Héctor Moreno (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Moreno and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.
Héctor Moreno
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Moreno in 2011
Personal information
Full name Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Culiacán, Mexico
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
PSV
Number 3
Youth career
2003–2006 UNAM
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 UNAM 44 (2)
2008–2011 AZ 80 (6)
2011–2015 Espanyol 118 (7)
2015– PSV 0 (0)
National team
2005 Mexico U17 6 (2)
2007 Mexico U20 4 (1)
2007– Mexico 59 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2015

Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera (born 17 January 1988) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Dutch club PSV and the Mexico national team as a central defender.

Moreno was a member of the under-17 national team that won the 2005 World Championship held in Peru. He has also represented Mexico at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

UNAM[edit]

Héctor Moreno joined UNAM's youth system in 2003 at the age of 15, and made his way into the first team after winning the FIFA U-17 World Championship with Mexico in 2005.

He made his professional debut during the Clausura 2006 tournament, coming on as an 88th minute substitute, replacing Gerardo Galindo in the 1–0 victory over Santos Laguna on 22 January.[2] He played his first full 90-minutes on 12 February in a 2–0 win over Veracruz,[3] and scored his first goal the following week in a 1–3 defeat to Cruz Azul.[4] Moreno would end the Clausura making six appearances in total. He would eventually secure his position as a regular starter.

For the Apertura 2007 Moreno would play in his first, and only, league final with UNAM, losing to Atlante by a 2–1 aggregate score.[5]

AZ Alkmaar[edit]

On 13 December 2007, it was announced that Moreno was transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in a US$4.5 million deal.[6][7] He made his Eredivisie debut on 1 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw against Roda JC Kerkrade, playing all 90-minutes.[8] In April 2009 Moreno won his first Eredivisie title with AZ.[9] On 22 April, it was reported that Moreno had signed a contract extension with AZ Alkmaar, which would tie him with the club until 2014.[10]

On 25 July, AZ won the Dutch Super Cup, defeating SC Heerenveen 5–1 in the Final. Moreno made his debut in the Champions League on 16 September in a 0–1 defeat to Olympiacos.[11] On 7 February 2010, Moreno gave Alkmaar a 2–1 victory over Feyenoord by scoring a header from a corner-kick in 87th-minute.[12] Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 6–2 victory over RKC Waalwijk on 13 March 2010. He would score his fourth goal in a 3–0 victory over Willem II Tilburg on 18 April.[13]

Espanyol[edit]

On 22 June 2011, it was announced that Moreno would transfer to Spanish club RCD Espanyol on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[14] On 28 August, Moreno made his debut in La Liga against Mallorca. On 26 September, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 loss to Levante UD.[15] On 3 December, he would score his second league goal in a 1–2 loss to Valencia.[16] Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 3–1 home win against Racing Santander.[17]

On 4 October 2012, Moreno was named Espanyol's "Player of the Year" of the 2011–12 season, his debut season, playing 35 league games, a total of 3295 minutes played, and scoring three goals with one assist.[18]

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, it was announced that Moreno would be out of action for up to six months due to a broken left tibia he suffered while playing for Mexico at the 2014 World Cup, which would require surgery and rehabilitation.[19] It was rumored that the injury prevented him from signing for English club Manchester United during the summer transfer window.[20] Moreno made his return after four months on 14 November during a friendly against Olympique de Marseille, replacing Felipe Caicedo in the 68th minute in an eventual 2–1 win.[21]

Moreno made his official return with Espanyol on 2 December coming off the bench to replace Álvaro González in the 73rd minute in the 2–0 victory over Alavés in the first leg of the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

On 15 August, PSV Eindhoven announced the signing of Moreno. Upon his return to the Eredivisie, Moreno signed a four-year contract for €5M with the club.[22]

International career[edit]

Mexico U-17[edit]

Moreno was called up to participate at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Mexico would go on to win the tournament, beating Brazil in the final 3–0.

Mexico U-20[edit]

During the first game of the Mexico national team against Gambia at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he played as a defensive midfielder and scored the second goal for the Mexico team during the second half. Mexico won the match 3–0, with other goals respectively by Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández. Mexico would win their group, but would be eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Mexico national team[edit]

Moreno made his debut with the Mexico national team on 17 October 2007 in a friendly match against Guatemala.

