Héctor Bellerín

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Héctor Bellerín
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Bellerín playing for Arsenal in 2015
Personal information
Full name Héctor Bellerín Moruno
Date of birth (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2011 Barcelona
2011–2013 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Arsenal 89 (4)
2013–2014 Watford (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U16 6 (1)
2012 Spain U17 6 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U19 9 (0)
2015– Spain U21 12 (0)
2016– Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:31, 21 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:46, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Héctor Bellerín Moruno (born 19 March 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right-back for English club Arsenal and the Spain national team. Bellerín started his career as an attacking winger for FC Barcelona, and credits his development as a successful right-back to Steve Bould upon his arrival at Arsenal in the summer of 2011.[2] His speedy pace, skilful dribbling on the ball, and crossing ability have also helped him in creating chances for his team. On 21 November 2016, he signed a long term contract that ties him to the club until 2022.[3]

Bellerín played internationally for Spain from under-16 to under-21 levels, making his senior debut in 2016 and being chosen for the year's European Championship.[4]

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Bellerín started his club football career in the youth teams of FC Barcelona. He moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2011,[5] and signed his first professional contract with the club in July 2013. While as a youth player at Arsenal, Bellerín also helped the club to reach fourth place of the NextGen Series of 2012-13.[6] Bellerín made his competitive debut away to West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the League Cup on 25 September 2013, coming on in the 95th minute as a substitute for Mikel Arteta in a penalty shootout victory after a 1–1 draw.[7] Two months later, Bellerín joined Championship club Watford on a two-month loan deal, and made his debut against Yeovil Town eight days after signing.[8] The loan at Watford was extended until the end of the season,[9] but he was recalled by Arsenal in February 2014.[10]

Bellerín on the ball against Leicester City in February 2015

Following injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal, Bellerín made his Champions League debut on 16 September 2014 in a 2–0 defeat away to Borussia Dortmund.[11] He scored his first goal for Arsenal on 1 February 2015, in a 5–0 win against Aston Villa,[12] and added a second on 4 April to open a 4–1 win over Liverpool despite also conceding a penalty kick through a foul on Raheem Sterling.[13]

Bellerín was selected to start for Arsenal in the 2015 FA Cup Final on 30 May, helping the team keep a clean sheet in a 4–0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.[14] He signed a new long-term contract before the 2015–16 season and played the entirety of Arsenal's 1–0 win over rivals Chelsea in the 2015 FA Community Shield.[15] He was the sole Arsenal player listed in the season's PFA Team of the Year,[16] and came in third place in Arsenal's Player of the Season voting.[17] On 21 November 2016, he signed a new long-term contract after agreeing to a deal that ties him to the club until 2022.[18][19]

International career[edit]

Having reached the semi-finals of the 2013 European Championship with the under-19 team,[20] Bellerín made his debut for Albert Celades's under-21 team on 30 March 2015, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–0 friendly win over Belarus in León.[21]

On 29 May 2016, after being named as a stand-by player for the year's European Championship, Bellerín made his debut for the full squad by starting in a 3–1 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland.[22] Two days later, he was chosen for the final squad after Dani Carvajal withdrew through injury.[4] He was unused as they reached the last 16.

Style of play[edit]

Bellerín is known for his speed. Using his pace, he is able to successfully take on opposition defenders as well as move swiftly to a defensive position. At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, he broke Theo Walcott's 40-metre Arsenal sprint record by 1/100th of a second.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 May 2017[24]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford (loan) 2013–14 Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Arsenal 2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 Premier League 20 2 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 28 2
2015–16 Premier League 36 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 44 1
2016–17 Premier League 33 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 41 1
Total 89 4 7 0 2 0 15 0 1 0 114 4
Career total 97 4 7 0 2 0 15 0 1 0 122 4

International[edit]

As of 7 June 2016[25]
Spain senior team
Year Apps Goals
2016 3 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal star Hector Bellerin 'didn't know how to defend' at Barcelona". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Bellerin signs new long-term Arsenal deal". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Euro 2016: Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in Spain squad after injury forces out Dani Carvajal". BBC Sport. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bellerin – I'm so happy I joined Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal 1-3 Sporting Lisbon". Daily Mail.co.uk. 
  7. ^ Harris, Chris (25 September 2013). "WBA 1–1 Arsenal (3–4 pens)". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bellerin joins Watford on loan". Arsenal F.C. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "OFFICIAL: Bellerin’s Back". Watford F.C. 3 January 2014. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Arsenal have recalled young defender Hector Bellerin from his loan with Watford". Watford Observer. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Johnston, Neil (16 September 2014). "Borussia Dortmund 2–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Dawkes, Phil (1 February 2015). "Arsenal 5–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  13. ^ McNulty, Phil (4 April 2015). "Arsenal 4–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  14. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (30 May 2015). "Arsenal 4–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 
  15. ^ a b Cryer, Andy (2 August 2015). "Arsenal 1–0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Jones, Max (18 May 2016). "Player of the Season - in third place...". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Hector Bellerin: Spain defender signs new Arsenal deal". BBC Sport. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Hector Bellerin signs new long-term contract at Arsenal". ESPN FC. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Future is theirs: Héctor Bellerín, speed embodied in a footballer". Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Muñoz, Antonio D. (30 March 2015). "MATCH REPORT: Spain thrashes Belarus (4–0)". Real Federación Española de Fútbol. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Arsenal's Hector Bellerin makes Spain debut as defending champions warm up for Euro 2016 with a win". Daily Mirror. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Jones, Max (13 May 2015). "Bellerin - The secret to my speed". Arsenal F.C. 
  24. ^ Hector Bellerin at Soccerbase
  25. ^ "Héctor Bellerín". EU-football.info. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "Hector Bellerin shares a new picture with his date at the Catalan Awards". 101 Great Goals.com. 

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