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Héctor Moreno (footballer)

Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera (born 17 January 1988) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Dutch club PSV and the Mexico national team as a central defender.

Moreno was a member of the under-17 national team that won the 2005 World Championship held in Peru. He has also represented Mexico at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.


  • Club career 1
    • UNAM 1.1
    • AZ Alkmaar 1.2
    • Espanyol 1.3
    • PSV Eindhoven 1.4
  • International career 2
    • Mexico U-17 2.1
    • Mexico U-20 2.2
    • Mexico national team 2.3
  • Career statistics 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International 3.2
      • International goals 3.2.1
  • Honours 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career


Héctor Moreno joined UNAM's youth system in 2003 at the age of 15, and made his way into the first team after winning the FIFA U-17 World Championship with Mexico in 2005.

He made his professional debut during the Clausura 2006 tournament, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute, replacing Gerardo Galindo in the 1–0 victory over Santos Laguna on 22 January.[1] He played his first full 90-minutes on 12 February in a 2–0 win over Veracruz,[2] and scored his first goal the following week in a 1–3 defeat to Cruz Azul.[3] Moreno would end the Clausura making six appearances in total. He would eventually secure his position as a regular starter.

For the Apertura 2007 Moreno would play in his first, and only, league final with UNAM, losing to Atlante by a 2–1 aggregate score.[4]

AZ Alkmaar

On 13 December 2007, it was announced that Moreno was transferred to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in a US$4.5 million deal.[5][6] He made his Eredivisie debut on 1 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw against Roda JC Kerkrade, playing all 90-minutes.[7] In April 2009 Moreno won his first Eredivisie title with AZ.[8] On 22 April, it was reported that Moreno had signed a contract extension with AZ Alkmaar, which would tie him with the club until 2014.[9]

On 25 July, AZ won the Dutch Super Cup, defeating SC Heerenveen 5–1 in the Final. Moreno made his debut in the Champions League on 16 September in a 0–1 defeat to Olympiacos.[10] On 7 February 2010, Moreno gave Alkmaar a 2–1 victory over Feyenoord by scoring a header from a corner-kick in 87th-minute.[11] Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 6–2 victory over RKC Waalwijk on 13 March 2010. He would score his fourth goal in a 3–0 victory over Willem II Tilburg on 18 April.[12]


On 22 June 2011, it was announced that Moreno would transfer to Spanish club RCD Espanyol on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[13] On 28 August, Moreno made his debut in La Liga against Mallorca. On 26 September, he scored his first goal in a 1–3 loss to Levante UD.[14] On 3 December, he would score his second league goal in a 1–2 loss to Valencia.[15] Moreno scored his third goal of the season in a 3–1 home win against Racing Santander.[16]

On 4 October 2012, Moreno was named Espanyol's "Player of the Year" of the 2011–12 season, his debut season, playing 35 league games, a total of 3295 minutes played, and scoring three goals with one assist.[17]

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, it was announced that Moreno would be out of action for up to six months due to a broken left tibia he suffered while playing for Mexico at the 2014 World Cup, which would require surgery and rehabilitation.[18] It was rumored that the injury prevented him from signing for English club Manchester United during the summer transfer window.[19] Moreno made his return after four months on 14 November during a friendly against Olympique de Marseille, replacing Felipe Caicedo in the 68th minute in an eventual 2–1 win.[20]

Moreno made his official return with Espanyol on 2 December coming off the bench to replace Álvaro González in the 73rd minute in the 2–0 victory over Alavés in the first leg of the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

PSV Eindhoven

On 15 August, PSV Eindhoven announced the signing of Moreno. Upon his return to the Eredivisie, Moreno signed a four-year contract for €5 million with the club.[21]

Moreno was handed a starting berth on his debut and played all 90 minutes in the 6–0 win over Cambuur on 12 September. Three days later, during PSV's opening Champions League match against Manchester United, a challenge from Moreno on Luke Shaw resulted in Shaw breaking his leg.[22] In the 47th minute, Moreno scored the equalizer for PSV as they went on to defeat Manchester United 2–1. He was later named UEFA Man of the Match.[23]

International career

Mexico U-17

Moreno was called up to participate at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Mexico would go on to win the tournament, beating Brazil in the final 3–0.

Mexico U-20

During the first game of the Mexico national team against Gambia at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he played as a defensive midfielder and scored the second goal for the Mexico team during the second half. Mexico won the match 3–0, with other goals respectively by Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández. Mexico would win their group, but would be eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Mexico national team

Moreno made his debut with the Mexico national team on 17 October 2007 in a friendly match against Guatemala.

He was a part of the 23-man list that would participate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He made his debut in the Group A match against France on 17 June, which Mexico won 2–0.[24] Moreno would also start against Uruguay.

Moreno was part of the national team that won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing in all of Mexico's games, as well as the Final against the United States, which Mexico won 4–2.[25]

On 12 June 2012, Moreno scored his first goal for Mexico in a 2–1 over El Salvador in a World Cup qualifying match.

On 5 June 2014, Miguel Herrera selected Moreno in the final 23-player squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[26] On 29 June, in the Round of 16 match against The Netherlands, Moreno suffered a fractured tibia after a collision with Dutch striker Arjen Robben inside his own penalty area. Moreno was stretched off the field a few minutes before halftime and was substituted by Diego Reyes.[27] It was later reported that Moreno was expected to be ruled out of action for up to six months.[28]

On 27 June 2015, during Mexico's friendly match against Costa Rica, Moreno was substituted out at half-time after complaining of pain. On 1 July, the Mexican Football Federation announced Moreno would be ruled out of the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament after a successful surgery on his right foot, which stemmed from complications related to a procedure he underwent six years prior following an injury to his fifth metatarsal. He was replaced with Oswaldo Alanís.[29]

Career statistics


As of 1 November 2015[30][31][32]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200506 UNAM Primera División 6 1 4 0[33] 10 1
200607 16 0 16 0
200708 22 1 22 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 AZ Eredivisie 8 1 8 1
2008–09 15 0 1 1 16 1
2009–10 30 4 1 0 6 0 37 4
2010–11 27 1 8 0 35 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2011–12 Espanyol La Liga 35 3 4 0 39 3
2012–13 32 2 1 0 33 2
2013–14 32 1 5 0 37 1
2014–15 19 1 10 0 29 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2015–16 PSV Eredivisie 7 0 2 1 3 1 12 2
Total Mexico 44 2 4 0 48 2
Netherlands 87 6 4 2 17 1 108 9
Spain 118 7 20 0 138 7
Career total 250 15 24 2 21 1 294 18


Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 1 0
2009 1 0
2010 12 0
2011 14 0
2012 9 1
2013 11 0
2014 8 0
2015 5 0
Total 62 1

Statistics correct as of matches played 10 October 2015

International goals

|- | 1. || 12 June 2012 || Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador || || align=center|2–0 || align=center|2–1 || 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification |}



AZ Alkmaar


Mexico U-17


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External links

  • Espanyol official profile
  • Héctor Moreno at
  • Héctor Moreno – FIFA competition record
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