Pablo Hernández (footballer, born 1985)
Pablo playing for Valencia in 2008
|Full name||Pablo Hernández Domínguez|
|Date of birth||11 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Castellón, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Onda (loan)||28||(5)|
|2007||→ Cádiz (loan)||22||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18.46, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Castellón de la Plana, Castellón, Valencian Community, Pablo was a product of Valencia CF's youth system (operating as striker in the B-team). He made his debuts with the main squad on the last matchday of the 2005–06 season, playing 20 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against CA Osasuna. Midway through the following campaign he was loaned to Segunda División side Cádiz CF.
In July 2007, Valencia included Pablo in the transfer that brought central defender Alexis from Getafe CF to Mestalla, but would re-buy him for €1 million in July 2008, subsequently signing the player to a six-year contract.
Pablo scored his first goal for Valencia on 27 November 2008, in a 4–0 win over Rosenborg for the season's UEFA Cup, after an individual effort. After having subbed in for Rubén Baraja in the second half of a home fixture against Recreativo de Huelva, he netted his second goal and first in the league, in a 1–1 draw in March 2009; the following month, also as a replacement but now for Joaquín, he added his third, in a 3–1 home win over Sevilla FC – deep into injury time, against ten men.
On 30 August 2009, Pablo scored the second in 2009–10's opener, against Sevilla, in a 2–0 home triumph. Fully established in the starting XI now over Joaquín, he continued to produce fine displays in this season, including a 40-meter lob against UD Almería in a 3–0 away success.
Pablo scored twice against Club Brugge K.V. in extra time of the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 second leg game played at the Mestalla Stadium on 25 February 2010, for a 3–0 win (3–1 aggregate). In the 2010–11 season, he continued battling with Joaquín for first-choice status; on 7 December 2010, he netted at Old Trafford against Manchester United for the UEFA Champions League, putting the Che 1–0 up at half-time; the match ended 1–1, and the English eventually finished first in the group stage.
Pablo moved to Premier League side Swansea City on a three year deal on 31 August 2012, for a club record fee of £5.55 million. However, this fee was surpassed in 2013 when Swansea spent £12,000,000 on Wilfried Bony. He scored his first official goal against Wigan Athletic on 20 October, helping to a 2–1 home win.
Pablo netted his second goal for the club on 3 November, scoring a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. He was named to the team of the week published on 3 September by Sky Sports.
He featured regularly in Michael Laudrup's side in his second season with Swansea, but failed to deal with a succession of hamstring injuries, combined with poor form. Unfortunately for Hernández, many pundits and supporters feel he never lived up to his potential. "When he was good he was very good, when he was bad he was horrid" said Chris Wathan, summarising Pablo's time in South Wales. He moved to Al-Arabi after making 57 appearances and scoring 5 goals.
On 15 July 2014, Pablo joined Al-Arabi on a three-year deal, having entered talks with the Qatari club the previous week. The fee was unknown, but it was speculated that the fee would be lower than the amount paid by Swansea to Valencia for his services, two years earlier.
On 5 June 2009, he was called to represent the country at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, as a replacement for injured Andrés Iniesta, by new boss Vicente del Bosque. On the 20th Pablo made his first appearance for the national team, coming on as a substitute for club teammate David Villa in the 60th minute of the last group stage match, a 2–0 success against the hosts.
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|1.||18 November 2009||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna||Austria||5–1||5–1||Friendly|
- Swansea City
- As of 3 May 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Swansea City||2012–13||Premier League||30||3||4||0||2||0||—||36||3|
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Osasuna 2–1 Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- El Valencia pagará un millón para recuperar a Pablo Hernández (Valencia will pay €1 million to re-buy Pablo Hernández); Marca, 24 January 2008 (Spanish)
- Pablo Hernández firma seis temporadas con el Valencia (Pablo Hernández signs for six seasons with Valencia); Marca, 16 June 2008 (Spanish)
- Valencia cruise to victory in Trondheim; UEFA.com, 27 November 2008
- Valencia 2–2 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 25 April 2009
- Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- Pablo inspires Los Che win; ESPN Soccernet, 25 October 2009
- Extra-time salvo; ESPN Soccernet, 25 February 2010
- Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay; UEFA.com, 7 December 2010
- "Pablo signs record deal". Swansea City A.F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Hernandez off mark for Swans". ESPN Soccernet. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Swansea 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- "PL Team of the Week". Sky Sports. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
- "Pablo Hernandez leaves Swansea City for Al Arabi". Wales Online. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Pablo Hernández sustituye a Iniesta" [Pablo Hernández replaces Iniesta] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Una España irrefrenable golea 5–1 a Austria en un amistoso" [Unstoppable Spain routs Austria 5–1 in friendly] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Pablo Hernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- "Pablo". ESPN FC. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Pablo". ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Pablo Hernández at National-Football-Teams.com
- Pablo Hernández – FIFA competition record
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)
- Stats and bio at Cadistas1910 (Spanish)