Guardado in action for Deportivo in 2008
|Full name||José Andrés Guardado Hernández|
|Date of birth||28 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Left back|
|Current club||Bayer Leverkusen (loan from Valencia)|
|2007–2012||Deportivo La Coruña||137||(23)|
|2014–||→ Bayer Leverkusen (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 28 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
José Andrés Guardado Hernández (born 28 September 1986) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Bayer 04 Leverkusen on loan from Valencia CF and the Mexican national team, mainly playing as a left winger.
Popularly known as Principito (Spanish for Little prince), he came through the youth ranks at Atlas, then signed with Deportivo in Spain, going on to remain with the club for several seasons, four in La Liga.
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Guardado started playing professionally in Club Atlas, joining the team's youth system at the age of only seven, and going on to appear in two full top division seasons. He made his league debut in August 2005 in a 3–2 home win against C.F. Pachuca.
In the summer of 2006, press speculations linked Guardado to several Serie A teams as well as Real Madrid, but Deportivo de La Coruña moved quickly and made an offer of €7 million for 75% of his rights. Atlas accepted the offer and the transfer was finalized on 7 July 2007, making him the most expensive Mexican player in history; the Mexican outfit remained entitled a 25% sell-on-fee as long as it held the remaining 25% of his rights.
Deportivo La Coruña
Guardado was officially presented on 24 July 2007, with the Spanish team giving him the number 18 shirt. He made his La Liga debut on 26 August in a 0–3 home loss against UD Almería, and finished his first season with 26 games and five goals as Depor finished in ninth position, eventually qualifying to the UEFA Intertoto Cup – and the subsequent UEFA Cup, where he scored in a 3–0 group stage home win over Feyenoord.
Coach Miguel Ángel Lotina stated that Guardado was a key player for Deportivo, and admired his talent and character. He solidified himself as first-choice for the team, providing several assists and being charged with set pieces; he was also bothered with several injuries, however.
Guardado only managed to appear in 20 matches for Deportivo in the 2010–11 season, and the Galicians were relegated to the second division after 20 years. On 27 March 2012 the player confirmed that 2011–12 would be his last campaign with the club, and he netted a career-best 11 goals as his team returned to the top level after one year out, as champions.
On 28 May 2012, Guardado signed a four-year contract with Valencia CF. He made his official debut on 19 August, playing 66 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against Real Madrid; during his first season he featured regularly at left back, mainly due to the serious injury of Jérémy Mathieu.
Bayer Leverkusen (loan)
Guardado made his first international appearance for Mexico in a friendly match with Hungary on 14 December 2005, just four months after his first-team debut with Atlas. He was then called up to represent his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, where he appeared in the round-of-16 1–2 loss against Argentina; coach Ricardo Lavolpe's contract expired and was not renewed, but his replacement Hugo Sánchez kept the player in his setup.
Guardado's first game under the new manager was against the United States: his introduction from the bench saw the game turn in Mexico's favor, but the game eventually ended with a 0–2 loss. On 28 February 2007, in a friendly with Venezuela, he scored his first international goal.
In the final of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Guardado scored the opening goal against the United States: during the second half he collided head-on with opposing right back Jonathan Spector while both attempted to head the ball, but managed to recover to play the rest the of the match, which again ended in loss to the CONCACAF rivals, now 1–2. He also participated in that year's Copa América, netting the third goal against Uruguay, during the third-place match.
Guardado assisted Rafael Márquez in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup against hosts South Africa, in a 1–1 draw. He appeared in three out of four games, in another last-16 exit at the hands of Argentina.
On 12 June 2011, Guardado scored two goals in a 4–1 win over Costa Rica in the 2011 Gold Cup. He found the net again in the final in a 4–2 success against the United States, as Mexico retained the continental tournament.
On 5 March 2014 Guardado made his 100th appearance for Mexico in a friendly match against Nigeria.
