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Óscar Boniek García

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Óscar Boniek García
Full nameÓscar Boniek García Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birthTegucigalpa, Honduras
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Playing positionRight Winger
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number27
Youth career
2003Real Patepluma
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2006Olimpia
2006–2007Marathón
2007–2012Olimpia115(14)
2012–Houston Dynamo71(10)
National team
2005–Honduras99(2)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.

Óscar Boniek García Ramírez (born September 4, 1984) is a Honduran footballer who currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. He received his second name Boniek after famous Polish international player Zbigniew Boniek.[2]

Club career

García made his senior debut on August 10, 2003 with Real Patepluma, losing 4–1 to Atlético Olanchano.[3] In 2004, he joined Olimpia of Honduras. He also played for Marathón of Honduras. He also went for a 15-day trial with French club Paris Saint Germain and played two friendly games with the team that toured Portugal to play against Vitória Guimarães and Benfica.

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García playing against Sporting Kansas City on July 7, 2012.

During August 2009, it was announced that he would travel to Wigan Athletic of the English Premiership, in order to sign a three-year contract with the club, along with fellow Honduran, Roger Rojas. The contract was not signed and García stayed with Olimpia.

On June 7, 2012, García signed with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo to become their 2nd ever Designated Player. On July 15, 2012, he scored his first goal in a Dynamo jersey and in Major League Soccer against DC United in the 62nd minute. On November 26, 2012, Boniek was awarded the "Player's Player of the Year" award, despite playing only half of the season.[4]

International career

García made his debut for Honduras in a July 2005 friendly match against Canada and has earned, as of December 2014, a total of 98 caps, scoring two goals. He has represented his country in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at the 2007,[6] 2009,[7] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups[8] as well as at the 2005,[9] 2007,[10] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[11] He was also a non-playing squad member at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He eventually played all three group E matches for Honduras National team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil including against France national Team when he came on as a substitute.[12]

International goals

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 4, 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA 23x15px El Salvador 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2. June 11, 2013 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Template:Country data JAM 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life

He was given the middle name Boniek in honour of Zbigniew Boniek, the famous Polish international footballer.[13] García chose to have the name "Boniek" written across the back of his jersey while playing for Houston.

Honours and awards

Club

C.D. Olimpia
Houston Dynamo

Country

Honduras

Individual

  • MLS Latin Player of the Year (Latino del Año): 2012[14]

References

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ MŚ:Boniek będzie kibicował...Bońkowi, onet.pl, 2010-06-04 (Polish)
  3. ^ "Boniek García: "Mi máximo anhelo es ganar la Copa MLS"" (in Spanish). La Prensa. November 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Houston Dynamo announce 2012 team awards". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Óscar Boniek GarcíaFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (January 29, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Courtney, Barrie (June 19, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco; Torres, Steven (January 4, 2013). "Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup)". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Courtney, Barrie; Saaid, Hamdan (July 30, 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Saaid, Hamdan (July 19, 2007). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco (July 11, 2013). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ [. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/southafrica2010/teams/team=43909/squadlist.html "Honduras Squad list"]. FIFA.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MŚ: Boniek będzie kibicował... Bońkowi" (in Polish). onet.pl. June 4, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ Pinzón, Diego (December 3, 2012). "Houston's Boniek García named FutbolMLS.com’s 2012 Latino del Año". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 

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