Fernando (footballer, born 1987)
Fernando playing for Manchester City in 2014.
|Full name||Fernando Francisco Reges Mouta|
|Date of birth||25 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Alto Paraíso, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2007–2008||→ Estrela Amadora (loan)||26||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2018|
Fernando Francisco Reges Mouta (born 25 July 1987), known simply as Fernando (Brazilian Portuguese: [feʁˈnɐ̃du]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray SK as a defensive midfielder.
He spent most of his career with Porto with whom he signed in 2007, going on to appear in 236 competitive matches and win 12 major titles, including four Primeira Liga championships and the 2011 Europa League.
Fernando was born in Alto Paraíso de Goiás. In June 2007 he signed a five-year contract with FC Porto directly from the Série C, having started his career at Vila Nova Futebol Clube. However, he spent his first year in Portugal loaned to C.F. Estrela da Amadora, where he was first-choice.
In the 2008–09 season, having returned to Porto, Fernando was an ever present midfield fixture alongside established Lucho González and Raul Meireles, as the northerners achieved a fourth consecutive Primeira Liga title. He continued to be a starter when healthy, appearing in 41 competitive games during the 2010–11 campaign (including two goals in nearly 3,000 minutes of action) as his team won the treble.
On 25 June 2014, Fernando completed a move to Manchester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £12 million. Upon arriving, he said: "I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester". He made his competitive debut on 10 August in the 2014 FA Community Shield, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–3 loss against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium; he first appeared in the Premier League a week later, in a 2–0 win away to Newcastle United.
Fernando scored his first goal for City on 26 December 2014, contributing to a 3–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion. He featured 90 minutes in the final of the League Cup on 28 February 2016, helping defeat Liverpool on penalties.
On 4 August 2017, Fernando signed with Galatasaray SK on a three-year contract for an initial fee of €5.25 million. In a note published on the Turkish club's official website, it was confirmed that the payment would ascend based on the accomplishment of certain performance variables during his spell. He made his Süper Lig debut in the first fixture, playing 82 minutes in a 4–1 home win against Kayserispor; he made 26 official appearances during the season, scoring on 9 December in a 4–2 home victory over against Akhisar Belediyespor and repeating the feat the following 29 April to help defeat reigning champions Beşiktaş J.K. 2–0 at home, a result which proved decisive for achieving the league title.
Fernando was in the Brazil under-20 squad at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, where he was sent off in the second round against Chile for assaulting referee Albert Duarte, as the nation went on to win the tournament in Paraguay. Subsequently, he received a one-year ban from CONMEBOL competitions for his actions and was not included for the following tournament in the category, the 2007 FIFA World Cup.
In January 2013, Fernando declared: "Even if someone asked me to naturalize, I would refuse. My dream is to play for Brazil. I'm sure one day I will wear the amarelinha". In December, however, he became a Portuguese citizen, applying to FIFA in March 2014 to change his international allegiance to Portugal; under article 8.1 of the governing body's statutes, however, he was only eligible to represent Brazil internationally as he previously played for that country at under-20 level and at that time he did not hold Portuguese nationality.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Estrela Amadora||2007–08||Primeira Liga||26||1||3||0||2||0||—||—||31||1|
|Manchester City||2014–15||Premier League||25||2||2||0||0||0||5[c]||0||1[i]||0||33||2|
- Appearances in Taça de Portugal, FA Cup and Turkish Cup
- Appearances in Taça da Liga and Football League Cup
- Appearances in Champions League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Appearances in Europa League
- Six appearances in Champions League and two in Europa League
- Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
- Six appearances in Champions League and five in Europa League
- Appearance in Community Shield
- Appearance in Turkish Super Cup
- Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Porto put faith in Fernando". UEFA. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Fernando emprestado ao Estrela" [Fernando loaned to Estrela]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "News round-up: Fernando frozen out by FC Porto, Otamendi sold". PortuGOAL. 6 February 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Fernando saga ends... for now". PortuGOAL. 9 February 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Fernando: Manchester City sign FC Porto midfielder". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Sanghera, Mandeep (10 August 2014). "Arsenal 3–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Chowdhury, Saj (17 August 2014). "Newcastle United 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Bevan, Chris (26 December 2014). "West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
- Rostance, Tom (28 February 2016). "League Cup final: Man City win on penalties". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
- Young-Myles, Oliver (22 June 2017). "Hit or Miss? Every Brazilian to play for Man City". Squawka. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
- "Fernando Galatasaray'da" [Fernando to Galatasaray] (in Turkish). Galatasaray S.K. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
- "İşte Galatasaray – Kayserispor maçının özeti" [Here is the Galatasaray – Kayserispor match summary] (in Turkish). beIN Sports. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- "Galatasaray: 4 – Akhisarspor: 2 | MAÇ SONUCU" [Galatasaray: 4 – Akhisarspor: 2 | MATCH RESULT]. Habertürk (in Turkish). 9 December 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- "Galatasaray-Beşiktaş maç sonucu: 2–0" [Galatasaray-Besiktas match result: 2–0]. Fanatik (in Turkish). 29 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- "Meia Fernando é suspenso do Sul-Americano sub-20 por agredir árbitro" [Midfielder Fernando is suspended from under-20 South American for assaulting referee] (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Volante da seleção sub-20 é suspenso por um ano" [Under-20 national team holding midfielder is suspended for one year]. O Globo (in Portuguese). 14 February 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
- Nunes, Luis Miguel (22 January 2013). "Fernando: "É impossível naturalizar-me português"" [Fernando: "It is impossible for me to become a Portuguese national"] (in Portuguese). Relvado. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Fernando já tem nacionalidade portuguesa" [Fernando is already a Portuguese citizen]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Federação pediu autorização à FIFA para utilizar Fernando" [Federation asked FIFA's permission to use Fernando]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 27 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Fernando denied clearance to play for Portugal". Goal. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- Fernando at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- "Fernando". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 15 June 2018.