Fernando Varela (Spanish footballer)
|Full name||Fernando Varela Ramos|
|Date of birth||1 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Dos Hermanas, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2000||→ Extremadura (loan)||23||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Born in Dos Hermanas, Province of Seville, Varela was a youth player at local Real Betis, and made his first-team – and La Liga – debut in 1996–97's closing stages, in a 1–1 away draw against Valencia CF. In the 2001–02 season, after a six-month stint with second division club CF Extremadura, he established himself definitely with the main squad, appearing in 25 league games.
In six full campaigns with Betis, Varela only scored three goals combined, but they were noted as some of the best in the Andalusians' history, including once against FC Barcelona where, from his own half, he dribbled past five opponents struck the ball into the top corner with his left foot (2002–03), and a fantastic left-footed volley against city rivals Sevilla FC in 2005–06.
Varela moved to RCD Mallorca for 2006–07: he had a slow start, which culminated in two red cards in the first 11 matches. Towards the end of the season he was fully reinstated as right midfielder, being more involved in the team's offence and netting three times, including one against Real Madrid on the final matchday as the hosts eventually won 3–1 and conquered the league title.
The following campaign, incidentally against Real Madrid, Varela scored twice, but Mallorca lost again in Spain's capital (3–4), on 11 November 2007. In 2009–10, as the Balearic Islands club finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League, he lost his importance in the team and only appeared in 15 league contests whilst completing just three, due to both injuries and the emergence of Uruguayan Chory Castro.
- Spain U20
- El Betis baila al Barcelona (Betis play Barcelona); El País, 29 September 2002 (in Spanish)
- Real Betis 2–1 FC Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 2 April 2006
- Ewerthon y Sergio García disparan al nuevo Zaragoza (Ewerthon and Sergio García thrust new Zaragoza); Diario AS, 18 September 2006 (in Spanish)
- Gudjohnsen double lifts Barça (1–4); FC Barcelona, 19 November 2006
- El Real Madrid gana su 30º título de Liga (Real Madrid win 30th league title); Cadena SER, 17 June 2007 (in Spanish)
- El líder sale a hombros del manicomio (Leaders exit bedlam triumphantly); Marca, 11 November 2007 (in Spanish)
- Varela causa baja en el Mallorca y ficha por el Kasimpasa turco (Varela leaves Mallorca and signs for Kasimpasa in Turkey); Mundo Deportivo, 13 July 2010 (in Spanish)
- Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2005
- "Qué fue de los campeones del mundo sub20" [What happened to the under-20 world champions] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2017.