Lucas Hernández

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Lucas Hernández
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Hernández with Atlético Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full name Lucas François Bernard Hernández[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2007 Rayo Majadahonda
2007–2014 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Atlético Madrid B 21 (1)
2014– Atlético Madrid 57 (0)
National team
2012 France U16 1 (0)
2014 France U18 2 (0)
2014–2015 France U19 13 (0)
2015 France U20 3 (0)
2016– France U21 9 (0)
2018– France 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Lucas François Bernard Hernández (French: [lukas ɛʁnɑ̃dɛz, - ɛʁnandɛs];[3][4] born 14 February 1996), or simply Lucas, is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the French national team as a left back or a central defender.[5]

He started his career with Atlético Madrid, where he made more than 75 competitive appearances and won the 2018 Europa League.

A French international since 2018, Hernández was part of the winning squad at the 2018 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Marseille, while his father was playing for Olympique de Marseille, Lucas moved to Spain at the age of four (as a result, he would later speak French with a slight Spanish accent)[6] and joined Atlético Madrid's youth setup in 2007 aged 11, from CF Rayo Majadahonda.[7][8] On 9 November 2013, while still a junior, he was called up by manager Diego Simeone for a La Liga match against Villarreal CF,[9] but remained unused in the 1–1 away draw on the following day.[10]

Lucas made his senior debut on 26 April 2014, starting for the reserves in a 0–1 away loss against Real Sociedad B for the Segunda División B championship.[11] He appeared in three further matches during the season, as they narrowly avoided relegation; he also signed a new deal with the club in June, running until 2018.[12]

Lucas made his first-team debut on 3 December 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 away success over CE L'Hospitalet for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[13] His maiden appearance in the Spanish top level took place on the 21st, when he came on as a late substitute for Guilherme Siqueira in a 4–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao.[14]

On 10 August 2015, Lucas renewed his contract until 2019 and was definitively promoted to the main squad.[15] His maiden appearance in the UEFA Champions League took place on 15 March 2016, as he replaced injured Diego Godín for extra time of the round-of-16 tie against PSV Eindhoven (0–0 after 120 minutes, 8–7 penalty shootout win);[16] he entered at the same point in the final, a shootout loss to neighbours Real Madrid in the San Siro on 28 May.[17]

International career[edit]

Hernández playing for France at the 2018 World Cup

Lucas earned his first cap for France on 6 March 2012, playing the full 90 minutes for the under-16 team in 1–1 friendly draw against Italy at Coverciano. In 2014, he also appeared with the under-18 and under-19 sides.

In March 2018, Lucas was called up to the senior team by manager Didier Deschamps for friendlies with Colombia and Russia.[18] He made his debut against the former, replacing Lucas Digne for the last 14 minutes of the 2–3 loss in Paris.[19]

Lucas was selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 17 May 2018.[20] He made his debut in the competition on 16 June, playing the entire 2–1 group stage win against Australia;[21] he featured in all of the matches for the eventual champions, six of those being complete.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Lucas's father, Jean-François, was also a footballer and a centre back. Of Spanish descent,[24] he too played for Atlético Madrid;[25] Lucas's younger brother Theo was also groomed at the club, and played in the same position.[26]

On 3 February 2017, Lucas was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend,[27] who was also summoned to appear in court.[28] In an interview to newspaper Marca in October 2018, he stated that his family had not heard from their father for 12 or 13 years.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 October 2018[30]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2015–16 10 0 2 0 4 0 16 0
2016–17 15 0 5 0 4 0 24 0
2017–18 27 0 6 0 11 0 44 0
2018–19 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Career total 57 0 16 0 21 0 0 0 94 0

International[edit]

As of match played 16 October 2018[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2018 15 0
Total 15 0

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

France

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of Lucas Hernandez's domestic abuse charge emerge". Marca. Madrid. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 11. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Equipe de France – Lucas Hernandez: "Une année incroyable"" [French team – Lucas Hernandez: "An incredible year"] (in French). YouTube. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Suivez la conférence de presse avec N'Golo Kanté et Lucas Hernandez" [Follow N'Golo Kanté and Lucas Hernandez's press conference] (in French). YouTube. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Atlético-Bayern: de la Youth League au dernier carré de la C1, la folle ascension de Lucas Hernandez" [Atlético-Bayern: from the Youth League to the C1's last stages, the mad rise of Lucas Hernandez] (in French). Eurosport. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ Ryan Benson (25 March 2018). "My home country is France – Lucas defends Spain snub". Goal. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Lucas Hernández: el 'jefazo' de la cantera" [Lucas Hernández: the 'big boss' of the defence]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 June 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Fútbol: el nuevo fichaje "Rodri" (At. Madrid) y Lucas jugaron juntos en Majadahonda" [Football: the new signing "Rodri" (At. Madrid) and Lucas played together at Majadahonda] (in Spanish). Majadahonda Magazin. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Lucas Hernández: "Es un sueño poder estar en la convocatoria del primer equipo"" [Lucas Hernández: "It is a dream to be in the first team's list] (in Spanish). Vavel. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. ^ "El Atlético saca provecho de su manual de supervivencia" [Atlético take advantage of their survival guide]. Marca (in Spanish). 10 November 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "El Atlético B cayó de penalti en Zubieta" [Atlético B fell from the penalty spot at Zubieta] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Lucas, primer 'fichaje'" [Lucas, first 'signing']. Marca (in Spanish). 11 October 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. ^ "L'Hospitalet 0–3 Atletico Madrid: Griezmann and Gabi grind out the win". Goal. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Griezmann fue Diego Costa" [Griezmann was Diego Costa]. Marca (in Spanish). 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Lucas Hernández renueva hasta el 2019" [Lucas Hernández renews until 2019] (in Spanish). Atlético Madrid. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Atlético Madrid overcome PSV in lengthy shoot-out". UEFA. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Spot-on Real Madrid defeat Atlético in final again". UEFA. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Wissam Ben Yedder and Lucas Hernandez handed France call-ups". Kwesé Sports. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Lucas Hernández hizo su debut con Francia" [Lucas Hernández made his debut with France]. El Economista (in Spanish). 23 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial on standby for France World Cup squad and Dimitri Payet out". Sky Sports. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  21. ^ Steve Sutcliffe (16 June 2018). "France 2–1 Australia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  22. ^ Sacha Nabet (15 July 2018). "Coupe du monde 2018: Lucas Hernandez, le combattant" [2018 World Cup: Lucas Hernandez, the fighter] (in French). Le Point. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  23. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (15 July 2018). "France 4–2 Croatia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Lucas Hernandez, l'Espagnol à l'accent français" [Lucas Hernandez, the Spaniard with the French accent]. La Dépêche du Midi (in French). 21 March 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Lucas, el futuro jefe de la defensa" [Lucas, the future boss of the defence]. ABC (in Spanish). 5 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  26. ^ "Theo y Lucas, dos hermanos del Atlético sobre el campo 60 años después" [Theo and Lucas, two brothers from Atlético on the field 60 years later]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 6 February 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez arrested". BBC Sport. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Así fue la pelea entre Lucas Hernández y su pareja" [This is how the fight between Lucas Hernández and his partner went down]. Sport (in Spanish). 7 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Lucas Hernandez speaks about his father: We've not heard from him for 12 years". Marca. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  30. ^ "L. Hernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  31. ^ "Lucas Hernández". European Football. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  32. ^ Shamoon Hafez (16 May 2018). "Marseille 0–0 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  33. ^ Emma Sanders (15 August 2018). "Real Madrid 2–4 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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