Jennifer Hermoso is a renowned soccer player who plays as a false nine after advancing from an attacking midfielder. Hermoso’s illustrious women’s soccer career has seen her playing for many clubs and the Spanish national team.
In all, Hermoso has won five Pichichi trophies. The athletic and highly technical forward finished with 51 goals in the 2021 calendar year.
In June 2022, Jeni signed for Mexican club Pachuca. Before that, the striker played for FC Barcelona, where she has stayed since 2014. One of her notable achievements at the club was winning back-to-back Spanish Primera titles in 2014 and 2015.
Jennifer Hermoso is the all-time best scorer for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona.
Jennifer Hermoso Early Years
Jennifer Hermoso’s grandfather inspired her passion for football when she was a child. Her grandfather, Antonio Hernandez, was an Atletico Madrid goalkeeper. He often took Hermoso to watch the club’s matches. She later joined the club’s junior team at the tender age of twelve, encouraged by her grandfather.
Jennifer Hermoso was born in 1990 in Madrid, Spain, where she lived with her parents and sister. Hermoso frequently visited the neighborhood park when she was young to play football. Unfortunately, not many girls played football, and she often had to play with boys.
The top goalscorer mostly played futsal and soccer sevens before passing tests to join Atletico Madrid. Jennifer says that she owes a lot to Atletico Madrid, where she spent eight years before moving to Rayo.
Rayo Vallecano suddenly became the club to beat when Jennifer Hermoso joined it in 2010 with seven other footballers. Rayo won the Superliga and got an automatic entry into the 2010-2011 Champions League. The Spanish club went into the knockout stage, where Arsenal defeated them.
FC Barcelona Career
After a short contract in Denmark, Jennifer Hermoso left Tyreso FF to join FC Barcelona in January 2014 on a six-month contract. The female footballer scored the winning goal in April 2014 to win the league title against Atletico Madrid.
It was the first of many league titles for the little girl who dreamed of becoming a soccer star.
Later in June of the same year, Hermoso started in the final game of the Copa de la Reina, which was decided by a penalty shootout after the teams had a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time. FC Barcelona won the game after scoring four out of five penalties. The top goalscorer successfully converted her penalty.
Hermoso had her first complete season at Barcelona in 2015 and won her second league title with the club.
In her second season at Barcelona, Hermoso advanced her playing position from attacking midfielder to a false 9 in the 2015-16 season. Hermoso’s goal count dramatically increased when she moved further up the soccer field.
The Spanish club went up to the Copa de la Reina final but failed to recover after trailing by three goals to nothing against Atletico Madrid. Hermoso had managed to pull back two goals, but they could not get a third. Hermoso had scored 24 goals during the tournament, earning her first Pichichi title.
The 2016-17 season was Hermoso’s third year at Barcelona. She continued to prove her worth by scoring against FC Rosengard in the quarter-final to send FC Barcelona to its first semifinal of the Champion’s League.
Hermoso’s performance in the league season was exceptional since she was the season’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.
The left-footed striker won her second Copa de la Reina with the Catalan giants after scoring a hat-trick in June 2017. In her first stint at FC Barcelona, Jennifer Hermoso played in 90 games, bagging 77 goals. She would return to Barcelona two years later.
International Career Of Jennifer Hermoso
Youth National Team
Hermoso began her international career at the age of 16. She played against Serbia in the second qualification stage of the 2007 U/19 European Championship for her first game. The female footballer scored two goals in four matches during the tournament.
2011-2013: Spanish National Team
Hermoso was called into the Spanish national team in 2011 and debuted on the senior team in June 2012. Spain got an emphatic victory against Turkey, winning 4-0, and proceeded to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 playoffs.
However, in the final minute of extra time, Spain was pitted against Scotland and lost by a single goal. Hermoso scored her first national team goal in 2013 against Russia in a friendly game.
Ignacio Quereda, the Spanish national team coach, confirmed Jennifer Hermoso would be among the 23 players to compete in the Women’s Euro 2013 final in Sweden.
Her first competitive goal came in the tournament’s first match as they played against England. Hermoso nearly won the game for her team when she put Spain 2-1 up after scoring in the 85th minute. England equalized shortly after. However, Spain was not denied and rallied to win the game in the final minute of added time.
Hermoso was named player of the match. Her team finished the group stage in the second position. In the quarter-finals, they played against Norway and were edged out in a 3-1 defeat.
2014-2015: Spain’s First Women’s World Cup
Jennifer Hermoso played all qualifying games for the first Women’s World cup. The team got nine wins and one draw in the qualifiers, with Hermoso contributing seven goals. In Spain’s first Women’s World cup game, they drew 1-1 with Costa Rica.
The 1.75cm (5 foot 7 inches) attacking midfielder was not played in the remaining two group stage matches, and her team failed to proceed to the knockout round.
2016-2017: European Championships
Following the embarrassing exit from Spain’s first Women’s World Cup, Hermoso was a regular game starter under the leadership of the new coach. The coach put her in the striker position. As a result, Spain went undefeated in the 2017 European Championship qualifiers.
In the run-up to the championship, Spain entered the Algarve Cup – a friendly tournament to prepare teams for the European Championships. Jennifer Hermoso scored a goal when they played Norway, and she defeated Canada in the final.
2018-19: Women’s World Cup
In the 2018-19 season, Hermoso was instrumental in the team’s performance in the Women’s World cup qualifiers. She scored seven goals and got nine assists in the group stage in which Spain came first.
In 2019, Jenni Hermoso played in the Women’s World Cup and saw the team advancing to the round of 16 for the first time. The USA defeated Spain and went ahead to win the World Cup.
2021-2022: UEFA Women’s Euros
In February 2021, Hermoso became the all-time top goalscorer for her national team after reaching 41 goals. In addition, she ended the Euro 2022 qualifiers with ten goals to her name.
Spain forward Jenni Hermoso was been ruled out of Euro 2022 after spraining a ligament in her right knee, forcing her to withdraw from training camp. This was a major blow to La Roja’s hopes of winning a first international trophy. England knocked Spain out of the Euro 2022 championship in the quarter-finals.
Jennifer Hermoso Personal Life Beyond Football
Jennifer Hermoso lives a relatively quiet life and stays out of the limelight. She is in a relationship with Alexia Putellas. They have gone through various relationship types and, at some point, maintaining a long-distance relationship for two years.
They are now back together for the long run. Jennifer’s previous relationships barely lasted one year, but she has stayed with Alexia Putellas for over seven years.
Jennifer Hermoso Stats, Facts, And Figures
Full Name: Jennifer Hermoso Fuentes
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
- Atletico Madrid 2004–2010
- Rayo Vallecano 2010–2013
- Tyreso FF 2013
- FC Barcelona 2013–2017
- Paris Saint Germain 2017–2018
- Atletico Madrid 2018–2019
- FC Barcelona 2019–2022
- Pachuca 2022–
International Playing Career:
- Spain National Team 2011–
- 2010–11: Primera División Champions
- 2013–14, 2014–15, 2019–20, 2020–21, and 2021–22: Primera División Champions
- 2020–21: UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Winners
- 2014, 2017, 2020, and 2021: Copa de la Reina de Fútbol
- 2019–20 and 2021–22: Supercopa Femenina
- 2018–19: Primera División Champions
Paris Saint Germain
- 2017–18: Coupe de France Féminine Champions
Spain National Team
- 2017: Algarve Cup
- 2018: Cyprus Cup
- 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20, and 2020–21: Primera División Top scorer
- 2019–20, 2020–21: UEFA Women’s Champions League Squad of the Season
- 2020–21: UEFA Women’s Champions League top scorer
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