Abelardo managing Sporting Gijón in 2014
|Full name||Abelardo Fernández Antuña|
|Date of birth||19 April 1970|
|Place of birth||Gijón, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Centre back|
|1989||Sporting Gijón B||4||(2)|
|2008-2010||Sporting Gijón B|
|2012||Sporting Gijón (assistant)|
|2012-2014||Sporting Gijón B|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Abelardo Fernández Antuña (Spanish pronunciation: [a?e'la?ðo fe?'nande? an'tu?a]; born 19 April 1970), known simply as Abelardo as a player, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is a manager.
A player with good heading and marking ability, he was also known for a distinctive bald head, a style which he adopted from a relatively young age. During his career he was almost exclusively associated with Sporting de Gijón and Barcelona, having amassed La Liga totals of 385 matches and 24 goals over 14 seasons, and also managed the former club for three years.
Born in Gijón, Asturias, Abelardo started his professional career with local Sporting de Gijón, with which he made his La Liga debuts. Signing with FC Barcelona for the 1994-95 season in a 275 million pesetas deal, he was always an important first-team element, helping the Catalans to two leagues, cups and supercups, adding another two European trophies. However, he was greatly hampered by injuries in his final years at the Camp Nou.
Abelardo made his debut for the Spain national team on 4 September 1991, in a friendly against Uruguay in Oviedo. He went on to appear in a further 53 games and score three goals, being a participant at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 1996 and 2000.
Abelardo was also an essential member of the squad that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, netting in both the semi-finals (2-0, Ghana) and the final (3-2 over Poland). On 28 December 2002 he played for the Asturias regional team in a friendly against Honduras in Avilés, and scored the opening goal of a 5-3 win.
|1.||12 October 1991||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||France||1-2||1-2||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|2.||13 November 1991||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Czechoslovakia||1-0||2-1||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|3.||29 March 2000||Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain||Italy||2-0||2-0||Friendly|
Subsequently, Fernández took up coaching, starting with his first club's B-side in 2008. Midway through his second year he was fired, with the team managing to retain their third division status nonetheless. In May 2010, he moved to neighbouring amateurs Candás CF.
Fernández signed for CD Tuilla for the 2011-12 campaign - also in Asturias and the fourth level- winning the Copa Federación de España (Asturias tournament). On 10 February 2012, Sporting Gijón hired him as an assistant coach after Iñaki Tejada was appointed following the departure of Manolo Preciado.
Fernández returned to head coach duties and Sporting B for 2012-13. Late into the following season, he led them to a 4-1 away win over neighbouring Real Oviedo and, one week later, replaced the sacked José Ramón Sandoval at the helm of the main squad. Amidst severe financial problems, he led them to promotion back to the top flight in his first full season, and quit his post in January 2017 due to irreconcilable differences.
On 1 December 2017, Fernández was hired as manager of Alavés, which were placed in the last position in the top division at the date of his arrival. His first game in charge took place three days later, and he led the visitors to a 3-2 away win over Girona FC after they trailed 0-2 with 20 minutes left. In 2018-19, his team started well and were in contention for a Champions League place before fading in the second half to finish 11th, and he resigned at its conclusion.
Fernández returned to the city of Barcelona on 27 December 2019, becoming RCD Espanyol's third coach of the campaign as the side was in last place. Six months later, he was dismissed as the side were eight points from safety with seven games remaining.
|Sporting Gijón B||10 July 2008||4 January 2010||59||19||9||31||67||87||-20||32.20|||
|Candás||1 July 2010||14 June 2011||38||19||12||7||60||38||+22||50.00|||
|Tuilla||14 June 2011||10 February 2012||24||11||6||7||29||26||+3||45.83|||
|Sporting Gijón B||22 May 2012||4 May 2014||73||23||25||25||94||96||-2||31.51|||
|Sporting Gijón||4 May 2014||17 January 2017||110||37||34||39||130||144||-14||33.64|||
|Alavés||1 December 2017||20 May 2019||69||29||14||26||83||86||-3||42.03|||
|Espanyol||27 December 2019||27 June 2020||17||5||5||7||19||24||-5||29.41|||