Pablo Hernández (footballer, born 1985)

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Pablo Hernández
Pablo Hernández baló.jpg
Hernández playing for Valencia in 2008
Personal information
Full name Pablo Hernández Domínguez[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Castellón, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 19
Youth career
AVV Rafalafena
1997–2003 Castellón
2003–2004 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Valencia B 16 (4)
2004–2005Onda (loan) 28 (5)
2006–2007 Valencia 1 (0)
2007Cádiz (loan) 22 (4)
2007–2008 Getafe 28 (3)
2008–2012 Valencia 111 (16)
2012–2014 Swansea City 57 (5)
2014–2017 Al-Arabi 13 (6)
2015Al-Nasr (loan) 12 (3)
2015–2016Rayo Vallecano (loan) 27 (3)
2016–2017Leeds United (loan) 15 (3)
2017– Leeds United 62 (11)
National team
2009–2010 Spain 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 August 2018

Pablo Hernández Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo erˈnandeθ]; born 11 April 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for English club Leeds United as an attacking midfielder but also as a winger.

In a spell which also included two loans, he played the early part of his career with Valencia, appearing in 173 official games and scoring 25 goals. He also competed two years in Wales, with Swansea City.

Hernández represented Spain at the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Valencia[edit]

Born in Castellón de la Plana, Province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Hernández was a product of Valencia'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 Osasuna.[2] Midway through the following season, he was loaned to Segunda División side Cádiz.

In July 2007, Valencia included Hernández in the transfer that brought Alexis from Getafe to the Mestalla Stadium, but would re-buy him for 1 million in July 2008,[3] The player was subsequently signed the player to a six-year contract.[4]

Hernández scored his first goal for Valencia on 27 November 2008, in a 4–0 win over Rosenborg for the campaign's UEFA Cup, after an individual effort.[5] After having subbed in for Rubén Baraja in the second half of a home fixture against Recreativo, 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,[6] he added his third, in a 3–1 home win over Sevilla – deep into injury time, against ten men.[7]

On 25 April 2009, this time as a starter,[8] Hernández fired the hosts into the 2–1 lead against Barcelona, following a run between four players and a one-two with Juan Mata. The match ended 2–2.[9]

Hernández scored the second goal in 2009–10's opener, against Sevilla in a 2–0 home triumph.[10] Fully established in the starting XI now over Joaquín, he continued to produce fine displays in this season, including a 40-meter lob against Almería in a 3–0 away success.[11]

Hernández scored twice against Club Brugge in extra time of the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 second leg game played at the Mestalla on 25 February 2010, for a 3–0 win (3–1 on aggregate).[12] 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.[13]

Swansea City[edit]

Hernández moved to Premier League side Swansea City on 31 August 2012, for three years and a club-record fee of £5.55 million.[14] He scored his first official goal against Wigan Athletic on 20 October, helping to a 2–1 home win.[15]

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.[16] He was named to the team of the week published on 3 September by Sky Sports,[17] and started in the final of the Football League Cup on 24 February 2013, helping to a 5–0 routing of Bradford City.[18]

Al-Arabi[edit]

On 15 July 2014, Hernández joined Al-Arabi 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.[19]

After a loan spell at Al-Nasr Dubai, Hernández returned to Spain and its top level on 31 August 2015, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Rayo Vallecano.[20] He started regularly for the team from the Madrid outskirts, who ended the campaign with relegation.

Leeds United[edit]

On 2 August 2016, Hernández joined Championship club Leeds United on a six-month loan deal, with the option of a permanent move in January 2017, linking up with former Swansea manager Garry Monk[21] and being given the number 19 shirt.[22] After the former failed to receive his paperwork in time from the Qatar Football Association for the opening fixture against Queens Park Rangers (which ended in a 3–0 defeat),[23] he made his debut on 10 August in a 3–2 win at Fleetwood Town for the EFL Cup.[24] Hernández's league debut for Leeds came in a 1–2 home loss to Birmingham City, on 13 August 2016.[25] On 17 September he scored his first goal, with a curling effort in a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City;[26] on 5 November, he picked up a hamstring injury late on in a 3–2 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road,[27] returning to action after almost two months.[28] He celebrated his return on 26 December with a goal after replacing Hadi Sacko, helping to a 4–1 triumph at Preston North End.[29]

On 9 January 2017, Hernández signed a permanent six-month contract for Leeds, with the club having the option to extend the contact by 12 months at the end of the season.[30][31] He appeared in his first match after the new agreement four days later, helping his team climb to third in the table after defeating Derby County 1–0 at home and being named Man of the match in the process.[32]

