Ricardo Fernandes (footballer, born January 1978)

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Ricardo Fernandes
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Manuel da Silva Fernandes
Date of birth (1978-01-14) 14 January 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Azurém, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Torcatense
Youth career
1988–1997 Vitória Guimarães
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Fafe 43 (3)
1999–2003 Salgueiros 112 (0)
2003–2005 Moreirense 51 (0)
2005–2008 Nacional 82 (4)
2008–2010 Rapid Bucureşti 47 (4)
2011 Rio Ave 0 (0)
2011–2013 Moreirense 37 (2)
2013–2016 Fafe 65 (2)
2016– Torcatense 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2016.

Ricardo Manuel da Silva Fernandes (born 14 January 1978 in Azurém, Guimarães) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Grupo Desportivo União Torcatense as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

After making his Primeira Liga debuts with lowly S.C. Salgueiros, which folded soon after, Fernandes moved to Moreirense FC, playing there for a further two top flight seasons. For 2005–06 he joined Madeira's C.D. Nacional, being an undisputed starter from the beginning and helping it achieve a fifth place (with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup) in his first year.

Fernandes signed for Romania's FC Rapid Bucureşti in July 2008, alongside compatriot José Peseiro whom arrived as manager. In the 2010–11 campaign he lost his starting position with the Liga I club and, in January 2011, aged 33, returned to his country and joined Rio Ave FC.

In June 2011, after no official appearances for the Vila do Conde team, Fernandes signed with former acquaintance Moreirense in the second division. He only missed four league games in his first season, as the Moreira de Cónegos side returned to the top level after seven years.

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