Friday, June 11, 2010
Aladdin Sodiq Blog Profiles: Javier Hernandez Balcázar
Javier "Chicharito" Hernández Balcázar (born 1 June 1988) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a forward for C.D. Guadalajara. Hernández will become the first Mexican to join Manchester United on 1 July 2010.
Chivas de Guadalajara
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Hernández joined C.D. Guadalajara at the age of nine. He began playing with Chivas' lower division team, Chivas Coras in Tepic, Nayarit in the 2005–06 season. He made his debut for Chivas in the 2006 Apertura in a win over Necaxa at Estadio Jalisco. With the score at 3–0, Hernández came on as a substitute for Omar Bravo in the 82nd minute, before scoring the fourth goal of the game five minutes later. It was his only goal in seven appearances in 2006–07. He made a further six appearances in 2007–08 without scoring.
Hernández made ten appearances in the 2008 Apertura without scoring, but he scored four goals in fifteen appearances in the 2009 Clausura. In the 2009 Apertura, Hernández finished as the joint-third top scorer, with eleven goals in seventeen appearances. He is currently leading the goalscoring charts for the 2010 Torneo Bicentenario, with ten goals in eleven games.
On 8 April 2010, Hernández agreed a deal to sign for English Premier League champions Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, subject to a work permit application. Hernández will officially join the club on 1 July 2010. The previous day, Hernández had been present at Manchester United's UEFA Champions League quarter-final win over Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. As part of the deal, United will play a friendly against Chivas to open their new 45,000-capacity stadium on 30 July 2010. On 27 May 2010 the work permit was granted making the transfer official.
Mexico national under-20 football team
Hernández was one of the 21 players called up to the Mexican under-20 national team for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup being held in Canada; he wore the number 11 shirt.
Mexico national football team
On 30 September 2009, Hernández made his debut for Mexico against Colombia, where he made an assist in a 2–1 loss. On 24 February 2010, Hernández scored two goals against Bolivia and had an assist for Braulio Luna's goal. On 3 March 2010, Hernández scored a header against New Zealand, giving Mexico the lead in a 2–0 victory. On 17 March 2010, Hernández scored his fourth international goal to give Mexico a 2–1 victory over North Korea. On 26 May 2010, he scored a consolation header against the Netherlands in a 2–1 loss. On 30 May 2010, Hernández scored yet again, netting twice in a 5–1 victory over Gambia.
* Primera División de México (1): Apertura 2006
* InterLiga (1): 2009
* Primera División de México Top Scorer (1): Bicentenario 2010
Hernández is the son of Javier Hernández Gutiérrez, who played for Tecos and was a member of the Mexico squad at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Hernández is also the grandson of Tomás Balcázar who played for C.D. Guadalajara and played in the 1954 FIFA World Cup for the Mexican national side.
Hernández is commonly known as Chicharito, meaning little pea, in reference to being the son of former footballer Javier Hernández Gutiérrez, who was nicknamed Chicharo (pea) because of his green eyes.