|Full name||Fernando Diniz Silva|
|Date of birth||27 March 1974|
|Place of birth||Patos de Minas, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1995||→ Guarani (loan)||18||(3)|
|2021||Vasco da Gama|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Fernando Diniz Silva (born 27 March 1974), known as Fernando Diniz, is a Brazilian football manager and former player who played as a midfielder.
Diniz is well known for his style of play and involving ball possession. For this reason, he is known to be the manager who consolidated the Tiki-taka style in Brazil, which earned him the nickname of '"Brazilian Guardiola".
Born in Patos de Minas, Minas Gerais, Diniz started his career with Juventus-SP in 1993. In 1996 he moved to Guarani, but agreed to a contract with Palmeiras shortly after.
In 1997, Diniz moved to Palmeiras' fierce rivals Corinthians, featuring regularly during his two-year spell at the club. He subsequently represented Paraná, Fluminense, Flamengo, Juventude, Cruzeiro and Santos, all in the top tier.
In 2006 Diniz signed for Paulista, and later played for Santo André and Gama. He retired with the latter in 2008, aged 34.
One year after retiring, Diniz was appointed manager of lowly Votoraty, where he was crowned champions of both Copa Paulista and Campeonato Paulista Série A3. In 2010 he moved to Paulista, club he already represented as a player, and won another Copa Paulista with the side.
On 5 February 2011, Diniz was named Botafogo-SP manager, but was fired after only four matches in charge. He was appointed at the helm of Atlético Sorocaba in 2012. Despite achieving promotion from the Campeonato Paulista Série A2, he was relieved from his duties in October of that year.
In 2013 Diniz joined Audax, and introduced the tiki-taka, style of FC Barcelona, in the club. On 8 July 2015 he moved to another club he represented as a player, Paraná.
Diniz returned to Audax for the 2016 Campeonato Paulista, which he managed to lead the side to the finals, but lost to Santos. Subsequently, he was appointed manager of Oeste after a partnership between Oeste and Audax was established.
Diniz returned to Audax for a third spell in 2017, but suffered relegation. He only returned to managerial duties in the following season; after being announced as manager of Guarani in November 2017, he signed with Atlético Paranaense in January 2018. He was dismissed from the team in June, being subsequently replaced by under-23 manager Tiago Nunes.
On 19 December 2018, Diniz was appointed manager of another club he represented as a player, Fluminense. Sacked on 19 August, he took over São Paulo on 27 September.
In the 2020 Série A, Diniz led São Paulo to a streak of 17 matches undefeated from September to December. In January 2021, during a 2–4 loss to Red Bull Bragantino, he had an argument with Tchê Tchê which led to strong media criticism due to his way of speaking to the player.
On 1 February 2021, after seven winless matches, Diniz was sacked. On 6 May, he agreed to a one-year contract with Santos, being officially named manager the following day.
On 5 September 2021, after six matches without winning, Diniz was sacked by Peixe. Four days later, he was appointed at Vasco da Gama in the second division, being dismissed on 11 November after failing to achieve promotion.
|Guarani (loan)||1995||Série A||18||3||—||—||1[a]||0||—||19||3|
|Santo André||2007||Série B||17||1||—||—||—||—||17||1|
|Votoraty||12 January 2009||30 June 2010||76||38||17||21||129||88||+41||50.00|
|Paulista||1 July 2010||3 February 2011||32||15||9||8||55||45||+10||46.88|
|Botafogo-SP||4 February 2011||5 March 2011||4||1||0||3||5||10||−5||25.00|||
|Atlético Sorocaba||January 2012||17 October 2012||45||24||8||13||86||63||+23||53.33|||
|Audax||January 2013||25 April 2014||64||33||18||13||99||61||+38||51.56|||
|Guaratinguetá||25 April 2014||October 2014||18||6||7||5||32||18||+14||33.33|
|Audax||October 2014||8 July 2015||15||6||4||5||23||19||+4||40.00|||
|Paraná||8 July 2015||27 September 2015||17||7||3||7||22||21||+1||41.18|||
|Audax||30 October 2015||16 May 2016||19||8||5||6||32||26||+6||42.11|||
|Oeste||16 May 2016||27 November 2016||37||9||16||12||34||45||−11||24.32|||
|Audax||27 November 2016||2 June 2017||14||3||4||7||18||22||−4||21.43|||
|Atlético Paranaense||3 January 2018||25 June 2018||21||5||7||9||25||27||−2||23.81|||
|Fluminense||19 December 2018||19 August 2019||44||18||11||15||71||48||+23||40.91|||
|São Paulo||27 September 2019||1 February 2021||77||35||21||21||120||89||+31||45.45|||
|Santos||7 May 2021||5 September 2021||27||10||7||10||29||29||+0||37.04|||
|Vasco da Gama||9 September 2021||11 November 2021||12||4||3||5||12||18||−6||33.33|