Lolo Fernandez in his last professional match with Universitario de Deportes in 1953
|Full name||Teodoro Fernández Meyzán|
|Date of birth||20 May 1913|
|Place of birth||Cañete, Peru|
|Date of death||17 September 1996(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Lima|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Teodoro Fernández Meyzán (born 20 May 1913 in Cañete — died 17 September 1996 in Lima), nicknamed "Lolo", was a Peruvian football striker. Arguably one of Peru's two most important football players (along with Teófilo Cubillas), he was part of the Peru national football team that reached quarter-finals in the 1936 Summer Olympics and won the 1939 Copa America, a tournament where he emerged as the top scorer and best player. He was captain of the Peru national football team from 1935 to 1947 scoring 24 goals in 32 matches.
Fernández is the most emblematic player in the history of club Universitario de Deportes for which he played his whole career, winning six times the Primera División Peruana. Although he sporadically reinforced other clubs in friendly matches, clubs such as Alianza Lima and Colo-Colo, Fernández never represented a club other than Universitario in official competitions. Known as "El Cañonero" ("The Cannoneer") due to his excellence as a centre-forward and his strong shooting, Fernández was the Primera División Peruana top-scorer seven times.
Lolo was the seventh of Raymunda Meyzán and Tomas Fernández's eight children. He learned to play football in primary school and was soon picked up by local club Huracán de Hualcará where he immediately stood out. At the age of 16, his parents sent him to Lima to continue his studies. Lolo stayed with his brother Arturo Fernandez who was the goalkeeper for Ciclista Lima. When Arturo transferred to first division's Universitario de Deportes, he brought Lolo along to play a bit of football in training and introduced him to the club's President, former 1930 World Cup player Placido Galindo, who decided to sign him. Lolo would remain with the club during his 22 years as a professional footballer.
He made his professional debut with Universitario de Deportes in a friendly match against Club Deportivo Magallanes of Chile on 29 November 1931, scoring the game's only goal. In his first season (1932) he became Peruvian top scorer, the team finished second. The following year, the same feat was repeated.
The 1934 season saw Lolo lead the division in scoring, winning the Primera División Peruana trophy for the only second time in its history. Lolo obtained 6 local leagues as player in total, all with Universitario de Deportes: 1934, 1939, 1941, 1945, 1946 and 1949.
Several times during his career he rejected offers from teams such as in Chile, Argentina, and Europe. Rumor has it Chile offered him a "blank check", for he to write in what he wished to be paid. He did not go with Chile.
Lolo played his last game for Universitario on 30 August 1953 at the age of 40 in the Peruvian Super Classic during which he scored a hat-trick for a 4–2 win.
Lolo is the top goalscorer for Universitario with 156 goals in 180 matches.
Lolo played for the Peru national football team from 1935 to 1947, and scored 24 goals in 32 matches. He is the fourth top scorer in history for his country.
In 1936, he represented Peru at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Peru made its way into the quarterfinals after defeating Finland (7–2) and went on to beat Austria (4–2). Lolo Fernandez scored a total of 6 goals in the two games.
In 1939, he won the Copa America with the national team. The final was played against Uruguay (2–1) which was arguably the best team in the world at the time, as Uruguay had won gold in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and had won the first World Cup in 1930.
Lolo was top scorer of the tournament with 7 goals.
|Championship||Venue||Position||Matches played||Goals scored|
|1935 Copa América||Peru||3º place||3||1|
|1936 Summer Olympics||Germany||Semifinal||2||6|
|1937 Copa América||Argentina||6º place||4||2|
|1938 Bolivarian Games||Colombia||Gold medal||4||3|
|1939 Copa América||Peru||Champion||4||7|
|1941 Copa América||Chile||4º place||4||3|
|1942 Copa América||Uruguay||5º place||6||2|
|1947 Copa América||Ecuador||5º place||3||0|
Peru-Chile XI (Combinado del Pacífico)
Fernández was part of the "Combinado del Pacífico" (Peru-Chile XI) a squad of Peruvian and Chilean footballers of Alianza Lima, Atlético Chalaco, Colo-Colo and Universitario de Deportes that played 39 friendly matches in Europe between September 1933 and March 1934 against teams such as FC Barcelona, Celtic FC, Hearts FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham United FC and FC Bayern Munich. With 48 goals, Fernández was the team's main goalscorer during the European tour.
|1938 Bolivarian Games||NA|
|1939||South American Championship|
- Peruvian League: Top Scorer 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1945
- 1939 South American Championship: Best Player
- 1939 South American Championship: Top Scorer
- 3rd place of all-time Copa America goal scorers, 15 goals.
- All-time top scorer of the Peruvian Super Classic, 29 goals.
- Peruvian league top-scorer for a record seven times.
- Highest individual scoring rate per Olympic match, 5 goals.
- Most capped Peruvian player in the history of the Copa America, 24 matches
- Top goalscorer in Universitario de Deportes's history, 156 goals.
|Universitario de Deportes||156||180||0.87|
|Pacific All-Stars Team||48||39||1.23|
|Peru National Team||24||32||0.75|
- Scores and results table. Peru's goal tally first:
Teodoro Fernández was recognized and honored in his lifetime and afterward. At the On October 27, 1952 inauguration of Estadio Nacional del Perú, he received from the government the highest honors bestowed on an athlete. President Manuel Odría (1948–56), bestowed on him the Laureles Deportivos en Primera Clase for his outstanding career in Peruvian soccer. The Club Universitario de Deportes named their stadium]] after him. This stadium was opened officially July 20 of the same year with a friendly match against the University of Chile. The municipal stadium of the city of San Vicente de Cañete, on the central coast of Peru, is also named after him, along with a section of the Maison de Santé clinic where he spent the last months of his life.
The Peruvian composer Lorenzo Humberto Sotomayor dedicated his work Lolo Fernández to Fernández. Another work in his honor is the dance El Taita Lolo Fernández with music by Alcides Carreño and lyrics by Fernando Soria. In September 1996, one week following his passing, a banner was displayed with the phrase “Lolo Hasta Siempre Alianza Presente” during a match between Ciclista Lima and Alianza Lima, who are known college rivals. On September 17, 1997, during a match against Sporting Cristal in the Clausura tournament of that year, the university's players wore jerseys with Fernández's image printed on the chest. In 2013, during a celebration of the centennial of his birth, the Chermany Inks: La Kasa Roja gallery presented an exposition of paintings done by nine artists in honor of Fernández.
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