He was a part of the 23-man list that would participate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He made his debut in the Group A match against France on 17 June, which Mexico won 2–0.[23] Moreno would also start against Uruguay.

Moreno was part of the national team that won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing in all of Mexico's games, as well as the Final against the United States, which Mexico won 4–2.[24]

On 12 June 2012, Moreno scored his first goal for Mexico in a 2–1 over El Salvador in a World Cup qualifying match.

On 5 June 2014, Miguel Herrera selected Moreno in the final 23-player squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[25] On 29 June, in the Round of 16 match against The Netherlands, Moreno suffered a fractured tibia after a collision with Dutch striker Arjen Robben inside his own penalty area. Moreno was stretched off the field a few minutes before halftime and was substituted by Diego Reyes.[26] It was later reported that Moreno was expected to be ruled out of action for up to six months.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2015[28][29][30]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200506 UNAM Primera División 6 1 4 0[31] 10 1
200607 16 0 16 0
200708 22 1 22 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 AZ Eredivisie 8 1 8 1
2008–09 15 0 1 1 16 1
2009–10 30 4 1 0 6 0 37 4
2010–11 27 1 8 0 35 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2011–12 Espanyol La Liga 35 3 4 0 39 3
2012–13 32 2 1 0 33 2
2013–14 32 1 5 0 37 1
2014–15 19 1 10 0 29 1
Total Mexico 44 2 4 0 48 2
Netherlands 80 6 2 1 14 0 96 7
Spain 118 7 20 0 138 7
Career total 242 15 22 1 18 0 282 16

International[edit]

Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 1 0
2009 1 0
2010 12 0
2011 14 0
2012 9 1
2013 11 0
2014 8 0
2015 2 0
Total 59 1

Statistics correct as of matches played 27 June 2015

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 12 June 2012 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 2–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

AZ Alkmaar

International[edit]

Mexico U-17
Mexico

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Player Profile". RCD Espanyol official website. 
  2. ^ "Pumas 1-0 Santos Laguna" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 22 January 2006. 
  3. ^ "Pumas 2-0 Veracruz" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 12 February 2006. 
  4. ^ "Cruz Azul 3-1 Pumas" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 18 February 2006. 
  5. ^ "Atlante 2-1 Pumas" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Héctor Moreno, al Az Alkmaar de Holanda" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 13 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Firma el holandés Az Alkmaar al juvenil defensa de Pumas, Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). Proceso. Retrieved 13 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Debuta Héctor Moreno con el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). esmas. Retrieved 1 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Se corona el AZ Alkmaar, donde juega Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Mercado : El central mexicano Héctor Moreno renueva contrato con el AZ" (in Spanish). Goal.com. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "Debuta mexicano Héctor Moreno en la “Champions” con el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). metrolatinousa.com. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Anota Héctor Moreno y da triunfo al AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). Terra Networks. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Héctor Moreno anotó en el AZ Alkmaar" (in Spanish). La Jornada. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hector Moreno completes switch to Espanyol". Goal.com. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Héctor Moreno hace primer gol" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Valencia 2-Espanyol 1... Gol sin gloria de Héctor Moreno" (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Liga – Espanyol react to down 10-man Racing". Yahoo! Eurosport. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  18. ^ "Moreno, el mejor jugador del Espanyol del curso 2011/12" (in Spanish). Liga BBVA official website. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Moreno facing six months out". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Turell, Rhys (30 June 2014). "Mexico ace Hector Moreno's move to Man Utd OFF after breaking leg in World Cup defeat". Daily Star. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Kemp, Jamie. "Héctor Moreno makes Espanyol return after four months on the sidelines". Inside Spanish Football. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "PSV sign Mexico international Hector Moreno from Espanyol". espnfc.com. ESPN. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  23. ^ Dawkes, Phil (17 June 2010). "France 0-Mexico 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Mexico defeats U.S., 4–2 in Gold Cup final". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "Mexico squad for 2014 World Cup: the 23 men chosen by Miguel Herrera". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Broken leg compounds heartbreak for Héctor Moreno". marca.com. Marca. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "World Cup injury rules Mexico's Hector Moreno out for six months". hereisthecity.com. Here Is The City. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Héctor Moreno stats". ESPN Soccernet. 
  29. ^ Héctor Moreno at National-Football-Teams.com
  30. ^ worldfootball stats
  31. ^ Includes Copa Libertadores

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