THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Defender

There are few players in the club's history who made quite the same impact in the Edinburgh derby as the diminutive Ecuadorian full back did in October 2001.

 

Usiles De La Cruz Profile

 

National team Ecuador
International debut

 

De le Cruz scored both of his only goals for the Club in the space of 25 minutes as Hibernian defeated Hearts 2-1 at Easter Road, one of which was a strike after just 36 seconds.

Then manager of Hibernian Alex McLeish signed the Ecuadorian in June 2001 for a record fee of £700,000. He would depart for Aston Villa the next summer, but not before representing Ecuador at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan whilst still contracted at Hibernian. This made de la Cruz Hibernian's first, and only, player to play at a World Cup for a country outside the home nations while plying his trade in Leith.

De le Cruz consistently remained an important member of the Ecuadorian national team, tallying 101 caps and scoring six times throughout his international career. He represented the South Americans again in the World Cup in Germany in 2006, as Ecuador qualified from a group containing Poland, Costa Rica and Germany.

An extremely popular figure amongst the Ecuadorian support, de la Cruz has also participated in a range of charitable work since retiring from his football career in 2012. He established the charity Friends for FundeCruz to fund a number of projects that serve the local community he grew up in, Valle del Chota, one of Ecuador's poorest regions.

 


 

Full name Ulises de la Cruz
Date of birth 8th February 1974
Place of birth Piquiucho, Carchi, Ecuador
Height 5ft 91/2in

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