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Teodoro Fernández

Lolo Fernández
Personal information
Full name Teodoro Fernández Meyzán
Date of birth 20 May 1913
Place of birth Cañete, Peru
Date of death 17 September 1996(1996-09-17) (aged 83)
Place of death Lima
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931-1953 Universitario[1] 180 (157)
National team
1935-1947 Peru 32 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Teodoro Fernández Meyzán (born 20 May 1913 in Cañete — died 17 September 1996 in Lima), nicknamed "Lolo", was a Peruvian football striker. Arguably one of Peru's two most important football players[2] (along with Teófilo Cubillas),[3] he was part of the Peruvian squad that reached quarter-finals in the 1936 Olympic Games and won the 1939 Copa America, a tournament in which he emerged as the top scorer and best players.[4] He was captain of the Peruvian national team between 1935 and 1947 scoring 24 goals in 32 matches officials.[5]

His brother was the also footballer Arturo Fernández Meyzán.

Fernández (Teodoro) is the most emblematic player in the history of club Universitario de Deportes for which he played his whole career, winning six times the Peruvian league. Although he sporadically reinforced other clubs for friendly matches, including Alianza Lima and Colo-Colo, Fernández never represented another club other than Universitario in official competitions. Known as "El Cañonero" ("The Cannoneer"), due to his excellence as a centre-forward and his strong shooting, Fernández was the Peruvian league's top-scorer seven times.

Club career

Lolo was the seventh of Raymunda Meyzan and Tomas Fernandez's eight children. He learned to play football in primary school and was soon picked up by local club Huracán de Hualcará where he immediately stood out.

At the age of 16, his parents sent him to Lima to continue his studies. Lolo lived with his brother Arturo Fernandez who was the goalkeeper for Ciclista Lima. When Arturo transferred to first division's Universitario de Deportes, he brought Lolo along to play a bit of football in training and introduced him to the club’s President, former 1930 World Cup player Placido Galindo.

He made his professional debut with Universitario de Deportes on 29 November 1931, and would remain with the club during his 22 years as a professional footballer,.[6] His first game was against Club Deportivo Magallanes of Chile. Lolo was the game's only scorer with a header to win the game, 1-0. That season he was Peruvian top scorer, but the team finished second. The following year, they were runners-up again and Lolo again was the top scorer.

The 1933-1934 season saw Lolo again lead the division in scoring, but this time his team won the Peruvian First Division trophy for only the second time in its history. He obtained 6 local leagues as player in total, all with Universitario de Deportes: 1934, 1939, 1941, 1945, 1946 and 1949.

Several times during his career he rejected offers from teams in Chile, Argentina, and Europe among others. He became the main symbol of his club.

Some say he was once offered a "blank check" from Chile, in which he would write down the amount of money he wished to be paid and his would-be new club would pay it, whatever that amount was, but he didn't accept it.

Lolo played his last game for Universitario on 20 August 1953 at the age of 40 in the Peruvian Super Classic. He scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win to retire after playing for 23 years.

Lolo is the top goalscorer for the club with 157 goals in 180 matches.

National team

Peruvian 1936 football team that took part in the Berlin Summer Olympics. Front Row: Magallanes, Alcalde, Teodoro Fernández, Morales, and Villanueva. Back Row: Tovar, Lavalle, Valdivieso, Arturo Fernández, Castillo, Jordán, and Coach Alberto Denegri.

He played for the Peruvian national team from 1935 to 1947, and scored 24 goals in 32 matches. Lolo is the second top scorer in the history for his country.

In 1936, he represented his country at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Peru made its way into the quarterfinals after defeating Finland (7-2) and Austria (4-2). Lolo Fernandez scored a total of 6 goals in the two games.[7]

In the 1938 Bolivarian Games in Bogotá, Fernandez and the Peruvian team won gold.[8]

In 1939, he won the Copa America with the national Team.[9] The final was played against Uruguay (2-1) which was arguably the best team in the world at the time. Uruguay had won gold in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and won the first World Cup in 1930, but had not participated in international events since then due to arguments with European nations over where competitions should be played.[10]

Lolo was top scorer of the competition with 7 goals.

