Raúl Fernández (footballer)
Fernández warming up for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game
|Full name||Raúl Omar Fernández Valverde|
|Date of birth||6 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Lima, Peru|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2006||→ Sport Ancash (loan)||2||(0)|
|2011||→ Universitario (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Raúl Fernández Valverde (Spanish pronunciation: [ɾaˈul feɾˈnandeð βalˈβeɾðe]; born 6 October 1985 in Lima, Peru) is a professional Peruvian football goalkeeper. He started to play for the youth team of Universitario de Deportes and made his way to the first-team. He is currently playing for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. He is noted for his great dexterity and reflexes.
He is also goalkeeper of the Peru national football team.
Universitario de Deportes
Fernández got his start in the youth system of Universitario de Deportes of the Peruvian first division. He made his professional debut with the club in a 1–1 draw with Unión Huaral on July 31, 2005.
After Juan Flores signed with Cienciano for the 2007 season, José Carvallo took over as Universitario's starting goalkeeper. Carvallo gained the team's trust because of his goalkeeping skills. However, during the Clausura 2007, the coach Julio Gomez decided to give Fernández a chance to start. He made his debut on 22 September 2007 playing against Total Clean and gained Gomez's trust because of his style of goalkeeping. Fernández became the starting goalkeeper of Universitario after that game.
In 2008, his second season in Universitario, Fernàndez was immediately inserted into the starting eleven and appeared in 26 official matches, helping his team to win the Torneo Apertura 2008, with Ricardo Gareca as a coach.
Fernandez was one of the key players to Universitario's success in the Peruvian domestic league of 2009. His performances throughout the year, especially in the first play-off game against Alianza Lima got the attention of international scouts who would later contact him from various clubs in Europe. Fernández would go on to play in 143 matches for Universitario between his debut and 2010.
Fernández signed with OGC Nice on December 2010. Universitario de Deportes opted to take him on loan for six months. He made his debut for OGC Nice in the Coupe de France, in a 1–2 victory against Toulouse at the Stadium Municipal. He had a good performance in the OCG Nice's match against Dijon, when he stopped a penalty and led his team to the semifinals of the Coupe de France
Fernandez signed with FC Dallas on 10 January 2013. He was the starting goalkeeper for the MLS All-Stars in 2013.
His international career began in 2008. José del Solar called up Fernàndez to play his first international game for his country against Costa Rica, in a friendly match. In June 2011 he was called up by Sergio Markarian for the national team for Copa America 2011 in Argentina.
As of 21 January 2012[update]
|Club||Season||Ligue 1||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
National team caps
As of 10 January 2013.
- Scores and results list Peru's goal tally first.
- Peruvian First Division Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008; 2009
- Peruvian First Division Player of the Year: 2009