Fernando Hierro Biography

( 1968 - )
July 5, 2018
First published on:June 15, 2018
by Jon Snow

Facts of Fernando Hierro

Date of Birth: 1968, March 23
Age: 51 years old
Birth Nation: Spain
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Birth Name Fernando Ruiz Hierro
Birth Place Velez-Malaga, Spain
Famous Name Fernando Hierro
Father Antonio Ruiz Jimenez
Mother Remedios Hierro Ruiz
Salary $3.43 million
Nationality Spanish
Currently Working For Spain National Team
Children Alvaro and Claudia

Fernando Hierro is a retired Spanish footballer, currently serving as the coach of the Spain National Team. Known for his work with Real Madrid, Hierro won 5 La Liga and 3 UEFA Champions League in his course of 15 years.

Fernando has made appearances in 4 World Cups and 2 European Champions.

Early Life and Early Career

Fernando was born as Fernando Ruiz Hierro, to Remedios Hierro Ruiz and Antonio Ruiz Jimenez on March 23, 1968,  in Velez-Malaga, Spain. Fernando has 2 brothers: Manolo Hierro and Antonio Hierro, both are former footballers.

Hierro commenced his football career at his hometown club Velez-Malaga in 1980 at the age of 12 and later made his brief career with CD Malaga youth team.

But after it didn't work out for him, he made his return to Velez-Malaga in 1985 and played for 2 seasons before making his senior career debut with Valladolid.

Net Worth and Salary

As of 2018, Fernando Hierro's net worth is under review and estimation has been made that his net worth is around $3 million dollars.

Currently, Hierro's salary as Spain National Team coach is reported to be $3.43 million while the highest paid coach is Joachim Low with the salary of $4.47 million.

Playing Career (1987-2005) And Retirement

In 1987, Fernando made his senior career debut with Valladolid where he later played for 2 seasons and scored 3 goals in 58 appearances. Then the team was later bought by Real Madrid in 1989 and so he was.

In his first season with Real Madrid, Fernando scored 7 goals in 37 games and playing till 2003, his recorded 102 goals in 439 appearances. Hierro also led the team to win 5 La Liga titles and 3 UEFA Champions League trophies.

The Real Madrid's captain then captain, Fernando Hierro scored a hat trick for Madrid on March 24, 2002, against Real Zaragoza.

After playing for Qatar's Al Rayyan Sports Club for a season till 2004, he returned to Europe to sign with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers and played for a season only. Then on May 10, 2005, he announced his retirement.

International Playing Career

Having appeared in 4 World Cups (1990, 1994,1998 and 2002), Fernando made his International debut on September 20, 1989, and his most notable goal is regarded as his header goal in the  1994 World Cup qualification, against Denmark which allowed ten-men Spain to qualify for the final tournament.

Fernando with the score of 29 goals for Spain was capped 89 times for Spain, though his record his surpassed only by Raul, David Villa, and Fernando Torres.

Coaching Career

Hierro was appointed as the Malaga CF's director of football in July 2011. After the club finished 4th and qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever, on May 28, 2012, Fernando Hierro waved hands to the club.

He also replaced Zinedine Zidane as the new assistant coach for Real Madrid on July 10, 2014. In 2016, Hierro was appointed as the manager for the first time at Segunda Division side Real Oviedo, and on June 14, 2017, he left the club with mutual consent.

Hierro, also the Royal Spanish Football Federation sporting director worked for 4 years since after his appointment in late September 2007, later he re-joined on November 27, 2017.

Just only 2 days before, the 2018 FIFA World Cup beginning, on June 13, 2018, Fernando Hierro was named as the new coach for Spain National Team after sacking Julen Lopetegui. Lopetegui was sacked after Real Madrid revealed that he was joining the club after the World Cup.

Fernando Hiero's Personal Life

Standing 6feet and 2 inches in height, Fernando Hierro is reported to be a married person. Hierro is in a lovely relationship with his wife Sonia.

Fernando is also the father of his 2 children: son Alvaro and daughter Claudia


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