Hernán Barcos

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Hernán Barcos
Personal information
Full name Hernán Barcos
Date of birth (1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bell Ville, Argentina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2003 Racing
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Racing 3 (3)
2005–2006 Guaraní (loan) 30 (12)
2006–2007 Olmedo (loan) 43 (22)
2007–2008 Red Star Belgrade (loan) 21 (13)
2008–2009 Huracán (loan) 14 (7)
2009 Shanghai Shenhua (loan) 14 (9)
2009 Shenzhen Asia Travel (loan) 14 (14)
2010–2011 LDU Quito 64 (38)
2012–2013 Palmeiras 29 (14)
2013– Grêmio 86 (31)
National team
2012– Argentina 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hernán Barcos (born April 11, 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Grêmio. He is nicknamed El Pirata (English: The Pirate). He is well known for his finishing ability, technique and strength.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Barcos has also played for Red Star, Olmedo, Club Guaraní and Huracán.

On October 7, 2007, he scored his first league goal in Serbia by netting twice in the late minutes against Banat, helping Red Star to get three points. Barcos however, did not leave a good impression so he went back to Racing Club.

Chinese Super League[edit]

In February 2009 Barcos signed a year long loan with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.[1] However, after a disappointing half season at Shenhua, he was loaned out again by Shenhua to Shenzhen Asia Travel, also a CSL club. He scored the first hat-trick in his career in Shenzhen's 4-0 victory over Changchun Yatai on September 16, 2009. He scored 14 goals in 14 league games with Shenzhen and won Chinese Football Association golden boot award in the end of the season.

LDU Quito[edit]


In early 2010 he transferred to LDU Quito to reinforce the squad after their leading goalscorer transferred out. He established himself as a capable striker for the squad, starting a five game run where he scored one goal a game. Barcos, or "El Pirata" as he was nicknamed by the Liga fans, scored two vital goals against Estudiantes de La Plata in LDU's 2-1 first-leg win, winning the 2010 Recopa Sudamericana. Barcos' ended his illustrious 2010 season as Ecuadorian Serie A champion, having scored 22 league goals in 32 games, second best in the league, behind Jaime Ayovi who scored 23 goals.


In the 2011 Ecuadorian Serie A season, Barcos scored 25 goals in 51 matches in all competitions. On August 13, 2011, Barcos did what no other LDU Quito player had ever accomplished in any competition, he scored five goals in a single game against Manta. Barcos would continue with his scoring ability, netting in seven goals in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. He scored an important away goal for LDU Quito in the team's first win ever in Buenos Aires in a 1-0 win against Vélez Sársfield, thus reaching the Copa Sudamericana Finals. He failed to score a single goal in the finals against U de Chile, and though only ended up as runner up in the competition, he and the rest of LDU Quito received support and appraisal from the club's fans. After two amazing years with the club, he had many offers from wealthy clubs. In January 2012 LDU Quito was offered $8 million from a Middle-Eastern football club, to sign Hernan Barcos, while simultaneously also offered only $3.5 million from Palmeiras. Even though LDU Quito was suffering from debt, they honored Hernan Barcos' wishes to play for Palmeiras, and on January 17, 2012, he signed for Palmeiras.



On January 17, 2012, was confirmed that Barcos joined to Brazilian Série A club Palmeiras for an undisclosed fee.[2]

He scored his first goal for the club on February 11, 2012, in a 3-0 victory against Ituano, in a Paulistão match.[3] Barcos promised to achieve a total amount of 27 goals in his first season with Palmeiras. Thus showing a countdown of how many are left to go on his football shoes. On February 27, 2012, football specialist Lédio Carmona compared Barcos to lobster, playing with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who had said he wanted shrimp, meaning the quality of Palmeiras' signings for the new season.[4] Barcos helped Palmeiras reach the 2012 Copa do Brasil Finals by scoring four goals in eight cup games. On August 1 Barcos scored a double in Palmeiras' debut in the Copa Sudamericana 2012 tournament against Botafogo. He scored another double against Botafogo once again, this time in a league match a week later, winning 2-1. Despite the Palmeiras relegation and interest of European clubs, Barcos, through Twitter, plays for club in 2013. According his words:

"I have the dream to play a World Cup, but the only way to leave Palmeiras is receiving a irrecusable deal, that the club cannot say 'no'. I will stay in Palmeiras for love and for liking Palmeiras"[5]


Palmeiras have confirmed Hernan Barcos will stay for the 2013 season, having been relegated to Serie B, though he will be able to participate in the 2013 Copa Libertadores. For Barcos, the fans of Palmeiras and Gilson Kleina's permanency on club were fundamental points to stay on Verdão.[6]



Barcos became Gremio's shock-signing for the 2013 season, wanting to arm a strong side for the 2013 Copa Libertadores. His debut came on February 14, also scoring from the penalty spot, in a 2-1 home loss in a group-stage match up versus Chilean side Huachipato.

International career[edit]

On August 23, 2012, Barcos was called up for the matches against Paraguay and Peru for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[7] but he ended up being an unused substitute in them. Instead, he made his national team debut on September 19, 2012, as a starter in a match against Brazil for the Superclásico de las Américas.[8] In October 2012 Barcos also came on as a late substitute in World Cup Qualifying matches against Uruguay and Chile.

International appearances and goals[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Controversial with journalist[edit]

On February 16, 2012, after a comparison with Brazilian singer Zé Ramalho made by Léo Bianchi, journalist of Rede Globo, Barcos cursed the reporter, calling him "boludo", a popular scold in Argentina.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of March 23, 2014
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shanghai Shenhua 2009 14 3 0 0 6 3 0 0 20 6
Shenzhen Asia Travel 2009 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 14
LDU Quito 2010 32 22 8 5 1 1 41 28
LDU Quito 2011 32 16 19 9 51 25
Palmeiras 2012 29 14 8 4 3 2 15 8 55 28
Palmeiras 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 6 3
Grêmio 2013 37 9 5 0 8 2 7 2 57 13
Grêmio 2014 0 0 0 0 5 1 12 13 17 14



LDU Quito



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