Mário Figueira Fernandes

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Mário Fernandes
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Fernandes with CSKA Moscow in October 2015
Personal information
Full name Mário Figueira Fernandes
Date of birth (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth São Caetano do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
CSKA Moscow
Number 2
Youth career
2006–2009 São Caetano
2009 Grêmio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Grêmio 54 (1)
2012– CSKA Moscow 116 (1)
National team
2014 Brazil 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.

Mário Figueira Fernandes (Russian: Марио Фигейра Фернандес; born 19 September 1990 in São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo) is a Brazilian-Russian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for PFC CSKA Moscow.[1]

Career[edit]

Mário was under contract with Grêmio until March 2014. He transferred to Grêmio from São Caetano in March 2009. He made his full debut on 28 June 2009, against Sport. He had become the first-choice right back. Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus, Internazionale, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, F.C.Porto, CSKA Moscow, AFC Ajax and A.S. Roma had all been linked with him and he was dubbed "the new Lúcio". On 25 April 2012, the Gremio president announced that a 15 million euro deal had been agreed with CSKA Moscow and Fernandes was set to join them pending a medical examination. During the 2013-14 campaign he suffered a knee injury ruling him out for the first 4 months of the season.

Controversy[edit]

A few days after signing with Grêmio, Brazilian police were called in to search for him after he disappeared. He was found a few days later in São Paulo state, after having withdrawn cash in Londrina, Porto Alegre and Florianópolis.

In 2011 was called to the Brazil squad for the game Superclásico de las Américas and said no, saying he was having "personal problems".

In 2015 he was the key player in 3rd Champions League qualifying - CSKA Moskva won the second leg against Sparta Prague 3:2. Fernandes played 90 minutes, after 64 minutes (2:2) and after one ordinary tackle he was screaming and faked an injury. Referee Paolo Mazzoleni showed Marek Matejovsky the red card. Russian daily Kommersant wrote it was "An important theatre piece". Czech newspapers said the play was certainly not card worthy and Fernandes lacked fair play.[2]

Attributes[edit]

He is a tall right-back with good aerial skills and the ability to launch an attack with a long ball.

International career[edit]

Brazil[edit]

He made his international debut for Brazil in a 4-0 friendly victory against Japan on 14 October 2014.[3]

Russia[edit]

After acquiring Russian citizenship, he was called up to the Russia national football team for the friendly games against Turkey on 31 August 2016 and Ghana on 6 September 2016.[4] But he became a CSKA Moscow player in April 2012, which means he hasn't lived continuously in Russia for at least five years yet. So until April 2017, he doesn't have the eligibility to play for Russia national football team.

On March 23rd, 2017, it was announced that he would make a debut for Russia on March 24th in a friendly against Ivory Coast.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On 13 July 2016, he received Russian citizenship.[6] His younger brother, , is also a footballer.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 December 2016[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CSKA Moscow 2012–13 Russian Premier League 28 0 3 0 2 0 - 33 0
2013–14 12 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2014–15 29 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 39 0
2015–16 27 1 5 0 9 0 - 34 1
2016–17 17 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 23 0
Total 113 1 14 1 22 0 2 0 151 2
Career total 113 1 14 1 22 0 2 0 151 2

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Grêmio
CSKA Moscow
Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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