Álex Fernández

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Álex
Alejandro Fernandez Iglesias.jpg
Álex with Spain U18 in 2010
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Fernández Iglesias
Date of birth (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Elche
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2003 Complutense
2003–2005 Alcalá
2005–2010 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Real Madrid B 99 (6)
2011 Real Madrid 1 (0)
2013–2016 Espanyol 29 (0)
2015 Rijeka (loan) 9 (2)
2015–2016 Reading (loan) 8 (0)
2016– Elche 2 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U17 14 (2)
2010 Spain U18 2 (0)
2010–2011 Spain U19 10 (0)
2011 Spain U20 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fernández and the second or maternal family name is Iglesias.

Alejandro Fernández Iglesias (born 15 October 1992), commonly known as Álex, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Elche CF as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Madrid, Álex joined Real Madrid's youth system at not yet 13, arriving from neighbouring RSD Alcalá. In 2010 he started appearing with Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División B and, in July of that year, he was called by first-team coach José Mourinho to a preseason tour in the United States;[1] he made his unofficial debut on 5 August in a friendly match against Club América (3–2 win), with his brother Nacho also making his first appearance that day.[2]

Álex made his league debut with the B-team on 29 August 2010, playing 87 minutes in a 3–2 home win against Coruxo FC.[3] On 3 October he scored his first goal, contributing to a 3–0 home success over AD Cerro de Reyes,[4] and finished his first season with 30 games and two goals as the team fell short in the promotion playoffs.

On 6 March 2011, Álex made his La Liga debut, playing the last minute of the 3–1 win at Racing de Santander.[5] He contributed with 35 appearances in the 2011–12 campaignplayoffs included – with Castilla returning to the second level after five years.

Espanyol[edit]

Álex left Real Madrid in August 2013, by mutual consent. He signed shortly after with RCD Espanyol in the top level,[6][7] appearing in 30 competitive games in his first year but starting in only five.

On 28 January 2015, Espanyol loaned Álex to HNK Rijeka until the end of the season.[8] On 18 August, in the same predicament, he joined Championship side Reading with a view to a permanent move at the end of the campaign.[9] He scored his first goal for the latter on 19 January 2016, in a 5–2 home triumph over Huddersfield Town for the FA Cup.[10]

Elche[edit]

On 31 August 2016, shortly after terminating his contract with the Pericos, due to expire the following year,[11] Álex signed for Segunda División club Elche CF.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Álex's older brother, José Ignacio, is also a footballer. A defender, he too graduated from Real Madrid's academy.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 January 2016[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid Castilla 2010–11 Segunda División B 32 2 - - - - 32 2
2011–12 35 1 - - - - 35 1
2012–13 Segunda División 32 3 - - - - 32 3
Total 99 6 - - - - - - - - 99 6
Real Madrid 2010–11 La Liga 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0
2012–13 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 - 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0 - - 0 0 - - 2 0
Espanyol 2013–14 La Liga 24 0 6 0 - - - 30 0
2014–15 5 0 2 0 - - - 7 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
Total 29 0 8 0 - - - - - - 37 0
Rijeka (loan) 2014–15 Prva HNL 9 2 2 0 - 0 0 0 0 11 2
Reading (loan) 2015–16 Championship 8 0 1 1 1 0 - - 10 1
Career total 146 8 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 159 9

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid Castilla

Country[edit]

Spain U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ At the gates of the first team; Real Madrid CF, 30 July 2010
  2. ^ The Whites win first preseason match; Real Madrid CF, 5 August 2010
  3. ^ 3–2: The youth team takes the first three points at stake; Real Madrid CF, 29 August 2010
  4. ^ RM Castilla 3–0 Cerro Reyes; Real Madrid CF, 3 October 2010
  5. ^ Benzema double keeps Real hopes alive; ESPN Soccernet, 6 March 2011
  6. ^ Real Madrid y Espanyol acuerdan el traspaso de Álex Fernández (Real Madrid and Espanyol agree Álex Fernández transfer); Goal.com, 23 August 2013 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Espanyol ficha a Alex Fernández, procedente del Real Madrid Castilla (Espanyol signs Alex Fernández, from Real Madrid Castilla); Goal.com, 28 August 2013 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Principi d'acord amb el HNK Rijeka per a la cessió d'Álex (Agreement in principle with HNK Rijeka for the loan of Alex); RCD Espanyol, 28 January 2015 (Catalan)
  9. ^ "Alex Fernandez joins Royals on loan from Espanyol". Reading F.C. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Reading 5–2 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Álex Fernández deixa el club" [Álex Fernández leaves the club] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "El Elche C.F. incorpora a Álex Fernández" [Elche C.F. add Álex Fernández] (in Spanish). Elche CF. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Nacho y Álex, sangre blanca en la familia Fernández (Nacho and Álex, white blood in the Fernández family); Real Madrid CF, 3 May 2010 (Spanish)
  14. ^ "Álex". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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