Today we leave you with a brief interview of our goalkeeper Aitor Fernández from Levante U.D.
Nickname: AITOR FDEZ
Born: May 3, 1991
Place of Birth: Mondragón
Current club: LEVANTE U.D
Debut year: 2019
Other clubs: Athletic club, Barakaldo, Villarreal, Numancia, Levante.
How did you start playing soccer?
I started as a forward but it wasn’t my forte. One day the coach put me as goalkeeper and I saw that I was more or less good at it and with time I liked that position more.
How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?
I define myself as a goalkeeper who tries to anticipate moves to reach that final moment when I have more options than the striker.
Which rival has impressed you the most?
Messi is the rival that has impressed me the most. He hides a lot of shots from you and is capable of finishing, passing, haggling …
What model of gloves do you use? And why?
The gloves I wear are the Supremo model. I am a goalkeeper who likes to feel the ball and these gloves are lightly armed, something that I love. Apart from this, the back is very nice and adapts perfectly to the hand.
What advice would you give to a young keeper who was starting to play soccer?
That if they like to play soccer they need to work very hard that in the end the reward always comes and of course never be discouraged because there are hard times.
What qualities do you think are the most important for a goalkeeper?
I think that the most important quality to be a great goalkeeper is to read the play well and have your opponents controlled, so your actions will always be ahead of the play and you can anticipate what might happen.
What has been the most important moment in your sports career?
I have several important moments in my career. One of them is when I left Athletic, because I saw the reality of soccer. Another important moment was my signing at Numancia, because it was the team that made me play professionally. Finally, my transfer to Levante because it was the club that gave me the opportunity to debut in first division.
How do you overcome a serious mistake during a match?
It is not easy to overcome an error for a goalkeeper because you may not have any other option to turn things around, but I try to command and place team players and think as little as possible about the error.
Any rituals before or during games?
I always enter the field with the right foot. I also touch the right post once, the crossbar three times and the left post once. I don’t know why but they are my rituals.