Héctor Herrera (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Herrera and the second or maternal family name is López.
Héctor Herrera
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Herrera in 2014
Personal information
Full name Héctor Miguel Herrera López
Date of birth (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Tijuana, Mexico
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Pachuca 52 (2)
2013 Porto B 8 (0)
2013– Porto 45 (6)
National team
2012 Mexico U23 16 (2)
2012– Mexico 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Héctor Miguel Herrera López (born 19 April 1990) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as central midfielder for Porto and the Mexico national team.

He is known as a classic box-to-box midfielder who is equally adept at halting advances from opposing players as he is creating opportunities by distributing the ball or shooting on goal.[1]

A full international since 2012, Herrera won an Olympic gold medal in that year's football tournament, and also represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]


Herrera began playing football for the youth sides of Pachuca. As a youth he was nicknamed zorrillo, ("skunk" in English) as well as zorro ("fox" in English).[2]

Herrera made his league debut for Pachuca in a 1–4 defeat to Santos Laguna on 23 July 2011.[3] He would make 14 appearances for Pachuca en route to winning the Golden Ball as the rookie of the Apertura 2011 tournament.[4]


2013–14 season[edit]

On 28 June 2013 it was announced Herrera was transferred to Portuguese club Porto for €8 million.[5] Héctor Herrera made his unofficial debut with Porto on 13 July 2013 in the final of the Valais Cup against French team Olympique de Marseille, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the game for Fernando. Mexican teammate Diego Reyes also made his debut with Porto in the 3–0 win.[6] He made his official league debut on 18 August, coming on for Lucho González in the 82nd minute in Porto's 3–1 victory over Vitória Setúbal. On 6 October, Herrera played his first ninety minutes in Porto's 3–1 away win over Arouca. On 22 October, Herrera set a new Champions League record for the fastest dismissal for two yellow cards when he was sent off in the sixth minute of the match against Zenit Saint Petersburg.[7]

Herrera scored his first league goal with Porto on 20 December in a 4–0 win against Olhanense. The goal was a volley scored after being on the pitch eight minutes after coming on as a substitute.

2014–15 season[edit]

On 20 August, Herrera scored his first goal in Champions League play in Porto's 1–0 win over Lille.[8] On 25 November, he played an important role in Porto's Champions League 3-0 away win against BATE, scoring the first goal of the game and providing two assists all done in the second half.[9]

International career[edit]

Mexico U23[edit]

In 2012 Herrera was chosen by coach Luis Fernando Tena to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in the United States. Mexico went on to win the tournament by defeating Honduras in the final, thus qualifying to the 2012 Olympic Games held in London.

Héctor Herrera was a vital part in the Mexico squad that won the 2012 Toulon Tournament, and was awarded the Meilleur Joueur as the most outstanding player of the tournament.[10]

Herrera made the final cut for those participating in the 2012 Olympics. Mexico won the gold medal after defeating Brazil 2–1 in the final.[2]

Mexico national team[edit]

Herrera was called up by José Manuel de la Torre to play for Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers against Guyana on 12 October and El Salvador on 16 October. Herrera made his senior national team debut against El Salvador, with the match ending in a 2–0 win for Mexico. He struggled to get minutes under coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. Herrera would play in five World Cup qualifying matches. He was not called up by newly-appointed coach Miguel Herrera for the Intercontinental Play-off matches against New Zealand due to Miguel Herrera using a squad made up of players from the domestic league.

Herrera was part of the Mexican team that participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil. He only made one appearance – against Brazil – coming on as a substitute for Gerardo Flores in the 58th minute of the match, receiving a yellow card in the 89th minute. Mexico would go on to lose the match 0–2.

On 8 May 2014, Herrera was included in the final 23-man roster participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a starter in all three of Mexico's group stage matches against Cameroon, Brazil, and Croatia. Herrera played all 90 minutes in the 1–2 round-of-16 loss to The Netherlands.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 10 March 2015[11]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pachuca 2011–12 27 0 0 0 27 0
2012–13 25 2 2 0 27 2
Total 52 2 2 0 54 2
Porto 2013–14 17 3 4 0 2 0 8 0 31 3
2014–15 24 3 2 0 1 0 8 4 35 7
Total 41 6 6 0 3 0 16 4 66 10
Career Total 93 8 8 0 3 0 16 4 120 12


U23 International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.[12]
1. 30 May 2012 Parc des Sports, Avignon, France  Netherlands 1–1 4–2 2012 Toulon Tournament
2. 4 August 2012 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Senegal 4–2 4–2 2012 Summer Olympics





Mexico U23



  1. ^ Gomez, Eric. "Eric Gomez: Meet Hector Herrera, Mexico's $16 million midfielder". Goal.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cortés, Constancio (10 April 2012). "Miguel Herrera, un Zorro cabal" [Miguel Herrera, a full Fox] (in Spanish). El Sol de Hidalgo. 
  3. ^ "Mauro Cejas, orgulloso por el Preolímpico de Héctor Herrera" [Mauro Cejas, proud of the Olympic qualifying tournament of Héctor Herrera] (in Spanish). Diario del Toluca. 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Lindoro, Alex (15 January 2012). "Héctor Herrera, ilusionado con ganar el Balón de Oro" [Héctor Herrera excited about winning the Golden Bal] (in Spanish). Récord. 
  5. ^ "Herrera firmó con el Porto por 8 mde". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.futbolsapiens.com/2013/07/debut-herrera-reyes-porto/
  7. ^ "Hulk breaks Porto hearts as Zenit win on his return". Reuters. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Champions League: Hector Herrera leads Porto past Lille". Terra. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Herrera pulls the strings as Porto march on". Uefa.com. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Héctor Miguel Herrera de Rosarito BC, es elegido mejor jugador en torneo de Toulon" [Héctor Miguel Herrera of Rosarito BC, is named best player of the Toulon tournament] (in Spanish). Informa Uniradio. 1 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Héctor Herrera". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hector Herrera's U-23 International Goals". 
  13. ^ http://trireport.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/mexico-wins-olympic-qualifying-tournament/
  14. ^ http://www.festival-foot-espoirs.com/festival-foot-espoirs/match-festival-foot.php?&match=16
  15. ^ http://www.festival-foot-espoirs.com/festival-foot-espoirs/recompense-festival-foot.php

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