Javier Aquino

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aquino and the second or maternal family name is Carmona.
Javier Aquino
Javier Aquino Azul.jpg
Aquino with Cruz Azul in 2012
Personal information
Full name Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano (on loan from Villarreal)
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Cruz Azul 78 (7)
2013– Villarreal 44 (1)
2014– Rayo Vallecano (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Mexico U23 31 (2)
2011– Mexico 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈβjeɾ aˈkino]; born 11 February 1990) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, on loan from Villareal CF, as a right winger.

He has also been called up with the Mexico national team and the national under-23 team, playing in the 2011 Copa América, the 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2012 Summer Olympics, where the team won the gold medal.

Club career[edit]

Cruz Azul[edit]

Born in San Francisco Ixhuatán in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Javier had shown great technical qualities as a teenager so he began playing in Cruz Azul's lower division squads. Aquino played for Cruz Azul Lagunas of the third division, and after having outstanding performances he traveled to Mexico City to join Cruz Azul Reserves. He waited years for an opportunity, until the Apertura 2010 season where he was taken into consideration, together with other youth players to join the first team. Aquino was one of the revelations of the tournament, his main virtues being dribbling, speed and passing accuracy.

On 23 July 2010 during the Apertura 2010, Aquino debuted for Cruz Azul under coach Enrique Meza in a 0–3 win over Estudiantes Tecos, coming in as a 57th minute substitute for Alejandro Vela.[2] He scored his first goal in the Primera División on 24 October 2010 during match-day 13 of the Apertura 2010 against Morelia in a 1–1 draw at Estadio Morelos.[2] He gradually cemented his place into the team's starting eleven as the main right-winger, going on to play for two more years at Cruz Azul, amassing over 90 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.[3]


On 28 January 2013 it was announced that Aquino was transferred to Villarreal CF of Spain.[4][5][6] He made his league debut coming on as a 67th minute substitute for Moi Gómez in a 1–1 draw against Hércules CF.[7]

On 19 August 2013, Javier Aquino made his debut in La Liga. He entered as a substitute in the second half when his team was down 1–0 to Almería. He collaborated towards the final 3–2 victory for Villarreal, with an assist to fellow Mexican international Giovani dos Santos.

Rayo Vallecano (loan)[edit]

On 25 August 2014, Villarreal announced that Aquino would be loaned out for the 2014–15 season to Rayo Vallecano.[8] He made his league debut against Atletico Madrid on August 25, 2014 and played all 90' minutes of the match which ended in a scoreless tie.

International career[edit]

Mexico U23[edit]

Aquino was called up by Luis Fernando Tena to play in the 2011 Pan American Games, in which he played in all six games and won the Gold Medal match against Argentina. He scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Club León on 5 July 2012 in a 1–1 draw. Aquino had to take a hiatus from the senior squad to train with the under-23 team in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Mexico national team[edit]

He made his official debut with the Mexico national football team on 4 July 2011 against Chile in the 2011 Copa América. He played in all three group matches.

Since the national team that played the 2011 Copa América was an under-22 squad comprised with 5 over-age players (FIFA has the team as the official senior squad), it could be said that his debut with senior squad was on 11 November 2011 against Serbia in a 2–0 friendly match, coming on in the 86th minute for Andrés Guardado.[9] He made his next appearance on 25 January 2012 in another friendly match against Venezuela where he was attributed as adding creativity to Mexico's offense. He entered the game on the 56th minute while the game was tied 1–1, and was involved in the last two goals that Mexico scored to win the match 3–1.[10]



Mexico U23


1Includes the Copa MX

2Includes the CONCACAF Champions League

3Includes the Copa Libertadores


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