Fernando Sánchez Cipitria

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Full name Fernando Sánchez Cipitria
Date of birth (1971-09-12) 12 September 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Real Madrid C
1992–1995 Real Madrid B 68 (2)
1992–1993Leganés (loan) 26 (3)
1995–1997 Valladolid 78 (18)
1997–1999 Betis 60 (4)
1999–2003 Deportivo La Coruña 33 (3)
2001–2002Osasuna (loan) 30 (2)
2002Hannover (loan) 2 (0)
2003Córdoba (loan) 6 (1)
Total 303 (33)
National team
1998 Spain 2 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Laguna
2008–2009 Collado Villalba
2019– Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Sánchez Cipitria (born 12 September 1971 in Madrid), known simply as Fernando, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder.[1]

He appeared in 207 La Liga games over the course of seven seasons (27 goals), for four teams.

Club career[edit]

An unsuccessful youth graduate from Real Madrid, Fernando made his La Liga debuts with Real Valladolid in the 1995–96 season, with the side being coached by a young Rafael Benítez and also featuring former Real Madrid Castilla teammates José Luis Santamaría and Alberto Marcos.

In the following campaign, with Fernando scoring a career-best 11 goals, the Castile and León team qualified to the UEFA Cup after finishing seventh.[2] Subsequently, he signed with Real Betis, posting two respectable top flight seasons.

Fernando joined Deportivo de La Coruña for 1999–2000, and appeared in 19 games for Super Depor in the Galicians first-ever top division accolade. He would be, however, soon be deemed surplus to requirements, and served three consecutive loans until his retirement at 32: he played the first part of the 2002–03 campaign at Hannover 96 in Germany, alongside teammates Jaime (also with him at Real Madrid) and José Manuel,[3] but soon grew unsettled and returned to Spain.

Managerial career[edit]

Fernando focused on youth training after retirement. In 2012, he joined Evergrande Football School, founded by Guangzhou Evergrande, and worked as technical director and head coach.[4]

Fernando joined Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard youth team in the 2018 season,[5] and became head coach of the team on 1 January 2019.[6]

International career[edit]

Fernando earned two caps for the Spain national team, over the course of two months. His first arrived on 28 January 1998, as he came on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Guillermo Amor in a 0–1 away friendly loss in France.[7]


  1. ^ "Fernando" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Vuelve el 'Europucela'" ['Europucela' is back]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 June 1997. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Spanische Begegnungen" [Spanish moves] (in German). Hannover 96. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ Zhe, Tang (2012-03-30). "Real Madrid system coming to Guangzhou academy soon". China Daily. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "前西班牙国脚费尔南多接过新疆天山雪豹足球队教鞭". sina.com.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ "新疆官方宣布西班牙籍新主帅上任 曾担任恒大足校青训总监". qq.com (in Chinese). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Se acabó la racha" [Streak over]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 January 1998. Retrieved 18 December 2015.

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