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 24)[1]
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Right back / Wing back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 2
Youth career
2003–2011 Barcelona
2011–2013 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Arsenal 144 (6)
2013–2014Watford (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2011 Spain U16 6 (1)
2012 Spain U17 6 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U19 9 (0)
2015–2017 Spain U21 14 (0)
2016– Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:08, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:46, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

Héctor Bellerín Moruno (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeɣtoɾ βeʎeˈɾim moˈɾuno],[a] born 19 March 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right back or wing back for the Spain national team and Premier League club Arsenal, where he is currently serving as the team's vice-captain.

Bellerín started his career as an attacking winger for 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. He made his senior debut for Spain in 2016 and was later chosen for the European Championship of that year.[4]

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Bellerín started his club football career in Barcelona's youth team. He moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2011, and signed his first professional contract the following year.[5] While 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]

Bellerín featured in the following season throughout Arsenal's victorious FA Cup campaign. He played in the Cup final which Arsenal went on to win by a 2–1 margin against Chelsea.[20] He was again triumphant in the Gunners lifting the 2017 Community Shield by beating Chelsea 4–1 on penalties.[21] Bellerín scored his first goal of Arsenal's 2017–18 season in Arsenal's 3–1 victory over 1. FC Köln.[22] On 3 January 2018, Bellerin earned a draw for Arsenal against Chelsea with what BBC Sport described as 'stunning injury-time strike' in the 92nd minute, having earlier conceded a penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard.[23] On 7 March 2018, Bellerín was ruled out of the Europa League first leg clash against Milan with an unknown return date.[24]

Bellerín missed out the first five weeks of the 2018–19 season due to a calf problem.[25] During a league game against Chelsea on 19 January he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his left knee and was stretchered off of the pitch in the 70th minute at the Emirates Stadium. He was later ruled out for nine months, consequently missing the remainder of the season and the start of the 2019–20 season.[26] Arsenal coach Unai Emery perceives Bellerín as "very mature" and believes that "he is already preparing to come back stronger than before".[27][28]

International career[edit]

Having reached the semi-finals of the 2013 European Championship with the under-19 team,[29] 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.[30]

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.[31] 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 pace, which allows him to take on opposition defenders as well as provide defensive cover. At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, he broke Theo Walcott's 40-metre (130 ft; 44 yd) Arsenal sprint record by 1/100th of a second. He is considered to be one of the fastest footballers in the world.[32] Like current and former teammates Sead Kolašinac and Nacho Monreal, he has received more praise for his attacking abilities,[33] and in the 2018–19 season, Unai Emery has often employed him as a wing-back.

Personal life[edit]

Bellerín became a vegan in 2017, which he credits for improving his health.[34] In an interview in August 2019, he said that footballers have a responsibility to create awareness around environmental issues and that "It's nice to show what we have—our cars, our watches—but good to send a more meaningful message than 'look how cool we are'."[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 November 2019[36]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2012–13[37] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[37] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[37] Premier League 20 2 3 0 1 0 4[b] 0 0 0 28 2
2015–16[37] Premier League 36 1 1 0 0 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 44 1
2016–17[37] Premier League 33 1 4 0 0 0 5[b] 0 42 1
2017–18[37] Premier League 35 2 0 0 3 0 8[d] 1 1[c] 0 47 3
2018–19[37] Premier League 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2019–20[37] Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 2[d] 0 5 0
Total 144 6 8 0 7 0 25 1 2 0 186 7
Watford (loan) 2013–14[37] Championship 8 0 8 0
Career total 152 6 8 0 7 0 25 1 2 0 194 7
  1. ^ In isolation, Bellerín is pronounced [beʎeˈɾin].
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearance in FA Community Shield
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2016[38]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2016 3 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

Spain U21

Individual

References[edit]

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