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Football News > Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Interview

Mexican striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has been a sensation since arriving in the Premier League, and this week SoccerBible caught up with the Manchester United player to talk football, boots and that famous nickname of his...

SoccerBible: Could last season have gone any better for you?

It was a good season for all the team not only for me, because we won the 19th title which was brilliant. But I think that is in the past and we now need to look forward, to look to the present and to keep going, we've started the season well, but we need to think day-by-day and game-by-game.

SB: Were you confident you would have an immediate impact on the Premier League?

Yes, but I don't like to talk about only me because this is a group game, it's not like tennis or golf with only you playing, you're there for your team-mates and working hard for the team is the most important thing.

SoccerBible: Were you pleased with your goal tally, and have you set yourself any targets?

People can say that I scored 20 goals, but for me that's extra, what's important for me is that we won that 19th title. We're very happy about that and if I score more goals or if I score less goals it doesn't matter, the only thing here in Manchester United is about winning trophies.



SB: Who would you say is your best friend at the club?


C: All my team-mates really. Of course with Antonio and now with David De Gea I have more communication because of Spanish, and also with the Latin guys like Nani because of Portuguese. But I try to be the same person with all my team-mates, I want to be a very nice guy and for all my team-mates to think i'm their friend, to help them and sometimes so I can ask for help from them.


SB: You could have your pick of Nike footwear, you choose the Nike Tiempo Legend, why is that?

  For me I feel the most comfortable in them. When I first started I was playing with the Tiempo and they felt really good, so I've stayed with them.


SB: Have you worn the new Tiempo Legend IV football boots?

C: Yes, of course, and I like them a lot. I will probably wear the new white ones, because the black ones are good they're classic, but I prefer the white ones.

SB: Is white your favourite boot colour?

C: Yes, I love to play with white shoes, they're my favourite.


SB: So why is it you have 'Chicharito' on your shirt and not Hernandez?

C: It's because my father was nicknamed Chicharo (Pea), and as I was his son they called me Chicharito (Little Pea), they never called me by my name only my nickname. When I started playing, I spoke with the kit man of Chivas and asked him if I can use my nickname on my shirt, from then on I started playing with it.

SB: Is there any significance to the number 14?

C: I'm not superstitious about it, when I started playing my debut number was 45, then I changed to number 25, I decided to change to the number 14 and things are going really well. There are a lot of players who play with number 10, 9 or 45(!) but the most important thing is the player not the number. But for me it's a very nice number, also my father played with that number when he was young and he won titles with it, so I'm very happy with 14 and I want to keep it.



SB: We have a large Mexican fanbase, and they're in awe that in the space of 12 months you've gone from the subs bench to being the most important forward for Mexico?

C: No I don't feel that i'm the most important player of Mexico, I'm a Mexican player trying to do my best so all the world can look at my country to see good things. But I don't feel I'm the best, in my life I never feel more or less than any person we are all the same people. For me being a football player, in my mind I can't think that I'm more than other people, I'm just a person that loves my job that is football, and I want to keep enjoying.



SB: Finally, what does the 2011/12 season hold for Javier Hernandez?

C: The same as my first season, to improve a lot. To keep enjoying this dream, because for me it's a dream to be playing here, to keep improving and to keep learning, to help my team-mates with all my effort and all my work, and of course to win trophies.

SoccerBible met Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez at the recent Manchester United Megastore Event, Chicharito was at Old Trafford along with Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling and Patrice Evra. You can see all the behind-the-scenes action from the event by clicking here.



HMFC said:


August 27, 2011 8:52 PM

MattMooney said:


August 27, 2011 9:08 PM

Mufc_ Cleverley94 said:

What a guy, what a player

August 27, 2011 9:30 PM

Jesus7447 said:

such a humble person

August 27, 2011 9:30 PM

Messi_kid said:

Sick player!

August 27, 2011 9:38 PM

footbollpro said:

Really humble nice player who gives for the team not like other players.

August 27, 2011 10:46 PM

footbollpro said:

Really humble nice player who gives for the team not like other players.

August 27, 2011 10:46 PM

Johnny23 said:

Definitely a great player!

