Chumbi (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Rafael Fernández Martínez
Date of birth (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Águilas, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Atlético C 51 (11)
2009–2010 Caravaca 7 (0)
2010 Lorca Deportiva 18 (15)
2010–2012 Reus 73 (21)
2012–2013 Almería B 18 (10)
2012–2013 Almería 5 (1)
2013–2014 Valencia B 38 (17)
2014–2015 Albacete 33 (6)
2015–2016 Llagostera 18 (0)
2016– Lorca 27 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2017.

Rafael Fernández Martínez (born 5 May 1989), commonly known as Chumbi, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Lorca FC as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Águilas, Region of Murcia, Chumbi started playing as a senior with Atlético Madrid's C-team. In the 2009 summer he joined Caravaca CF in the third division but, in the following transfer window, returned to the fourth level by signing with Lorca Deportiva CF.[1]

In July 2010, Chumbi moved to CF Reus Deportiu still in division four.[2] In his first season he scored twelve goals (three of them in the play-offs), helping the Catalans return to the third division after five years.[3]

In January 2012, Chumbi was linked with a move to Elche CF,[4] but the deal could not be completed. On 20 June he signed a contract with UD Almería, being assigned to the reserves in the third level.[5]

Chumbi made his debut with Almería's first team on 17 October 2012, coming off the bench for Jonathan in the 83rd minute of a 3–0 home win against AD Alcorcón for the season's Copa del Rey.[6] Two months later he made his first appearance in division two, replacing Ángel Trujillo in a 0–1 defeat at Elche CF;[7] on 6 January of the following year he netted his first goal as a professional, being pivotal in the Andalusians' 1–0 away win against Girona FC after only six minutes on the field.[8]

On 8 July 2013, Chumbi was released by Almería. Late in the same month, he joined Valencia CF Mestalla in the third division.[9]

On 10 July 2014, Chumbi signed a two-year deal with Albacete Balompié, freshly promoted to the second level.[10] On 20 July of the following year, he moved to fellow league club UE Llagostera.[11] Following 19 goalless appearances and team relegation, he returned to his native region and the third tier after joining Lorca FC.[12]


  1. ^ David Narváez y Chumbi, fichajes del Lorca Deportiva (David Narváez and Chumbi, Lorca Deportiva signings); La Verdad, 15 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Chumbi tanca la plantilla del CF Reus (Chumbi closes CF Reus' squad); Reus24, 9 July 2010 (in Catalan)
  3. ^ El puñal de Águilas (Águilas' dagger); Diari de Tarragona, 8 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Elche puja por Chumbi (Elche bids for Chumbi); Diari de Tarragona, 18 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Chumbi, delantero procedente del Reus Deportivo, primer fichaje del Almería B (Chumbi, forward from Reus Deportivo, Almería B's new signing) Archived 23 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 20 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ El Almería también arrolla en Copa (Almería also crushes in Cup); Marca, 17 October 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Elche sigue intratable en casa (Elche remains strong at home); Marca, 16 December 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Chumbi silencia Montilivi en el añadido (Chumbi silences Montivili in stoppage time); Marca, 6 January 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Rafa Chumbi ya tiene equipo: Valencia Mestalla (Rafa Chumbi already has team: Valencia Mestalla); La Voz de Almería, 18 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ 'Chumbi', nuevo jugador del Albacete ('Chumbi', new player of Albacete); Marca, 10 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Chumbi, nuevo fichaje para el conjunto de Oriol Alsina" [Chumbi, new signing for Oriol Alsina's team] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "El aguileño Chumbi, primer fichaje del Lorca FC para la delantera" [Águilas-born Chumbi, first forward signing by Lorca FC] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Murcia. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 

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