Herrera at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
|Full name||Héctor Miguel Herrera López|
|Date of birth||19 April 1990|
|Place of birth||Rosarito, Mexico|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2018
Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. He struggled for playing time in his first season at the club, before gradually cementing his place in the starting eleven. During the 2015–16 season, Herrera was named club captain.
A full international since 2012, Herrera won the Olympic gold medal in that year's football tournament, and was part of Mexico's winning team at the 2015 Gold Cup, as well as representing his country at the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, along with the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Herrera made his debut for Pachuca on 21 July 2010 in a 0–1 defeat to Chivas USA in a 2010 North American SuperLiga match. Herrera made his league debut for Pachuca in a 1–4 home defeat to Santos Laguna on 23 July 2011. He would make 14 appearances for Pachuca en route to winning the Golden Ball as the rookie of the Apertura 2011 tournament.
On 28 June 2013, it was announced that Herrera was transferred to Portuguese club Porto for €8 million. He made his unofficial debut with Porto on 13 July in the final of the Valais Cup against French team Marseille, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the game for Fernando. Mexican teammate Diego Reyes also made his debut with Porto in the club's 3–0 win.
Herrera made his official league debut on 18 August, substituting Lucho González in the 82nd minute in Porto's 3–1 victory over Vitória de Setúbal. On 6 October, Herrera played his first 90 minutes in Porto's 3–1 away win over Arouca. On 22 October, Herrera set a new Champions League record for the fastest dismissal for two yellow cards when he was sent off in the sixth minute of the group stage match against Zenit Saint Petersburg. Herrera scored his first league goal with Porto on 20 December in a 4–0 win against Olhanense, scoring on a volley after being on the pitch eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. In his first season with Porto, Herrera played in 17 league matches, and in 33 across all competitions, scoring three goals in total, all of which were scored in the league.
On 20 August 2014, Herrera scored his first goal in Champions League play in Porto's 1–0 win over Lille. On 25 November, he played an important role in Porto's 3–0 Champions League away win over Belarusian club BATE Borisov, scoring the first goal of the game and providing two assists, all in the second-half.
On 22 August 2015, Herrera scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season in Porto's 1–1 draw against Marítimo at the Estádio dos Barreiros. In December 2015, Herrera was named Porto's "Player of the Year" for the previous season. On 12 February 2016, Herrera, wearing the captain's arm-band, scored the equalizer in Porto's 2–1 win over arch-rivals Benfica. Herrera was called up for the final of the Taça de Portugal against Braga on 22 May 2016, playing in the 120 minutes of the match and failing to convert his penalty shot in the subsequent 3–2 shoot-out defeat.
On 15 April 2018, Porto defeated Benfica 1–0 at the Estádio da Luz, with Herrera scoring in the 90th minute from a shot outside the box. The win took Porto to the top of the table with 76 points, two ahead of Benfica with four matches remaining in the season. On 5 May, after a 0–0 draw between Benfica and Sporting CP, Porto won the league title with two games left to play.
In 2012, Herrera was chosen by coach Luis Fernando Tena to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in the United States. Mexico went on to win the tournament by defeating Honduras in the final, thus qualifying to the 2012 Olympic Games held in London.
Mexico national team
In 2012, Herrera was called up by coach José Manuel de la Torre to play for Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers against Guyana on 12 October and El Salvador on 16 October. He made his senior national team debut against El Salvador, a 2–0 win for Mexico.
Herrera was part of the Mexican team that participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. He made only one appearance, in a 0–2 loss to host-nation Brazil, coming on as a substitute for Gerardo Flores in the 58th minute of the match.
On 8 May 2014, Herrera was included in the final 23-man roster participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a starter in all three of Mexico's group stage matches, as well as playing in the 1–2 round of 16 loss to the Netherlands.
Style of play
Herrera has been described as "[a] classic box-to-box midfielder who is equally adept at halting advances from opposing players as he is creating opportunities by distributing the ball or shooting on goal". He is also known for his pace and dynamicism, as well as being capable of breaking up opposition attacks with his tough tackling and starting his team's own forays forward with his sharp distribution and tireless running.
- As of 23 June 2018
|Mexico national team|
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
|1.||4 September 2015||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||3–3||3–3||Friendly|
|2.||9 September 2015||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States||Argentina||2–0||2–2||Friendly|
|3.||13 November 2015||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||El Salvador||2–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||5 June 2016||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||Uruguay||3–1||3–1||Copa América Centenario|
|5.||6 October 2017||Estadio Alfonso Lastras, San Luis Potosí, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||3–1||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- Toulon Tournament: 2012
- Olympic Games: 2012
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