Pablo Hernández (footballer, born 1986)

Pedro Pablo Hernández (born 24 October 1986) is an Argentine-born Chilean professional footballer who plays for Chilean club O'Higgins as a midfielder.

Pablo Hernández
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Hernández with Chile at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full name Pedro Pablo Hernández
Date of birth (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 36)
Place of birth Tucumán, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
O'Higgins
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2005 Racing Club
2005–2006 Atlético Tucumán
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Atlético Tucumán 35 (12)
2008–2009 Racing Montevideo 15 (2)
2009–2011 Defensor 14 (3)
2010DC United (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2013 Argentinos Juniors 64 (4)
2013–2014 O'Higgins 29 (11)
2014–2018 Celta 118 (7)
2018–2021 Independiente 40 (3)
2021– O'Higgins 26 (5)
National team
2014–2019 Chile 30 (3)
Honours
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 5 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 24 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Argentina and UruguayEdit

Born in Tucumán, Hernández moved to Buenos Aires at early age, and subsequently joined Racing Club's youth setup.[1] He was released in 2005, aged 19, and returned to his hometown. After failing in a trial at San Martín de Tucumán, Hernández moved to Atlético Tucumán. He made his senior debuts in 2006, and moved abroad two years later, joining Racing Montevideo.

On 7 August 2009 Hernández moved to Defensor Sporting.[2] He made his debut on the 23rd, starting in a 5–1 home routing over Atenas de San Carlos, and scored his first goal roughly a month later, netting the last of a 4–0 win at Central Español.

Major League SoccerEdit

On 1 July 2010, D.C. United officially announced the loan signing of Hernández from Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting, after he trialed with the club.[3] Despite being a regular starter for DC United, he rescinded his link on 7 January of the following year,[4] and moved to Argentinos Juniors late in the month.[5]

O'HigginsEdit

In July 2013 Hernández joined O'Higgins, as a replacement for Universidad de Chile-bound Juan Rodrigo Rojas.[6] He was a part of the side which won the campaign's Apertura tournament, scoring seven goals in 18 matches, including the historical goal in the final against Universidad Católica.[7]

Hernández appeared with the side in 2014 Copa Libertadores, appearing in all matches as his side were knocked out in the group stages.[8]

Celta de VigoEdit

On 26 June 2014, Hernández moved teams and countries again, after agreeing to a four-year deal with La Liga side Celta de Vigo,[9] for an 1.6 million fee.[10] He made his debut for the club on 30 August, replacing Nolito in the 85th minute of a 1–1 away draw against Córdoba CF.[11]

Hernández scored his first goal in the main category of Spanish football on 20 September, netting the first of a 2–2 away draw against Atlético Madrid.[12]

IndependienteEdit

On 4 July 2018, Hernández returned to his natal Argentina and signed with Club Atlético Independiente.[13]

International careerEdit

EligibilityEdit

Since Hernández has Chilean Citizenship through Jus sanguinis principles in December 2013, he is eligible to play for Chile. Hernández was born in Argentina and is an Argentine citizen; he thus had the choice of either playing for Chile or Argentina.[14]

When asked about his choice in a 2013 interview, he stated:

I feel Chilean largely. During my first year I lived with my grandmother. I have a great affection despite the short time I've been in Rancagua. It was up the possibility for blood right and thank God, yesterday (Tuesday), I received my documents formalizing and dual nationality.

— Hernández speaking about his switch of allegiance.[15]

Chile call-upEdit

He then was called up by Jorge Sampaoli to represent his new country's main squad in a friendly against Costa Rica.[16] He made his international debut on 22 January 2014, scoring the second and third in a 4–0 win at the Estadio Municipal Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso.[17]

In June 2014, Hernández was called up to the provisional 30-men squad for the World Cup in Brazil, however an injury ruled him out of the final squad. He was re-called to play in the friendly match against Bolivia on 14 October 2014, where he was victim of a penalty that Arturo Vidal changed for goal and the final 2–2. In November, he was called to play against Venezuela and Uruguay, Hernandez scored the fifth goal in the 5–0 win against Venezuela in Talcahuano.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 January 2014 Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso, Coquimbo, Chile   Costa Rica
2–0
4–0 Friendly match
2.
3–0
3. 14 November 2014 Estadio CAP, Talcahuano, Chile   Venezuela 5–0 5–0 Friendly match

