Víctor Fernández

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Víctor Fernández
Personal information
Full name Víctor Fernández Braulio
Date of birth (1960-11-28) 28 November 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña (coach)
Youth career
Stadium Casablanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–? Sariñena
Teams managed
1988–1990 Zaragoza (assistant)
1990–1991 Zaragoza B
1991–1996 Zaragoza
1997 Tenerife
1998–2002 Celta
2002–2004 Betis
2004–2005 Porto
2006–2008 Zaragoza
2010 Betis
2013 Gent
2014– Deportivo La Coruña
* 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 Braulio.

Víctor Fernández Braulio (born 28 November 1960) is a Spanish football coach, currently in charge of Deportivo de La Coruña.

Football career[edit]

Fernández was born in Zaragoza, Aragon. Late into the 1990–91 season, aged only 30, he was promoted to hometown Real Zaragoza's first team,[1] eventually leading it to the 17th league position and avoiding La Liga relegation in the playoffs against Real Murcia; at the time of his beginnings, he was the second youngest manager to ever coach in the category, after Xabier Azkargorta.

In the following years Fernández helped Zaragoza consolidate in the top division, notably reconverting Gustavo Poyet from forward to attacking midfielder and winning the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the following season.[2] He was relieved of his duties on 8 November 1996,[3] meeting the same fate the following year with his next club, CD Tenerife.[4]

For four complete seasons in the late 90s/early 2000s, Fernández was in charge of Celta de Vigo, helping the Galicians qualify three times for the UEFA Cup during his spell while playing highly attractive football.[5] From 2002–04 he worked with fellow top flight outfit Real Betis, respectively finishing eighth and ninth in his two years.[6]

In the 2004 summer, Fernández moved abroad and joined Portuguese powerhouse F.C. Porto.[7] He started his tenure with the conquest of the Intercontinental Cup, but was abruptly fired in February of the following year following a 1–3 home loss against S.C. Braga.[8]

Fernández returned to his beloved Zaragoza for the 2006–07 campaign,[9] qualifying the club for the UEFA Cup in his first year but being sacked midway through his second,[10] as the season eventually ended in relegation. In another return he joined Betis in late January 2010, replacing fired Antonio Tapia;[11][12] during his spell the Verdiblancos were the team in the league with the most points, but they could not eventually promote from Segunda División, after finishing with the same points as the third-placed club.

On 9 January 2013, Fernández moved for his second experience abroad, signing a contract with Belgian side K.A.A. Gent.[13] He was sacked on 30 September 2013 due to poor results.[14]

Fernández was appointed as the new manager of Deportivo de La Coruña on 10 July 2014, succeeding Fernando Vázquez.[15]

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Zaragoza
Celta
Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fernández empezó a trabajar" [Fernández started working] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 March 1991. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Víctor y Brzic, cesados" [Víctor and Brzic, sacked] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 8 November 1996. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "El Celta acaba con Víctor" [Celta finishes Víctor] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 November 1997. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Víctor: "El proyecto celeste es apasionante"" [Víctor: "The celeste project is enticing"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 30 May 1998. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lopera confirma a Víctor Fernández como nuevo técnico" [Lopera confirms Víctor Fernández as new coach] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 18 May 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "El mejor equipo de mi carrera" [Best team of my career] (in Spanish). El País. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Toyota Cup 2004". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Un emocionado Víctor Fernández regresa al equipo tras diez años" [Teary Víctor Fernández returns to team after ten years] (in Spanish). Diario de León. 30 May 1998. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Víctor, destituido" [Víctor, fired] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Víctor Fernández, nuevo entrenador del Betis" [Víctor Fernández, new Betis manager] (in Spanish). El País. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official: Victor Fernandez appointed new Real Betis coach". Goal.com. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Victor Fernandez is de nieuwe coach van Gent" [Víctor Fernández is the new Gent manager] (in Dutch). Sporza. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "AA Gent neemt afscheid van coach Fernandez" [AA Gent says goodbye to coach Fernandez]. Sporza (in Dutch). 30 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Deportivo name Fernandez as coach". ESPN FC. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
George Graham
Cup Winners' Cup Winning Coach
1994–95
Succeeded by
Luis Fernández