Championship Venue Position Matches played Goals scored
1935 Copa América  Peru 3º place 3 1
1936 Summer Olympics  Germany Semifinal 2 6
1937 Copa América  Argentina 6º place 4 2
1938 Bolivarian Games  Colombia Gold medal 4 3
1939 Copa América  Peru Champion 4 7
1941 Copa América  Chile 4º place 4 3
1942 Copa América  Uruguay 5º place 6 2
1947 Copa América  Ecuador 5º place 3 0
Total 32 24

Peru-Chile XI (Combinado del Pacífico)

Fernández was part of the "Combinado del Pacífico" (Peru-Chile XI) a squad of Peruvian and Chilean footballers of Alianza Lima, Atlético Chalaco, Colo-Colo and Universitario de Deportes that played 39 friendly matches in Europe between September 1933 and March 1934 against teams such as FC Barcelona, Celtic FC, Hearts FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham United FC and FC Bayern Munich. With 48 goals, Fernández was the team´s main goalscorer during the European tour.[11]


Teodoro Fernández
Medal record
Gold 1938 Bolivarian Games NA


Season Team Title
1934 Universitario Peruvian League
1939 Universitario Peruvian League
1941 Universitario Peruvian League
1945 Universitario Peruvian League
1946 Universitario Peruvian League
1949 Universitario Peruvian League


Season Team Title
1938 Peru National Team Bolivarian Games
1939 Peru National Team Copa America

Individual awards




Team Goals Matches Goal average
Universitario de Deportes 157 180 0.87
Pacific All-Stars Team 48 39 1.23
Peru National Team 24 32 0.75
Total 229 251 0.91

International goals

Scores and results table. Peru's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 1935 Lima, Peru  Argentina 1-0 1-4 1935 Copa America
2. 4 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Finland 1-0 7-3 1936 Summer Olympics
3. 4 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Finland 2-0 7-3 1936 Summer Olympics
4. 4 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Finland 3-0 7-3 1936 Summer Olympics
5. 4 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Finland 4-1 7-3 1936 Summer Olympics
6. 4 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Finland 6-1 7-3 1936 Summer Olympics
7. 8 August 1936 Berlin, Germany  Austria 1-0 4-2 1936 Summer Olympics
8. December 1936 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Brazil 1-2 2-3 1937 Copa America
9. 6 January 1937 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Uruguay 1-1 2-4 1937 Copa America
10. 16 April 1938 Bogota, Colombia  Colombia 1-0 4-2 1938 Bolivarian Games
11. 10 May 1938 Bogota, Colombia  Colombia 3-1 4-2 1938 Bolivarian Games
12. 21 May 1938 Bogota, Colombia  Bolivia 1-0 3-0 1938 Bolivarian Games
13. 15 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Ecuador 1-0 5-2 1939 Copa America
14. 15 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Ecuador 3-0 5-2 1939 Copa America
15. 15 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Ecuador 5-1 5-2 1939 Copa America
16. 22 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Chile 1-0 3-1 1939 Copa America
17. 22 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Chile 2-1 3-1 1939 Copa America
18. 29 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 1-0 3-0 1939 Copa America
19. 29 January 1939 Lima, Peru  Paraguay 2-0 3-0 1939 Copa America
20. 23 February 1941 Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 1-0 4-0 1941 Copa America
21. 23 February 1941 Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 2-0 4-0 1941 Copa America
22. 23 February 1941 Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 4-0 4-0 1941 Copa America
23. 21 January 1942 Montevideo, Uruguay  Brazil 1-2 1-2 1942 Copa America
24. 25 January 1942 Montevideo, Uruguay  Argentina 1-1 1-3 1942 Copa America


  1. ^ "Carrer". 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The first king of La U and Peru". FIFA. 17 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lolo Fernández" (in Spanish). Enciclopedia Encarta. 15 October 1997. 
  4. ^ "The Copa América Archive - Trivia". Copa América Top-Scorers and Best Players. RSSSF. 19 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Peru - Record International Players". Goalscoring for Peru National Team. RSSSF. 29 February 2012. 
  6. ^ One-club man
  7. ^ XI. Olympiad Berlin 1936 Football Tournament
  8. ^ 1938 Bolivarian Games
  9. ^ Southamerican Championship 1939
  10. ^ "Teodoro "Lolo" Fernandez: The One Club Man That Angered Hitler". 6 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "ESPECIALES»COMBINADO DEL PACÍFICO". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  12. ^ Primera División Peruana: Top Scorer at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)
  13. ^ Copa America; Top Scorers (up to 2007)
  14. ^ Highest individual scoring per Olympic match

External links

  • History of "Lolo" Fernández
  • Southamerican Championship 1935
  • Southamerican Championship 1937
  • Southamerican Championship 1941
  • Southamerican Championship 1942
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