Johnny Herrera (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Herrera and the second or maternal family name is Muñoz.
Johnny Herrera
Personal information
Full name Johnny Cristián Herrera Muñoz
Date of birth (1981-05-09) 9 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Angol, Chile
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Universidad de Chile
Number 25
Youth career
1995–2000 Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Universidad de Chile 123 (0)
2006 Corinthians 9 (0)
2007–2008 Everton 60 (0)
2008–2010 Audax Italiano 91 (0)
2011– Universidad de Chile 193 (3)
National team
2000 Chile Olympic 1 (0)
2001 Chile U20 2 (0)
2002– Chile 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Johnny Cristián Herrera Muñoz (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈʝoni eˈreɾa], born 9 May 1981) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper and is the captain of Chilean club Universidad de Chile.

Club career[edit]

Born in Angol, Herrera joined Universidad de Chile youth set-up and was promoted to the first-adult team in 1999. Three years later he became first-choice keeper after being back-up of Sergio Vargas, who left The Lions after 10 years playing there. In 2004, Herrera won his first professional title after beating Cobreloa as visitors in the Torneo Apertura final, where scored the winning goal during the shootout, giving the club their twelfth League title.[2]

In 2006, he moved to Brazilian giants Corinthians.[3] Following an unsuccessful spell at Brazil — where only played nine official games — he returned to Chile and signed for Everton from Vina del Mar in 2007. There, he helped the team to win the 2008 Torneo Apertura.[4][5] However, in June 2008, Herrera left Everton to sign for Audax Italiano.[6]

In 2011, Herrera returned Universidad de Chile. That year he had a brilliant season, being protagonist in the first treble of the club where they won both League tournaments (Apertura and Clausura) and the Copa Sudamericana under the guidance of the coach Jorge Sampaoli.[7] Noteworthy, Herrera even was chosen as the goalkeeper of the season by the Conmebol.[8] In 2012, he helped Universidad de Chile win the Torneo Apertura, which meant the club’s first ever trichampionship and the last reached at the Sampaoli era.[9]

On 20 May 2013, he featured in Universidad de Chile's 2–1 victory over Universidad Católica in the 2012–13 Copa Chile Final, the club's fourth cup in the contest. On 18 March 2014 Herrera scored his first official goal in a 1–0 Copa Libertadores group stage win over Peru’s Real Garcilaso, through a penalty kick.[10] The same year he helped the club won the Torneo Apertura.[11] His first League goal came on 22 November during a University Derby with Católica in a 2–2 draw.[12] On 2 December, Herrera won his twelfth professional title following won the Copa Chile Final to rivals Colo-Colo in the shootout, where saved a penalty and scored the winning goal.[13]

On 13 February 2016 he scored his third official goal in a 2–1 defeat to Palestino, following concrete a successful penalty.[14]

International career[edit]

Herrera has represented Chilean national team since he was young, participating in its U-20 and U-23 levels, this last as one of the 23 players nominated to the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney. His first call-up to adult team was in 2002 in a game with Mexico, but however his last was in 2005. Years later, during the best moment of his career between 2011 and 2012 playing for Universidad de Chile, Herrera curiously didn't receive nominations from Claudio Borghi, incumbent coach. The press usually alluded to an internal displeasure between both, but with Borghi departure in December 2012 the situation would seems change on benefit to Herrera.

After almost 7 years absence[15] Herrera was reconsidered by Jorge Sampaoli, who finally assumed. He received his first call up from Sampaoli for the friendly matches against Haiti and Senegal in January 2013,[16] where stated (Sampaoli) that Herrera would play against Haiti, rotating thereby the goal with Christopher Toselli.[17] Nevertheless, he played both games which were 2–1[18] and a 3–0 wins respectively.[19]

On 5 March 2014, Herrera earned his eight cap against Germany in Stuttgart after replacing first-choice Claudio Bravo for injury.[20] However he committed a well performance during the game played at Mercedes-Benz Arena which Chile lost 1–0 with Mario Götze score.[21]

Having been part of all qualification campaign since Sampaoli‘s taking, Herrera was named in Chile's list of 23 for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On 5 June, he played in a 2–0 friendly win over Northern Ireland, prior the World Cup.[22]

He was part of 2015 Copa América champion team as back-up of Claudio Bravo.



Universidad de Chile




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sitio Oficial Club Universidad de Chile
  2. ^ "El día que Johnny Herrera le dio un campeonato a la U". 24 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Corinthians contrató al arquero chileno Johnny Herrera". Mediotiempo. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Everton logra la hazaña y es campeón del fútbol chileno". 3 June 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "La conflictiva historia entre Nelson Acosta y Jhonny Herrera, que hoy se enfrentan por una copa". La Tercera. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Johnny Herrera se convirtió en el nuevo portero de Audax Italiano". La Tercera. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Johnny Herrera cumplirá 100 partidos con la "U" de Sampaoli en Japón". La Tercera. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Equipo ideal de América tiene a tres jugadores de la "U"". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "La U. de Chile logró el primer tricampeonato de su historia". 12 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Goalkeeper converts first ever penalty for match winner". Fox Soccer. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Johnny Herrera arrasa como el mejor portero del torneo". 12 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Herrera y Toselli, protagonistas del duelo". La Tercera. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Así fue la dramática definición a penales que consagró a la U en la Copa Chile". Televisión Nacional de Chile. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Palestino venció con lo justo a la 'U' y alcanza el liderato del Torneo de Clausura". Radio Agricultura. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Johnny Herrera vuelve a la Roja tras siete años y ácidos comentarios". El Gráfico Chile. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Johnny Herrera encabeza la primera nómina de Jorge Sampaoli en la Roja". El Gráfico Chile. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Toselli reemplazaría a Herrera ante Haití". Canal 13. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "La "Roja" de Sampaoli gana 2-1 en su debut ante Senegal". Radio Universidad de Chile. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Chile vence a Haití y consigue su segundo triunfo en la era Sampaoli". La Tercera. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Germany 1-0 Chile: Magician Ozil sets up Gotze's clincher in Stuttgart". Dailymail. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Germany 1-0 Chile: Gotze strike makes difference for Die Mannschaft". Goal. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "World Cup: Chile warm up with friendly win over Northern Ireland". Sky Sports. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

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