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Fernando Hierro
Spanish association football manager

Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro
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Intro Spanish association football manager
A.K.A. Fernando Ruiz Hierro
Is Athlete Football player Association football player Sports official Association football manager
From Spain
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 23 March 1968, Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Age 53 years
Star sign Aries
Stats
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 87 kg
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Fernando Ruiz Hierro ([feɾˈnando ˈʝero]; born 23 March 1968) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, sweeper or defensive midfielder, and a coach.

He won five La Liga and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid over 14 years after signing from Valladolid, during which he appeared in more than 500 official matches. He also competed professionally in Qatar and England.

Hierro represented Spain on nearly 90 occasions, appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships. He started working as a manager in 2016 with Oviedo, being appointed at the helm of the national team two years later.

Playing career

Club

Early years / Real Madrid

Hierro was born in Vélez-Málaga, Province of Málaga. After beginning his football career at local club Vélez CF he had a very brief youth spell with neighbouring CD Málaga, where he was told he was not good enough for the sport, which prompted a return home. He eventually made his La Liga debut with Real Valladolid, being bought by Real Madrid in the summer of 1989 after two solid seasons.

At Real, Hierro scored seven goals in 37 games in his first season, and eventually had his position on the field advanced by coach Radomir Antić, continuing his good performances with the addition of goals – in three seasons combined he netted an astonishing 44 league goals, 21 alone in 1991–92, a career-best. During years, he often partnered club great Manolo Sanchís in the centre of the defense, being instrumental in the conquest of five leagues and three UEFA Champions League trophies and being named captain after the latter's retirement.

On 24 March 2002, Hierro scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 home win against Real Zaragoza, although the ultimate leader would be Valencia CF. He was released at the end of the 2002–03 season alongside club manager Vicente del Bosque, under rather unceremonious circumstances; having appeared in 497 top division matches over the course of 16 seasons (105 goals), he then chose a lucrative move to the wealthy but developing Middle East football industry, joining Qatar's Al Rayyan Sports Club.

Bolton

After just one year, Hierro returned to Europe to sign with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers on the advice of his English teammate at Real Madrid Steve McManaman, and teaming up with another former player of that club, Iván Campo. He scored once during his tenure, which came in a 2–3 loss at Norwich City in December 2004 and, even though hard-pressed by fans and manager Sam Allardyce to stay for a further campaign, he announced his retirement from professional football on 10 May 2005.

International

Hierro was capped 89 times for Spain and scored 29 goals, being only surpassed by Raúl (who also took over his captain armband in June 2002, when he retired), David Silva, Fernando Torres and David Villa. He made his debut on 20 September 1989 – freshly signed by Madrid – in a 1–0 friendly win with Poland in A Coruña, and appeared for the nation in the 1990 (although only as a squad member), 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 1996 (where he missed a penalty as Spain crashed out to hosts England in a shootout) and 2000.

One of Hierro's most important goals came during the 1994 World Cup qualification, as he headed the winner against Denmark that allowed ten-men Spain to qualify for the final tournament in the United States. In the finals, he scored after an individual effort against Switzerland in the round of 16, before his team was eliminated by Italy in the quarter-finals following a 2–1 loss.

Coaching career

Although he had already been in charge for a few weeks, Hierro was officially presented as sporting director of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in late September 2007. He remained four years in the position.

Hierro returned to his native region in July 2011, being appointed Málaga CF's director of football. On 28 May 2012, even though the club finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever, he left his position.

On 10 July 2014, Hierro was named assistant coach of Real Madrid, replacing Zinedine Zidane – who left to take the reins of Real Madrid Castilla – in Carlo Ancelotti's staff. He was given his first full managerial role two years later, being appointed at Segunda División side Real Oviedo for the upcoming season with the option of a further year; on 14 June 2017, after missing out on the promotion playoffs on the final matchday, he left the Estadio Carlos Tartiere by mutual consent.

Hierro returned to the Royal Spanish Football Federation as sporting director on 27 November 2017. He was appointed as the manager of Spain on 13 June 2018 after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui two days before their first match at the World Cup, following the latter's decision to join Real Madrid after the tournament without notification. Two days later, he led the team to a 3–3 group stage draw against Portugal; on 8 July, following a penalty shootout loss to hosts Russia in the round of 16, he stepped down from his post and also announced that he would not return to his role as sporting director.

Style of play

Equally at ease as a central defender, sweeper or defensive midfielder, Hierro had the ability, at his peak, to combine solid defensive play with a near-unlimited passing range and surprising goalscoring talent, which made him one of the world's most sought-after players. A large, physically imposing and intimidating defensive presence, he was also known for his positional sense, strength in the air, tenacity and the ability to time his challenges well.

Regarded as a highly competitive and hard-tackling defender, The Times placed Hierro at number 43 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history in 2007.

