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Luis Hernández
Personal information
Full name Luis Arturo Hernández Carreón
Date of birth August 17, 1968 (1968-08-17) (age 41)
Place of birth Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Center Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Cruz Azul 18 (1)
1991–1992 Querétaro 28 (11)
1992–1994 Monterrey 62 (15)
1994–1998 Necaxa 125 (37)
1997 Boca Juniors (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2000 UANL 64 (39)
2000–2001 Los Angeles Galaxy 40 (15)
2000–2002 América (loan) 43 (9)
2003 Veracruz 18 (5)
2004 Chiapas 5 (1)
2004–2005 BUAP 9 (4)
Total 362 (132)
National team
1995–2002 Mexico 87 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luis Arturo "El Matador" Hernández Carreón (born December 22, 1968 in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico) was a Mexican football striker, the third highest goalscorer of all-time for the Mexican national football team, and their highest goalscorer in World Cups. Hernández played with teams in Mexico, Argentina and the United States.



In Mexico, Hernández played with a number of clubs, including Queretaro FC, Cruz Azul, CF Monterrey, Necaxa, Club América, UANL Tigres, CD Veracruz, and Jaguares de Chiapas, and was twice named Mexico's Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998. He also played in Merida Argentina, when he was signed by South American club Boca Juniors after his brilliant performance in the 1997 Copa America, but he failed to break into the starting line-up and spent the rest of his time on the bench. Returning to Mexico bitterly disappointed, he played with Necaxa and later on with UANL Tigres. It was with these two clubs, that he displayed his stupendous form, scoring 9 goals in 12 matches with Necaxa and 38 goals in 64 games with Tigres. He also became the only player to score goals in the Clásico Regiomontano with both teams from Monterrey.

After a few seasons with Tigres without qualifying to playoffs, Hernández ventured into the United States, in 2000 and signed with Major League Soccer giants Los Angeles Galaxy, thought they landed a coup when they paid the Mexican striker a reported sum of US$ 4,000,000.00 to play with the club. Expected to easily tear the league apart, Hernández was generally considered a disappointment in two seasons with the Los Angeles club. Despite registering 17 goals in 40 games of the regular season and playoff games, the desired rise of attendance was not seen at all. Hernández returned to Mexico in 2002 to play two more seasons with several clubs, including Club América, C.D. Veracruz and Jaguares de Chiapas, before retiring in 2004.

International career

Known for his long blond hair, number 15 jersey and nickname of El Matador, Hernández had his first international cap against Uruguay on February 1, 1995. Hernández scored his first international goal on November 16, 1995 against Yugoslavia. Hernández gained notability during the Copa América 1997, where he scored six goals and became the tournament's leading goal scorer. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he finished among the competition's top scorers with four goals, and became the first Mexican player to score more than two goals in World Cup history. The 35 goals he scored for Mexico tie him with Carlos Hermosillo to trail Cuauhtémoc Blanco (37 goals) and Jared Borgetti (46 goals) as the nation's all-time leading goalscorer.

Hernández also played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, albeit as a substitute in three games, and failed to score. Hernández made his last international cap on June 17, 2002 against the United States.


Mexico National Team

International goals

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