Fernando Morena with Peñarol in 1979
|Full name||Fernando Morena Belora|
|Date of birth||2 February 1952|
|Place of birth||Punta Gorda, Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1969–1972||River Plate (URY)||48||(27)|
|1989||River Plate (URY)|
|1996–1998||River Plate (URY)|
|2003||River Plate (URY)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 2008|
Fernando Morena Belora (born 2 February 1952, in Montevideo) is a retired football striker from Uruguay. His most known nicknames were "Nando"(abridged form of Fernando) and "Potrillo" (Colt, although young stallion is a better translation in this case), and he is the all-time top goal scorer in the history of the Uruguayan A League with 230 goals in 244 games. He scored 668 in his almost 20-year career.
Fernando Morena started as a professional soccer player in 1968 with Racing Club de Montevideo, which he left in 1969, signing for the nearby team; River Plate from Montevideo where he played until 1972. Morena joined Peñarol in 1973, in his first run with the club he won four Uruguayan Primera championships. He was top scorer in the Uruguayan soccer league six consecutive years between 1973 and 1978, and was top scorer in the Copa Libertadores in 1974 and 1975.
In 1979 Fernando Morena signed up with the Spanish soccer team Rayo Vallecano, but spent just one season there before changing to Valencia in 1980. Morena returned to Peñarol in 1981 where he helped the team win two more Uruguayan league titles in 1981 and 1982, they also won the Copa de Oro in 1981, the Copa Libertadores in 1982, and the 1982 Intercontinental Cup.
Fernando made his debut for the Uruguay national team on 27 October 1971 against Chile in a 3–0 win, where he scored his first goal. He was part of the national team that represented Uruguay at the 1974 World Cup. He went on to obtain a total number of 53 international caps, scoring 22 goals which currently ranks him as the joint eighth-highest scorer in the history of the team.
After retiring, he held several coaching positions in Uruguay, Spain and Chile. His first coaching job was in River Plate, which was followed by Peñarol, Real Murcia in Spain, Huracán Buceo, Rampla Juniors, Colo Colo in Chile and a second run in Peñarol in 2005. In 2009, he was designated as Manager of Institutional Relations at Peñarol.
- Primera División (6): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982
- Copa Libertadores (1): 1982
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1982
- Primera División top scorer (7): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982
- Copa Libertadores topscorer (3): 1974, 1975, 1982
- He scored 230 goals in Uruguayan championships making him the highest scoring player in the history of Uruguayan league football. He scored a total of 668 goals throughout his football career.
- He holds the Uruguayan domestic record for the most goals scored in a game with 7 goals against Huracán Buceo, it could have been 8 but he missed a penalty in the final minutes of the game.
- He is the highest goalscorer in a Uruguayan Primera league season with 36 goals in 1978.
- Three times top scorer in the Copa Libertadores (1974, 1975 and 1982).
- Highest scoring Uruguayan player in the history of the Copa Libertadores with 37 goals in 77 games.
- Maxim Olenev. "Uruguay — All-Time Topscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Karel Stokkermans. "Uruguay — List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Juan Pablo Andrés; Frank Ballesteros. "Copa Libertadores — Topscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- John Beuker. "Copa Libertadores 1982". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Josef Bobrowsky. "Intercontinental Club Cup 1982". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Official Peñarol Website
- Martín Tabeira. "Uruguay — League Top Scorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Profile (in Spanish)
- Daily El Observador. - Referi - España - Morena fue homenajeado en Valencia. - Montevideo, 3 de agosto de 2011.
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