Fabrice Fernandes

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Fabrice Fernandes
Personal information
Full name Fabrice Fernandes
Date of birth (1979-10-29) 29 October 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Aubervilliers, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Rennes 34 (3)
2000–2001 Fulham (loan) 29 (2)
2001 Rangers (loan) 4 (1)
2001 Marseille (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2005 Southampton 91 (5)
2005–2006 Bolton Wanderers 1 (0)
2006–2007 Beitar Jerusalem 27 (2)
2007–2008 Dinamo Bucureşti 7 (0)
2008 Le Havre 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fabrice Fernandes (born 29 October 1979 in Aubervilliers) is a French former footballer who played for several clubs, most particularly Southampton.

Playing career[edit]

He first joined an English team in 2000, after signing a season-long loan deal at Fulham. He played for the France national under-21 football team, impressing the likes of Rangers in the process, for whom he joined on loan in March 2001, scoring on his debut for the club, from 20 yards out against Motherwell.[1]

In December 2001, he moved to Southampton, making his debut in a defeat to Leeds United, and played in many games during the season, despite sometimes being hit with injury. He picked up an FA Cup runners-up medal in season 2002-03, and had a solid 2003-04, at the end of which he was offered a new contract to run to 2006.

However, after Southampton were relegated to the Championship under manager Harry Redknapp at the end of the 2004-05 season, Fernandes negotiated for release from his contract. The Saints needed to reduce their payroll and engaged the services of agent Willie McKay to find a new club for him. Allegedly, McKay was paid a fee of £30,000 by Southampton for his services. This transfer is amongst those being scrutinised by the Stevens enquiry into corruption in English football. [1]

Sam Allardyce snapped him up for free at the end of August 2005 and he made his debut for Bolton in their first ever UEFA Cup game against Lokomotiv Plovdiv at the Reebok Stadium.[2] He appeared once in the league for Bolton, as a substitute in a 5-1 defeat to Chelsea.[3]

In February 2006 Fernandes moved to play in Israel for Beitar Jerusalem, the club owned by Arcadi Gaydamak, the father of Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak. After leaving the Jerusalem club he has had trial spells with Stoke City and Dunfermline Athletic.

In 2007 he was playing for Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) in the Romanian First League, but was released. From there he joined Le Havre.

In February 2012, Fernandes came out of retirement to join Doncaster Rovers on trial.

Honours[edit]

Southampton
Dinamo Bucuresti

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fab Rangers debut at Fir Park". BBC. 17 March 2001. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bolton 2-1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv". BBC. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea 5-1 Bolton". BBC. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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