Sergio (footballer, born 1977)

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Sergio
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Personal information
Full name Sergio Fernández González
Date of birth (1977-05-23) 23 May 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Avilés, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1992–1994 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Sporting B 51 (2)
1996–1999 Sporting Gijón 84 (2)
1999–2006 Celta 130 (4)
2006–2008 Zaragoza 55 (1)
2008–2012 Osasuna 81 (4)
2012 Sporting Gijón 1 (0)
Total 402 (13)
National team
1997–2000 Spain U21 12 (0)
* 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 González.

Sergio Fernández González, known as simply Sergio (born 23 May 1977), is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Over the course of 17 years as a professional he played mainly for Celta and Osasuna, starting and ending his career with Sporting de Gijón. He appeared in 295 La Liga games over the course of 15 seasons, scoring nine goals.

Football career[edit]

A tall, lanky defender, Sergio was born in Avilés, Asturias, and emerged through Sporting de Gijón's youth system, making his first appearance for the main squad on 7 January 1996 in a 3–2 home win against UD Salamanca. He would play three further seasons as an undisputed first-choice, with the club being relegated from La Liga in 1998.

In the summer of 1999 Sergio joined Real Club Celta de Vigo, being a somewhat important defensive figure in the Galician side's domestic and European consolidation. After relegation at the end of the 2003–04 campaign (19 games played), he contributed with one goal in a 2–1 home win against Xerez CD on 9 January 2005 as Celta returned to the top division, and continued to appear prominently as it immediately achieved a UEFA Cup position.

For 2006–07 Sergio signed with Real Zaragoza, reuniting with former Celta boss Víctor Fernández and teammate Juanfran[1] and playing 28 matches en route to another sixth place in the league, which again led to the UEFA Cup. However, in spite of his late equalizer against Real Madrid on 11 May 2008, in a 2–2 home draw, the Aragonese side were relegated at the end of his second year.[2]

In mid-November 2008, Sergio signed with CA Osasuna until the end of the top flight season, as the Navarrese lost Rovérsio for its duration due to a serious knee injury in a Copa del Rey contest against Getafe CF. He received the Brazilian's No. 16 jersey.[3]

The veteran continued being regularly used by Osasuna in the following years, under both José Antonio Camacho and his successor José Luis Mendilibar. On 6 March 2011 he headed home a 92nd-minute corner kick in a 1–0 away win against Málaga CF, in what was his team's first away triumph of the campaign.[4]

On 20 June 2012, after having contributed with one goal in 20 games to help Osasuna retain its league status, 35-year-old Sergio signed for two years with former club Sporting, in turn relegated to the second division.[5] Only four months later, however, he decided to retire due to a chronical injury.[6]

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