2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

FERNANDINHO

Age
34
Height
176.0 cm
Date of Birth 04 May 1985
International Caps
49
International Goals
2

Fernando Luiz Roza, better known as Fernandinho, would have been forgiven for crumbling after his country's now-infamous 7-1 defeat by Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. After starting the game in a holding role, he was not only comprehensively overrun in the first half; to add insult to injury, he was hauled off at the break for tactical reasons.

But backing down is not in the midfielder's make-up and he has bounced back to become Pep Guardiola's anchorman of choice at Manchester City, entrusted with ferrying the ball out from deep while providing balance and cover by breaking up opposition attacks.

Dunga kept faith with Fernandinho for Brazil in the 2014-16 period and Tite did likewise after taking the helm. Although the latter has mainly named him in the starting line-up when Casemiro has been unavailable, he has also paired the two for matches against more dangerous opponents, when more steel in midfield has been required.

The scorer of the only goal in the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE 2003, the midfielder will be looking to lay his 2014 demons to rest in Russia.