Roberto Fernández Bonillo

Personal information
Full nameRoberto Fernández Bonillo
Date of birth (1962-07-05) 5 July 1962 (age 56)
Place of birthBetxí, Spain
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
National team
1979–1980Spain U1810(1)
1981Spain U193(0)
1980–1988Spain U2121(7)
1982Spain U231(0)
1983Spain amateur2(0)
Teams managed
2004Valencia B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roberto Fernández Bonillo (born 5 July 1962), known simply as Roberto, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a central midfielder.

From 1981 and during the next fourteen years, he played with Valencia and Barcelona, going on to amass La Liga totals of 439 games and 95 goals over the course of 15 seasons. He also had two spells at Villarreal, where he started his career.

Roberto represented the Spain national team for nearly one decade, appearing at one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career

Born in Betxí, Province of Castellón, Roberto started playing professionally with CD Castellón in 1979, after emerging through the ranks of neighbours Villarreal CF. After two years, he moved to another club in the community, Valencia CF, proceeding to score 33 La Liga goals during his first four seasons combined but suffering relegation in 1986.

Subsequently, Roberto signed for FC Barcelona, netting ten times in 40 matches in his debut campaign,[1] including a penalty in a 2–1 home win against Real Madrid,[2] which won that year's league ahead of the Catalans.

After being an essential unit as Barça won two vice-championships, two Copa del Rey trophies and the 1989 conquest of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Roberto returned to Valencia in 1990. He helped the latter to two consecutive fourth-place finishes, and spent almost the entire 1993–94 on the sidelines due to injury.[3]

For the 1995–96 season, Roberto re-joined another familiar team, now Villarreal which competed in the second division. He scored once in 36 appearances in his third year to help them achieve a first-ever promotion, being immediately relegated afterwards; he retired in 2001 at almost 39, after two seasons in the second level with Córdoba CF.[1]

Subsequently, after more than 700 official games, Roberto moved into coaching, being in charge of lowly Valencia B, Orihuela CF and UD Alzira in his native region. In the 2004–05 campaign he was one of four managers for Córdoba, who finished in 19th position and dropped down to division three.[4][1]

Roberto returned to Barcelona in the summer of 2015, in directorial capacities.[5][6][7][8] He left in June 2018 after his contract expired, being replaced by Éric Abidal who also played for the club.[9]