Pablo Hernández (footballer, born 1985)
Hernández playing for Valencia in 2008
|Full name||Pablo Hernández Domínguez|
|Date of birth||11 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Castellón, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Onda (loan)||28||(5)|
|2007||→ Cádiz (loan)||22||(4)|
|2015||→ Al-Nasr (loan)||12||(3)|
|2015–2016||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||27||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Born in Castellón de la Plana, Castellón, Valencian Community, Hernández was a product of Valencia CF's youth system (operating as striker in the B-team). He made his debuts with the main squad on the last matchday of 2005–06, playing 20 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against CA Osasuna. Midway through the following season, he was loaned to Segunda División side Cádiz CF.
In July 2007, Valencia included Hernández in the transfer that brought Alexis from Getafe CF to Mestalla, but would re-buy him for €1 million in July 2008, subsequently signing the player to a six-year contract.
Hernández scored his first goal for Valencia on 27 November 2008, in a 4–0 win over Rosenborg BK for the campaign's UEFA Cup, after an individual effort. After having subbed in for Rubén Baraja in the second half of a home fixture against Recreativo de Huelva, he netted his second goal and first in the league, in a 1–1 draw in March 2009; the following month, also as a replacement but now for Joaquín, he added his third, in a 3–1 home win over Sevilla FC – deep into injury time, against ten men.
On 25 April 2009, this time as a starter, Hernández fired the hosts into the 2–1 lead against FC Barcelona, following a run between four players and a one-two with Juan Mata. The match ended 2–2.
Hernández scored the second goal in 2009–10's opener, against Sevilla in a 2–0 home triumph. Fully established in the starting XI now over Joaquín, he continued to produce fine displays in this season, including a 40-meter lob against UD Almería in a 3–0 away success.
Hernández scored twice against Club Brugge KV in extra time of the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 second leg game played at the Mestalla Stadium on 25 February 2010, for a 3–0 win (3–1 aggregate). In the 2010–11 season, he continued battling with Joaquín for first-choice status; on 7 December 2010, he netted at Old Trafford against Manchester United for the UEFA Champions League, putting the Che 1–0 up at half-time in an eventual 1–1 group stage draw.
Hernández moved to Premier League side Swansea City on 31 August 2012, for three years and a club-record fee of £5.55 million. He scored his first official goal against Wigan Athletic on 20 October, helping to a 2–1 home win.
Hernández netted his second goal for the Swans on 3 November, scoring a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. He was named to the team of the week published on 3 September by Sky Sports, and started in the final of the Football League Cup on 24 February 2013, helping to a 5–0 routing of Bradford City.
On 15 July 2014, Hernández joined Al-Arabi SC on a three-year deal, having started talks with the Qatari club the previous week. The fee was unknown, but it was speculated that the fee would be lower than the amount paid by Swansea to Valencia for his services two years before.
After a loan spell at Al-Nasr Dubai SC, Hernández returned to Spain and its top level on 31 August 2015, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Rayo Vallecano. He started regularly for the team from the Madrid outskirts, who ended the campaign with relegation.
After close observation by Spanish national team manager Luis Aragonés during his time at Getafe, Hernández was picked for the 32-man provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but did not make the final cut. On 5 June 2009, he was called to represent the country at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, as a replacement for injured Andrés Iniesta, by new boss Vicente del Bosque; he gained his first cap on the 20th, coming on as a substitute for club teammate David Villa in the 60th minute of the last group stage match, a 2–0 success against the hosts.
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|1.||18 November 2009||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna||Austria||5–1||5–1||Friendly|
- As of 3 May 2014
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Swansea City||2012–13||Premier League||30||3||4||0||2||0||—||36||3|
- Swansea City
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Osasuna 2–1 Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- El Valencia pagará un millón para recuperar a Pablo Hernández (Valencia will pay €1 million to re-buy Pablo Hernández); Marca, 24 January 2008 (Spanish)
- Pablo Hernández firma seis temporadas con el Valencia (Pablo Hernández signs for six seasons with Valencia); Marca, 16 June 2008 (Spanish)
- Valencia cruise to victory in Trondheim; UEFA.com, 27 November 2008
- "Joaquín: "La Liga es muy larga y tendré mi ocasión"" [Joaquín: "The League is very long and I will have my chance"] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "El segundo de Emery contesta a Joaquín: "Que piense si ha merecido la continuidad que reclama"" [Emery's sidekick answers Joaquín: "Maybe he should think if he deserves the opportunity he is crying out for"] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- Valencia 2–2 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 25 April 2009
- Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- Pablo inspires Los Che win; ESPN Soccernet, 25 October 2009
- Extra-time salvo; ESPN Soccernet, 25 February 2010
- Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay; UEFA.com, 7 December 2010
- "Pablo signs record deal". Swansea City A.F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Hernandez off mark for Swans". ESPN Soccernet. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Swansea 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- "PL Team of the Week". Sky Sports. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
- "Bradford 0–5 Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- "Pablo Hernandez leaves Swansea City for Al Arabi". Wales Online. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Pablo Hernández nuevo jugador del Rayo" [Pablo Hernández new player of Rayo] (in Spanish). Rayo Vallecano. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- "Pablo Hernández sustituye a Iniesta" [Pablo Hernández replaces Iniesta] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Una España irrefrenable golea 5–1 a Austria en un amistoso" [Unstoppable Spain routs Austria 5–1 in friendly] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Pablo Hernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- "Pablo". ESPN FC. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
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