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Fernando Amorebieta
Fernando Amorebieta
Fulham info
Full name Fernando Gabriel Amorebieta Mardaras
Nickname(s)    La Grulla, Lovebite
Date of birth 29 Mar 1985
Place of birth    Cantaura, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Height 6ft 4in (1.92m)
Playing position Centre back, Left back
Current player? Incorrect
Number(s) worn 35 (2013-2014)
5 (2014-2015)
45 (2016)
Debut West Brom (h) (14 Sept 2013)
Last Appearance Brentford (a) (30 Apr 2016)
First goal Hull (h) (26 Apr 2014)
Last goal Bolton (h) (1 Oct 2014)
Joined from Athletic Bilbao, free - 1 Jul 2013
League apps (gls) 44 (2)
All apps (gls) 48 (2)
Other clubs Collegio San Miguel (youth) (1995-1996)
Athletic Bilbao (youth) (1996-2003)
Basconia (2003-2004)
Athletic Bilbao 'B' (2004-2005)
Athletic Bilbao (2005-2013)
→ Middlesbrough (loan) (2015-2016) (from Fulham)
Sporting Gijon (2016-present)
International Venezuela (2011-2015)
Apps (gls) 15 (1)

Fernando Amorebieta was a central defender at Fulham from 2013 until 2016. An international for Venezuela, Fernando is well known in Spain after 8 years at Athletic Bilbao and returned after his stint at Craven Cottage to join Sportin Gijon.

CareerEdit

Before Fulham Edit

Fulham (2013-2016)Edit

Fernando's signing was confirmed by Fulham on 22 May 2013 on a free transfer, with his contract due to start as of 1 July; the deal was agreed on 15 April 2013. He made his long-awaited debut against West Brom on 14 Sept 2013 after coming on as a substitute to replace Kieran Richardson in the second half. His career at the club started relatively well, proving to be a strong centre-back who was also capable of playing on the left when needed.

Due to the changing of managers in his first season, Fernando was in and out of the side and struggled to find consistent form, however Felix Magath settled on him as a main centre back in the end of season run in. He was sent off in the 5-0 loss away at Manchester City after two fouls in the penalty area, leading to the two opening goals of the match.

His first goal came in an important match against Hull City not long after his return from suspension as he scored a header in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage. Despite Fulham dropping down to the Championship, Fernando was one of the few first team senior players who decided to stay put at the club and help them compete in the second tier. He scored in a fantastic 4-0 win against Bolton Wanderers at Craven Cottage.

He suffered a 4 month layoff through injury during 2014-15, returning to action on 6 March 2015 in a poor 5-1 home loss to AFC Bournemouth in which Fernando received a straight red card in the second half. He was shortly after loaned out to fellow Championship side Middlesbrough, with James Husband coming in the opposite direction for the remainder of the season. Fernando played a part in their promotion push, scoring the winner in their Play-off Semi-final, though ultimately they failed at the final hurdle after losing out to Norwich City in the Play-off Final.

He was shipped out again on a season long loan to Middlesbrough for 2015-16 but was later recalled on 1 February 2016 shortly after new manager Slaviša Jokanović took over. After several strong performances in Fulham's defence, Fernando let himself down after needlessly earning a red card away to Leeds United in February 2016 and cast doubts among his future at the club with some reckless challenges costing the side in matches.

After FulhamEdit

Fulham StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

U21 squadEdit

Season League U21 Cup PL International Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-15 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

First teamEdit

Season League League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 Premier League 23 1 2 0 1 0 26 1
2014-15 Championship 7 1 0 0 1 0 8 1
2015-16 Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 44 2 2 0 2 0 48 2

DisciplinaryEdit

Season Yellow card Red card
2013-14 6 1
2014-15 2 1
2015-16 3 1
Total 11 3

Fulham MatchesEdit

U21 squadEdit

# Season Date Comp Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
12014-156 Feb 2015U21PRMWest Ham U21AwayLost1-2Sub off 46'
22014-1528 Feb 2015U21PRMLeicester U21HomeLost1-3

