Júnior Izaguirre

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Junior Izaguirre
Personal information
Full name Junior Gustavo Izaguirre Puerto
Date of birth (1979-08-12) 12 August 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Motagua
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2005 Motagua (31)
2005–2006 Peñarol 1 (0)
2006–2007 Marathón
2007–2010 Victoria
2011– Motagua 83 (1)
National team
1998–1999 Honduras U20
2000–2007 Honduras 27 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2007
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Izaguirre and the second or maternal family name is Puerto.

Junior Gustavo Izaguirre Puerto (born 12 August 1979) is a Honduran football defender, who currently plays for Motagua in the Liga Nacional de Honduras.[1]

Club career[edit]

Izaguirre started his professional career at Honduran giants Motagua with whom he stayed for 8 years. He was the hero of the 2001 Apertura championship final when he scored all three of Motagua's goals against Marathón.[2] In 2005 he moved abroad only for an unsuccessful campaign at Uruguayan top team Peñarol, due to an injury. He only played one match for them before his contract was terminated in April 2006.[3] He returned to Honduras to have a short spell at Marathón, then signed for Victoria. He returned to his first club, Motagua, before the 2011 Clausura championship.[4]

He is the top-scoring defender of Honduran football with 37 goals.[5]

International career[edit]

Izaguirre played at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship[6] and was a member of the national squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[7] Izaguirre then won many caps for the Honduran national team around the start of the 21st century, playing regularly in central defense.

He made his international debut against Canada on May 30, 2000,[8] and received his final cap against Nicaragua on February 15, 2007.[9] The high point of Izaguirre's international career came in the consolation match of the 2001 Copa América against Uruguay, when he scored in regulation time and hit the decisive penalty in the shootout to secure third-place honors for Honduras.[10] He has represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[11] and played at the 2001[12] and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cups[9] as well as at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 July 2001 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Uruguay 2–1 2–2 2001 Copa América
2. 3 August 2004 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 4–0 friendly match

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