Cali (Colombia), Independiente Medellin (Colombia), Deportivo
Cali (Colombia), Colon de Santa Fe (Argentina)
Giovanny Hernández (born June 16, 1976 in Cali) is a Colombian
football (soccer) midfielder. He played for América de Cali,
Independiente Medellín, Deportivo Cali, and Colón de Santa Fe.
He is famous for his technical ability to create plays, pace,
and ability to create goals out of free kicks.
Geovanni Hernández first appearances in the Copa Mustang was in
1995 for America de Cali. It turned out to be some sort of a
failure he only scored 5 goals during the whole season. He
continued to play for America de Cali during the 1996
libertadores where he scored 2 goals although America de Cali
made it to the final he only played the home game. He played
with America de Cali the following year and then he played for
Independiente Medellín during 1998. At the end of that year, he
was bought by Deportivo Cali. He played for Deportivo Cali in
the 1999 Copa Libertadores as a bench warmer but after a few
goals was brought on to the starting team for the 2000 season
where he scored 12 goals.
In 2001, Giovanni Hernández made his biggest leap from being a
small club player to a big National Team player. He was called
up alongside with his teammate Jairo Patino to the Colombian
national team for the 2001 Copa América. He played several games
and started goal scoring in Colombias 3-0 route of Peru and
struck again when Colombia beat Chile. After Colombia won the
Copa America, he continued to play with Deportivo Cali and the
Colombian national team in several high profile qualifiers.
Sadly, Colombia did not qualify for the 2002 World Cup but did
qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup where Geovanni was
called up again. Geovanni shone scoring 5 goals in 5 games he
was considered the best of the best at the tournament and
although Colombia lost in the semifinals it was all the better
for the stars career. In 200,3 Geovanni Hernández also played
alongside of now famous teammates Elkin Murrilo and Jairo Patino
to form one of the strongest midfield sides ever to grace
Deportivo Cali in the 2003 Copa Libertadores but sadly they did
not make it past quarterfinals.
In the Second half of 2003 Giovanni Hernández was sold to
Argentine club Colon de Santa Fe and ended up scoring a goal and
an assist in his first game. He quickly became one of the
favorites in the Argentine league racking up a total of 12 goals
that season. He played in the 2003 Gold Cup with a lacklustre
performance ,not scoring a single goal. In 2004, Giovanni
Hernández continued playing for his club Colon de Santa Fe,
although he had a bad year at the Colombian national team. To
make things worse, the Colombian national team began World Cup
qualifiers with a loss 2-1 in Colombia to Brazil. 3 days later
they lost 4-0 to Bolivia in Bolivia, and a month later 1-0 to
Venezuela in Colombia. This time was known as the great meltdown
to Colombian national team supporters. In the second half of
2004, the whole Argentine league sagged as Giovanni Hernández
was only able to score 6 goals in the league and many big famous
clubs had bad performances from stars as unknowns took the cup.
Despite this Giovanni Hernández future looks bright at the
beginning of 2005 Boca Juniors, 5 time Copa Libertadores
Champion, offered 5 million dollars for the Colombian player.
Colon de Santa Fe wanted 8 million dollars for the player which
would be one of the biggest sales ever inside the argentinean
league. Sadly, Colon de Santa Fe would not let Giovanni go much
to his dismay Giovanni later was quoted by newspapers saying he
was unhappy with the decision and felt like he was being forced
by the club to stay where he is.