Fernando is one of the few players in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad never to have played outside Brazil. Born in Rio Grande do Sul, the holding midfielder is also a one-club man, having joined Gremio as a youngster and won the U-20 Brazilian title with them at the age of 17, his reward for that achievement being a place in the first team.

 

His stature at the club has increased with each passing season. After making 13 national championship appearances in 2010, he played 22 league games the following season and in all but six of the 38-match campaign in 2012. Effective at closing opposing players down, the 5’9 Fernando is also a fearsome striker of the ball and helped his club win the 2010 Rio Grande do Sul state title.

 

He is no stranger to the yellow shirt of Brazil or to international success. A champion with Ney Franco’s side at the U-20 South American Championship in 2011, he then went on to collect a winner’s medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia later that year.

 

Mano Menezes called him up to full national team duty for the first time for the first leg of the 2012 Superclássico das Américas against Argentina, and though he was an unused substitute on that occasion, his debut would come shortly afterwards in a friendly against Iraq. Further opportunities have come the Gremio midfielder’s way under Scolari, and his workrate and tireless running have landed him a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.