Nacho (footballer, born 1990)

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Nacho
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Nacho in action for Spain in 2015
Personal information
Full name José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias
Date of birth (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2001 AD Complutense
2001–2009 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Real Madrid B 111 (4)
2011– Real Madrid 81 (3)
National team
2005 Spain U16 1 (0)
2006–2007 Spain U17 11 (0)
2008–2009 Spain U19 9 (2)
2011–2013 Spain U21 6 (0)
2013– Spain 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:48, 14 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (born 18 January 1990), commonly known as Nacho (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnatʃo]), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid mainly as a central defender but also as a right or left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Nacho arrived in Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 11. He made his senior debuts in 2008–09, playing two games with the reserves in Segunda División B and subsequently appearing in a further two full seasons in the category.

On 23 April 2011, Nacho made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, starting as a left back in a 3–6 away win against Valencia CF and playing in the entire match.[1] His second appearance came the following week, in a 2–3 home loss to Real Zaragoza.[2]

Nacho was one of the youth team players chosen to accompany the first team on their summer friendlies in North America, prior to the start of the 2011–12 campaign. He came on as a substitute in all three matches, against the LA Galaxy, C.D. Guadalajara and Philadelphia Union.

On 2 September 2012, main squad manager José Mourinho announced that Nacho, along with Álvaro Morata and Jesús, would be promoted to the first team, but continue to play with Castilla.[3] He became an official full-time first team member at the start of 2013–14, receiving the number 18 shirt after the departure of Raúl Albiol.

On 3 July 2014, Nacho signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2021.[4] He scored his first official goal with the main squad on 10 January of the following year, closing the score in a 3–0 home victory against RCD Espanyol.[5]

Two minutes after replacing the injured Marcelo in a UEFA Champions League group stage match against Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on 3 November 2015, Nacho scored the only goal and sealed his team's advance to the last-16 with his first goal in a European competition.[6] He contributed with five appearances, as the tournament ended in conquest.[7]

On 11 February 2017, Nacho made his 100th appearance for Real Madrid in a 3–1 away win against CA Osasuna.[8] Benefitting from injuries and suspensions to teammates, he was the most utilized player in the centre-back position as the club won its first national championship in five years.[9][10][11][12]

International career[edit]

Nacho during his debut with Spain in 2013

After playing for Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, Nacho was first called by the full side on 2 September 2013 for a friendly with Switzerland to be held eight days later, in place of injured Iñigo Martínez.[13] He made his debut by replacing Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos early into the second half of the 2–2 draw against Chile in Geneva.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 May 2017[15][16]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 9 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14 12 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 19 0
2014–15 14 1 2 0 6 0 0 0 22 1
2015–16 16 0 1 0 5 1 22 1
2016–17 28 2 5 1 4 0 2 0 39 3
Career total 81 3 16 1 19 1 2 0 118 5

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

International[edit]

As of 28 March 2017[17]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2015 1 0
2016 5 0
2017 1 0
Total 8 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid[18]
Real Madrid Castilla[18]

International[edit]

Spain U21[18]
Spain U17[18]

Personal life[edit]

Nacho's younger brother, Álex, is also a footballer. A midfielder, he too graduated from Real Madrid's academy, and both made their first-team debut in the same game.[19]

Ever since joining Real's academy, Nacho managed to avoid major injuries, attributing his success to his eating habits and preparation.[20] He has two children with his wife María Cortés, daughter Alejandra and son José Ignacio, with the latter being born the morning of the team's Champions League win.[21]

In November 2016, Nacho revealed that he lived with diabetes since he was 12 years old.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madrid continue impressive form; ESPN Soccernet, 23 April 2011
  2. ^ Zaragoza dent Real title dream; ESPN Soccernet, 30 April 2011
  3. ^ "Mourinho promotes Nacho Fernandez to senior Real Madrid squad". Tribal Football. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Nacho, six more years at Real Madrid; Real Madrid CF, 3 July 2014
  5. ^ "El Real Madrid se reencuentra con la Victoria" [Real Madrid returns to winning ways] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Malyon, Ed (3 November 2015). "Real Madrid 1–0 PSG: 5 things we learned as Nacho's goal seals qualification". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA.com. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nacho, 100 games for Real Madrid". Real Madrid C.F. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Los 1.500 de Nacho" [Nacho's 1.500]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 March 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Nacho disputó los nueve partidos jugados en abril" [Nacho took part in the nine matches played in April]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 1 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "El Real Madrid, campeón de LaLiga Santander 2016/17" [Real Madrid, LaLiga Santander champion 2016/17] (in Spanish). La Liga. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Malaga 0–2 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Nacho, convocado por la selección española absoluta (Nacho, called up by Spain's full team); Real Madrid CF, 2 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Spain 2–2 Chile: Last gasp Navas saves the day; Inside Spanish Football, 10 September 2013
  15. ^ "Nacho". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Nacho at ESPN FC
  17. ^ "Nacho". European Football. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Nacho – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Nacho y Álex, sangre blanca en la familia Fernández (Nacho and Álex, white blood in the Fernández family); Real Madrid CF, 3 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  20. ^ "Nacho, sin lesiones ¡desde infantiles!" [Nacho, injury-free since the youth team!]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Nacho Fernández es padre unas horas antes de la final" [Nacho Fernández is a father a couple of hours before the final]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  22. ^ Lara, Miguel Ángel (10 November 2016). "Nacho opens up on struggles with diabetes". Marca. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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