Chano (footballer, born 1965)

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Chano
Personal information
Full name Sebastián Cruzado Fernández
Date of birth (1965-02-28) 28 February 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Huelva, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Betis B
1984–1991 Betis 171 (16)
1991–1999 Tenerife 249 (27)
1999–2001 Benfica 56 (2)
Total 476 (45)
National team
1994 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sebastián Cruzado Fernández (born 28 February 1965), known as Chano, is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Chano was born in Huelva, Andalusia. After being definitely promoted to Real Betis' first team for the 1986–87 season, he (who featured in 137 La Liga matches with the club, scoring 11 goals – he also spent one year in the second division) never ceased to be a nuclear midfield element in the following campaigns.

His status as a regular player continued with Chano's 1991 move to CD Tenerife, where he spent eight years, helping to the side's domestic and European consolidations (two UEFA Cup participations).[1] From 1986 to 1997 he never played fewer than 31 league games per season, but only managed 32 appearances in his last two years in Spain combined due to a severe knee condition.

At already 34, Chano moved to Portugal's S.L. Benfica,[2] still managing to have some impact in his two-year spell, after which he retired from football.

International career[edit]

On 9 February 1994, Chano earned his sole cap for Spain, as he played the entire friendly match with Poland (1–1) in front of a familiar crowd in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "¿Qué fue del CD Tenerife semifinalista de la UEFA?" [What happened to UEFA semi-finalists CD Tenerife?] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Internacionais e desconhecidos, é este o retrato dos jogadores espanhóis na Liga portuguesa" [Internationals and unknown, meet the Spanish players in the Portuguese League]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ "España empata, pero gusta" [Spain draws, but is appreciated]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 February 1994. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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