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 de la Plana, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Position(s)||Attacking midfielder, winger|
|2004–2005||→ Onda (loan)||28||(5)|
|2007||→ Cádiz (loan)||22||(4)|
|2015||→ Al-Nasr (loan)||12||(3)|
|2015–2016||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||27||(3)|
|2016–2017||→ Leeds United (loan)||15||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:17, 23 May 2021 (UTC)|
In a spell which also included two loans, he played the early part of his career with Valencia, appearing in 158 official matches and scoring 25 goals. He also competed in Wales for two years with Swansea City where he won the League Cup and in England with Leeds United, where he played over 170 games for the club and won the EFL Championship under manager Marcelo Bielsa.
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 debut with the main squad on the last matchday of 2005–06, playing 20 minutes in a 1–2 away loss against Osasuna. 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. The player was subsequently signed to a six-year contract.
Hernández scored his first goal for Valencia on 27 November 2008, in a 4–0 win over Rosenborg in the group stage of the UEFA Cup, after an individual effort. After having subbed in for Rubén Baraja in the second half of a home fixture with Recreativo, he netted his second 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 defeat of Sevilla – 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 Barcelona, following a run between four players and a one-two with Juan Mata; the match ended 2–2. He scored the second goal in 2009–10's opener, against Sevilla in a 2–0 home victory. Fully established in the starting XI now over Joaquín, he continued to produce fine displays during the campaign, including a 40-meter lob to help defeat Almería 3–0 away.
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). In 2010–11, he continued battling with Joaquín for first-choice status. On 7 December 2010, he netted at Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, putting the Che 1–0 up at half-time in a 1–1 group stage draw.
On 31 August 2012, Hernández moved to Premier League side Swansea City for three years and a club-record fee of £5.55 million. He scored his first official goal on 20 October, helping to a 2–1 home victory over Wigan Athletic.
Hernández scored his second goal for the Swans on 3 November 2012, 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 rout of Bradford City.
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.
Hernández returned to Spain and its top tier on 31 August 2015 after a loan spell at Al-Nasr Dubai, 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.
On 2 August 2016, Hernández signed with 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 and being given the number 19 shirt. 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), he made his debut on 10 August in a 3–2 win at Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup.
Hernández's league debut for Leeds came in a 1–2 home loss to Birmingham City, on 13 August 2016. On 17 September he scored his first goal, with a curling effort in a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City. On 5 November, he picked up a hamstring injury late on in a 3–2 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road, returning to action after almost two months; he celebrated his return on 26 December with a goal after replacing Hadi Sacko, helping defeat hosts Preston North End 4–1.
On 9 January 2017, Hernández signed a permanent six-month contract, with the option to extend the link by 12 months at the end of the season. He appeared in his first match after the new agreement four days later, helping his team climb to third in the table after beating Derby County 1–0 at home and being named Player of the match in the process.
On 17 May 2017, the 32-year-old Hernández agreed to a new one-year deal. On 16 April 2018, he was nominated as one of four players for the Leeds Player of The Year award. Ten days later, he ended speculation about his future (with his contract close to expiry) by signing a new two-year extension until June 2020, and on 5 May, he won both its Player of the Year and Players Player Of The Year awards at the annual ceremony.
On 25 August 2018, after Hernández had scored his third goal in five league games, manager Marcelo Bielsa hailed him as "a complete player from every point of view", adding that he had only rarely in his career seen a wide player exert such influence over the whole pitch. On 5 September, he won the Professional Footballers' Association Championship Player Of The Month award for August.
After helping Leeds to a third-place finish in the 2018–19 campaign, Hernández was voted into the PFA Team of the Year on 24 April. Four days later, he again won his team's Player of the Year and Players Player Of The Year awards.
On 19 November 2019, Hernández put pen to paper to an extension until 2022. His two crucial match-winning goals at home in early 2020 against Millwall and Reading were key to maintaining sustained pressure on West Bromwich Albion at the top of the table. He finished with nine for the eventual champions by the end of the season, in a return to the Premier League after 16 years.
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, 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 defeat of the hosts.
In 2016, 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.
In June 2017, Hernández became co-owner of Spanish club CD Castellón (alongside former Valencia teammate Ángel Dealbert and others), where he had started playing 20 years ago. Under his first season of ownership, it won promotion from Tercera División; they both left due to disagreements regarding the team in April 2019, but kept their position as shareholders.
He has two sons, Eric and Luca. He is often seen kissing his arms after scoring a goal, where he has tattoos of The Virgin Mary and his sons’ names.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Cádiz (loan)||2006–07||Segunda División||22||4||0||0||—||—||—||22||4|
|Swansea City||2012–13||Premier League||30||3||4||0||2||0||—||—||36||3|
|Rayo Vallecano (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||27||3||3||0||—||0||0||—||30||3|
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|1||18 November 2009||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna||Austria||5–1||5–1||Friendly|
- Leeds United Player of the Year/Players Player of the Year: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
- Professional Footballers' Association Championship Player Of The Month: August 2018
- PFA Team of the Year: 2018–19 Championship
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- "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.
- "Valencia cruise to victory in Trondheim". UEFA. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
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- "Valencia 2–2 Barcelona". ESPN Soccernet. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "Valencia 2–0 Sevilla FC". ESPN Soccernet. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
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- "Extra-time salvo". ESPN Soccernet. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay". UEFA. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "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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- "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.
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- "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.
- "Pablo becomes seventh summer signing". Leeds United F.C. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "2016/17 squad numbers confirmed". Leeds United F.C. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
- "QPR claim opening victory". Leeds United F.C. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Shoot-out victory seals progress". Leeds United F.C. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Leeds United 1–2 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Wood + Hernández sink Cardiff". Leeds United F.C. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- "Norwich City: Super Vieira strike gives Leeds win". Leeds United F.C. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
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- "Preston North End 1–4 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Leeds United: Loanee Pablo Hernandez signs on permanent deal for Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Pablo Hernandez becomes first January signing". Leeds United F.C. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Derby County: Win sends United third". Leeds United F.C. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
- "2017/18 retained list". Leeds United F.C. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Cast your vote for the Player of The Year awards". Leeds United F.C. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
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- "Player of the Year 2018 winners". Leeds United F.C. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
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- "Championship: Norwich and Leeds dominate PFA selection of team of 2018–19". BBC Sport. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- "Player of the Year 2019 winners". Leeds United F.C. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- "Pablo Hernandez: Leeds United playmaker signs new deal until 2022". BBC Sport. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
- "Leeds United 3–2 Millwall". BBC Sport. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
- "Leeds United 1–0 Reading". BBC Sport. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
- "Leeds United Top Scorers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- "Leeds United are champions!". Leeds United F.C. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
- "Pablo Hernández sustituye a Iniesta" [Pablo Hernández replaces Iniesta]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- White, Duncan (20 June 2009). "Confederations Cup: South Africa into semi-finals despite loss to Spain". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- "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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- Hay, Phil (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.
- "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.
- "Ángel Dealbert y Pablo Hernández dejan sus cargos en el CD Castellón pero siguen como accionistas" [Ángel Dealbert and Pablo Hernández leave their posts at CD Castellón but remain as shareholders] (in Spanish). Castellón Plaza. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
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- "Un perdón con forma de Copa (3–1)" [Pardon in the shape of a Cup (3–1)]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 17 April 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2019.