João Fernando Nelo
(born 18 March 1979 in São Paulo
), aka Fernando Baiano
, is a Brazilian footballer
who plays for Al-Wahda FC
, as a striker
He uses the nickname in honour of one of his coaches.
After five successful seasons in native Brazil
with Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
, Internacional Porto Alegre
and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
, Baiano moved abroad, joining German Bundesliga
's VfL Wolfsburg
, netting 11 league goals in his sole season
, upon which he returned to Brazil, with Associação Desportiva São Caetano
In January 2005, Baiano moved with La Liga
outfit Málaga CF
, scoring on nine occasions to help the Andalusia
team reach a mid-table final place
. During that summer, he left for Real Club Celta de Vigo
. In his two seasons there, the Galicia
side would participate in the UEFA Cup
and be relegated
, with Baiano contributing with 28 league goals combined.
Upon Celta's relegation, Baiano signed a three-year contract with Real Murcia
, for approximately €5million. After just five league goals during 2007–08
, Murcia would finish second from the bottom.
In August 2008, Baiano was loaned to Al-Jazira Club
, in the United Arab Emirates
. In June of the following year, he moved to another side in the city, Al-Wahda FC
, penning a two-year contract for €5million (Dh25.7m) – the player originally requested a three-year deal for €9m.
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