Hierro

Date of birth23 March 1968
Place of birthVelez-Malaga
NationalitySpanish
Weight84 kg
Height1.87 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

Full name is: Fernando Ruiz Hierro.

His early professional career was spent with Real Vallodolid before he joined Real Madrid in 1989 and he won his first cap in September 1989 against Poland and he has been almost a permanent fixture ever since. He has been a key figure in the Madrid set up, appearing in almost 400 Primera Liga games and gaining European Cup winners' medals in 1998 and 2000. He was a non-playing substitute in the 1990 World Cup Finals but played in two World Cup Final Competitions (1994 and 1998) and the two European Championship Finals (1996 and 2000) in the centre of midfield. He has recently been moved back to the centre of defence which many observers regard as his best position.

The veteran central defender is known for his accurate passing and powerful free kicks and despite his age Fernando continues to be of immense value to the national team and will be Spain's captain at the World Cup finals. As ever, he led by example - converting the late penalties that secured the 3-1 wins in their opening two games against Slovenia and Paraguay to extend his record as the country's record scorer. His international career ended in selection for FIFA's All-Star squad.

After a year in Qatar, he joined Bolton Wanderers in July 2004 with a one-year contract but was made available for transfer in January 2005.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Valladolid 01 Jul 1987 01 Jul 1989
Real Madrid 01 Jul 1989 30 Jun 2003
Al Rayyan Sports Club 01 Jul 2003 30 Jun 2004
Bolton Wanderers 28 Jul 2004 30 Jun 2005

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Rest of the World Representative 1
1997-98 Europe International Friendly 1
1997-98 FIFA Representative 1
1998-99 Real Madrid UEFA Super Cup 1
1998-99 World XI FIGC Centenary 1
2000-01 Real Madrid Primera Liga 28
1
5
11
1
2000-01 Real Madrid UEFA Champions League 11
1
1
3
2001-02 Real Madrid Primera Liga 30
5
15
2001-02 Real Madrid UEFA Champions League 14
1
2002-03 Real Madrid Primera Liga 25
9
2002-03 Real Madrid UEFA Champions League 10
2
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 4
1
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 2
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 15
14
1
3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Jul 1996 Brazil v Rest of the World L 2-1 Representative


