Abel Hernández

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Abel Hernández
Abel Hernández.jpg
Hernández with CSKA in 2018
Personal information
Full name Abel Mathías Hernández Platero[1][2]
Date of birth (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Pando, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al Ahli
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2001 Peñarol
2001–2006 Central Español
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Central Español 30 (9)
2008–2009 Peñarol 8 (3)
2009–2014 Palermo 111 (31)
2014–2018 Hull City 99 (36)
2018–2019 CSKA Moscow 14 (3)
2019– Al Ahli 7 (5)
National team
2008–2010 Uruguay U20 11 (9)
2012 Uruguay Olympic 3 (1)
2010–2017 Uruguay 28 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:00, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2017

Abel Mathías Hernández Platero (born 8 August 1990) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Qatari club Al Ahli.[3]

Hernández began his career with Central Español and Peñarol, and spent five-and-a-half seasons in Italy with Palermo before joining Hull City for a club record £10 million in September 2014.

A full international since 2010, Hernández has competed at various international tournaments with Uruguay, including their victory at the 2011 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nicknamed La Joya,[2] he started his professional career with Uruguayan side Central Español, immediately scoring five goals in his first four games. He was subsequently acquired by Peñarol, where he played a handful of games and also gained a spot into the Under-20 Uruguayan side.

Palermo[edit]

On 2 February 2009, Italian Serie A club Palermo completed the signing of Hernández, where he joined fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani. He was presented by Palermo only one month later, due to some health concerns regarding a cardiac arrhythmia that led to a small surgical intervention.[4][5] He made his first team debut on 15 March, replacing Edinson Cavani in the final minutes of a 5–2 home win to Lecce.[6] He then won the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti with the Primavera under-19 team in June 2009.[7]

After missing the initial weeks of the 2009–10 Serie A due to injury and his participation in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Hernández played his first game on 29 October 2009. Coming on as a half-time substitute for Cristian Melinte, he scored in the 5–3 loss to league leaders Internazionale.[8]

In 2012–13, Hernández scored only 1 goal in 14 league matches as Palermo suffered relegation. He equalised as a substitute against Udinese in the 81st minute of a home match on 8 May, only for Medhi Benatia to score a winner for the visitors two minutes later.[9] The following campaign, he struck 14 times in 28 Serie B games as the Sicilians returned to the top flight, netting braces in away victories over Padova and Siena, both of which included a penalty kick.[10][11]

Hull City[edit]

Hernandez playing for Hull City in 2015.

Hernández signed for English club Hull City on 1 September 2014 for a club record £10 million on a three-year contract, with the club having an option for a fourth year.[12] Two weeks later he made his debut at the KC Stadium, and scored the first goal of a 2–2 draw with West Ham United.[13] In his next home game against Manchester City on the 27th, he won a penalty after being fouled in the area by Eliaquim Mangala, and scored it in an eventual 2–4 defeat.[14] His next goal came when he put his team into the lead during a 2–2 away draw against Arsenal.[15]

Hull were relegated on 24 May 2015 after a goalless draw with Manchester United on the final day of the season. During the match, Hérnandez punched United defender Phil Jones in an off-the-ball incident, not seen by match officials. Two days later, he was charged with violent conduct by The Football Association[16] and subsequently given a three-match ban.[17]

On 16 January 2016, in a Championship match against Charlton Athletic, Hernández scored his first club career hat-trick in a game that finished 6–0, taking his league tally to 14 goals for the season.[18] With six goals in four matches, he won January's Football League Championship Player of the Month, and his manager Steve Bruce won the equivalent.[19] At the club's annual awards, held on 3 May 2016, Hernández was named Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.[20]

In January 2017, Hernández missed two penalties in the space of two minutes in a FA Cup fourth round match verses Fulham. His first spot kick was saved by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli before Bettinelli brought-down Hernández while he attempted to reach the rebound. Hernández stepped up once more and was again denied by Bettinelli.[21][22]

During the 2017–18 season, Hernández ruptured his Achilles tendon against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the injury would keep Hernandez out for several months.[23] He returned from injury on 6 March 2018 against Millwall, scoring in a 2–1 defeat. He finished the season with eight goals in just ten appearances.[24]

