Figueroa playing for Wigan Athletic in 2010
|Full name||Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez|
|Date of birth||2 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Jutiapa, Honduras|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back / Left Back|
|Current club||Hull City|
|2008||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||2||(0)|
|2008||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||17||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:43, 5 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Jutiapa, Atlántida Department, Figueroa started his career with Victoria, before moving to Olimpia in 2003. He later became club captain. In 2007, Figueroa received offers from Major League Soccer clubs, one of which was revealed to be 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 favourable to Olimpia or Figueroa.
On 20 December 2007, Honduran newspaper El Heraldo reported that, 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. 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 following a successful loan spell.
On 23 December 2008, Wigan announced Figueroa had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to join permanently. 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. 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 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, he had made 81 appearances and scored twice in all competitions for Wigan. On 26 February 2011, he made his 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 he scored a goal against fellow relegation struggling side Birmingham City 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.
Newly promoted Premier League side Hull City announced the signing of Figueroa on a free transfer on 17 June 2013. He made his debut on the first day of the 2013–14 season in a 2–0 loss away at Chelsea.
Figueroa made his debut for Honduras in 2003 and has since gone on to score three goals, against Belize, Cuba and Jamaica. He was part of the Honduras squad at the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups. He 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. He has won a total of 100 caps, scoring 3 goals since his debut back in 2003.
- Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
|1.||6 July 2005||Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, USA||Trinidad and Tobago||1–1||1–1||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||10 October 2006||Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, USA||Guatemala||1–0||2–1||Friendly match|
|3.||15 October 2013||Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica||Jamaica||2-1||2-2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)|
Honours and awards
- C.D. Olimpia
- "Figueroa". FootballDatabase. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
- "Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
- "Wigan swoop for defender Figueroa". BBC Sport. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- "It Fig-ures". Wigan Athletic F.C. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- "Figueroa wraps up move to Wigan". BBC Sport. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- Hughes, Ian (11 January 2009). "Wigan 1–0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
- Percy, John (14 December 2009). "Maynor Figueroa halfway to Wigan paradise". The Times (London). Retrieved 14 December 2009.
- Fletcher, Paul (12 December 2009). "Stoke 2–2 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- "Hugo Rodallega keeps Wigan in top flight with goal against Stoke City". The Guardian. 22 May 2011.
- "Nott'm Forest 1–4 Wigan: First-half blitz helps Latics dodge banana-skin". The Mirror. 28 August 2012.
- "Tigers Sign Figueroa". hullcityafc.net (Hull City AFC). 17 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Chelsea 2 – 0 Hull". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Honduras: World Cup 2010 team guide". The Guardian. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maynor Figueroa.|
- Maynor Figueroa official website
- Maynor Figueroa career stats at Soccerbase
- Maynor Figueroa at National-Football-Teams.com