Fernando Fernández Escribano
|Full name||Fernando Miguel Fernández Escribano|
|Date of birth||2 June 1979|
|Place of birth||Málaga, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Striker|
|1998–1999||Real Madrid C|
|1999–2000||Real Madrid B||36||(11)|
|2000–2002||→ Valladolid (loan)||58||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Fernando Miguel Fernández Escribano, known simply as Fernando (Spanish pronunciation: [ferˈnando]; born 2 June 1979), is a Spanish retired footballer. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he could also appear as a supporting striker.
Fernando was born in Málaga, Andalusia. After starting at hometown's Málaga CF, he finished his football grooming in the ranks of La Liga giants Real Madrid, going on to appear once for its first team in the 1999–2000 season, against Real Zaragoza (90 minutes, 1–0 home win).
In the 2002 summer, Fernando signed with top division club Real Betis, scoring 15 goals in his debut campaign, with the team finishing in eighth place thanks greatly to his braces against Málaga (3–0), RCD Espanyol (4–2) and Real Sociedad (3–2). He won the only trophy of his career in 2005, the 2–1 Copa del Rey success over CA Osasuna.
On 27 June 2008, as his role with Betis was a lesser one from 2005 to 2008 – only ten matches in his last season – Fernando signed a four-year contract with Málaga, returning to his first youth club after 11 years.
Málaga / Later years
Fernando netted his first league goal for Málaga on 23 September 2009 against Espanyol, more than one year after arriving; however, this happened in a 1–2 away loss. Sparingly used in his debut season, he became a starter in 2009–10, scoring on five occasions.
Fernando continued in the starting lineups in the 2010–11 campaign, under new manager Jesualdo Ferreira. In the second matchday, he scored twice in a 5–3 win at Zaragoza, the first goal coming after just 73 seconds; rarely used by the following coach, Manuel Pellegrini, he still contributed with 21 games as the Boquerones finally avoided relegation.
On 21 August 2011, 32-year-old Fernando was released from his Málaga contract. He moved abroad for the first time on 4 February of the following year, joining several compatriots at Hungarian side Diósgyőri VTK; he retired from football in June 2013.
- El Madrid lanza su catapulta: Anelka (Madrid throws its catapult: Anelka); ABC, 16 April 2000 (in Spanish)
- "Espanyol 2–4 Betis Sevilla: FT Report". ESPN Soccernet. 8 December 2002. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "Dani delivers for Betis". UEFA.com. 12 June 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- Fernando deja el Betis para fichar por el Málaga (Fernando leaves Betis to sign with Málaga); Diario AS, 28 June 2008 (in Spanish)
- El Málaga acaba perdiendo un partido que se puso de cara (Málaga finally loses match that started well); Málaga CF, 23 September 2009 (in Spanish)
- "Five star Malaga romp home in thriller". ESPN Soccernet. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "El fútbol español habla andaluz" [Spanish football speaks Andalusian] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Málaga. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.