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 24 November 2018[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Montevideo 2008–09 Primera División 15 2 0 0 5[a] 3 20 5
Defensor 2009–10 Primera División 14 3 0 0 14 3
D.C. United 2010 MLS 14 0 2 1 16 1
Argentinos Juniors 2010–11 Primera División 6 0 0 0 3[b] 0 9 0
2011–12 36 3 1 0 1[c] 0 38 3
2012–13 22 1 0 0 2[c] 1 24 2
Total 64 4 1 0 6 1 0 0 71 5
O'Higgins 2013–14 Primera División 29 11 4 4 6[b] 0 1[d] 1 39 15
Celta de Vigo 2014–15 La Liga 29 1 3 0 0 0 32 1
2015–16 33 2 7 2 0 0 41 4
2016–17 26 1 7 0 12 0 45 1
2017–18 30 3 2 0 0 0 33 3
Total 118 7 19 2 12 0 0 0 149 9
Independiente 2018–19 Primera División 7 1 1 0 4[b] 0 1[e] 0 13 1
Career total 261 28 27 7 25 1 7 4 320 40
  1. ^ Appearances in Liguilla Pre-Libertadores
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  4. ^ Appearances in Súper Final
  5. ^ Appearances in Suruga Bank Championship

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Atlético Tucumán
O'Higgins
Independiente

InternationalEdit

Chile

IndividualEdit

O'Higgins
  • Medalla Santa Cruz de Triana: 2014
Celta Vigo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Un crack del Interior (A skilled player from the countryside); Futbol South Africa 2010, 2 March 2011 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Pablo Hernández se sumó a Defensor (Pablo Hernández added to Defensor); Ovación, 7 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "D.C. United signs Argentine forward Pablo Hernandez". D.C. United. Archived from the original on 2010-09-26.
  4. ^ D.C. United cuts ties with Pablo Hernandez; The Washington Post, 7 January 2011
  5. ^ Pablo Hernández se suma a Argentinos, Atlético lo objeta (Pablo Hernández added to Argentinos, Atlético objects) Archived 2014-10-17 at the Wayback Machine; El Siglo, 29 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Las credenciales de Pablo Hernández: El “10″ que llega a O’Higgins (The credentials of Pablo Hernández: the "10" who arrives at O'Higgins); El Tipógrafo, 23 July 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Pedro Pablo Hernández: El “chileno” que llevó a lo más alto a O’Higgins (Pedro Pablo Hernández: the "Chilean" who took O'Higgins at the highest); El Tipógrafo, 31 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ O'Higgins se quedó en blanco con Lanús y fue eliminado de la Copa Libertadores (O'Higgins draws blank with Lanús and was knocked out of Copa Libertadores); Cooperativa, 9 April 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Pablo Hernández: talento, potencia y llegada para el Real Club Celta (Pablo Hernández: talent, power and arrival to Real Club Celta) Archived 2014-10-17 at the Wayback Machine; Celta's official website, 26 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ El Celta cierra el fichaje de Hernández (Celta completes signing of Hernández); Marca, 13 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Fede da el primer punto (Fede gives the first point); Marca, 30 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Pablo Hernandez stunner hands Celta Vigo a point at Atletico Madrid; ESPN FC, 20 September 2014
  13. ^ "Pablo Hernández dejó Celta y jugará en Independiente" (in Spanish). ESPN. 28 June 2018.
  14. ^ Comunicado de prensa: nacionalización de Pablo Hernández (Press release: Pablo Hernández's nationalization) Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine; O'Higgins' official website, 18 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ O’Higgins se liberó de un cupo extranjero: Pedro Pablo Hernández se nacionalizó chileno (O'Higgins freed an foreigner place: Pedro Pablo Hernández became a Chilean); El Tipógrafo, 18 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ Pedro Pablo Hernández será convocado a la selección para el amistoso ante Costa Rica (Pedro Pablo Hernández will be called up to the national squad for a friendly against Costa Rica); Cooperativa, 15 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ ‘Foreign’ debutants bag three in Chile's 4–0 demolition of Costa Rica Archived 2014-10-21 at the Wayback Machine; The Santiago Times, 23 January 2014
  18. ^ Pablo Hernández at Soccerway. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  19. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 25 May 2017.

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