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1989-90 Spain FIFA World Cup
1
1989-90 Spain International Friendly
1
1989-90 Spain UEFA Under-21 3
1
1990-91 Spain International Friendly 1
1990-91 Spain UEFA European Championship 1
1
1991-92 Spain FIFA World Cup 1
1
1991-92 Spain International Friendly 3
2
1991-92 Spain UEFA European Championship 2
1
1992-93 Spain FIFA World Cup 4
1
1993-94 Spain FIFA World Cup 6
2
2
1
1993-94 Spain International Friendly 4
1
1994-95 Spain International Friendly 3
1
1994-95 Spain UEFA European Championship 5
2
1995-96 Spain International Friendly 2
1
1995-96 Spain UEFA European Championship 6
2
1996-97 Spain FIFA World Cup 6
4
1997-98 Spain FIFA World Cup 5
2
1997-98 Spain International Friendly 2
1998-99 Spain International Friendly 2
1
1
1998-99 Spain UEFA European Championship 4
3
1
1999-00 Spain International Friendly 3
1
1
1999-00 Spain UEFA European Championship 5
2
2000-01 Spain FIFA World Cup 5
3
2000-01 Spain International Friendly 2
1
1
1
2001-02 Spain FIFA World Cup 6
2
1
2001-02 Spain International Friendly 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
20 Sep 1989 Spain v Poland W 1-0 International Friendly
11 Oct 1989 Hungary v Spain D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 6
14 Nov 1989 Spain v Hungary W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
21 Feb 1990 Italy v Spain L 3-1 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
29 Mar 1990 Spain v Italy W 1-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
19 Dec 1990 Spain v Albania W 9-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
16 Jan 1991 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
25 Sep 1991 Iceland v Spain L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
12 Oct 1991 Spain v France L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
13 Nov 1991 Spain v Czechoslovakia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 1
15 Jan 1992 Portugal v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly
19 Feb 1992 Spain v C.I.S. D 1-1 International Friendly
11 Mar 1992 Spain v USA W 2-0 International Friendly
22 Apr 1992 Spain v Albania W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
14 Oct 1992 Northern Ireland v Spain D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
18 Nov 1992 Spain v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
28 Apr 1993 Spain v Northern Ireland W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Group 3
02 Jun 1993 Lithuania v Spain W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 3
08 Sep 1993 Spain v Chile W 2-0 International Friendly
22 Sep 1993 Albania v Spain W 1-5 FIFA World Cup Group 3
13 Oct 1993 Republic of Ireland v Spain W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 3
17 Nov 1993 Spain v Denmark W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
19 Jan 1994 Spain v Portugal D 2-2 International Friendly
09 Feb 1994 Spain v Poland D 1-1 International Friendly
23 Mar 1994 Spain v Croatia L 0-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 1994 Finland v Spain W 1-2 International Friendly
17 Jun 1994 Spain v Korea Republic D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
21 Jun 1994 Germany v Spain D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
27 Jun 1994 Bolivia v Spain W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
02 Jul 1994 Spain v Switzerland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
09 Jul 1994 Italy v Spain L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final final
07 Sep 1994 Cyprus v Spain W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 2
12 Oct 1994 FYR Macedonia v Spain W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 2
30 Nov 1994 Spain v Finland W 2-0 International Friendly
17 Dec 1994 Belgium v Spain W 1-4 UEFA European Championship Group 2
18 Jan 1995 Spain v Uruguay D 2-2 International Friendly
22 Feb 1995 Spain v Germany D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Spain v Belgium D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 2
07 Jun 1995 Spain v Armenia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 2
06 Sep 1995 Spain v Cyprus W 6-0 UEFA European Championship Group 2
20 Sep 1995 Spain v Argentina W 2-1 International Friendly
11 Oct 1995 Denmark v Spain D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 2
07 Feb 1996 Spain v Norway W 1-0 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Norway v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly
09 Jun 1996 Spain v Bulgaria D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
15 Jun 1996 France v Spain D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
18 Jun 1996 Romania v Spain W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
22 Jun 1996 England v Spain L 0-0 (2-4) UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
04 Sep 1996 Faroe Islands v Spain W 2-6 FIFA World Cup Group 6
09 Oct 1996 Czech Republic v Spain D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
13 Nov 1996 Spain v Slovakia W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
12 Feb 1997 Spain v Malta W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
30 Apr 1997 Yugoslavia v Spain D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
08 Jun 1997 Spain v Czech Republic W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
24 Sep 1997 Slovakia v Spain W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 6
11 Oct 1997 Spain v Faroe Islands W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
19 Nov 1997 Spain v Romania D 1-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 1998 Spain v Sweden W 4-0 International Friendly
13 Jun 1998 Spain v Nigeria L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
19 Jun 1998 Spain v Paraguay D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
24 Jun 1998 Spain v Bulgaria W 6-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
05 Sep 1998 Cyprus v Spain L 3-2 UEFA European Championship Group 6
23 Sep 1998 Spain v Russia W 1-0 International Friendly
14 Oct 1998 Israel v Spain W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 6
27 Mar 1999 Spain v Austria W 9-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
05 May 1999 Spain v Croatia W 3-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Spain v San Marino W 9-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
04 Sep 1999 Austria v Spain W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
08 Sep 1999 Spain v Cyprus W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
10 Oct 1999 Spain v Israel W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
26 Jan 2000 Spain v Poland W 3-0 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 Croatia v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly
03 Jun 2000 Sweden v Spain D 1-1 International Friendly
07 Jun 2000 Luxembourg v Spain W 0-1 International Friendly
13 Jun 2000 Spain v Norway L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
18 Jun 2000 Slovenia v Spain W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
07 Oct 2000 Spain v Israel W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
11 Oct 2000 Austria v Spain D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
15 Nov 2000 Spain v Netherlands L 1-2 International Friendly
24 Mar 2001 Spain v Liechtenstein W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
28 Mar 2001 Spain v France W 2-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Spain v Bosnia and Herzegovina W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
06 Jun 2001 Israel v Spain D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
01 Sep 2001 Spain v Austria W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
05 Sep 2001 Liechtenstein v Spain W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
14 Nov 2001 Spain v Mexico W 1-0 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Netherlands v Spain L 1-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Northern Ireland v Spain W 0-5 International Friendly
02 Jun 2002 Spain v Slovenia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
07 Jun 2002 Spain v Paraguay W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
16 Jun 2002 Spain v Republic of Ireland W 1-1 (3-2) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
22 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Spain L 0-0 (3-5) FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.