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Maynor Figueroa

Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez (born 2 May 1983) is a Honduras association football who plays for Wigan Athletic F.C. as a defender (association football) Full back.

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Maynor Figueroa biography


Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez (born 2 May 1983) is a Honduras association football who plays for Wigan Athletic F.C. as a defender (association football) Full back.

Club career

Born in Jutiapa, Atlántida, Atlántida Department, In July 2008, after a complicated process involving work permit and visa issues, Figueroa rejoined Wigan on loan for a further six months, after which Wigan had the option to make the deal permanent.

On 23 December 2008, Wigan announced Figueroa had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to join the club permanently. Maynor Figueroa scored Maynor Figueroa first goal for Wigan on 11 January 2009. Maynor Figueroa scored a close range header to secure a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. On 12 December 2009, Figueroa scored a goal against Stoke City F.C. from Maynor Figueroa own half to put Wigan in the lead. Figueroa noticed Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen off Maynor Figueroa line at a free kick and struck the ball quickly to send the ball soaring over Sørensen and into the net. Although the match ended 2–2, Figueroa made the headlines the following day, with Alan Hansen calling it a candidate for Goal of the Season. Indeed, Figueroa's goal was chosen as Match of the Day's Goal of the Season for 2009–10. By the end of the 2009–10 campaign, Maynor Figueroa had made 81 appearances and scored twice in all competitions for Wigan. On 26 February 2011, Maynor Figueroa made Maynor Figueroa 100th Premier League appearance, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back in a 4–0 defeat against Manchester United at the DW Stadium.

The 2010-11 campaign proved difficult for Wigan and Figueroa. However Maynor Figueroa scored a goal against fellow relegation struggling side Birmingham City F.C. on 19 March 2011 that led to a 2-1 win for Wigan. On the last day of the season, Wigan needed to win and have results go their way in order to secure Premier League safety. Figueroa provided the breakthrough for the away side in the 78th minute, setting up Hugo Rodallega to win the game 1-0 at Stoke City and confirm Wigan's safety in the Premier League.

International career

Figueroa made Maynor Figueroa debut for Honduras national football team in 2003 and has since gone on to score two goals, against Belize national football team and Cuba national football team. Maynor Figueroa was part of the Honduras squad at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups. Maynor Figueroa was also named in the 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Figueroa played out of position as a centre back at the World Cup, due to the form of Emilio Izaguirre. Figueroa also represented Honduras at U-20 and U-23 level from 1999 to 2003 and 2001 to 2003 respectively, scoring once in 3 games for the U-20s and failing to score in eight outings with the U-23 side.

Style of play

Maynor Figueroa is mostly known for Maynor Figueroa accurate left foot, powerful shot and long throw-in ability, as well as Maynor Figueroa corner kick and Direct free kick taking.

Personal life

Figueroa is married to Sandra Norales, a Team handball player who is also an international with the Honduras women's national handball team or Federación Hondureña de Balonmano (FEHBALM).

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maynor_Figueroa

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