Fernando Varela Ramos

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Fernando Varela
Personal information
Full name Fernando Varela Ramos
Date of birth (1979-09-01) 1 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Dos Hermanas, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Betis B 99 (13)
1997–2006 Betis 158 (3)
2000 Extremadura (loan) 23 (3)
2006–2010 Mallorca 114 (10)
2010–2011 Kasımpaşa 21 (4)
2011–2012 Valladolid 0 (0)
Total 415 (33)
National team
1994–1996 Spain U16 15 (3)
1995–1997 Spain U17 7 (0)
1996–1998 Spain U18 4 (0)
1998–1999 Spain U20 10 (3)
1999–2001 Spain U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Varela and the second or maternal family name is Ramos.

Fernando Varela Ramos (born 1 September 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer. Mainly a right midfielder he could also operate as an attacking right back, being noted for his long-range strikes.

Over the course of 11 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 257 games and 13 goals, in representation of Betis and Mallorca. He won one Copa del Rey with the former club.

Club career[edit]


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 seasons 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 footballers struck the ball into the top corner with his left foot (2002–03),[1] and a fantastic left-footed volley against city rivals Sevilla FC in the 2005–06 campaign.[2]


Varela moved to RCD Mallorca for 2006–07: he had a slow start, which culminated in two red cards in the first 11 matches.[3][4] However, towards the end of the season he was fully reinstated as right midfielder, being more involved in the team's offense; he netted three times, including one against Real Madrid on the final matchday as the hosts eventually won 3–1 and conquered the league title.[5]

The following campaign, incidentally against Real Madrid, Varela scored twice, but Mallorca lost again in Spain's capital (3–4), on 11 November 2007.[6] 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 Gonzalo Castro.

Later years[edit]

In July 2010, at nearly 31, Varela left his country for the first time, joining Turkish side Kasımpaşa SK.[7]





Spain U20


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