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Giovanni Hernandez

Giovanni Hernandez
 
Complete Name: Giovanni Hernández Soto
Nationality: Colombian
Place of Birth: Cali, Colombia
Date of Birth: June 16, 1976
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Current club: Colon de Santa Fe (Argentina)
Positions: Attacking Midfielder
 

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Club career history

America de Cali (Colombia), Independiente Medellin (Colombia), Deportivo Cali (Colombia), Colon de Santa Fe (Argentina)
 

Honours

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Biography

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.
 

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