Héctor Moreno (footballer)
|Full name||Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera|
|Date of birth||17 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Culiacán, Mexico|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Moreno was a member of the under-17 national team that won the 2005 World Championship held in Peru. He has also represented his country at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
He made his professional debut during the Clausura 2006 tournament, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute, replacing Gerrardo Galindo in the 1–0 victory over Santos Laguna on 22 January. He played his first full 90-minutes on 12 February in a 2–0 win over Veracruz, and scored his first goal the following week in a 1–3 defeat to Cruz Azul. Moreno would end the Clausura making six appearances in total. He would eventually secure his position as a regular starter.
On 13 December 2007, it was announced that Moreno was transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in a US$4.5 million deal. He made his Eredivisie debut on 1 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw against Roda JC Kerkrade, playing all 90-minutes. In April 2009 Moreno won his first Eredivisie title with AZ. On 22 April, it was reported that Moreno had signed a contract extension with AZ Alkmaar, which would tie him with the club until 2014.
On 25 July, AZ won the Dutch Super Cup, defeating SC Heerenveen 5–1 in the Final. Moreno made his debut in the Champions League on 16 September in a 0–1 defeat to Olympiacos. On 7 February 2010, Moreno gave Alkmaar a 2–1 victory over Feyenoord by scoring a header from a corner-kick in 87th-minute. Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 6–2 victory over RKC Waalwijk on 13 March 2010. He would score his fourth goal in a 3–0 victory over Willem II Tilburg on 18 April.
On 22 June 2011, it was announced that Moreno would transfer to Spanish club Espanyol on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee. On 28 August, Moreno made his debut in La Liga against Mallorca. On 26 September, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 loss to Levante UD. On 3 December, he would score his second league goal in a 1–2 loss to Valencia. Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 3–1 home win against Racing Santander.
On 4 October 2012, Moreno was named Espanyol's "Player of the Year" of the 2011–12 season, his debut season, playing 35 league games, a total of 3295 minutes played, and scoring three goals with one assist.
During the first game of the Mexican national team against Gambia at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he played as a defensive midfielder and scored the second goal for the Mexican team during the second half. Mexico won the match 3–0, with other goals respectively by Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández. Mexico would win their group, but would be eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Mexico national team
Moreno has been called up on various occasions to the Mexico national team. Moreno made his 2010 FIFA World Cup debut in the Group A match against France, in which Mexico won 2–0. Moreno would also start against Uruguay.
Moreno was part of the Mexican team that won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing in all of Mexico's games, and the final against the United States, which Mexico won 4–2. He also played in all three games in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Miguel Herrera selected him in the final 23 player squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 29 June 2014, in the round-of-16 match against the Netherlands, Moreno suffered a fractured tibia after a collision with Dutch striker Arjen Robben inside his own penalty area. Moreno was stretched off the field a few minutes before halftime and was substituted by Diego Reyes. It was later reported that Moreno was expected to miss up to four to six months of action.
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
- AZ Alkmaar
- Mexico U-17
- "Player Profile". RCD Espanyol official website.
- "Pumas 1-0 Santos Laguna" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 22 January 2006.
- "Pumas 2-0 Veracruz" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 12 February 2006.
- "Cruz Azul 3-1 Pumas" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 18 February 2006.
- "Atlante 2-1 Pumas" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 9 December 2007.
- "Héctor Moreno, al Az Alkmaar de Holanda" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Firma el holandés Az Alkmaar al juvenil defensa de Pumas, Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). Proceso. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Debuta Héctor Moreno con el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). esmas. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
- "Se corona el AZ Alkmaar, donde juega Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- "Mercado : El central mexicano Héctor Moreno renueva contrato con el AZ" (in Spanish). Goal.com. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "Debuta mexicano Héctor Moreno en la “Champions” con el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). metrolatinousa.com. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Anota Héctor Moreno y da triunfo al AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). Terra Networks. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Héctor Moreno anotó en el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
- "Hector Moreno completes switch to Espanyol". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Héctor Moreno hace primer gol" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- "Valencia 2-Espanyol 1... Gol sin gloria de Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- "Liga – Espanyol react to down 10-man Racing". Yahoo! Eurosport. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Moreno, el mejor jugador del Espanyol del curso 2011/12" (in Spanish). Liga BBVA official website. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "Mexico defeats U.S., 4–2 in Gold Cup final". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
- "Héctor Moreno stats". ESPN Soccernet.
- Héctor Moreno at National-Football-Teams.com
- worldfootball stats
- Includes Copa Libertadores
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