Federico Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 21 February 1989) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Swansea City.
He began his career at Estudiantes de La Plata, where he reached the final of the Copa Sudamericana and won the Copa Libertadores, before moving to Napoli in 2011. He was used sparingly by the Serie A club, and spent time on loan at Getafe CF, before joining Swansea in 2014.
Fernández made his full international debut in 2011 and has since earned over 30 international caps, scoring 3 goals. He was part of the Argentine squad which reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.
Federico has Italian origins: his maternal great-grandfather was a native of Lacedonia, in the Province of Avellino,. As a result, he has an Italian passport.
Fernández made his league debut for Estudiantes on 14 September 2008 during the Apertura 2008 tournament in a 1–0 defeat to Vélez Sársfield. He played two games in Estudiantes' run to the final of Copa Sudamericana 2008.
Fernández scored his first goal with the squad in an away match against Lanús, on 2 May 2009, following an assist by teammate Juan Sebastián Verón. Later that year Estudiantes won Copa Libertadores 2009, although Fernández' only contributions were two substitute appearances against Defensor Sporting Club in the quarter finals.
He was signed by Serie A club Napoli in December 2010 for a reported fee of about €2.5 million. But due to the lack of a European Union passport, he arrived in Italy in July 2011.
On 2 November 2011, Fernández scored his first two goals for Napoli against Bayern Munich in a Champions League group stage away tie. Both headers came after Napoli had conceded 3 times in the first half. Napoli lost the match 3–2.
Having only made 9 appearances across all competitions for Napoli that season, on 31 January 2013 Fernández was loaned to La Liga club Getafe CF for the remainder of the campaign, bolstering the club's defence following the sale of David Abraham to Hoffenheim.
Fernández played the full 90 minutes of the 2014 Coppa Italia Final, which Napoli won 3–1 against Fiorentina.
On 20 August 2014, it was announced that Fernández had signed for Premier League side Swansea City on a four-year contract for 10 million euros. Six days later he made his debut for the club, playing the entirety of a 1–0 win over Rotherham United in the second round of the League Cup. His first league appearance for Swansea was on 13 September, replacing Jordi Amat at half time in a 4–2 defeat away to Chelsea.
Fernández was given a straight red card for a foul on Philippe Coutinho in added time at the end of Swansea's League Cup fourth round game against Liverpool at Anfield on 28 October; minutes later Dejan Lovren scored the winner to knock Swansea out of the tournament. However, two days later, the FA rescinded the red card on appeal from Swansea, thus avoiding a three-match ban for Fernández. He scored his first goal for Swansea City on the 19th of March 2016 in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.