Johnny Herrera (goalkeeper)

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Johnny Herrera
Personal information
Full name Johnny Cristián Herrera Muñoz
Date of birth (1981-05-09) 9 May 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Angol, Chile
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Universidad de Chile
Number 25
Youth career
1995–1998 Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Universidad de Chile 122 (0)
2006 Corinthians 9 (0)
2007–2008 Everton 60 (0)
2008–2010 Audax Italiano 90 (0)
2011– Universidad de Chile 113 (0)
National team
2001 Chile U20 2 (0)
2002– Chile 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 April 2013

Johnny Cristián Herrera Muñoz[1] (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈjoni eˈreɾa], born 9 May 1981) is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Primera División club Universidad de Chile as goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Universidad de Chile[edit]

The early part of 1999 season, Herrera was promoted to Universidad de Chile adult team, becoming the club's first choice–keeper in 2003, after the departure of Sergio Vargas. The following season, Johnny was a key player in the Torneo de Apertura obtention, where added to his well performances, his team played the final against the winner of the two last tournaments in that moment, Cobreloa. During the match played at Calama, both teams went to penalty kicks, where Herrera saved a penalty, and defeat Carlos Ortega to score the winning goal of the serie.On 10 April 2005, Herrera was protagonist of a strong incident with Jorge Valdivia during the derby with Colo-Colo, that finished in a 1–1 draw at Estadio Nacional, where the keeper physically assaulted Valdivia, who ironically dedicated the equalizer goal of the game scored by Ángel Carreño. In December, Herrera was part of the team runner-up of the Torneo Clausura, after of be defeated by Universidad Católica in penalties, failing then to renew his contract with the club

Corinthians & Everton[edit]

In 2006 he was transferred to Brazilian team Corinthians.

In 2007 he returned to Chile to play for Everton where he contributed to their fourth championship in Apertura 2008 against Colo-Colo.

Audax Italiano[edit]

He joined Audax Italiano in June 2008.

On the morning of December 20, 2009, according to news outlets, Herrera "ran over and killed a 22-year old female student" in the La Reina commune of Santiago. His lawyer has denied he was speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.[2][3]

Return to Universidad de Chile[edit]

On 2011 Herrera returned to Universidad de Chile after 6 years, and reach the team to win the 2011 Apertura tournament, the 4th title in Herrera's career with "La U".[4][5]

Following appointment of manager Jorge Sampaoli, Herrera signed for Universidad de Chile on 22 January 2011 for a fee was believed to be around US$700.000.

On 25 January, was officially presented during a press conference with the shirt number 9, that shortly after was changed to 25, because to the tournament rules. During his presentation Herrera said:" I hope to began a referent both into and outside the field and I want like the fans win championships and have good results".

Herrera played his first match since his return to the club on 29 January, having a good game in a 1–1 draw with La Serena in where stopped several attacks from the fourth region team. In the next game against Ñublense, Universidad de Chile won 3–1 with Herrera playing, this mean the good moment that the team and the goalkeeper live.

With the pass of league matchdays, he was gaining a good shape and thanks to that, began to speculate with his return to the national team for play the Copa América that will make in Argentina on June 2011.

Herrera played in almost every the match on the Universidad de Chile team that won the 2011 Chilean Primera División season (Apertura and the Clausura Championships), and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. And in December, Herrera was awarded "The Best Chilean Goalkeeper of the Year" and "Best South American Goalkeeper of the Year" (prize given by the Uruguayan newspaper "El Pais").

On March 18, 2014 Herrera scored his first ever goal in professional football; during the group stage at the Copa Libertadores against Peruvian club Real Garcilaso. [6]

International career[edit]

Herrera has been occasionally called up for the Chilean national team since 2002. Johnny was called up for the first time in seven years by former Universidad de Chile coach, Jorge Sampaoli, for the matches against Haiti and Senegal en early 2013.

Criminal sentence[edit]

The goalkeeper was arrested after a fatal accident that involved him speeding under the influence of alcohol in Santiago, Chile and hitting and killing a 22-year-old female student in the early morning hours of December 20, 2009. After an arrangement with the victim's family, Herrera was sentenced to pay 25 million pesos to the family and donate football implements to football schools. On September 17, 2012 the goalkeeper was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, due to this the Ministerio Público asked for the reopening of the previous case. On June 27, 2013, Herrera was found guilty and sentenced to 41 days in jail and 2 years without a driver's license. He did not serve jail time because of "pena remitida" that the Chilean justice system imposed on him.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad de Chile
Everton

Individual[edit]

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