- Worked on his motherâ€™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 qualifiersÂ
As distant as Roberto Fernandez is concerned, it is no scapegoat carrying to sight during 2 oâ€™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.
â€œIt was a scapegoat removing adult early in a morning to go to a fruit market, we can tell we that,â€ 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.
â€œWeâ€™d get adult during 4 in a morning and afterwards travel to get a uninformed fruit and vegetables,â€ a Albirrojita captain told FIFA.com. â€œShe chose a furnish and Iâ€™d assistance her bucket it right up. Then during midday Iâ€™d go off to school.â€
There was usually one other thing he had any appetite left over for: â€œKicking a round around compartment night fell, with my brothers or my friends.â€
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: â€œI 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.â€
- Full name: Roberto Fernandez Urbieta
- Date of birth: 7 Jun 2000
- What skills would he like to have from other defenders? â€œTo conduct like Sergio Ramos, pierce a round out like Mats Hummels and symbol like John Terry.â€
- Role models in Paraguay: Paulo Da Silva and Gustavo Gomez
Finding his feet in a collateral was not easy: â€œConcepcion is 500 kilometres divided from Asuncion and we missed it. we cried a lot and a usually reason we didnâ€™t go behind was since my relatives pronounced football was my large opportunity.â€
In recognition, Fernandez knows accurately where a income will be going when he signs his initial veteran contract: â€œOn a good residence for them.â€
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: â€œI donâ€™t know how weâ€™d arrange on a scale of 1 to 10, though a preparations have been excellent. The teamâ€™s in unequivocally good shape.â€
So what are he and his team-mates articulate about in a lead-up to a competition? â€œHow critical this contest is for Paraguayan football, though also for a lives and careers,â€ he replied.
3 –Â 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 sideâ€™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.
â€” SelecciÃ³n Paraguaya (@Albirroja) September 18, 2017
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Fernandez has already lerned with Paraguayâ€™s comparison team. â€œIt was before a Russia 2018 qualifier opposite Uruguay. we was in a showers after a training event and one of [Francisco] Arceâ€™s partner came to get me since they indispensable a defender. Weâ€™d already finished some training with a seniors, though we was really unapproachable all a same.â€
So how did it go? â€œI only shadowed them some-more than anything. They were operative on dead-ball situations and personification a round out from a back. we didnâ€™t do most fortifying though we was vacant by a speed and gait of play. It was a good experience.â€