Fernando Francisco Reges
Fernando playing for Porto
|Full name||Fernando Francisco Reges|
|Date of birth||25 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Alto Paraíso, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2007–2008||→ Estrela Amadora (loan)||26||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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. However, he spent his first year in Portugal loaned to C.F. Estrela da Amadora, 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 2017.
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, 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". In December 2013, Fernando became a Portuguese citizen. In March, Fernando applied to FIFA to change his international allegiance from Brazil to Portugal. Under article 8.1 of the FIFA statutes, he was only eligible to represent Brazil internationally as he previously played for that country at under-20 level.
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Portuguese League: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Portuguese Cup: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Portuguese Supercup: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2009–10, 2012–13
- "Porto put faith in Fernando". UEFA.com. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Fernando emprestado ao Estrela" [Fernando loaned to Estrela] (in Portuguese). Record. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "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.
- Nunes, Luis Miguel (22 January 2013). "Fernando: "É impossível naturalizar-me português"". relvado.sapo.pt. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Fernando já tem nacionalidade portuguesa" [Fernando is already a Portuguese citizen] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Redação (27 March 2013). "Federação pediu autorização à FIFA para utilizar Fernando". abola.pt. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players". FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014.