Fernando Serena

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Fernando Serena
Fernando Serena 1966.jpg
Serena with Real Madrid in 1966
Personal information
Full name Fernando Rodríguez Serena
Date of birth (1941-01-28)28 January 1941
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Date of death 15 October 2018(2018-10-15) (aged 77)
Place of death Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Plus Ultra 25 (4)
1961–1968 Real Madrid 54 (11)
1961–1963Osasuna (loan) 51 (9)
1968–1970 Elche 39 (3)
1970–1976 Sant Andreu 173 (18)
Total 342 (45)
National team
1959 Spain U18 1 (0)
1963 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Rodríguez Serena (28 January 1941 – 15 October 2018) was a Spanish footballer who played as a right winger.

He appeared in 144 La Liga matches during nine seasons, scoring a combined 23 goals for Real Madrid, Osasuna and Elche. With the first club, he won the 1966 European Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Serena finished his development at Real Madrid, and started his senior career with their reserves. He then served a two-year loan at CA Osasuna, making his La Liga debut on 3 September 1961 in a 2–2 home draw against RCD Español[1] and scoring his first goal two weeks later to help the hosts defeat Atlético Madrid 3–1.[2]

Returned to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Serena went on appear in 86 competitive matches (15 goals) and be part of the squads that won four national championships and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. In the latter competition, he scored the winning goal in the final against FK Partizan, controlling the ball with his chest and volleying in from outside the box in a 2–1 win in Brussels.[3][4]

After a further two top flight seasons with Elche CF, with whom he took part in the 1969 Copa del Generalísimo Final against Athletic Bilbao,[5] Serena signed with Segunda División club UE Sant Andreu in 1970. After 210 games across all competitions at the Camp Municipal Narcís Sala, he retired at the age of 35.[6]

International career[edit]

Serena earned one cap for the Spanish national team, playing the second half of the 0–0 friendly home draw to France on 9 January 1963 after coming on as a 46th-minute substitute for Enrique Collar.[7]


Serena died in Pamplona, Navarre on 15 October 2018, at the age of 77.[8][3] He had settled in the city after retiring, marrying María Ángeles Gastón and fathering two children.[9]


Real Madrid[3]


  1. ^ Miedes, José María (4 September 1961). "Osasuna, 2 – Español, 2". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ Alzu, Carlos (18 September 1961). "Osasuna, 3 – A. Madrid, 1". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Falleció Serena" [Serena has died] (in Spanish). Real Madrid C.F. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Fallece el exfranjiverde Fernando Rodríguez Serena" [Death of former franjiverde Fernando Rodríguez Serena]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 15 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Homenatge a Serena abans del derbi" [Homage to Serena before the derby] (in Catalan). UE Sant Andreu. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. ^ "España, 0 – Francia, 0" [Spain, 0 – France, 0]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 January 1963. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Fallece el exosasunista Fernando Rodríguez Serena" [Death of former Osasuna man Fernando Rodríguez Serena]. Deia (in Spanish). 15 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Muere en Pamplona Fernando Serena, exjugador de Osasuna y campeón de Europa con el Real Madrid" [Death in Pamplona of Fernando Serena, former Osasuna player and European champion with Real Madrid] (in Spanish). Navarra.com. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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