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Fernando Derveld

Fernando Derveld
Norwich Career: 2000-2001 (25 appearances, 1 goal)
Current Club: Dayton Dutch Lions (USA) (Women's Coach)
Date of Birth: 22/10/1976
Nationality: Dutch


Haarlem's 34 year old Dutch left back Fernando Derveld trained with Norwich in the week commencing 14th February 2000 and played in the 2-0 Reserve team victory over Oxford United on Monday 21st February. Derveld opened the scoring after 15 minutes and had a good game but Bruce Rioch decided against signing him - the second consecutive left back to come to Norwich on trial, to score in the reserves and then not be taken on ! Fernando had previously played for Walcheren, PSV and Willem II.

A shock return to Carrow Road occurred on 22nd March 2000 when caretaker manager Bryan Hamilton swooped to sign Fernando on a three month contract with a view to a permanent move in the summer of 2000. Available on a Bosman free transfer, Fernando signed a two year contract with the Canaries on 19th April 2000.

However poor form on the pitch and a loss of confidence and fan support, saw Fernando transfer-listed on December 7th 2000. At the beginning of February 2001, Fernando joined West Brom on a 2 month loan with view to a permanent move for which Norwich would expect payment. Failing to impress at The Hawthorns, making just 2 appearances, Fernando returned to Norwich on 19th March 2001

Fernando joined Danish side Odense on trial on 8th June 2001. When that didn't materialise, Norwich terminated his contract in June granting him the freedom to return to Holland and seek a new club. Soon after Fernando signed a four year deal with Odense thus depriving Norwich of a transfer fee !

Fernando returned to Holland in 2005 signing for Heerenveen, despite interest from Twente, on a 2yr deal. In June 2006, he returned to Denmark, joining Esbjerg. He left Esbjerg in the summer of 2008, returning to Holland to sign for Dordrecht but they got rid of him in November 2008

In May 2012, the Dayton Dutch Lions FC announced that their W-League women's team would be coached by longtime professional player Fernando Derveld

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