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Mani Hernandez

Full name: Manuel Fonseca "Mani" Hernandez
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: August 2, 1948 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Affiliations: Grenadiers Soccer Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Football


Mani Hernandez starting playing football (soccer) in Spain, but both his parents died when he was young, so he came to the United States to live with an uncle when he was in high school. Hernandez played soccer at San Jose State University as a forward, winning the 1968 Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player. He played at the 1972 Olympics and earned two caps with the US national team in 1974, in two losses to Mexico.

Hernandez played semi-pro soccer in San Francisco after college, but in 1974 joined the professional San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He played with them from 1974-76 and was in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) with the Detroit Lightning (1979) and San Francisco Fog (1980). Hernandez became a coach at Presentation High School in San Jose in 1980, coaching the women’s team to 17 league championships and eight Central Coast Sectional titles.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 24 München Football Men's Football United States USA 13T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1972 Summer 24 München Football United States USA Final Standings 13T 1972-08-27 0 0 0
1972 Summer 24 München Football United States USA Group A Match #2 1T 1972-08-27 USA 0, MAR 0 0 0
1972 Summer 24 München Football United States USA Group A Match #4 2 1972-08-29 MAS 3, USA 0 0 0
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