Lucas Hernandez

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Lucas Hernandez
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Lucas with Atlético Madrid in 2018
Personal information
Full nameLucas François Bernard Hernandez [1]
Date of birth (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 24) [2]
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) [3]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2007 Rayo Majadahonda
2007–2014 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014–2015 Atlético Madrid B 21 (1)
2014–2019 Atlético Madrid 67 (1)
2019– Bayern Munich 9 (0)
National team
2012 France U16 1 (0)
2014 France U18 2 (0)
2014–2015 France U19 13 (0)
2015 France U20 3 (0)
2016–2017 France U21 9 (0)
2018– France 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 21:23, 21 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:55, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Lucas François Bernard Hernandez (French:  [lukas ɛʁnɑ̃dɛz, - ɛʁnandɛs]; [4] [5] born 14 February 1996), or simply Lucas, is a French professional footballer who plays as a left back or a central defender for German club Bayern Munich and the French national team. [6]

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He started his career with Atlético Madrid where he made more than 100 competitive appearances, reaching the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final. He also won the 2018 Europa League and the Super Cup in the same year. A French international since 2018, Lucas was part of the winning squad at the 2018 World Cup.

Club career

Atlético Madrid

Born in Marseille, while his father was playing for Olympique de Marseille, Lucas moved to Spain at the age of four (as a result, he would later speak French with a slight Spanish accent) [7] and joined Atlético Madrid's youth setup in 2007 aged 11, from CF Rayo Majadahonda. [8] [9] On 9 November 2013, while still a junior, he was called up by manager Diego Simeone for a La Liga match against Villarreal CF, [10] but remained unused in the 1–1 away draw on the following day. [11]

Lucas made his senior debut on 26 April 2014, starting for the reserves in a 0–1 away loss against Real Sociedad B for the Segunda División B championship. [12] He appeared in three further matches during the season, as they narrowly avoided relegation; he also signed a new deal with the club in June, running until 2018. [13]

Lucas made his first-team debut on 3 December 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 away success over CE L'Hospitalet for the campaign's Copa del Rey. [14] His maiden appearance in the Spanish top level took place on the 21st, when he came on as a late substitute for Guilherme Siqueira in a 4–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao. [15]

2015–16 season

On 10 August 2015, Lucas renewed his contract until 2019 and was definitively promoted to the main squad. [16] His maiden appearance in the UEFA Champions League took place on 15 March 2016, as he replaced injured Diego Godín for extra time of the round-of-16 tie against PSV Eindhoven (0–0 after 120 minutes, 8–7 penalty shootout win); [17] he entered at the same point in the final, a shootout loss to neighbours Real Madrid in the San Siro on 28 May. [18]

2016–17 season

On 6 August 2016, Lucas signed a contract extension with Atlético until 30 June 2020. [19] Lucas played a more important role for Atlético during the 2016-17 season. Lucas played in 22 matches in all competitions during the season. Lucas was in the starting lineup in 20 of these matches.

2017–18 season

During the 2017-18 season, Lucas was a key member of the team as he played in 44 matches in all competitions. Atlético reached the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final. Lucas started and played the whole match against French club Marseille. Atlético won the match 3-0 and Lucas won his first international trophy. [20]

2018–19 season

Lucas scored his first goal as a professional on 19 January 2019, in a 3–0 away defeat of SD Huesca. [21]

On 27 March 2019, Atlético confirmed that Lucas would leave the club in the summer of 2019. Atlético confirmed they offered Lucas a contract extension, but Lucas decided to sign for German club Bayern Munich. Atlético said that the German club activated Lucas' release clause of €80 million. [22] During the medical examination by Bayern Munich medical staff, a damage to the medial collateral ligament in Lucas' right knee was found. The injury required a surgical repair. On 28 March 2019, Lucas had a successful operation on his right knee. The operation ended Lucas' season with Atlético. [23]

Lucas played in 14 La Liga matches and scored one goal. In all competitions, Lucas played in 22 matches and scored one goal.

On 12 October 2019, Lucas' former coach at Atlético, Diego Simeone, said in an interview with Marca that the left back's departure to Bayern had hurt Atlético a great deal: "The exit that hurt us the most was Lucas, who was a boy from the academy ... [It hurt] More than [Antoine] Griezmann," who left Atlético at the same time for Barcelona. [24]

Bayern Munich

On 27 March 2019, Bayern Munich announced that Lucas would join the club on 1 July 2019 for a club record (and Bundesliga record) fee of €80 million, signing a five-year contract lasting until 2024. [25] [26]

2019–20 season

On 10 August 2019, Lucas made his competitive debut for Bayern in a first round match against Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal, as an 89th-minute substitute. [27]

International career

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Lucas playing for France at the 2018 World Cup

Lucas earned his first cap for France on 6 March 2012, playing the full 90 minutes for the under-16 team in 1–1 friendly draw against Italy at Coverciano. In 2014, he also appeared with the under-18 and under-19 sides. The following year, he was selected for 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament for his performances. [28]

In March 2018, Lucas was called up to the senior team by manager Didier Deschamps for friendlies with Colombia and Russia. [29] He made his debut against the former, replacing Lucas Digne for the last 14 minutes of the 2–3 loss in Paris. [30]

Lucas was selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 17 May 2018. [31] He made his debut in the competition on 16 June, playing the entire 2–1 group stage win against Australia; [32] he featured in all of the matches for the eventual champions, six of those being complete. [33] [34]

Personal life

Lucas' father, Jean-François, was also a footballer and a centre back. Of Spanish descent, [35] he also played for Atlético Madrid; [36] Lucas's younger brother Theo was also groomed at the club, and played in the same position. [37]

On 3 February 2017, Lucas was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, [38] who was also summoned to appear in court. [39]

In an interview to newspaper Marca in October 2018, he stated that his family had not heard from their father for 12 or 13 years. [40]

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 February 2020 [41]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Atlético Madrid 2014–15 La Liga 1030000040
2015–16 1002040160
2016–17 1505040240
2017–18 27060110440
2018–19 14120501 [lower-alpha 1] 0221
Total671180240101091
Bayern Munich 2019–20 Bundesliga 90102000120
Career total761190260101211
  1. Appearances in UEFA Super Cup

International

As of match played 14 October 2019 [42]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
France 2018150
201920
Total170

Honours

Atlético Madrid

France

Individual

Orders

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