José Carlos Fernández (Peruvian footballer)

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José Carlos Fernández
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Fernández Piedra
Date of birth (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Trujillo, Peru
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Center forward
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Sport Coopsol Trujillo 15 (3)
2003 Sport Coopsol ? (?)
2004 Universidad San Martin 6 (2)
2005 CD Universidad César Vallejo 26 (3)
2006 Melgar 38 (5)
2007 Coronel Bolognesi 12 (2)
2007 Cienciano 21 (12)
2008 Chornomorets Odessa 2 (0)
2008–2009 Cercle Brugge 7 (1)
2009–2010 Alianza Lima 51 (18)
2010–2011 Deportivo Quito 13 (4)
2011–2012 Alianza Lima 17 (9)
2012–2014 Argentinos Juniors 7 (0)
2013 Sporting Cristal (on loan) 27 (5)
2014 Real Garcilaso 12 (0)
2015 CD Universidad César Vallejo 16 (3)
2016– Melgar 30 (5)
National team
2010–2012 Peru 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2012

José Carlos "Zlatan" Fernández Piedra (born 14 May 1983 in Trujillo, Peru) is a Peruvian footballer who plays as a center forward for Peruvian Primera División club Melgar.

He is nicknamed "Zlatan" because of his physical resemblance to Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović.[1]

Club career[edit]

Fernández began his playing career in early 2000 with local club Defensor Taller de Laredo.[2] Then in 2002 he transferred to Sport Coopsol Trujillo.[2] Fernández made his official debut in the Torneo Descentralizado on 22 September 2002 in round 11 of the 2002 Torneo Clausura. His debut match was played at home in the Mansiche Stadium against Coronel Bolognesi, which ended in a 4–0 loss for Coopsol Trujillo.[2] José Carlos scored his first official goal in the Descentralizado on 1 December 2002 in a league match against Alianza Atlético in round 21 of the Clausura season.[3] He scored in the 80th minute, but it was not enough as Alianza Atlético won 4–2 in Trujillo. He finished his first season in the top-flight with 15 appearances and 3 goals.[3] However, Coopsol Trujillo finished in 12th place and were relegated to the Copa Perú division.

Then in 2003 he joined Lima based club Sport Coopsol, which at the time was participating in the Peruvian Second Division. There he would win his first silverware as he helped Sport Coopsol win the 2003 Peruvian Second Division championship.[3] Sport Coopsol won promotion to the First Division but instead decided to sell their spot to newly formed club Club Deportivo Universidad de San Martín de Porres. As a result, Fernández transferred to Universidad San Martín for the 2004 Torneo Descentralizado season.

He then went on to have stints at 4 other Peruvian clubs: Club Deportivo Universidad César Vallejo, FBC Melgar, Coronel Bolognesi, and Cienciano. He spent two years playing in Europe. First with the Ukrainian team FC Chornomorets Odessa, where he stayed 4 months, playing in 2 games and totaling 19 minutes.[4] Then on 30 May 2008, Fernández signed a contract with Cercle Brugge,[5] which ended on 10 February 2009. It was announced at the same time that Fernández moved back to his home country, to play for Alianza Lima. He played in the 2012 Copa Libertadores and scored decisive goals for his club.

Finally, in October he played for the Argentine club Argentinos Juniors. Unfortunately he didn't make any goal because he had a serious injury that left him for several months. In 2013, he moved to the Peruvian team Sporting Cristal to play the 2013 Copa Libertadores and Peruvian First Division.

International career[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2010 Toronto  Canada 2–0 Win Friendly
2 7 September 2010 Fort Lauderdale  Jamaica 2–1 Win Friendly



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  1. ^ "José Carlos Fernández: "De niño vendía raspadilla y trabajé en un almacén"" (in Spanish). 14 March 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mi historia" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Estadísticas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Когда революция неоправданна (in Russian). Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Peruviaanse versterking voor Cercle" (in Dutch). Retrieved 5 June 2008. 

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