Giovanni Hernández

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Giovanni Hernández
Hernández playing for Junior in 2010
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Andrés Hernández Soto
Date of birth (1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Playmaker
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 Junior 153 (33)
2013–2014 Independiente Medellín 46 (5)
2014 Uniautónoma 11 (0)
National team
1995–2009 Colombia 46 (5)
Teams managed
2015 Uniautónoma
2016 Real Cartagena
2016 Junior
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2015.
‡ 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 Colombian football manager and former player. He was formerly manager of Uniautónoma, Real Cartagena and Junior.

Before his career as a coach, he was famous for his technical ability to create plays, and ability to create goals out of free kicks.[citation needed]


Early career[edit]

Giovanni Hernández made his professional debut at the age of 17 with Once Caldas. In 1995, he played for América de Cali and he scored 5 goals during this season. He continued playing for the club during the 1996 Copa Libertadores where he scored 2 goals. He played for Independiente Medellín during 1998. At the end of that year, he was signed by Deportivo Cali.

Deportivo Cali[edit]

He played for Deportivo Cali in the 1999 Copa Libertadores as a substitute, but after a few goals he became a starter for the 2001 season, where he scored 13 goals.


In the second half of 2003, Hernández was sold to Argentine club Colón de Santa Fe. There he scored a goal and made an assist in his debut game. He quickly became one of the favorites in the Argentine league reaching a total of 12 goals that season.[citation needed] He played in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a lacklustre performance, not scoring a single goal.


Before the beginning of the 2007 Apertura in Chile, Giovanni joined Chilean club Colo-Colo. He was a vital part of the team that would eventually won the championship. Giovanni was the second leading scoring of the team with 7 goals. After a three-year absence from the Colombian national team, Giovanni was recalled for the match against Mexico in August 22.


Giovanni goes back to Colombia to play for Junior de Barranquilla, being the most expensive transfer made by the team at the time. Giovanni helped the team to reach the playoffs and 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 called up along with his teammate Jairo Patiño to the Colombian national team for the 2001 Copa América, which they won. Colombia did not qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup but did qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup where he was called up again. Giovanni scored 3 goals in 5 games and he was considered one of the best players of the tournament.[citation needed]

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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