Pablo Edson Barrera Acosta (born 21 June 1987) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a winger or outside forward for Liga MX club UNAM. He spent the early part of his career playing for Club Universidad Nacional in Mexico, before transferring to Premier League club West Ham United. He has also spent a loan period with La Liga club Real Zaragoza. He has represented the Mexico national team.
Barrera with West Ham United
|Full name||Pablo Edson Barrera Acosta|
|Date of birth||21 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Tlalnepantla de Baz, State of Mexico, Mexico|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2012||West Ham United||15||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Zaragoza (loan)||20||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:38, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
Club Universidad NacionalEdit
Born in Tlalnepantla, Mexico, Barrera began his career as a midfielder for Mexico City-based club Universidad Nacional, also known as Pumas. He joined Pumas youth system at the age of 11 and worked his way through the ranks to make his debut in the Primera División in 2005. He was involved in all the plays in Pumas' 8–0 victory over Veracruz.
In early January, Barrera came back from his injury and in his very first game back he scored a goal against Necaxa. He was a starter until manager Ricardo Ferreti put him on the bench. He scored another goal that same season against Puebla. He would help Pumas reach the final in which they faced Pachuca and scored the winning goal that gave Pumas the win in the second half of overtime. Barrera enjoyed his finest season in the Torneo Bicentenario 2010 scoring six goals in 13 games, though his season was cut short as he was called up to the Mexico national football team pre-World Cup training camp.
West Ham UnitedEdit
On 16 July 2010 Barrera signed for West Ham United on a four-year contract, with a one-year option, for fee of £4m. He became West Ham's second summer signing of 2010. He made his Premier League debut, on 14 August, in a 3–0 loss to Aston Villa, coming on as a second-half substitute for Luis Boa Morte.
After making only six Premier League starts, scoring no goals and having zero assists, and not being able to help keep West Ham out of relegation, Barrera's first season in England was considered a "flop". It was reported during the summer 2011 transfer window that La Liga club Real Zaragoza wanted to sign Barrera, which would have re-united him with ex-Mexico national team coach Javier Aguirre.
Real Zaragoza (loan)Edit
On 25 August 2011, Barrera joined Spanish club Real Zaragoza on a season-long loan, which would reunite him with former Mexico national team manager Javier Aguirre and teammate Efraín Juárez. He scored his first La Liga goal for Zaragoza in a 2–2 draw against Villareal. After the sacking of Aguirre, and the appointment of Manolo Jiménez as new manager, Barrera was slowly relegated to the bench.
U20 National TeamEdit
Mexico National TeamEdit
Debut, 2009 CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
Barrera has appeared for the Mexico national football team, making his debut in a friendly against Guatemala on 17 October 2007.
He scored his first international goal against Nicaragua on 5 July 2009 at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored his second goal with "El Tri" in a game against Haiti national football team at the Gold Cup.
2010 FIFA World CupEdit
Barrera appeared in three matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Mexico. Barrera made his debut in the second match against France, coming on in the 31st minute for an injured Carlos Vela. Barrera caused the second goal for Mexico when French defender Eric Abidal knocked him down in the penalty area and was given a penalty which Cuauhtémoc Blanco scored and Mexico ended up winning the match 2–0.
2011 Gold CupEdit
He was called up to participate in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored the fourth goal in the 4–1 win against Costa Rica. On 25 June Barerra scored a brace against the United States in the final where Mexico won 4–2.
As of 17 August 2012
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Mexico||League||Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2010–11||West Ham United||Premier League||14||0||3||0||4||0||–||21||0|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
- As of 15 August 2012
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
|1.||5 July 2009||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Nicaragua||2–0||2–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||19 July 2009||Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, United States||Haiti||4–0||4–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3.||24 February 2010||Candlestick Park, San Francisco, United States||Bolivia||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4.||12 June 2011||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Costa Rica||4–0||4–1||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|5.||25 June 2011||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States||United States||1–2||4–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
- Cruz Azul
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- Pablo Barrera – FIFA competition record
- "International Friendly Matches 2007". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
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- "Goals galore for Mexico, El Salvador" – FIFA.com
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- Pablo Barrera at Official Liga MX Profile
- Real Zaragoza official profile (in Spanish)
- Pablo Barrera at Soccerbase
- Pablo Barrera – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
- Pablo Barrera at National-Football-Teams.com
- Premier League profile
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Pablo Barrera – FIFA competition record