Fernando Francisco Reges

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Fernando
Fernando Francisco Reges.jpg
Fernando playing for Porto
Personal information
Full name Fernando Francisco Reges
Date of birth (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Alto Paraíso, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 6
Youth career
2003–2005 Vila Nova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Vila Nova 57 (3)
2007–2014 Porto 142 (2)
2007–2008 Estrela Amadora (loan) 26 (1)
2014– Manchester City 0 (0)
National team
2007 Brazil U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fernando Francisco Reges (born 25 July 1987), simply known as Fernando, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Manchester City as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Porto[edit]

Fernando was born in Alto Paraíso de Goiás. In June 2007 he signed a five-year contract with F.C. Porto directly from the Brazilian third division, having started his career at Vila Nova Futebol Clube.[1] However, he spent his first year in Portugal loaned to C.F. Estrela da Amadora,[2] where he was first-choice.

In the 2008–09 season, returned to Porto, Fernando was an everpresent midfield fixture alongside established Lucho González and Raul Meireles, as the northerners achieved a fourth-consecutive league accolade. He continued to be a starter when healthy, appearing in 41 official games during the 2010–11 campaign (two goals, nearly 3.000 minutes of action) as his team won the treble.

On 8 February 2014, Fernando extended his contract with Porto until 2019.

Manchester City[edit]

On 25 June 2014, Fernando completed a move to Manchester City for a fee of £12 million (15 million).[3]

International career[edit]

Fernando was in the Brazilian under-20 squad at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, where he was sent off in the second round against Chile for assaulting referee Albert Duarte,[4] as the nation went on to win the tournament in Paraguay. Subsequently he received a one-year ban from CONMEBOL competitions for his actions, and was not included for the subsequent tournament in the category, the 2007 FIFA World Cup.

In January 2013, Fernando declared: "Even if someone asked me to naturalize, I would refuse. My dream is to play for Brazil. I'm sure one day I will wear the amarelinha".[5] In December, however, he became a Portuguese citizen,[6] applying to FIFA in March 2014 to change his international allegiance to Portugal;[7] under article 8.1 of the governing body's statutes, however, he was only eligible to represent Brazil internationally as he previously played for that country at under-20 level and at that time he did not hold Portuguese nationality.[8][9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Porto put faith in Fernando". UEFA.com. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fernando emprestado ao Estrela" [Fernando loaned to Estrela] (in Portuguese). Record. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fernando: Manchester City sign FC Porto midfielder". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Meia Fernando é suspenso do Sul-Americano sub-20 por agredir árbitro" [Midfielder Fernando is suspended from U-20 South American for assaulting referee] (in Portuguese). UOL. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Nunes, Luis Miguel (22 January 2013). "Fernando: "É impossível naturalizar-me português"" [Fernando: "It is impossible for me to become a Portuguese national"] (in Portuguese). Relvado. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fernando já tem nacionalidade portuguesa" [Fernando is already a Portuguese citizen] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Federação pediu autorização à FIFA para utilizar Fernando" [Federation asked FIFA's permission to use Fernando] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players". FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fernando denied clearance to play for Portugal". Goal.com. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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