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
|1.||28 February 2007||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Venezuela||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|2.||24 June 2007||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||United States||1–0||1–2||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3.||14 July 2007||Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela||Uruguay||3–1||3–1||2007 Copa América|
|4.||8 June 2008||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Peru||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|5.||21 June 2008||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás, Mexico||Belize||2–0||7–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|6.||6 September 2008||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Jamaica||1–0||3–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|7.||5 September 2009||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica||Costa Rica||3–0||3–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|8.||13 May 2010||Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States||Angola||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|9.||26 March 2011||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, United States||Paraguay||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|10.||12 June 2011||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Costa Rica||2–0||4–1||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|12.||25 June 2011||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States||United States||2–2||4–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|13.||4 September 2011||Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona, Spain||Chile||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|14.||12 October 2012||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||Guyana||1–0||5–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Rookie of the Tournament: Apertura 2005
- Best wingback of the Tournament: Apertura 2006, Clausura 2007
- Club Player of the Year: 2007, 2008
- Segunda División Best Midfielder: 2011–12
- As of 12 February 2014
|Club||Season||Domestic League||Domestic Cup||Europe||Total|
- As of 5 March 2014
|Mexico national team|
- Parra, Ángel (29 June 2006). "Italia, tras Guardado" [Italy, following Guardado] (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Interesa Andrés Guardado al Real Madrid" [Andrés Guardado interests Real Madrid] (in Spanish). Es Más. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Andres Guardado al Deportivo La Coruña" [Andres Guardado to Deportivo de La Coruna] (in Spanish). Futblog. 7 July 2007.[dead link]
- "Deportivo La Coruña 0–3 Almeria". ESPN FC. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Garcia, César (1 December 2008). "Mexicans abroad: Guardado on a hot streak". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Guardado a reference player in Deportivo". Medio Tiempo. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Martinez, Andrea (19 April 2010). "Mexicans abroad: Guardado's injured". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Guardado viaja a México para recuperarse de su lesión" [Guardado travels to Mexico to recover from injury] (in Spanish). Marca. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Del Valle Iturriaga, Felipe (27 March 2012). "José Andrés Guardado confirma que se marcha de La Coruña" [José Andrés Guardado confirms he is leaving La Coruña] (in Spanish). Goal.com. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Comunicado oficial" [Official announcement] (in Spanish). Valencia CF. 28 May 2012.[dead link]
- "Valencia sign Andres Guardado from Deportivo". Footballcracy. 29 May 2012.[dead link]
- "Real held by Valencia in season opener". ESPN FC. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Valverde instruye al lateral Guardado" [Valverde lectures left back Guardado] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Guardado, el lateral perfecto" [Guardado, the perfect left back] (in Spanish). Fútbol Pasión. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Paseo matinal en Vallecas" [Morning walk in Vallecas] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Leverkusen take Guardado on loan". Bundesliga. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "SA vs. Mexico: Last Time Out – Feb. 7, 2007". US Soccer. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- González, Walter (28 February 2007). "México 3 – Venezuela 1: Vistiendo de blanco, El Tri ganó su primer duelo con Hugo al frente" [México 3 – Venezuela 1: Wearing white, El Tri won its first game under Hugo] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Dodd, Mike (25 June 2007). "U.S. continues dominance vs. Mexico in Gold Cup final". USA Today. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Uruguay 1–3 Mexico: Comeback victory". ESPN FC. 14 July 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Stephenson, Colin (11 June 2010). "South Africa ties Mexico, 1–1, in opening match of 2010 World Cup". NJ.com. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Goals galore for Mexico, El Salvador". FIFA.com. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Mexico claim Gold Cup glory". ESPN FC. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "In an early 2–0 hole, Mexico storms back to win the Gold Cup". The New York Times. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Andrés Guardado at ESPN FC
- Deportivo official profile (Spanish)
- Andrés Guardado Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Andrés Guardado at National-Football-Teams.com
- Andrés Guardado – FIFA competition record
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Transfermarkt profile