Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez

Topics: FIFA World Cup, Mexico national football team, Manchester United F.C. Pages: 2 (502 words) Published: January 23, 2012
Javier Hernández, aka "Chicharito", is a Mexican soccer player who plays for Manchester United, being the first Mexican to do so. Before, he played for the Mexican team Guadalajara (a.k.a Chivas). He made his début for the Mexico national football team in September 2009 in a match against Colombia and represented them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup scoring two goals.

Javier was born in Guadalajara on June 1st, 1988 and first played soccer when he was seven years old. His father, Javier Hernández Gutiérrez, an ex-Mexican soccer player, said he never thought his son would actually make it as a professional. His father’s nickname was “El Chicharo” after peas because of his identifiable green eyes. Hernández joined C.D. Guadalajara at the age of nine and signed his first professional contract when he was 15.

With all the talk about Hernandez in Mexico it wasn’t known that Manchester United had an eye on Hernández since October 2009 when a scout went to Mexico that December and reported positively after watching a few games. Because of Javier’s age, it was club originally planned to wait before making a move to sign him, but since he was playing in the FIFA World Cup with the national team, the club rushed into making a bid. On April 8, 2010 Javier was officially signed to English team Manchester United. The 21 year old was the first Mexican to join Manchester United. Back in Mexico it quickly became Chicharito-Mania as he became the most talked about player just weeks before the World Cup.

Javier was part of the list to represent Mexico in the World Cup. On June 11, 2010 Hernández made his FIFA World Cup debut during the opening game of the 2010 tournament against South Africa in a 1-1 draw, coming on in the 73rd minute to replace Guillermo Franco. On 17 June 2010, Hernández again came off the bench and this time scored his first ever World Cup goal, scoring the first in a 2–0 victory over France. On 27 June 2010, Hernández made his first start at a World Cup...
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