Guillermo Franco

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Guillermo Franco
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Franco at West Ham United in April 2010
Personal information
Full name Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson
Date of birth (1976-11-03) 3 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Corrientes, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 San Lorenzo 96 (23)
2002–2005 Monterrey 119 (63)
2006–2009 Villarreal 81 (14)
2009–2010 West Ham United 23 (5)
2010–2012 Vélez Sársfield 18 (5)
2012 Pachuca 12 (0)
2012 Chicago Fire 3 (0)
Total 352 (110)
National team
2005–2010 Mexico 25 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson (born 3 November 1976) is a former Argentine-born Mexican football striker. Franco last played for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire. He also played for the Mexico national team, until his international retirement in September 2010.

Early life[edit]

Guillermo Franco was born in Corrientes, the capital city of the Corrientes Province in Argentina.

Club career[edit]

San Lorenzo[edit]

Franco began his career with Argentine Primera División side San Lorenzo, playing with the team from 1996 to 2002 mainly as a right winger.

Monterrey[edit]

He then joined Mexican Monterrey in the middle of 2002, and made his debut during the 2002 Apertura. Franco was very successful with the Rayados, and led the league in scoring during the 2004 Apertura with 15 goals in 16 games, playing as a striker. He was part of the team that won the Primera División de México championship in 2003 and achieved runner-up position twice in 2004 and 2005.

Villareal[edit]

Subsequently, Franco spent three years in Spain playing for Villarreal, but his spell was plagued with injuries. The forward, however, scored a goal that qualified Villarreal for the UEFA Cup, in a 1–0 victory against Celta de Vigo.

West Ham United[edit]

In September 2009, Franco signed for West Ham United on a one-year contract, becoming the first Mexican to play for the Hammers.[1] On 25 September, it was disclosed that due to West Ham's perilous financial situation following former chairman Björgólfur Guðmundsson's financial collapse, West Ham's CEO Scott Duxbury, and their Sporting and Football Technical Director Gianluca Nani, had part financed the deal from their own salaries.[2] Franco made his debut for West Ham on 17 October 2009 in a 2–1 away defeat to Stoke City.[3] He scored his first goal for the team on 31 October 2009 to put them 1–0 up against Sunderland away from home, in a game that finished 2–2.[4] Franco became the third Mexican player to score in the Premier League, Jared Borgetti and Carlos Vela being the first and second respectively.[citation needed] On 24 April 2010, Franco assisted Scott Parker, who scored for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Wigan Athletic; a win which would see them safe from relegation.[5] In May, despite his wish to stay at the club, it was announced that West Ham had released Franco.[6]

Vélez Sársfield[edit]

The striker then spent one semester as a free agent, until he joined Vélez Sársfield back in Argentina on January 2011.[7] He signed a one-year deal making his debut coming on as a second half substitute for Santiago Silva on a 2–2 draw at Independiente, for the first fixture of the 2011 Clausura. Subsequently, he played the starting minutes of the Copa Libertadores debut against Caracas FC, suffering a shoulder injury that left him out for the remainder of the season.[8] Having played less than 30 minutes, he offered the club to terminate his contract, or suspend his salary until he recovered,[9] though Vélez rejected it. He returned for the 2011 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals, entering the field and scoring one goal from a penalty in a 4–2 victory over Libertad. He also played the last 5 games of the 2011 Clausura (one as a starter),[10] helping his team win the Argentine league title.

Pachuca[edit]

On 21 January 2012, he joined to Pachuca of the Mexican Primera División. The next season, the Chicago Fire signed him.[11]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Franco signed with Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire on 14 September 2012.[11] On 21 January 2013 the club announced Franco's contract option was not picked up for the new season.[12]

On 29 January 2013, Franco announced his retirement from football.[13]

International career[edit]

In 2004, Franco became a naturalized Mexican citizen[14] after settling in Mexico in 2002; and made his debut for the national side in 2005.

