Hernani Azevedo Júnior (born 27 March 1994), simply known as Hernani, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Parma, as a midfielder.
Early career in Brazil
Born in São Gonçalo do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais, Hernani graduated from Atlético Paranaense’s youth setup. He made his senior debuts in 2013 Campeonato Paranaense.
On 22 August 2013, Hernani was loaned to Série B side Joinville until December. He made his professional debut on 3 September, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Ceará.
Hernani returned to Furacão in January 2014 and made his Série A debut on 10 September, replacing Marcos Guilherme in a 0–1 away loss against Grêmio. Four days later he was handed his first start, and scored the last goal of a 2–0 home win against Vitória.
On 16 December 2016, Hernani signed a five-year contract with Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg.
On 8 August 2017, he joined Saint-Étienne on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.
On 12 July 2019, Hernani joined Parma on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season, with Parma holding an obligation to buy. At the same time he signed a contract with Parma until 30 June 2023.