Carlos Fernandes (footballer, born 1979)
|Full name||Carlos Alberto Fernandes|
|Date of birth||8 December 1979|
|Place of birth||Kinshasa, Zaire|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2008||→ Foolad (loan)||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2015.
Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, Carlos started his career as a forward, subsequently moving into goalkeeper upon replacing an injured teammate. He started playing professionally with lowly U.D. Vilafranquense, having a short stint with S.C. Campomaiorense in the second division afterwards.
Carlos then returned to the lower leagues, with Amora FC. After a string of good performances with F.C. Felgueiras in the second level (sharing teams with Marcelo Moretto, later of S.L. Benfica), he signed with Primeira Liga's Boavista F.C. for the 2004–05 season.
At Boavista, Carlos was initially second-choice behind veteran William Andem, but eventually gained starting honors. This prompted a January 2006 move to Romania's FC Steaua Bucureşti, thus becoming the first Portuguese player to have played in the country's Liga I. Shortly after his arrival, he lost the confidence of fans and general manager Mihai Stoica alike, with the latter declaring at a TV show that the player, although greatly underachieving, had been put under immense pressure due to the fact of being the team's only foreigner; he was released and rejoined Boavista on 30 May 2007, having previously trained for a time with Charlton Athletic to remain fit.
In 2007–08, after losing first-choice status to Liechtensteiner Peter Jehle, Carlos was loaned to Foolad F.C. in January 2008, with the move being made permanent the following campaign – the Iran Pro League club was coached by compatriot Augusto Inácio.
After spending one year in Iran, Carlos moved back to Portugal in the summer of 2009, joining Rio Ave FC. He only missed two league games, as the Vila do Conde side retained their top division status.
Through his grandmother, Carlos chose to represent Angola at international level, the first cap coming in 2009 at nearly 30 years of age. He represented his adopted nation at the following year's Africa Cup of Nations, played on home soil.
Carlos was also the starter in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, participating in the first two games but missing the third due to yellow card accumulation, as the Palancas Negras exited in the group stage.
- "El Steaua se 'carga' al portero portugués Carlos Fernandes" [Steaua 'fulminates' Portuguese goalkeeper Carlos Fernandes]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 December 2006. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
- "Vasile Iordache: "Şi Carlos era peste Zapata!"" [Vasile Iordache: "Even Carlos was better than Zapata!"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
- "Stoica a găsit soluţia pentru atacul Stelei » O nimerește MM de această dată? A dat rateu după rateu până acum" [Stoica found the solution for Steaua's attack » Will MM be lucky this time? He failed until now] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
- "Carlos é o eleito para fechar a baliza" [Carlos chosen to close goal]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
- "Carlos Fernandes goes back to his roots". BBC. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- "Angola keeper Carlos adapts to his new surroundings". BBC Sport. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Sudan 2–2 Angola: Former Manchester Utd striker Manucho nets brace for Black Antelopes but Ahmed Bashir double ensures entertaining Group B draw". Goal.com. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.