Name: Andrés Fernández
Place of Birth: Murcia
Current club: Villarreal
Debut year: 2007
Bases (Tenerife, Mallorca, Osasuna) Professional (Huesca – Osasuna – Porto – Granada – Villarreal CF)
How did you start playing soccer?
I started in my neighborhood at an indoor soccer field we had, the older kids made me a goalkeeper because I was the smallest, and from there a soccer team coach saw me and asked if I wanted to play on his team.
How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?
Defining yourself is very difficult, I try to provide security and help my colleagues all I can giving it my all. I think that all areas of the modern goalkeeper must be mastered, that is what I try, improving day by day those tasks that are necessary to better adapt to the new soccer.
Which rival has impressed you the most?
Cristiano and Messi are the two rivals that impressed me the most, although it is very typical, but one for his power and strength, and the other for his innate talent and speed.
How would you define Villareal inside?
A club that wants to do things well from within a normality, a very familiar club, but with the desire to grow knowing the difficulties that this entails. They want to care for and train players from the bases to reaching a professional level, both at a sporting level as well as in teaching values.
What model of gloves do you use? And why?
Protek. I have been wearing them for a long time, and it is the best model that best suits my palm, a wide but not too long palm. I also like to feel the firmness in the back, since it avoids, especially in training, injuries in actions that are sometimes uncontrollable.
What advice would you give those who were starting to play soccer?
Without a doubt, to be very excited about becoming a first division goalkeeper, from there, listen and learn from all your coaches, teammates or anyone, in order to grow and improve day by day.
What qualities do you think are the most important for a goalkeeper?
Capacity of concentration, resilience and determination are three of the most important without a doubt there are more that are important, but I would highlight these three. Sometimes you spend a lot of time alone, and you have to be aware of what can happen at any time, since an action by the goalkeeper may be what decides the game. We also have to know that errors are something normal, and that the ability to rise up before them is key. Finally, the determination to carry out a save, a kick, a clearance … without hesitation, is vital to be able to succeed in that action.
What has been the most important moment in your sports career?
The moment I debuted … it is undoubtedly the necessary accolade, because it meant that everything I had worked for and dreamed of was going to be fulfilled. It gave way to getting closer to being able to be a professional in the world of soccer, and dedicate myself to what I had always dreamed of.
How do you overcome a serious mistake during a match?
Not thinking about it, you have to try to normalize the error, and continue. Many times we have to rebel against the thought that a goal was made because it was the goalkeeper´s fault, and rebel against any negative thought at that time. Draw strength and pull forward.
Any rituals before or during games?
None, what I do is think about those I love before going out to the field.