Iván Hernández (footballer)
Hernández with Sporting Gijón in 2014
|Full name||Iván Hernández Soto|
|Date of birth||27 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001–2002||Atlético Madrid B||30||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Hernández was born in Madrid. After having started professionally with modest teams in the area, he moved in 2003 to Málaga CF's B-side, where he helped the Andalusians retain their Segunda División status during two seasons.
Hernández played from 2005 to 2007 with Real Valladolid, appearing in 26 games in his second year and achieving his first La Liga promotion. However, he stayed in the category, joining Sporting de Gijón and being instrumental in the Asturias club's 2008 promotion, while often shifting from defender to defensive midfielder.
Hernández made his top flight debut on 31 August 2008 at the age of 28, in a 1–2 home loss against Getafe CF. He finished the campaign being one of the team's most used stoppers, as they barely escaped relegation.
- "Los héroes del ascenso esperan su oportunidad" [Promotion heroes await their chance] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- Sporting Gijon 1–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
- "Dos fallos defensivos amargan la vuelta del Sporting a Primera" [Two defensive errors bitter Sporting's return to Primera] (in Spanish). El Correo Gallego. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- Iván Hernández se estrenó como capitán (Iván Hernández made debut as captain) Archived 2013-04-08 at the Wayback Machine.; La Nueva España, 25 October 2010 (in Spanish)
- La revisión de un capitán (A captain's exam) Archived 2013-04-08 at the Wayback Machine.; La Nueva España, 2 February 2012 (in Spanish)
- Iván Hernández rechaza que falte actitud en la plantilla (Iván Hernández rejects lack of commitment in squad); La Nueva España, 8 April 2014 (in Spanish)