Javier Aquino

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Javier Aquino
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Aquino playing for Mexico at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full nameJavier Ignacio Aquino Carmona [1]
Date of birth (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 29) [1]
Place of birth Ixhuatán, Oaxaca, Mexico [1]
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) [2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2010 Cruz Azul
Senior career*
2010–2013 Cruz Azul 78 (7)
2013–2015 Villarreal 44 (1)
2014–2015Rayo Vallecano (loan) 24 (0)
2015– UANL 147 (21)
National team
2011–2012 Mexico U23 31 (2)
2011–2018 Mexico 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 05:25, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2018

Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona [lower-alpha 1] (born 11 February 1990), known as Javier Aquino (Spanish pronunciation:  [xaˈβjeɾ aˈkino] ), is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Tigres UANL and the Mexico national team.

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Tigres UANL Mexican football club

Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, simply referred to as Tigres is a Mexican football club based in San Nicolás de los Garza, a city in the Monterrey metropolitan area. Founded in 1960, the club has spent most of its history in Liga MX, the top tier of the Mexican football league system.

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A winger, Aquino made his debut with Cruz Azul in 2010, playing in over 70 league matches until his transfer to Spanish Liga Adelante club Villarreal in January 2013, with whom he gained promotion to La Liga that same season. In 2014, he was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano. After a quiet performance with Rayo Vallecano, in 2015 he returned to Mexico to join Tigres UANL.

Cruz Azul Mexican football club

Cruz Azul is a Mexican football club that plays in the top division of Mexican football, Liga MX.

Villarreal CF Spanish association football club

Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D., usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish football club based in Villarreal, a city in the province of Castellón within the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923, it plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio de la Cerámica, with a capacity of 24,890.

La Liga Top professional Spanish football division

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Aquino has been called up to the Mexico U-23 national team, where he was a part of the squads playing at the 2011 Copa América, the 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2012 Summer Olympics, where Mexico won the gold medal. He made his debut with the senior national team in 2011, and participated in the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico national under-23 football team national association football team

The Mexico national under-23 football team represents Mexico in international football competitions such as the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, the Toulon Tournament, and their respective qualification phases. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except for the Olympic Games which allows the men's team up to three overage players. The team is controlled by the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), the governing body of football in Mexico.

2011 Copa América football tournament

The 2011 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, better known as the 2011 Copa América or the Copa América 2011 Argentina, was the 43rd edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held in Argentina from 1 to 24 July. The draw for the tournament was held in La Plata on 11 November 2010.

2011 Pan American Games 16th edition of the Pan American Games

The 2011 Pan American Games, officially the XVI Pan American Games, was an international multi-sport event that was held from October 14–30, 2011, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Some events were held in the nearby cities of Ciudad Guzmán, Puerto Vallarta, Lagos de Moreno and Tapalpa. It was the largest multi-sport event of 2011, with approximately 6,000 athletes from 42 nations participating in 36 sports. Both the Pan American and Parapan American Games were organized by the Guadalajara 2011 Organizing Committee (COPAG). The 2011 Pan American Games were the third Pan American Games hosted by Mexico and the first held in the state of Jalisco. Previously, Mexico hosted the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1975 Pan American Games, both in Mexico City. The 2011 Parapan American Games were held 20 days after the Pan American Games have ended.

Club career

Cruz Azul

Born in San Francisco Ixhuatán in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Aquino began playing in Cruz Azul's lower division youth squads. Aquino played for Cruz Azul Lagunas of the third division, where he then traveled to Mexico City to join the club's reserves. It would not be until the Apertura 2010 season that Aquino, together with other youth players, joined the first team. Aquino was one of the revelations of the tournament, his main virtues being dribbling, speed and passing accuracy.

San Francisco Ixhuatán Municipality and town in Oaxaca, Mexico

San Francisco Ixhuatán is a town, and the surrounding municipality of the same name, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is part of the Juchitán District in the west of the Istmo de Tehuantepec region. The Nahuatl name element Ixhuatán means "town of palm fronds".

Oaxaca State of Mexico

Oaxaca, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca, is one of the 31 states which, along with Mexico City, make up the 32 federative entities of Mexico. It is divided into 570 municipalities, of which 418 are governed by the system of usos y costumbres with recognized local forms of self-governance. Its capital city is Oaxaca de Juárez.

