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Giovanni Hernandez

Giovanni Hernandez is a Colombian football (soccer) midfielder. He played for America de Cali, Independiente Medellin, Deportivo Cali, Colon de Santa Fe, Colo-Colo and now is player of Atletico Junior. He is famous for his technical ability to create plays, pace, and ability to create goals out of free kicks. He also is known by being very Christian, also he does show it when celebrating goals in his under-shirts.

Giovanni Hernandez first appeared in the Copa Mustang, in 1995 for America de Cali. He scored 5 goals during this season. He continued to play for America de Cali during the 1996 Copa Libertadores where he scored 2 goals. Although America de Cali made it to the final match, Hernandez only played the home game. He played with America de Cali the following year, and then he played for Independiente Medellin 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, he was brought on to the starting team for the 2000 season, where he scored 12 goals.

In 2001, Giovanni Hernandez 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 Copa America 2001. 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. Colombia did not qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup but did qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup where Giovanni was called up again. Giovanni 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 2003, Giovanni Hernandez also played alongside of now famous teammates Elkin Murillo and Jairo Patino to form one of the strongest midfield sides ever to grace Deportivo Cali in the 2003 Copa Libertadores but they did not make it past quarterfinals.

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