Fernández playing for Celta in 2013
|Full name||Augusto Matías Fernández|
|Date of birth||10 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Pergamino, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2016
Augusto Matías Fernández (American Spanish: [au'ɣusto fer'nandes]; born 10 April 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Argentina national team as a central midfielder.
Born in Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Fernández was a River Plate youth graduate. He made his first team debut on 29 January 2006, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan Santana in a 5–0 away routing of Tiro Federal.
Fernández scored his first professional goal on 8 April 2007, netting the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw against Belgrano. With River he won the 2008 Clausura under Diego Simeone's coaching, playing on 15 of the 19 games (9 starts).
On 28 August 2009, after fellow Argentine Gonzalo Bergessio joined AS Saint-Etienne, Fernández arrived to the aforementioned French club. He was loaned to the French club by a third-party owner of his rights, Israeli businessman Pinhas Zahavi.
Fernández made his Ligue 1 debut on 13 September 2009, starting in a 0–1 loss at Stade Rennais, and scored his first goal in the category roughly a month later in a 3–1 home win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. However, he only appeared in 12 matches during the campaign, as his side narrowly avoided relegation.
On 9 July 2010, Fernández signed a three-year deal with Argentine Primera División side Vélez Sársfield, who bought 100% of his rights from Pinhas Zahavi for a fee of US$ 1.5 million. On his first tournament with his new club – 2010 Apertura – he played 12 games (all as a starter) on Vélez' runner-up campaign.
Fernández totalled 17 games (over 19) and 4 goals in his team's league winning campaign (2011 Clausura), and 10 games (over 12) and 4 goals on their Copa Libertadores semi-finalist campaign. During the semester, he scored in 57 days twice as many goals as he had during his entire professional career: 3 on the Copa Libertadores and another 3 on the Argentine league. Against LDU Quito for the Copa Libertadores round of 16, he also scored his first double.
Fernández scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 22 September 2012, netting the first in a 2–1 home success over Getafe CF. He finished the season as an ever-present figure for the Galicians, appearing in 36 matches and scoring six goals as his side narrowly avoided relegation.
On 1 January 2016, Fernández joined Atlético Madrid on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, mainly as a cover to the injured Tiago. He made his debut 10 days later in a 0–2 win against former club, Celta, playing 54 minutes before being replaced by Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.
- As of 23 March 2017
|Total for River Plate||46||3||0||0||10||0||56||3|
|Total for Vélez Sarsfield||58||11||0||0||28||7||86||18|
|Celta de Vigo||2012–13||36||6||3||0||0||0||39||3|
|Total for Celta de Vigo||114||10||8||0||0||0||122||10|
|Total for Atlético Madrid||16||0||2||0||6||0||24||0|
Fernández made his full international debut for Argentina on 15 September 2011, starting in a 0–0 Superclásico de las Américas home draw against Brazil. On 2 June 2014 he was included in Alejandro Sabella's final 23-man squad for the year's FIFA World Cup, but was only an unused substitute during the whole tournament. In May 2016, he was included in Gerardo Martino's 23-man Argentina squad for the Copa América Centenario, being a starter for most of the tournament before missing the final after getting injured in the semifinal match.
|1.||14 June 2013||Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||
- River Plate
- Vélez Sársfield
- Atletico Madrid
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- "Vine para ser campeón" [I came to become a champion] (in Spanish). Olé. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Gabriel Martínez (9 July 2010). "El Primer Refuerzo" (in Spanish). Vélez Sársfield official website. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
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- "El mágico presente de Augusto Fernández". La Nación (in Spanish). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
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- "Augusto Fernández ficha por el Celta" [Augusto Fernández signs for Celta] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Augusto sucede a Oubiña como primer capitán del equipo" [Augusto succeeds Oubiña as the first captain of the team] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Augusto Fernández ya es rojiblanco" [Augusto Fernández already is rojiblanco] (in Spanish). Atlético's official website. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "World Cup 2014: Ever Banega excluded from Argentina squad". BBC Sport. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
- "Carlos Tevez, Paulo Dybala left off Argentina's Copa America squad". ESPN FC. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
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