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Maynor Figueroa
Personal information
Full name Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez[1]
Date of birth 2 May 1983 (1983-05-02) (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Jutiapa, Honduras
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic
Number 31
Youth career
1993–1999 Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Victoria 24 (2)
2003–2008 Olimpia 100 (6)
2008 Wigan Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2008 Wigan Athletic (loan) 29 (1)
2008– Wigan Athletic 36 (1)
National team
Honduras U20 3 (1)
Honduras U23 8 (0)
2003– Honduras 65 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:15, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:34, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez (born 2 May 1983) is a Honduran footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic as a defender.

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Career

Born in Jutiapa, Atlántida Department,[1] Figueroa started his career with Victoria. He was captain of Olimpia. In 2007, Figueroa received offers from Major League Soccer clubs, one of which was revealed to be the New England Revolution, but Olimpia's administrator, Osman Madrid, turned down all the offers. Figueroa has had previous interest from foreign clubs aside from those in the MLS. Club Toluca of Mexico being one of those making offers during 2007. However, during an interview, Madrid indicated the terms sought by other teams had been neither agreeable nor economically favorable to Olimpia or Figueroa.

On 20 December 2007, Honduran newspaper El Heraldo reported, as a result of interest expressed by the Premier League club Wigan Athletic, Figueroa would be travelling to England. In January 2008, Figueroa joined Wigan on loan for the rest of the 2007–08 season.[2] 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.[3]

On 23 December 2008, Wigan announced Figueroa had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to join the club permanently.[4] He scored his first goal for Wigan on 11 January 2009. He scored a close range header to secure a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur[5] On 12 December 2009, Figueroa scored a goal against Stoke City from his own half to put Wigan in the lead. Figueroa noticed Stoke-goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen off his line during a free kick-situation and struck the ball quickly to send the ball soaring over Sørensen and into the net.[6] 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.[7]

Style of play

He is mostly known for his sensational left foot, his powerful shot, his ability to take set-pieces and his long throw.[citation needed]

Personal life

Maynor Figueroa is currently married to Sandra Norales, a professional handball player in England who currently plays for the Sheffield Handball Team of the British Handball Association. She is also an international with the Honduras women's national handball team or Federación Hondureña de Balonmano (FEHBALM).

Sandra and Maynor also have a child named Keyrol Alexis Figueroa. The family currently resides in Wigan, England.

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