He played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was a part of the triumphant 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad. During the 2010 World Cup qualification, he contributed two goals in six games. Franco played in all four matches for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In September 2010, he announced his retirement from international football.

Statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1995–96 San Lorenzo Primera División
(Argentina)
3 0 - - - - 3 0
1996–97 6 0 - - - - 6 0
1997–98 10 1 - - - - 10 1
1998–99 6 0 - - - - 6 0
1999–00 26 10 - - - - 26 10
2000–01 19 7 - - - - 19 7
2001–02 26 5 - - - - 26 5
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200203 Monterrey Primera División
(Mexico)
39 15 - - - - 39 15
200304 30 12 - - - - 30 12
200405 28 23 - - - - 28 23
200506 22 13 - - - - 22 13
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2005–06 Villareal La Liga 12 4 0 0 5 0 17 4
2006–07 27 2 5 0 - - 32 2
2007–08 24 8 0 0 6 1 30 9
2008–09 18 0 1 1 6 1 25 2
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2009–10 West Ham United Premier League 23 5 0 0 - - 23 5
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2010–11 Vélez Sársfield Primera División
(Argentina)
6 0 - - 3 1 9 1
2011–12 11 5 - - 6 4 17 9
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2011–12 Pachuca Primera División
(Mexico)
12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2012 Chicago Fire MLS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total Argentina 113 27 - - 9 5 121 32
Mexico 131 63 - - - - 131 63
Spain 81 14 6 1 17 2 104 17
England 23 5 0 0 - - 23 5
USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 250 109 6 1 24 5 280 117

International[edit]

As of 14 November 2010

National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2005 4 1
2006 6 1
2007 0 0
2008 2 0
2009 8 4
2010 5 1
Total 25 7

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2005 Estadio Alfonso Lastras, San Luis Potosí, Mexico  Guatemala 1–1 5–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification[18]
2. 1 March 2006 Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, United States  Ghana 1–0 1–0 Friendly[19]
3. 10 June 2009 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[20]
4. 23 July 2009 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Costa Rica 1–0 5–3 (p.s.o.) 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup[21]
5. 26 July 2009 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  United States 0–5 0–5 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup[22]
6. 5 September 2009 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 0–2 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[23]
7. 24 May 2010 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 2–1 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

San Lorenzo
CF Monterrey
Vélez Sársfield

International[edit]

Mexico

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franco signs www.whufc.com
  2. ^ West Ham chiefs pay for striker with their own money www.thisislondon.co.uk
  3. ^ Scrivener, Peter (17 October 2009). "Stoke 2–1 West Ham". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Dawkes, Phil (31 October 2009). "Sunderland 2–2 West Ham". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Bevan, Chris (24 April 2010). "BBC Sport – Football – West Ham 3–2 Wigan". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mexico striker Guillermo Franco released by West Ham just 24 hours after Wembley goal | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ricardo Gareca ya tiene su primer refuerzo" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "México: Guillermo Franco, cuatro meses fuera por lesión" (in Spanish). Goal.com. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Franco: "Mientras me recupere, no cobraré ni un centavo"". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 18 February 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Closing '11 statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  11. ^ a b http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/09/fire-sign-guillermo-franco
  12. ^ "Three Fire Midfielders Return To Fold in 2013". chicago-fire.com. 21 January 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/mexico/noticias/2013/01/29/el-guille-franco-anuncia-su-retiro-como-futbolista
  14. ^ Tom Bryant (17 September 2009). "Guillermo Franco signs for West Ham | Football | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mediotiempo". Mediotiempo. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  16. ^ Guillermo Luis Farcuason Franco (3 November 1976). "Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "Guillermo Franco". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mexico vs Guatemala". Fifa.com. 8 October 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mexico vs Ghana". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago". Fifa.com. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  21. ^ "Costa Rica vs Mexico, Gold Cup". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "USA vs Mexico". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  23. ^ "Costa Rica vs Mexico". Fifa.com. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 

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