August 27, 2011 10:50 PM

Santos 10 said:

Really humble

August 27, 2011 11:28 PM

moriorixs said:

he seems like a really genuine good guy, still in love with the beautiful game

August 28, 2011 12:14 AM

Robinho21 said:


August 28, 2011 12:26 AM

Waldrinho said:

Go back to Chivas. . .

August 28, 2011 1:17 AM

Juveboy17 said:

@ Waldrinho why do you want him to go back to Chivas? Scared of what he will do at United? :)  I love this guy a great and humble footballer. If only there were more like him. Wish you a great season Chicharito!!

August 28, 2011 2:24 AM

roe10 said:

Great player

August 28, 2011 2:30 AM

ROQUE13 said:

The best

Javier Hernández. ' CHICHARITO '

August 28, 2011 2:34 AM

Pete1888 said:

Chi-Chi FTW!!!

August 28, 2011 3:11 AM

daniel2754 said:

all of chicarito's goals are tap ins. he is a good goal scorer, but not a good soccer player

August 28, 2011 3:13 AM

Mercurial1 said:

@ daniel2754 A player isn't all about skill moves and creative passing. He is a player that does everything for his team on and off the field. Most of his goals are tap ins I agree, I also agree to the fact that he doesn't have much skill with the ball. But he is a good soccer player, he sets an example to the whole team.

August 28, 2011 5:40 AM

magallon1993 said:

@ daniel2754 At least he scores,

August 28, 2011 6:11 AM

M20 said:

He is very talented,CHICHARITOOOO

August 28, 2011 8:04 AM

Edson Cruz said:

Did anyone see how he played in the gold cup? Sure he scored the most goals but after the first few games he started to miss a lot, about 6 easy possible goals. My dad and I clearly noticed. He won't be doing as well on United as his first season, and he is very overrated. Giovani Dos Santos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 28, 2011 8:34 AM

mikexavi said:

@ daniel. get used to it its those f@ggots man utd

August 28, 2011 9:29 AM

ErlendLG said:

@Mikexavi: Jealus, much?

August 28, 2011 11:26 AM

rooney_10_MUFC said:

CHAMP19NS, I'd like to see any of you guys in the premier league and score 20 odd goals, you wouldn't be able to, get over your jealousy  just cause hes playing for a team who are constantly gettin better

August 28, 2011 12:17 PM

Deninson_Honduras said:

i really dont care about this player i just want to see something that is not interview and im not hating because i agree that at least he scores and his a good person but me personally i like to see skill

August 28, 2011 3:12 PM

Waldrinho said:


I'm not scared of what he will do at United because I've already seen what he's capable of.  I would like to see him on any other team than United due to being a City supporter (as most of you know -and love)!

Anyway, sitting here watching the thrashing that City are putting on Spurs right now just makes me all the more excited to see the cross town derby.  Nasri was the icing on the cake!  It feels good to be up there with Barca, United, Real and so on. . .

August 28, 2011 3:17 PM

Waldrinho said:

Also, it's hard to hate a man with a perfect set of teeth. . .

August 28, 2011 3:20 PM

Waldrinho said:

Great to see Hernandez coming on the pitch.  I loathe United, but really do wish the best for the little pea. . .

August 28, 2011 4:40 PM


me, can you PLEASE stop interviewing god damn united players!!!??

August 28, 2011 5:02 PM

GUNT22 said:

Glory Glory MAN UNITED : )) 8 - 2 against Arsenal, what a good performance !!!!

August 28, 2011 6:15 PM

rooney_10_MUFC said:

i would eight two be an arsenal supporter

August 28, 2011 7:15 PM

ChivasChelseaFan said:

hater gon hate. Chicharito is a top class player. I wish chelsea would of had him :/ at least they got Davila from chivas! :D

August 29, 2011 12:27 AM

madridista7 said:

CHICHARITO is such a nice guy !

August 29, 2011 11:24 PM

pcm19 said:

seems like a nice guy as well as a great player

August 29, 2011 11:36 PM

barc4b0y said:

Chicharito is a great forward

August 30, 2011 1:33 AM

weenerman said:


September 1, 2011 5:25 PM

Red Devils 4 Life said:

Hopefully he can continue to stay fit

September 4, 2011 6:17 PM

Chicharito_Javier said:

iLove Chicharito ! ♥ ;D

March 2, 2012 12:43 AM

Chicharito 14 said:

chicharito is a great player

March 23, 2012 4:15 AM
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