Mexico City Capital City in Mexico, Mexico

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On 23 July 2010 during the Apertura 2010, Aquino debuted for Cruz Azul under coach Enrique Meza in a 0–3 win over Estudiantes Tecos, coming in as a 57th-minute substitute for Alejandro Vela. [3] He scored his first goal in the Primera División on 24 October 2010 during match-day 13 of the Apertura 2010 against Morelia in a 1–1 draw at Estadio Morelos. [4] He gradually cemented his place into the team's starting eleven as the main right-winger, going on to play for two more years at Cruz Azul, amassing over 90 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals. [5]

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Enrique Meza Mexican football manager

Enrique Meza Enríquez is the current manager for Veracruz. Prior to pursuing a career in coaching, he was a goalkeeper for Cruz Azul during their dynasty of the 1970s, albeit a backup to legendary goalkeeper Miguel Marín. He retired in 1976 and is one of the most successful managers of the professional era of the Liga MX.

Alejandro Vela Mexican footballer

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On 28 January 2013 it was announced that Aquino was transferred to Villarreal CF of Spain. [6] [7] [8] He made his league debut coming on as a 67th-minute substitute for Moi Gómez in a 1–1 draw against Hércules CF. [9]

Hércules CF Spanish association football team

Hércules de Alicante Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Alicante, in the autonomous community of Valencian Community. Founded in 12 March 1922, it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 3 and plays its home games at the 30,000-capacity Estadio José Rico Pérez.

On 19 August 2013, Javier Aquino made his debut in La Liga, entering as a substitute in the second half of the match against Almería. He collaborated towards the final 3–2 victory for Villarreal, with an assist to fellow Mexican teammate Giovani dos Santos.

Rayo Vallecano (loan)

On 25 August 2014, Villarreal announced that Aquino would be loaned out for the 2014–15 season to Rayo Vallecano. [10] He made his league debut against Atlético Madrid on 25 August, and played all 90 minutes of the match which ended in a 0–0 draw.

Tigres UANL

After a discreet performance with Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish 2014-15 season, in June 2015, it was announced that he would join Mexican team Tigres UANL. With Tigres, he played the 2015 Copa Libertadores finals against River Plate. Tigres lost by 3-0 in Argentina after a 0-0 draw in Mexico. In December 2015, Tigres won the Mexico Apertura 2015 finals against Pumas UNAM, in December 2016 the Apertura 2016 finals against América and in December 2017 the Apertura 2017 finals against Monterrey; Aquino played a key role for the team in the championships.

International career

Mexico U-23

Aquino was called up by Luis Fernando Tena to play in the 2011 Pan American Games, in which he played in all six games and won the Gold Medal match against Argentina. He scored his first unofficial international goal in a friendly against Club León on 5 July 2012 in a 1–1 draw. [11]

Aquino took a hiatus from the senior squad to train with the U-23 team in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which they won a gold medal in the final against Brazil.

Mexico national team

He made his official debut with the Mexico national football team on 4 July 2011 against Chile in the 2011 Copa América. He played in all three group matches.

The Mexico national team that played the 2011 Copa América was an under-22 squad composed of 5 "over-age" players. FIFA has classified the team as the official "senior squad" but it could be said that his debut with the senior squad was on 11 November 2011 against Serbia in a 2–0 friendly, he coming into play at the 86th minute for Andrés Guardado. [12] He made his next appearance on 25 January 2012 in another friendly against Venezuela where he was attributed as adding creativity to Mexico's offense. He entered the game on the 56th minute while the game was tied 1–1, and was involved in the last two goals that Mexico scored to win the match 3–1. [13]

Aquino was initially omitted from the final 23 man roster that would participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, however after Luis Montes suffered a severe leg injury, Aquino would be called up to round out the 23 player at the 2014 World Cup. [14]

Aquino's most brilliant moment came at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup against New Zealand. Aquino would go on to be named man of the match. [15]

In May 2018 he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, [16] and in June 2018, he was named in Mexico's 23-man squad for the World Cup. [17]

On May 29 2019, announced his retirement from the internacional scene commenting that he talked with the new head coach Gerardo Martino and asked him to not be called anymore for the Mexican national team's matches, despite 'El Tata' having considered Aquino for the 2019 Gold Cup. [18]

Career statistics


As of 20 November 2018 [19]





Mexico U23


  1. This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Aquinoand the second or maternal family name is Carmona.

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