Pablo Hernández (footballer, born 1985)

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Not to be confused with Pedro Pablo Hernández.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Hernández and the second or maternal family name is Domínguez.
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 31)
Place of birth Castellón, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger / Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
(on loan from Al-Arabi SC)
Number 19
Youth career
AVV Rafalafena
1997–2003 Castellón
2003–2004 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Valencia B 16 (4)
2004–2005 Onda (loan) 28 (5)
2006–2007 Valencia 1 (0)
2007 Cádiz (loan) 22 (4)
2007–2008 Getafe 28 (3)
2008–2012 Valencia 111 (16)
2012–2014 Swansea City 57 (5)
2014– Al-Arabi 13 (6)
2015 Al-Nasr (loan) 12 (3)
2015–2016 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 27 (3)
2016– Leeds United (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Spain 4 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.


Pablo Hernández Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo erˈnandeθ]; born 11 April 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Leeds United on loan from Al-Arabi, as a winger or attacking midfielder.

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, 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 CA 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, but would re-buy him for 1 million in July 2008,[3] subsequently signing 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 on 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,[6] he added his third, in a 3–1 home win over Sevilla – deep into injury time, against ten men.

On 25 April 2009, this time as a starter,[7] 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.[8]

Hernández scored the second goal in 2009–10's opener, against Sevilla in a 2–0 home triumph.[9] 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.[10]

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).[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] He scored his first official goal against Wigan Athletic on 20 October, helping to a 2–1 home win.[14]

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

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.[18]

Al-Nasr (loan)[edit]

In 2015, he joined Dubai-based side Al-Nasr on loan from Al-Arabi. He made 12 appearances, scoring 3 goals for the side.

Rayo Vallecano (loan)[edit]

Hernández returned to Spain and its top level for the 2015–16 season on 31 August 2015, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.[19] He started regularly for the team from the Madrid outskirts, despite playing 27 times and scoring 3 goals, it wasnt enough to keep Vallecano in the division who ended the campaign with relegation.

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On the 2 August 2016, Hernández joined Championship club Leeds United on a 6-month loan deal, with the option of a permanent move in January 2017. The move saw him link up with former Swansea manager Garry Monk.[20] On 5 August, Hernández was given the squad number 19 shirt for the 2016–17 season.[21] After Leeds failed to receive his paperwork in time from the Qatari FA for the opening fixture against Queens Park Rangers (which ended in a 3–0 defeat),[22] Hernández made his debut on 10 August in a League Cup victory against Fleetwood Town.[23]

International career[edit]

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,[24] 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.

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.[25]

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

Statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[26]
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[27] Premier League 30 3 4 0 2 0 36 3
2013–14[27] 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

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  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. 
  4. ^ "Pablo Hernández firma seis temporadas con el Valencia" [Pablo Hernández signs for six seasons with Valencia]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Valencia cruise to victory in Trondheim; UEFA.com, 27 November 2008
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Valencia 2–2 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 25 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Pablo inspires Los Che win". ESPN Soccernet. 25 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Extra-time salvo". ESPN Soccernet. 25 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay". UEFA.com. 7 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pablo signs record deal". Swansea City A.F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hernandez off mark for Swans". ESPN Soccernet. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Swansea 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "PL Team of the Week". Sky Sports. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bradford 0–5 Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pablo Hernandez leaves Swansea City for Al Arabi". Wales Online. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Pablo Hernández nuevo jugador del Rayo" [Pablo Hernández new player of Rayo] (in Spanish). Rayo Vallecano. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "PABLO BECOMES SEVENTH SUMMER SIGNING". Leeds United F.C. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "2016/17 SQUAD NUMBERS CONFIRMED". Leeds United F.C. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "QPR CLAIM OPENING VICTORY". Leeds United F.C. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "MATCHDAY: FLEETWOOD - LIVE!". Leeds United F.C. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Pablo Hernández sustituye a Iniesta" [Pablo Hernández replaces Iniesta] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ "Pablo Hernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "Pablo". ESPN FC. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

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