Luis Fernández Gutiérrez

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Luis Fernández
Personal information
Full name Luis Fernández Gutiérrez
Date of birth (1972-09-29) 29 September 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Argomilla, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Cayón
Atlético Perines
Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Gimnástica 0 (0)
1993–1996 Racing Santander 53 (3)
1996–2006 Betis 228 (1)
2006–2009 Racing Santander 36 (0)
Total 317 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luis Fernández Gutiérrez (born 29 September 1972 in Argomilla, Cantabria) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

In a professional career which spanned almost 20 years, he is best known for his spell at Betis (also represented Racing de Santander), in which he played one full decade.

Club career[edit]

After making his professional starts with lowly Gimnástica de Torrelavega, Fernández made his La Liga debut for local giants Racing de Santander against Atlético Madrid, on 24 May 1994. He went on to play in 56 competitive games, before being transferred to fellow league club Real Betis for the 1996–97 season.

At Betis, Fernández consistently appeared as his team's main left back for ten years. He featured in the UEFA Champions League for the Seville side in 2005–06, after contributing with 22 league appearances in the previous campaign.

Aged 34, Fernández returned to Racing for 2006–07, playing 19 matches in his second season as the Cantabrians achieved a first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup. On 19 April 2009, as he was nothing more than a fringe player, he appeared in his 300th top division game, a 0–1 loss at RCD Espanyol, and retired in the summer at the age of nearly 37, continuing to work with the club as a scout in the following years.[1]

Honours[edit]

Betis

References[edit]

  1. ^ El 'Gran Hermano' verdiblanco (The green-and-white 'Big Brother'); El Diario Montañés, 24 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA.com, 12 June 2005

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