Roberto Fernández Bonillo

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Roberto
Personal information
Full name Roberto Fernández Bonillo
Date of birth (1962-07-05) 5 July 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Betxí, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1978 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Villarreal
1979–1981 Castellón 63 (8)
1981–1986 Valencia 135 (36)
1986–1990 Barcelona 144 (35)
1990–1995 Valencia 124 (22)
1995–1999 Villarreal 142 (8)
1999–2001 Córdoba 67 (0)
National team
1979–1980 Spain U18 10 (1)
1981 Spain U19 3 (0)
1980–1988 Spain U21 21 (7)
1982 Spain U23 1 (0)
1983 Spain amateur 2 (0)
1982–1991 Spain 29 (2)
Teams managed
2004 Valencia B
2004 Córdoba
2006–2007 Orihuela
2008–2009 Alzira
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Bonillo.

Roberto Fernández Bonillo (born 5 July 1962), simply known as Roberto, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

From 1981 and during the next fourteen years, he played with Valencia and Barcelona, going on to amass La Liga totals of 439 games and 95 goals over the course of 15 seasons. He also had two spells at Villarreal, where he started his career.

Roberto represented the Spanish national team for nearly one decade, appearing at one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Betxí, Province of Castellón, Roberto started playing professionally with CD Castellón in 1979, after emerging through the ranks of neighbours Villarreal CF. After two years he moved to another club in the community, Valencia CF, proceeding to score an impressive 33 La Liga goals during his first four seasons combined but suffering relegation in 1986.

Subsequently Roberto signed for FC Barcelona, netting ten times in 40 matches in his debut campaign, including a penalty in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid,[1] which won that year's league ahead of the Catalans.

After being an essential unit as Barça won two vice-championships, two Copa del Rey trophies and the 1989 conquest of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Roberto returned to Valencia in 1990, helping the Che to two consecutive fourth league places and spending almost the entire 1993–94 on the sidelines, due to injury.[2]

For the 1995–96 season Roberto re-joined another familiar team, now Villarreal which competed in the second level. He scored once in 36 appearances in his third year to achieve a first-ever promotion to the side, which was immediately relegated afterwards; he retired in 2001 at almost 39, after two seasons in division two with Córdoba CF.

Subsequently, after more than 700 official games, Roberto moved into coaching, being in charge of lowly Valencia B, Orihuela CF and UD Alzira in his native region. In the 2004–05 campaign he was one of four managers for Córdoba, who finished in 19th position and dropped down to the third division.

International career[edit]

Roberto earned 29 caps and scored one goal for Spain during nine years, and was included in the squad for the UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

His debut came during the former's qualifying stage, in a 1–0 home win against Iceland on 27 October 1982 in which he played the full 90 minutes.[3]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 December 1988 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Northern Ireland 4–0 4–0 1990 World Cup qualification
2. 14 November 1990 Strahov, Prague, Czechoslovakia  Czechoslovakia 1–1 3–2 Euro 1992 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Castellón
Barcelona

Country[edit]

Spain U21

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