Fernando Navarro Corbacho ([ferˈnando naˈβaro]; born 25 June 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Deportivo de La Coruña. Mainly a left back, he can also play as a central defender.
He spent most of his career with Barcelona and Sevilla, winning three major titles with the latter club and appearing in 372 La Liga games over the course of 15 seasons, also appearing in the competition for Deportivo.
Navarro represented Spain at Euro 2008, winning the tournament.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Navarro came through the ranks of giants FC Barcelona, was on the verge of replacing longtime left back Sergi Barjuán who had left for Atlético Madrid in 2002, until a serious knee injury finished off his chances with hometown club. On 3 November 2002 he scored his only goal for Barça, in a 1–1 away draw against Racing de Santander.
After an uneventul six-month loan at Albacete Balompié in 2004, also in La Liga, Navarro was loaned again, this time to RCD Mallorca (still in the top flight) for the 2005–06 season. After a successful campaign the Balearic Islands side decided to purchase him on a permanent deal, and he was an undisputed starter in the following two years.
On 18 June 2008, Navarro was bought by Sevilla FC for a reported €5 million. He was an automatic first-choice in his first two seasons combined, as the Andalusians ranked respectively third and fourth, but did collect 26 yellow cards combined.
In the following campaigns, with no real competitor in his position, Navarro continued to be an undisputed starter for Sevilla. On 26 October 2011 he renewed his contract, due to expire in June 2013, for a further three years. Late into the previous month, he was involved in an incident in a home fixture against Valencia CF: after opponent Aritz Aduriz stepped on Emir Spahić in the 70th minute, the latter's reaction was apparently exaggerated, but Navarro vehemently asked for a red card to Aduriz, which was conceded by the referee.
From the year 2013 onwards, after the emergence of youth graduate Alberto Moreno, Navarro appeared in several games as a central defender.
On 19 June 2015, aged 32, Navarro signed a two-year deal with fellow league team Deportivo de La Coruña, with an option for a third.
Spanish national team coach Luis Aragonés called Navarro for an exhibition game with France on 6 February 2008. However, he did not enter the pitch, going on to make his international debut against United States on 4 June, in a 1–0 friendly win.
Selected for UEFA Euro 2008, Navarro appeared against Greece in the 2–1 group stage success, as Spain emerged victorious in the tournament. Previously, he played at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.As of 20 May 2017
La Liga: 2004–05
UEFA Europa League: 2013–14, 2014–15
Copa del Rey: 2009–10
UEFA European Championship: 2008