Roberto Fernández Alvarellos
Roberto in 2010
|Full name||Roberto Fernández Alvarellos|
|Date of birth||25 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Chantada, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
Roberto was born in Chantada, Lugo. After several years struggling at Celta de Vigo, never making it past its B-team, he moved to Sporting de Gijón in 2002. Save for his first season, when he was backup to Juanjo Valencia, he was an undisputed starter during his entire stay, winning the Ricardo Zamora Trophy in the 2005–06 campaign by conceding only 31 goals in 38 games, whilst going unbeaten for 825 minutes with the Segunda División club.
In June 2008, after playing in all the league matches but one to help Sporting return to the top division after a ten-year absence, Roberto also moved to La Liga, signing a three-year contract with CA Osasuna. After starting his first year on the bench, he eventually beat competition from veteran Ricardo (formerly of Manchester United) and became first-choice, but lost it again in the 2009–10 season, appearing almost exclusively in the domestic cup – he played the last two rounds in the league, with the Navarrese already safe from the relegation zone.
On 14 July 2010, Roberto was released by Osasuna and signed a three-year deal with Granada CF, returned to the second level after 22 years. He only missed two games in the regular season in his first year, then starred in the play-offs in an eventual second consecutive promotion for the Andalusians.
- "Caras nuevas en ambos equipos" [New faces in both teams]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 20 July 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "Roberto: 637 minutos sin encajar ningún gol" [Roberto: 637 minutes without conceding a goal]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 10 February 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "La joya de la corona" [The jewel of the crown]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 16 July 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "El Sporting le brindó el ascenso a Quini diez años después" [Sporting toasted promotion to Quini ten years later]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "Osasuna ficha al portero Roberto Fernández por tres temporadas" [Osasuna signs goalkeeper Roberto Fernández for three seasons]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 18 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "Roberto: "Ricardo y yo llevamos bien la rivalidad"" [Roberto: "Ricardo and I have a quite sane rivalry"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 August 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "El Granada cierra el fichaje del portero Roberto" [Granada completes signing of goalkeeper Roberto]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 July 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "Apoteósico ascenso" [Apotheotic promotion]. Ideal (in Spanish). 18 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
- "El portero Roberto Fernández acaba de firmar con el CD Lugo" [Goalkeeper Roberto Fernández has just signed with CD Lugo] (in Spanish). CD Lugo. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.