Héctor Moreno (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Moreno and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.
Héctor Moreno
Personal information
Full name Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Culiacán, Mexico[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Espanyol
Number 15
Youth career
2003–2006 UNAM
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 UNAM 44 (2)
2008–2011 AZ 80 (6)
2011– Espanyol 99 (6)
National team
2005 Mexico U-17 6 (2)
2007 Mexico U-20 4 (1)
2007– Mexico 57 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2014

Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera (born 17 January 1988) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol and Mexican national team as a central defender.

Moreno was a member of the Mexico under-17 national team that won the 2005 World Championship held in Peru. He has also represented his country at the 2010 World Cup and the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Club career[edit]

UNAM[edit]

Héctor Moreno made his debut with Club Universidad Nacional in 2006. He joined UNAM's youth system in 2003 at the age of 15, and then broke into the first team after winning the FIFA U-17 World Championship with Mexico in 2005. Moreno quickly secured his position as a regular starter.

AZ Alkmaar[edit]

On 12 December 2007 it was announced that Moreno was transferred to the Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, and signed a contract for 4 and a half years. In only 8 appearances for the Dutch club, he had already scored his first goal. In April 2009 he was crowned, along with his team, as champions of the Eredivisie. That same year, he also won the Dutch Super Cup with AZ. He also signed a contract extension around the same time that would keep him with the club until 2014. On 7 February 2010 Moreno gave Alkmaar a 2–1 victory by scoring a goal in 87th minute. Moreno scored his 3rd goal of the season in a 6–2 victory for AZ Alkmaar on 13 March 2010. He would score his 4th goal of the season in a 3–0 victory for AZ on 18 April 2010.

Espanyol[edit]

On 22 June 2011 it was announced that Moreno would transfer to Spanish club Espanyol on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[2] On 28 August 2011 Moreno made his debut against RCD Mallorca. On 26 September he scored his first goal in a 1–3 loss to Levante UD.[3] On 3 December he would score his second league goal in a 1–2 loss to Valencia.[4] Moreno scored his third goal in a 3–1 home win against Racing Santander.[5]

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.[6]

International career[edit]

Mexico U-17[edit]

Moreno was called up to participate at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Mexico would go on to win the tournament, beating Brazil in the final 3–0.

Mexico U-20[edit]

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[edit]

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.[7]

On 12 June 2012 Moreno scored his first goal with Mexico in a 2–1 over El Salvador in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match. Miguel Herrera selected him in the final 23 player squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Injury[edit]

On 29 June 2014, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup knockout stage match loss against the Netherlands, Moreno suffered a fractured tibia in 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 is expected that he will miss up to 4 to 6 months of action both with Mexico and Espanyol if he continues at the club.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 May 2014[8][9][10]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200506 UNAM Primera División 6 1 4 0[11] 10 1
200607 16 0 16 0
200708 22 1 22 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 AZ Eredivisie 8 1 8 1
2008–09 15 0 1 1 16 1
2009–10 30 4 1 0 6 0 37 4
2010–11 27 1 8 0 35 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2011–12 Espanyol La Liga 35 3 4 0 39 3
2012–13 32 2 1 0 33 2
2013–14 32 1 5 0 37 1
Total Mexico 44 2 4 0 48 2
Netherlands 80 6 2 1 14 0 96 7
Spain 99 6 10 0 109 6
Career total 223 14 12 1 18 0 253 15

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

AZ Alkmaar

International[edit]

Mexico U-17
Mexico

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Player Profile". RCD Espanyol. 
  2. ^ "Hector Moreno completes switch to Espanyol". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Hector Moreno hace primer gol". El Universal. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Valencia 2-Espanyol 1... Gol sin gloria de Héctor Moreno". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Liga – Espanyol react to down 10-man Racing". Yahoo! Eurosport. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Moreno, el mejor jugador del Espanyol del curso 2011/12". Liga BBVA official website. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Mexico defeats U.S., 4–2 in Gold Cup final". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Héctor Moreno stats". ESPN Soccernet. 
  9. ^ Héctor Moreno at National-Football-Teams.com
  10. ^ worldfootball stats
  11. ^ Includes Copa Libertadores

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