Fernando (Brazilian footballer, born 1987)
Fernando playing for Manchester City in 2014.
|Full name||Fernando Francisco Reges|
|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 12 May 2015.
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 official 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; a week later he first appeared in the Premier League, in a 2–0 win at Newcastle United.
Fernando scored his first goal for City on 26 December 2014, contributing to a 3–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion.
Fernando was in the Brazilian 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.
- As of 29 June 2015
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Taça de Portugal: 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- Taça da Liga: Runner-up 2009–10, 2012–13
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- "Fernando saga ends... for now". PortuGOAL. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Fernando: Manchester City sign FC Porto midfielder". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
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- "Meia Fernando é suspenso do Sul-Americano sub-20 por agredir árbitro" [Midfielder Fernando is suspended from U-20 South American for assaulting referee] (in Portuguese). UOL. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- 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. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Fernando já tem nacionalidade portuguesa" [Fernando is already a Portuguese citizen] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Federação pediu autorização à FIFA para utilizar Fernando" [Federation asked FIFA's permission to use Fernando was never really accepted] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Fernando denied clearance to play for Portugal". Goal.com. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
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