Hernández was offered a new contract by Hull at the end of the 2017–18 season.[25] However, on 4 June, Hernández and Hull City announced he would be leaving the club upon his contract expiry after failing to reach an agreement on signing a new contract offer.[26]

After leaving Hull City, Hernández had held discussions with Leeds United over a potential move.[27]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 1 August 2018, Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow announced the signing of Hernández on a three-year contract.[28] He scored his first goal in Russia on 11 August 2018 in his second match in the league, converting the penalty kick to secure an away 1–1 draw against Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. In his next match, on 18 August, he scored again and provided an assist in a 3–0 victory over Arsenal Tula. He played as a 2nd half substitute in CSKA's shock 3-0 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League.[29] The defeat was Real Madrid's heaviest defeat in Europe at home in their history.[30]

After making only 15 appearances due to injuries, he was released from his contract by mutual consent on 27 May 2019.[31]

International career[edit]

On 27 July 2010, Hernández was called up for his debut with Uruguay, a friendly against Angola in Lisbon. The game, which was played on 11 August, ended in a 2–0 win for Uruguay, with Hernández being fouled for the penalty, which was scored by Edinson Cavani. Hernández then scored the second goal for the Celeste during injury time.[32] He was part of the Uruguayan team which won the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, making substitute appearances in their opening match and their semi-final victory, both against Peru. He was chosen by Óscar Tabárez for the London 2012 Olympic Uruguay squad, making a half-time substitute appearance in the 0–2 defeat to Senegal at Wembley Stadium, in an eventual group stage exit.

The following year, Hernández was selected for Uruguay's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. In his only appearance, the final group stage match against Tahiti, Hernández scored a first-half hat-trick and went on to become the fourth player in Confederations Cup history to score four goals in one match after converting a second-half penalty goal in Uruguay's 8–0 victory.[33] He was named man of the match for this performance.[34] Hernández was also included in the Uruguayan squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making substitute appearances in their opener against Costa Rica and round of 16 match against Colombia, both defeats. At the 2015 Copa América, he made one start and two substitute appearances as Uruguay reached the quarter-finals.

Hernández who was a regular in his national team squads, had just recovered from injury towards the end of the 2017–18 season, missed out on a 2018 World Cup squad place on 16 May 2018, with Edinson Cavani, Luis Suárez, Cristhian Stuani and Maxi Gómez favoured ahead of him.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 April 2018.[36]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Español 2006–07 6 0 6 0
2007–08 24 9 24 9
Total 30 9 30 9
Peñarol 2008–09 8 3 8 3
Total 8 3 8 3
Palermo 2008–09 6 0 6 0
2009–10 21 7 1 0 22 7
2010–11 22 3 3 1 4 4 29 8
2011–12 20 6 20 6
2012–13 14 1 1 0 15 1
2013–14 28 14 2 0 30 14
Total 111 31 7 1 4 4 122 36
Hull City 2014–15 26 4 1 0 0 0 27 4
2015–16 39 20 0 0 3 1 3[a] 1[b] 45 22
2016–17 24 4 2 1 3 0 29 5
2017–18 10 8 0 0 0 0 10 8
Total 99 36 3 1 6 1 3 1 111 39
Career total 248 79 10 2 6 1 4 4 3 1 271 87

International[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2016.
Uruguay national team[37]
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 1
2011 7 2
2013 3 4
2014 7 1
2015 7 2
2016 2 1
Total 27 11

International goals[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2016. Uruguay score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hernández goal.[36]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 August 2010 Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal 1  Angola 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 29 March 2011 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 3  Republic of Ireland 3–1 3–2 Friendly
3 2 September 2011 Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine 8  Ukraine 3–2 3–2 Friendly
4 23 June 2013 Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil 10  Tahiti 1–0 8–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
5 2–0
6 4–0
7 6–0
8 5 September 2014 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan 15  Japan 2–0 2–0 Friendly
9 6 June 2015 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay 19  Guatemala 5–0 5–1 Friendly
10 13 October 2015 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay 24  Colombia 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 13 June 2016 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States 27  Jamaica 1–0 3–0 Copa América Centenario

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Palermo

Hull City

International[edit]

Uruguay

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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