On 17 May 2017, 32-year-old Hernández agreed to a new one-year deal.[33] On 16 April 2018, he was nominated as one of four players for the Leeds Player of The Year award;[34] ten days later, he ended speculation about his future (with his contract close to expiry) by signing a new two-year extension to keep him at the club until June 2020,[35] and on 5 May, he won both its Player of the Year and Players Player Of The Year awards at the annual ceremony.[36]

International career[edit]

After close observation by Spain 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,[37] by new boss Vicente del Bosque; he earned 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.[38]

Hernández scored his first international goal on 18 November 2009, playing the entire second half of the 5–1 friendly win in Austria and closing the scoresheet.[39]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2009 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 5–1 5–1 Friendly

Playing style[edit]

The Yorkshire Evening Post described Hernández as the "most creative player in the Championship," due largely to his runs behind the defence, skill at picking out dangerous passes in open play and aptitude at taking corners and other free kicks.[40]

Club ownership[edit]

In June 2017, Hernández became co-owner of Spanish club CD Castellón (alongside former teammate Ángel Dealbert and others), where he had started playing 20 years ago.[41] Under his first season of ownership, it won promotion from Tercera División.[42][43]

Personal life[edit]

Hernández' wife, Mar García, is the sister of professional golfer Sergio García, who competed on both the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[44]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia
2005–06 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cádiz
2006–07 Segunda División 22 4 0 0 22 4
Total 22 4 0 0 22 4
Getafe
2007–08 La Liga 28 3 6 1 9[a] 4 43 8
Total 28 3 6 1 9 4 43 8
Valencia
2008–09 La Liga 21 3 4 1 6[a] 1 31 5
2009–10 La Liga 33 5 0 0 11[a] 2 44 7
2010–11 La Liga 27 5 2 0 6[b] 2 35 7
2011–12 La Liga 29 3 5 0 10[a] 2 44 5
Total 110 16 11 1 33 7 154 24
Swansea City 2012–13[45] Premier League 30 3 4 0 2 0 36 3
2013–14[45] Premier League 27 2 2 0 0 0 6[a] 0 35 2
Total 57 5 6 0 2 0 6 0 71 5
Career totals 218 28 23 2 2 0 48 11 291 41
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Getafe

Swansea City

Individual

International[edit]

Spain

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Osasuna 2–1 Valencia". ESPN Soccernet. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "El Valencia pagará un millón para recuperar a Pablo Hernández" [Valencia will pay €1 million to re-buy Pablo Hernández]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pablo Hernández firma seis temporadas con el Valencia" [Pablo Hernández signs for six seasons with Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 June 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Valencia cruise to victory in Trondheim". UEFA. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Joaquín: "La Liga es muy larga y tendré mi ocasión"" [Joaquín: "The League is very long and I will have my chance"]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 September 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "El Valencia remontó con confianza ante un Sevilla especulador" [Valencia came from behind confidently against speculating Sevilla]. ABC (in Spanish). 19 April 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "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"]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Pablo inspires Los Che win". ESPN Soccernet. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Extra-time salvo". ESPN Soccernet. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Pablo signs record deal". Swansea City A.F.C. 31 August 2012. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Pablo Hernández nuevo jugador del Rayo" [Pablo Hernández new player of Rayo] (in Spanish). Rayo Vallecano. 31 August 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
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  22. ^ "2016/17 squad numbers confirmed". Leeds United F.C. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Leeds United 1–2 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Wood + Hernández sink Cardiff". Leeds United F.C. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Norwich City: Super Vieira strike gives Leeds win". Leeds United F.C. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  28. ^ "Garry Monk offers huge injury update on key Leeds duo ahead of Preston clash". Sunday Express. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  29. ^ "Preston North End 1–4 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  30. ^ "Leeds United: Loanee Pablo Hernandez signs on permanent deal for Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "Pablo Hernandez becomes first January signing". Leeds United F.C. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
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  37. ^ "Pablo Hernández sustituye a Iniesta" [Pablo Hernández replaces Iniesta]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
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  39. ^ "Una España irrefrenable golea 5–1 a Austria en un amistoso" [Unstoppable Spain rout Austria 5–1 in friendly]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 19 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
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  42. ^ a b Phil Hay (5 May 2018). "Big Interview: Leeds United's YEP Player of the Year Hernandez ... forged in the fires of Castellon". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  43. ^ "El Castellón regresa a Segunda B siete años después de descender por impagos" [Castellón return to Segunda B seven years after being relegated for unpaid wages]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
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