|Full name||João Fernando Nelo|
|Date of birth||18 March 1979|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Al-Jazira (loan)||20||(25)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.
After five successful years in native Brazil with Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Internacional Porto Alegre and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Baiano moved abroad, joining Bundesliga's VfL Wolfsburg and scoring 11 league goals in his sole season, upon which he returned to his country with Associação Desportiva São Caetano.
In January 2005, Baiano signed for La Liga side Málaga CF, netting on nine occasions to help the Andalusia team reach a mid-table final place. During that summer, he left for Celta de Vigo: during his spell in Galicia, the club would participate in the UEFA Cup but also be relegated to Segunda División, with the player contributing with 32 goals in 80 official appearances in the process.
Upon Celta's relegation, Baiano agreed to a three-year contract with Real Murcia, for approximately €5 million. After just five league goals during the 2007–08 campaign his team finished second from the bottom, with the subsequent relegation.
In August 2008 Baiano was loaned to Al Jazira Club, in the United Arab Emirates. In June of the following year he moved to another side in the city, Al-Wahda SCC, penning a two-year contract for €5million – the player originally requested a three-year deal for €9m.
- "Baiano seals return to Europe". UEFA.com. 26 January 2005.
- "Baiano settles on Celta". UEFA.com. 25 July 2005.
- "Fernando Baiano" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Baiano: "No tengo ningún problema por jugar en Segunda con el Murcia"" [Baiano: "I have no problem playing in Segunda with Murcia"] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Fernando Baiano, de fichaje más caro a descartado" [Fernando Baiano, from star signing to surplus] (in Spanish). Fútbol de Segunda. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2014.