Giovanni Hernández

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Hernández and the second or maternal family name is Soto.
Giovanni Hernández
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Andrés Hernández Soto
Date of birth (1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Playmaker
Club information
Current team
Uniautónoma (manager)
Youth career
1986–1993 Boca Juniors de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Once Caldas 28 (11)
1995–1996 América de Cali 57 (2)
1996–1999 Independiente Medellín 111 (20)
2000–2003 Deportivo Cali 132 (30)
2003–2006 Colón de Santa Fe 124 (14)
2007-2008 Colo-Colo 39 (13)
2008–2012 Atlético Junior 153 (33)
2013–2014 Independiente Medellín 46 (5)
2014 Uniautónoma 11 (0)
National team
1995–2009 Colombia 46 (5)
Teams managed
2015– Uniautónoma

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2010

Giovanni Andrés Hernández Soto (Spanish pronunciation: [xjoˈβannj herˈnandeθ soˈto], born 17 June 1976) is a retired Colombian footballer and currently manager of Uniautónoma.

He played for América de Cali, Independiente Medellín, Deportivo Cali, Colón de Santa Fe, Colo-Colo, Atletico Junior and now he is back to Deportivo Independiente Medellin. He is famous for his technical ability to create plays, and ability to create goals out of free kicks.


Early career[edit]

Giovanni Hernández made his professional debut as a 17-year-old with Once Caldas. At the time his quality and promise were so apparent, that he was nicknamed el niño del millon de dolares. The million dollar kid. In 1995 he played for America de Cali. He scored 5 goals during this season. He continued to play for America de Cali during the 1996 Copa Libertadores where he scored 2 goals. Although America de Cali made it to the final match, Hernández only played the home game. He played with America de Cali the following year, and then he played for Independiente Medellín during 1998. At the end of that year, he was bought by Deportivo Cali. He played for Deportivo Cali in the 1999 Copa Libertadores as a bench warmer, but after a few goals, he was brought on to the starting team for the 2001 season, where he scored 13 goals.

Deportivo Cali[edit]

In 2001, Giovanni Hernández made his biggest leap from being a small club player to a big National Team player. He was called up alongside with his teammate Jairo Patino to the Colombian national team for the Copa America 2001. He played several games and started goal scoring in Colombias 3-0 route of Peru and struck again when Colombia beat Chile. After Colombia won the Copa America, he continued to play with Deportivo Cali and the Colombian national team in several high profile qualifiers. Colombia did not qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup but did qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup where Giovanni was called up again. Giovanni shone scoring 5 goals in 5 games he was considered the best of the best at the tournament and although Colombia lost in the semifinals it was all the better for the stars career. In 2003, Giovanni Hernández also played alongside of now famous teammates Elkin Murillo and Jairo Patino to form one of the strongest midfield sides ever to grace Deportivo Cali in the 2003 Copa Libertadores but they did not make it past quarterfinals.


In the Second half of 2003 Giovanni Hernández was sold to Argentine club Colon de Santa Fe and ended up scoring a goal and an assist in his first game. He quickly became one of the favorites in the Argentine league racking up a total of 12 goals that season. He played in the 2003 Gold Cup with a lacklustre performance, not scoring a single goal. In 2004, Giovanni Hernández continued playing for his club Colon de Santa Fe, although he had a bad year at the Colombian national team. To make things worse, the Colombian national team began World Cup qualifiers with a loss 2-1 in Colombia to Brazil. Three days later they lost 4-0 to Bolivia in Bolivia, and a month later 1-0 to Venezuela in Colombia. This time was known as the great meltdown to Colombian national team supporters. In the second half of 2004, the whole Argentine league sagged as Giovanni Hernández was only able to score 6 goals in the league and many big famous clubs had bad performances from stars as unknowns took the cup. Despite this Giovanni Hernández future looks bright at the beginning of 2005 Boca Juniors, 5 time Copa Libertadores Champion, offered 5 million dollars for the Colombian player. Colon de Santa Fe wanted 8 million dollars for the player which would be one of the biggest sales ever inside the Argentine league. Colon de Santa Fe would not let Giovanni go; much to his dismay Giovanni later was quoted by newspapers saying he was unhappy with the decision and felt like he was being forced by the club to stay where he is.


Before the 2007 Apertura in Chile, Giovanni joined Chilean club Colo-Colo. He was a vital part of the team that would eventually win the championship. Giovanni was the second leading scoring on the team with seven goals. After a three-year absence from the Colombian national team, Giovanni was recalled for an August 22 match versus Mexico


Giovanni goes back to Colombia to play for Junior de Barranquilla with the pressure of being the most expensive transaction made by the team of Barranquilla and also the pressure that he carries because he was brought to save Junior from its actual situation that is to fail to second division. Giovanni led the team to the playoffs and helped to keep the team in the first division. He was of vital importance in obtaining the title in 2010.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Hernández was a member of Colombia's squad at the 2001 Copa América, as Los Cafeteros won the title for the first time. At the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, he was the team's top scorer with three goals in Colombia's fourth place finish.

International goals[edit]

Giovanni Hernández: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 July 2001 Estadio Centenario, Armenia, Colombia  Peru 2–0 3–0 Copa América
2 20 June 2003 Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France  New Zealand 3–1 3–1 Confederations Cup
3 22 June 2003 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France  Japan 0–1 0–1 Confederations Cup
4 28 June 2003 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France  Turkey 1–1 1–2 Confederations Cup
5 30 April 2008 Estadio Alfonso López, Bucaramanga, Colombia  Venezuela 3–2 5–2 Exhibition game



América de Cali


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