Early-riser Fernandez prepared to lead Paraguay challenge

  • Worked on his mother’s fruit and unfeeling case during a age of 12
  • Now captains a U-17 side that will run out during India 2017
  • Though a defender, he scored 3 goals in a qualifiers 

As distant as Roberto Fernandez is concerned, it is no scapegoat carrying to sight during 2 o’clock in a morning, have lunch 4 hours after and afterwards cooking during 4 in a afternoon. And that is what he and his Paraguay team-mates have been doing newly in credentials for a FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

“It was a scapegoat removing adult early in a morning to go to a fruit market, we can tell we that,” pronounced a immature executive defender, who, during a age of 12, had to accompany his mom Otilia to a fruit marketplace in a city of Concepcion since income was tight.

“We’d get adult during 4 in a morning and afterwards travel to get a uninformed fruit and vegetables,” a Albirrojita captain told FIFA.com. “She chose a furnish and I’d assistance her bucket it right up. Then during midday I’d go off to school.”

There was usually one other thing he had any appetite left over for: “Kicking a round around compartment night fell, with my brothers or my friends.”

At a time he played as a far-reaching forward, a No11. A means left-footer who cut his teeth on a severe rags of belligerent that upheld for football pitches in his neighbourhood, Fernandez afterwards altered position: “I went to a football academy and they put me during full-back and afterwards in a centre of defence. And during a age of 13 we assimilated my club, Guarani, of Asuncion.”

Fact file

  • Full name: Roberto Fernandez Urbieta
  • Date of birth: 7 Jun 2000
  • What skills would he like to have from other defenders? “To conduct like Sergio Ramos, pierce a round out like Mats Hummels and symbol like John Terry.”
  • Role models in Paraguay: Paulo Da Silva and Gustavo Gomez

Finding his feet in a collateral was not easy: “Concepcion is 500 kilometres divided from Asuncion and we missed it. we cried a lot and a usually reason we didn’t go behind was since my relatives pronounced football was my large opportunity.”

In recognition, Fernandez knows accurately where a income will be going when he signs his initial veteran contract: “On a good residence for them.”

The knowledge finished a Paraguay U-17 skipper who he is today. A still male off a pitch, he is a innate organiser on it and intelligent adequate to give this crafty answer to FIFA.com: “I don’t know how we’d arrange on a scale of 1 to 10, though a preparations have been excellent. The team’s in unequivocally good shape.”

So what are he and his team-mates articulate about in a lead-up to a competition? “How critical this contest is for Paraguayan football, though also for a lives and careers,” he replied.

The stat
3 – As good as being a series on his shirt, 3 were a series of goals Fernandez scored in a South American U-17 Championship, all of them essential and all of them in a final proviso of a competition. Fernandez was on a finish of a excellent pierce to measure his side’s second in a 2-2 pull with Brazil; headed in a second in another 2-2 draw, this time opposite Ecuador; and nodded in a initial in a 3-1 better of Venezuela that took Paraguay to a universe finals.

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Fernandez has already lerned with Paraguay’s comparison team. “It was before a Russia 2018 qualifier opposite Uruguay. we was in a showers after a training event and one of [Francisco] Arce’s partner came to get me since they indispensable a defender. We’d already finished some training with a seniors, though we was really unapproachable all a same.”

So how did it go? “I only shadowed them some-more than anything. They were operative on dead-ball situations and personification a round out from a back. we didn’t do most fortifying though we was vacant by a speed and gait of play. It was a good experience.”

Article source: http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=early-riser-fernandez-ready-to-lead-paraguay-challenge-2909077.html