Personal life

Hierro's older brothers, Antonio and Manuel, were also professional footballers and defenders. The latter paired up with Fernando at Valladolid, as the club finished eighth in 1987–88.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup League or Super Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
Valladolid 1987–88 La Liga 29 1 0 0 29 1
1988–89 29 2 0 0 29 2
Real Madrid 1989–90 La Liga 37 7 5 0 4 0 46 7
1990–91 35 7 3 0 2 0 5 1 45 8
1991–92 37 21 7 3 9 2 53 26
1992–93 33 13 8 0 6 5 47 18
1993–94 34 10 3 0 2 0 4 1 43 11
1994–95 33 7 2 0 5 0 40 7
1995–96 31 7 4 0 2 1 5 1 42 9
1996–97 39 6 6 2 45 8
1997–98 28 3 2 0 1 0 10 3 41 6
1998–99 28 6 4 1 8 1 40 8
1999–00 20 5 2 0 14 2 36 7
2000–01 29 5 1 0 13 1 43 6
2001–02 30 5 5 0 2 0 14 0 51 5
2002–03 25 0 1 1 12 0 38 1
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
Al Rayyan 2003–04 Qatar Stars League 19 3 19 3
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Bolton Wanderers 2004–05 Premier League 29 1 0 0 0 0 29 1
Total Spain 497 105 53 7 9 1 109 17 668 130
Qatar 19 3 19 3
England 29 1 0 0 0 0 29 1
Career total 545 109 53 7 9 1 109 17 716 134
  • Europe matches includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International

International statistics

Spain
Year Apps Goals
1989 2 0
1990 1 1
1991 4 0
1992 6 3
1993 6 2
1994 13 2
1995 7 3
1996 9 2
1997 6 2
1998 7 3
1999 6 5
2000 9 2
2001 7 2
2002 6 2
Total 89 29

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 December 1990 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Albania 4–0 9–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
2. 19 February 1992 Luís Casanova, Valencia, Spain  CIS 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3. 11 March 1992 Nuevo José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain  United States 2–0 2–0
4. 22 April 1992 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Albania 3–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualification
5. 28 April 1993 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Northern Ireland 3–1 3–1
6. 17 November 1993 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Denmark 1–0 1–0
7. 2 July 1994 RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, United States   Switzerland 1–0 3–0 1994 FIFA World Cup
8. 17 December 1994 Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–1 1–4 Euro 1996 qualifying
9. 7 June 1995 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain  Armenia 1–0 (p) 1–0
10. 6 September 1995 Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 5–0 6–0
11. 11 October 1995 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 (p) 1–1
12. 4 September 1996 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–5 2–6 1998 World Cup qualification
13. 13 November 1996 Heliodoro Rodríguez López, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain  Slovakia 4–1 4–1
14. 30 April 1997 Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia  Yugoslavia 0–1 (p) 1–1
15. 8 June 1997 Nuevo José Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain  Czech Republic 1–0 (p) 1–0
16. 13 June 1998 La Beaujoire, Nantes, France  Nigeria 1–0 2–3 1998 FIFA World Cup
17. 24 June 1998 Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Bulgaria 1–0 (p) 6–1
18. 14 October 1998 Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel 1–1 1–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
19. 27 March 1999 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 4–0 (p) 9–0
20. 5 May 1999 Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain  Croatia 2–1 (p) 3–1 Friendly
21. 5 June 1999 El Madrigal, Villarreal, Spain  San Marino 1–0 9–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
22. 4 September 1999 Ernst-Happel, Vienna, Austria  Austria 1–2 1–3
23. 8 September 1999 Nuevo Vivero, Badajoz, Spain  Cyprus 8–0 8–0
24. 7 October 2000 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain  Israel 2–0 2–0 2002 World Cup qualification
25. 15 November 2000 La Cartuja, Seville, Spain  Netherlands 1–0 1–2 Friendly
26. 24 March 2001 José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Liechtenstein 3–0 (p) 5–0 2002 World Cup qualification
27. 2 June 2001 Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 4–1
28. 2 June 2002 Gwangju World Cup Stadium, Gwangju, South Korea  Slovenia 3–1 (p) 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
29. 7 June 2002 Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju, South Korea  Paraguay 3–1 (p) 3–1
  • Notably, during the match against Austria on 4 September 1999, Hierro scored at both ends.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 1 July 2018
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Oviedo 8 June 2016 13 June 2017 43 17 10 16 50 51 −1 039.53
Spain 13 June 2018 8 July 2018 4 1 3 0 7 6 +1 025.00
Total 47 18 13 16 57 57 +0 038.30

Honours

Club

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1989–90, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03
  • Copa del Rey: 1992–93
  • Supercopa de España: 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001
  • UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002
  • Copa Iberoamericana: 1994

Al Rayyan

  • Emir of Qatar Cup: 2003–04

Individual

  • FIFA XI: 1996, 1997, 1998
  • UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 1997–98
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
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