Jenni Hermoso – The Versatile Genius

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Jennifer Hermoso Fuentes was born on 9 May 1990, in the capital city of Madrid. She is commonly known as Jenni Hermoso; she is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona Femeni of Spain’s Primera División and Spain women’s national football team. She is known for her versatile style. She plays as an attacking midfielder and often as a false 9. She wears the number 10 jersey with the Spanish National Team and the number 7 jersey with the Barcelona Femeni.

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Early Life

Jenni Hermoso was born in the capital of Spain, Madrid on 9 May 1990. She said she started playing football because they always had footballs at home. She was around them since she was born. Her father was a massive football supporter. Even though he never played it, he was a big fan. As a child, when she went to her grandparents’ place on Sundays, there was always a football there. She was close to her grandparents, who were like her second parents. She further stated that she owes her success to her grandfather, who always supported her. At the age of 12, she joined the Atlético de Madrid Femenino youth team, where she grew as a player and progressed through different youth divisions to break into the senior squad. But she soon shifted to the capital rivals Rayo Vallecano.

Professional Career

In the second half of 2011, she got her first official call-up for the Spanish national team. In 2013, the national team coach Ignacio Quereda confirmed, that Jenni was a member of the 23 player team for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 finals in Sweden. At the Euro final tournament she scored in Spain’s first game, a 3–2 crucial win over England and she was also the sole scorer in their 3–1 quarter-final defeat by Norway. In 2013, Jenni Hermoso left Rayo to join Tyresö FF, of the Swedish League for the 2013 season.

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During the winter transfer window in 2014, she left Tyresö FF to join FC Barcelona. During her three years spent at FC Barcelona, she scored an astonishing tally of 77 goals in 90 matches between 2013 and 2017 at Barcelona, picking up the coveted Golden Boot trophies consecutively in 2016 and 2017. In the same period, Barcelona won both the Primera División league and the Copa de la Reina twice.

In July 2017 she signed a three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Even though it was a tough season for her plagued by long injuries, PSG finished as runner ups in Division 1 that season, getting a spot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, the most successful part of the season was winning the 2017–2018 Coupe de France. But after playing a single season at Paris Saint-Germain, she transferred to Atlético Madrid in August 2018; she had previously played for them from 2006–2010, starting with the youth division. She won the league and her third Golden boot with Atletico.

She was an essential part of Spain’s squad at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, played in France. She scored twice in the first game of their campaign against South Africa, both her goals came from the penalties. Her opening penalty sent the SA  goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini, in the wrong way, sliding the ball to the left, while the keeper diving to the right missed the ball completely. For the next penalty, she changed sides, striking the ball to the right side of the goal, the keeper, even though she went the correct way this time, could not keep the ball out. She also scored in the Round of 16 loss to the eventual champions the United States of America.

In July 2019, Jenni Hermoso signed a three-year contract with FC Barcelona. Hermoso has been a consistent player scoring 24 goals in the 15/16 season, 34 goals in the 16/17 season. The 17-18 season that marked her transfer to PSG was a challenging year for the player as it was full of long injuries, dejected she signed for Atletico Madrid and scored 24 goals for them in the 18/19 season. She had a great 19/20 season, and despite the season being incomplete, she was the top scorer with 23 goals in the league.

In December 2019, she was featured in the Guardian’s list of The 100 best female footballers in the world. She was ranked 25, just a few ranks below fellow Barça player Lieke Martens who was ranked 19. Barça players Asisat Oshoala was also in the list at 55 and Alexia Putellas at 62.

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Return to Barcelona

The Spanish international, a remarkably skilful player and a great goalscorer, returned to the club where she had spent three and half seasons starting from January 2014 till June 2017. The striker had won two Ligas and two Copas de la Reina in her time at the Blaugrana club, scoring 89 goals in 120 matches and finishing as the top scorer in the championship twice, she scored 24 goals in the 2015/16 season and record-breaking 35 in 2016/17.

Jenni about returning to her football home, Barcelona in 2019.

“I’m very happy, I am overjoyed to be wearing the Barça shirt again. I am back where I grew as a footballer and a person. I’m fully pleased to be back. I think my return is going to be better than good.”

On her arrival at the club, Barcelona coach Lluís Cortés said,

“I was thrilled when Markel told me he had signed Jenni. I wanted her on my team. She had already displayed the level she has, as she also did in the World Cup. She contributes many things on the field, and also outside. She is very professional, far from being a star, she is very humble and will work here as the best.”

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Jenni thinks her personal style is very similar to Barcelona. She likes to combine, be in contact with the ball with all times. According to her, her years at Barça were the best professional years for her; it was the time when she enjoyed football and felt the happiest. Jenni is a forward with remarkable skill and versatility; she also has a great understanding of the game that enables her to at times move back and create play at the midfield. Her speed and strength allow her to take on the defence and make some great runs into the box. Once there and if left unmarked she can finish the shot from any angle. She is easily able to find and occupy space with her superior technical skill and awareness of the game. She often takes on the role of ‘False 9’; it is a non-traditional style of play that allows her more freedom of movement.

Jenni Hermoso believes the team has what it takes to be the best in the world. She thinks the best players are here and they all make each other better. She has plenty of football left in her and wants to help Barça win every possible trophy.

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