Sunday, November 4, 2007


Senior club appearances and goalsFernando Hierro counted for the domestic league only. * Appearances (Goals)
Fernando Ruiz Hierro (born March 23, 1968 in Vélez-Málaga) is a former Spanish footballer. He is most famous as a member of Real Madrid and Spain, for whom he played as a defender, and sometimes as a defensive midfielder. At his peak, Hierro's ability to combine solid defensive play with a near-unlimited passing range made him one of the world's most sought-after players.

Club career
Hierro has been capped 89 times for Spain, second only to Raúl González as a Spanish outfield player, and has scored 29 goals, again second only to Raúl. He played in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cups, as well as Euro 96 and Euro 2000. He is one of only three Spanish players to have scored in three different World Cups. He was selected for the FIFA All Star team in 2002, and chosen UEFA Best Defender in 1998.
He played in qualifying matches for the 1990 World Cup and the Euro 92, but did not appear in any of those final tournaments. During the 1994 World Cup qualification, he headed the winning goal against Denmark that allowed Spain to qualify for the final tournament in the USA. In the World Cup finals, he scored on an individual play against Switzerland in second round, before his team was eliminated by Italy in quartefinals.
At the time of the 2002 World Cup, he was the leading goalscorer for the Spanish national team. He retired from the national team in 2002 and was replaced as captain by Raúl.

Honours

1 qatar cup - 2004
5 La Liga Titles - 1990, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003
1 Copa del Rey - 1993
4 Spanish Super Cup - 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001
3 Champion's League - 1998, 2000, 2002
1 European Super Cup - 2002
2 World Club Championship - 1998, 2002 Personal
His brother Manuel, also a footballer, played for FC Barcelona. Manuel became the coach of Málaga CF in 2006, when the team was relegated to Segunda División.

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