fernández and Balmanya made their La Liga debuts for Barça together on 10 November 1935 in a 1–0 defeat to RCD Español. He played 17 games for FC Barcelona in La Liga and scored 8 goals. Fernández scored a hat-trick against CA Osasuna in a 5–0 win on 29 March 1936 and then 2 against Athletic Bilbao on 4 April 1936. He played his final La Liga game on 19 April 1936 in a 2–2 draw against Hércules CF.
While at FC Barcelona, Fernández also played three times for the
Catalan XI. On 19 January 1936 at the , he played in a testimonial for Les Corts Josep Samitier against SK Sidenice of Czechoslovakia. Other players in the Catalan XI that day included Sagibarba and Balmanya. His playing career at FC Barcelona was ended by the Spanish Civil War. When the war started, he was in Montevideo and the club advised him to stay there.
Coaching career [ edit ]
After retiring as a player due to a serious knee injury, Fernández began coaching and in 1946 he guided
Nacional to a Uruguayan championship. In 1947 he returned to La Liga to coach CF Barcelona. With a squad including Velasco, Ramallets and Estanislao Basora, he helped the club win two La Liga titles in 1948 and 1949. During his third season the club also won the first ever Copa Latina. Despite this, CF Barcelona could only finish fifth in La Liga and he was replaced the following season by Fernando Daucik.
Nacional and guided them to a second Uruguayan championship in 1950. He was appointed coach at Real Madrid for the 1953–54 season and with a team that included Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Miguel Muñoz, Luis Molowny and Héctor Rial he guided the club to their first La Liga title since 1933. He managed Real for 10 games at the start of the 1954–55 season but was then replaced by José Villalonga.
Fernández also managed
Real Betis for 10 games during the 1959–60 season. In July 1961 he also coached Uruguay in two World Cup qualifying games against Bolivia
Honours [ edit ]
Manager [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Barça: A People's Passion (1998), Jimmy Burns. 
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