Fernando Niño Bejarano

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Fernando Niño
Personal information
Full name Fernando Niño Bejarano
Date of birth (1974-09-16) 16 September 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Rota, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Rota
1996–1998 Xerez 69 (5)
1998–2005 Mallorca 149 (2)
2006–2009 Elche 79 (5)
Total 297 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Niño Bejarano (born 16 September 1974) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Niño was born in Rota, Cádiz, Andalusia. After beginning professionally with lowly hometown Club Deportivo Rota, he moved to neighbouring Xerez CD for the 1996–97 season, achieving promotion to the second division in his first year but being immediately relegated back.

However, Niño's individual performances caught the attention of RCD Mallorca in La Liga and, however mainly registered with the Balearic Islands club's B-team, he finished his first year with 16 first-team appearances.

Subsequently, Niño became an undisputed starter, partnering Spain international Miguel Ángel Nadal during six full seasons.[1][2] In January 2006, after a serious injury had cut his 2004–05 campaign short, he left the team, joining second level side Elche CF.

Niño's injury woes were recurrent in 2008–09, as he was forced to miss 18 league games.[3] He retired from football with immediate effect at the season's end, aged almost 35, amassing professional totals of 264 matches and nine goals.[4][5]

Honours[edit]

Mallorca

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deportivo prepare for Mallorca visit". Special Broadcasting Service. 5 February 2003. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Los equipos que la Liga echa de menos (V): el Mallorca" [Teams the League is missing (V): Mallorca]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 April 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Las lesiones hacen que Niño medite su retirada" [Injuries have Niño brooding over retirement]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 December 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fernando Niño confirma que 'cuelga las botas'" [Fernando Niño confirms he is 'hanging up boots']. Marca (in Spanish). 15 June 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Elustondo da la última victoria a los 'txuri urdin'" [Elustondo gives last win to the txuri urdin]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 June 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Eto'o pone Mallorca a brindar" [Eto'o has Mallorca toasting]. El País (in Spanish). 29 June 2003. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "El Mallorca pierde con orgullo" [Mallorca lose proudly]. El País (in Spanish). 20 May 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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