Álex Fernández

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Álex
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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
Espanyol
Number 24
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– Espanyol 29 (0)
2015 Rijeka (loan) 9 (2)
2015–2016 Reading (loan) 8 (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 8 May 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 RCD Espanyol 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 club on 19 January 2016, in a 5–2 home triumph over Huddersfield Town for the FA Cup.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Álex's older brother, José Ignacio, is also a footballer. A defender, he too graduated from Real Madrid's academy.[11]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 January 2016[12]
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]

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