DAVID FERNÁNDEZ MIRAMONTE

Date of Birth: 20 January, 1976
Nationality: Spain
Period at Deportivo: 1995 - 2000
Transfer: (1995, from Deportivo B)
Clubs: Livingston (2003-2004), Celtic Glasgow (2002-2003), Livingston (2001-2002), Airdrieonians (2000-2001), Toledo (1999-2000, on loan), Sevilla (1997-1998, on loan), Deportivo (1995-2000), Deportivo B (1990-1995), Ural
Sold: (2000, to Airdrieonians)
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Position: Attacking Midfielder (left)

At the end of the eighties it were José Ramón and Fran who came from Deportivo B to add Galician quality to the first team. Since then only attacking midfielder DAVID FERNÁNDEZ and goalkeeper Dani Mallo have come near them, but in the end La Coruña-born David didn't succeed at Deportivo.

David was an important figure in the Deportivo B team which achieved promotion to the Segunda División B in 1995. At he age of twenty-three he scored some vital goals for them, and John Toshack included him in the first squad of Deportivo. His debut took place far way, as it concerned a UEFA Cup match on Cyprus on 14 September, 1995. He replaced Beguiristain in the 0-0 Cup Winners' Cup draw at Apoel Nicosia, while youngsters Cascallar and Viqueira also debuted. On 26 November he made his debut in the Liga, at home against Valladolid. Deportivo won 3-1, and once again David replaced Beguiristain.

The player would become some sort of lucky 'talisman' for Deportivo that season, and the club needed it desperately. Including the entrance in the Valladolid match, David was brought thirteen times until he started a Liga match. In the meantime he already had produced two vital goals in Riazor: equalizers against Real Sociedad and Atlético de Madrid. His first starting place he earned on 27 March, 1996 in the 2-1 derby win against Celta de Vigo.

Before this he already had produced his most important goal of his time at the club. On 7 March, 1996 there was an all-Spanish duel in the Cup Winners' Cup between Deportivo and defending champions Real Zaragoza in Riazor. Despite a lot of pressure, the home team couldn't find the net. And when all parties assumed 0-0 would be the final score, it was David who scored the vital winner for Deportivo (1-0). With it, David earned playing some other matches in the Primera División and started three of them. At Zaragoza,, this time concerning a Liga match, he scored his third goal of the season during a 2-3 win. The campaign earned him a contract running until 2001 and a buy-out clause of 2.000 million pesetas (about €13 million).

Despite twenty-two Liga performances, three goals in them, and his vital European goal, the season 1996/1997 didn't see his final breakthrough. That was almost impossible, because new signings Rivaldo and Martins took Deportivo up to the third place while the competition of Fran, Manjarín and Beguiristain proved to be too much. Deportivo B did produce two other talents that year: Deus and Maikel. But David only played nine Liga matches, and started just two of them. The time given didn't prove to be enough to score goals. He did produce seven goals for Deportivo B those months.

At the age of twenty-five his breakthrough still hadn't occurred when the season 1997/1998 started. In July, 1997 a loan deal was agreed with Sevilla, but that didn't work out. When during the winter months he returned to Deportivo, he encountered a crisis and new coach José Manuel Corral. David was given three starting places, but only because injuries depressed Deportivo that campaign. He reached a total of eleven Liga matches, but again didn't produce a goal.

With the arrival of Javier Irureta at the club that summer, David's time at Deportivo was over. During the season 1999/2000 he was loaned out to Toledo, before he ended up in Scotland. And that's where he remains today. In August 2000 he signed a contract at Airdrieonians, and in March 2001 moved to Livingston. He helped them achieving promotion within two months, and one year later had done enough (Livingston claimed a UEFA Cup place) to convince Celtic Glasgow to sign him.

In June, 2002 the deal was finalized and at the age of twenty-six he was given some sort of second chance. He cost the club about £1 million, but manager Martin O'Neill commented that "David is a player with tremendous ability and I believe he will be a great signing for the club. We have major challenges ahead on the domestic and European fronts and, in facing these, David will be very important to Celtic". David labelled it "the best thing in my career" and signed a contract running until 2006.

But things didn't work exactly out as was wished for, because he was largely restricted to substitute appearances and scored just once all season: against FK Suduva in the UEFA Cup first round. David rejoined Livingston at the start of the 2003/2004 season on a year-long loan. In July, 2004 he returned to Celtic and hopes to fill up the place left by Henke Larsson.
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