Augusto Fernández

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Augusto Fernández
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Fernández playing for Celta in 2013
Personal information
Full name Augusto Matías Fernández
Date of birth (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Pergamino, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 12
Youth career
2005 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 River Plate 46 (3)
2009–2010 Saint-Étienne 12 (1)
2010–2012 Vélez Sársfield 58 (11)
2012–2015 Celta 114 (10)
2016– Atlético Madrid 16 (0)
National team
2011– Argentina 15 (1)
* 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.[2]

Club career[edit]

River Plate[edit]

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).[3]

Saint-Etienne[edit]

On 28 August 2009, after fellow Argentine Gonzalo Bergessio joined AS Saint-Etienne, Fernández arrived to the aforementioned French club.[4] 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.

Vélez Sársfield[edit]

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.[5][6] On his first tournament with his new club – 2010 Apertura – he played 12 games (all as a starter) on Vélez' runner-up campaign.[7]

Fernández totalled 17 games (over 19) and 4 goals in his team's league winning campaign (2011 Clausura),[8] 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.[9][10] Against LDU Quito for the Copa Libertadores round of 16, he also scored his first double.[11]

Celta[edit]

On 8 August 2012, Fernández joined newly promoted La Liga club Celta de Vigo on a four-year deal.[12] He made his debut in the category ten days later, starting in a 0–1 home loss against Málaga CF.

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.

Fernández was still a first-choice in the following campaigns, with the side now finishing in mid-table positions. On 3 October 2014, he was appointed captain of the club, replacing Borja Oubiña.[13]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

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.[14] 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.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 23 March 2017
Club Season League Cup International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2006–07 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2007–08 17 1 0 0 5 0 22 1
2008–09 18 0 0 0 5 0 23 0
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total for River Plate 46 3 0 0 10 0 56 3
Saint-Étienne 2009–10 12 1 2 0 0 0 14 1
Vélez Sarsfield 2010–11 29 4 0 0 11 4 40 8
2011–12 29 7 0 0 17 3 46 10
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
2013–14 33 2 0 0 0 0 33 2
2014–15 30 1 4 0 0 0 34 1
2015–16 15 1 1 0 0 0 16 1
Total for Celta de Vigo 114 10 8 0 0 0 122 10
Atlético Madrid 2015–16 13 0 2 0 6 0 21 0
2016–17 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total for Atlético Madrid 16 0 2 0 6 0 24 0
Career Total 246 25 12 0 44 7 246 32

International career[edit]

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,[15] 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.[16]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 2013 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala
2–0
4–0
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Vélez Sársfield
Atletico Madrid

International[edit]

Argentina

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://en.atleticodemadrid.com/jugadores/augusto-fernandez-2016-2017-2
  2. ^ https://www.whoscored.com/Players/25956/Show/Augusto-Fernndez
  3. ^ "Closing '08 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Augusto Fernandez en Vert" (in French). AS Saint-Étienne website. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Vine para ser campeón" [I came to become a champion] (in Spanish). Olé. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Opening '10 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Closing '11 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "El mágico presente de Augusto Fernández". La Nación (in Spanish). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Match report". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Guillermo Tagliaferri (27 April 2011). "Augusto Fernández fue el goleador menos pensado". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Augusto Fernández ficha por el Celta" [Augusto Fernández signs for Celta] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "Augusto Fernández ya es rojiblanco" [Augusto Fernández already is rojiblanco] (in Spanish). Atlético's official website. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "World Cup 2014: Ever Banega excluded from Argentina squad". BBC Sport. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Carlos Tevez, Paulo Dybala left off Argentina's Copa America squad". ESPN FC. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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