First teamEdit

# Season Date Comp Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
12013-1414 Sept 2013PREMWest BromHomeDrew1-1Sub on 67'
22013-1421 Sept 2013PREMChelseaAwayLost0-2
32013-1424 Sept 2013LCEvertonHomeWon2-1Sub on 64'
42013-1428 Sept 2013PREMCardiffHomeLost1-2
52013-145 Oct 2013PREMStokeHomeWon1-0Yellow card 28'
62013-1421 Oct 2013PREMCrystal PalaceAwayWon4-1Sub on 46'
72013-1426 Oct 2013PREMSouthamptonAwayLost0-2
82013-142 Nov 2013PREMMan UtdHomeLost1-3Yellow card 58'
92013-149 Nov 2013PREMLiverpoolAwayLost0-4
102013-1423 Nov 2013PREMSwanseaHomeLost1-2
112013-1430 Nov 2013PREMWest HamAwayLost0-3
122013-1421 Dec 2013PREMMan CityHomeLost2-4Sub on 37'
132013-1426 Dec 2013PREMNorwichAwayWon2-1
142013-1428 Dec 2013PREMHullAwayLost0-6
152013-141 Jan 2014PREMWest HamHomeWon2-1Yellow card 76'
162013-144 Jan 2014FACNorwichAwayDrew1-1Sub off 70'
172013-1411 Jan 2014PREMSunderlandHomeLost1-4
182013-144 Feb 2014FACSheff UtdHomeLost0-1Yellow card 82'
192013-1422 Feb 2014PREMWest BromAwayDrew1-1Sub off 52'
202013-1415 Mar 2014PREMNewcastleHomeWon1-0
212013-1422 Mar 2014PREMMan CityAwayLost0-5Yellow card 26', Red card 53'
222013-145 Apr 2014PREMAston VillaAwayWon2-1
232013-1412 Apr 2014PREMNorwichHomeWon1-0
242013-1419 Apr 2014PREMTottenhamAwayLost1-3
252013-1426 Apr 2014PREMHullHomeDrew2-2Soccerball 58'
262013-1411 May 2014PREMCrystal PalaceHomeDrew2-2Yellow card 54'
272014-1517 Sept 2014CHMPNottm ForestAwayLost3-5Yellow card 58'
282014-1520 Sept 2014CHMPBlackburnHomeLost0-1Yellow card 90+2'
292014-1523 Sept 2014LCDoncasterHomeWon2-1Sub off 69'
302014-1527 Sept 2014CHMPBirminghamAwayWon2-1
312014-151 Oct 2014CHMPBoltonHomeWon4-0Soccerball 45+2'
322014-154 Oct 2014CHMPMiddlesbroughAwayLost0-2Sub off 78'
332014-155 Nov 2014CHMPBlackpoolHomeDrew2-2Sub off 44'
342014-156 Mar 2015CHMPBournemouthHomeLost1-5Red card 69'
352015-166 Feb 2016CHMPDerbyHomeDrew1-1
362015-1613 Feb 2016CHMPQPRAwayWon3-1
372015-1616 Feb 2016CHMPBlackburnAwayLost0-3Sub off 69'
382015-1620 Feb 2016CHMPCharltonHomeWon3-0Yellow card 20'
392015-1623 Feb 2016CHMPLeedsAwayDrew1-1Yellow card 68', Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 90+4'
402015-165 Mar 2016CHMPReadingAwayDrew2-2
412015-168 Mar 2016CHMPBurnleyHomeLost2-3
422015-1612 Mar 2016CHMPBristol CityHomeLost1-2
432015-162 Apr 2016CHMPMK DonsHomeWon2-1Yellow card 19'
442015-165 Apr 2016CHMPPrestonAwayWon2-1
452015-169 Apr 2016CHMPCardiffHomeWon2-1
462015-1615 Apr 2016CHMPBrightonAwayLost0-5Sub off 75'
472015-1623 Apr 2016CHMPNottm ForestHomeLost1-3
482015-1630 Apr 2016CHMPBrentfordAwayLost0-3

External links and referencesEdit

Fulham FC
2013-14 squad
1. Stekelenburg 3. Riise 4. Senderos / Heitinga 5. Hangeland 6. Kvist 7. Sidwell 8. Kasami 9. Berbatov / Diarra 10. Ruiz / Holtby 11. Kačaniklić 13. Stockdale 14. Karagounis 15. Richardson 16. Duff 17. Briggs 18. Hughes / Mitroglou 19. Taarabt / Tunnicliffe 20. Rodallega 21. Frei / Cole 22. Zverotić 23. Boateng 24. Dejagah 25. Woodrow 26. Roberts 27. Riether 28. Parker 29. Trotta 30. David 32. Dempsey 33. Burn 34. Plumain 35. Amorebieta 36. Mesca 37. Christensen 38. Etheridge 39. Bent 40. Bettinelli 41. Joronen 42. Banya 43. Tanković 44. Grimmer 45. Dembélé 46. Passley 47. Rodák 48. Norman 49. Pritchard 52. G Williams
Manager
Flag of the Netherlands Jol / Flag of the Netherlands Meulensteen / Flag of Germany Magath
Fulham FC
2014-15 squad
1. Király 2. Hoogland 3. Stafylidis 4. Hutchinson 5. Amorebieta 6. Bodurov 7. Eisfeld 8. Parker 9. Smith 10. Ruiz 11. Kačaniklić 12. Fofana 13. Zverotić / Guthrie 14. Roberts 15. Voser 16. Woodrow 17. Taggart 18. Mitroglou / Turner 19. Tunnicliffe 20. Rodallega 21. Christensen 22. Fazlić 23. Casasola 24. Husband 25. Dembélé 26. Fotheringham / Lee 27. G Williams 28. Hyndman 29. Trotta / Richards 30. David 31. Arthurworrey 32. Kavanagh 33. Burn 34. Chihi 36. Mesca 37. Grimmer 38. Burgess 39. R Williams 40. Bettinelli 41. Joronen 42. Rodák 43. Donnelly 44. McCormack 45. Evans --. Stekelenburg
Manager
Flag of Germany Magath / Flag of Wales Symons
Fulham FC
2015-16 squad
1. Bettinelli 2. Richards 3. Garbutt 4. Hutchinson 5. Stearman 6. Bodurov 7. Fredericks 8. Parker 9. Smith 10. Cairney 11. Kačaniklić 12. Lewis 13. Ream 14. Mattila 15. Voser / Madl 16. Woodrow 17. Williams 18. Pringle 19. Tunnicliffe 20. Labyad 21. Christensen 22. Taggart / Baird 23. O'Hara 24. Lonergan 25. Dembélé 26. Grimmer 27. Eisfeld 28. Hyndman 31. Ince 32. Kavanagh 33. Burn 34. Cole 38. Burgess 39. Evans 40. Husband / Sessegnon 41. Joronen 42. Rodák 43. Donnelly 44. McCormack 45. Amorebieta 46. Norman 47. Käit --. Mitroglou --. Stekelenburg
Manager
Flag of Wales Symons / Flag of Serbia Jokanović