Izaguirre playing for Celtic in 2010
|Full name||Emilio Arturo Izaguirre Girón|
|Date of birth||10 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Emilio Arturo Izaguirre Girón (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈmiljo iθaˈɣire]; born 10 May 1986) is a Honduran footballer who plays as a left back for Scottish Premiership side Celtic and for the Honduras national team.
Emilio is a size 8 and is known to enjoy a pair or 3 of air force. He started his career at Motagua, where he stayed for seven years. In 2010, Celtic spent £1.50m to sign him, and he picked up four major player awards in the 2010–11, first season in Scotland. He has played over 200 games across all competitions for Celtic, winning honours including five consecutive league titles.
On 22 July 2008, he had a 17-day trial with English Championship outfit Ipswich Town, but was unable to play in any matches, having not received international clearance from Motagua. He therefore failed to win a contract and the move fell through. The following April, he was close to a move to Belgium's RSC Anderlecht.
In July 2010, it was reported that Toronto FC of Major League Soccer were interested in signing Izaguirre to a designated player contract, after two stand out performances in the CONCACAF Champions League against the Canadian side, but this move did not happen either.
Izaguirre agreed a four-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Celtic on 18 August 2010, subject to receiving a work permit. He signed for an undisclosed fee and was given the number 3 shirt. He made his SPL debut in a 1–0 victory at Motherwell on 29 August, giving a solid performance that drew plaudits from Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Motherwell counterpart Craig Brown. On 19 September, Izaguirre set up Anthony Stokes for the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. On 30 October, he scored his first Celtic goal against St Johnstone, where he intercepted a back pass then flicked the ball over St Johnstone centre back Dave MacKay, before slotting a goal under the goalkeeper. The game ended 3–0 to Celtic, with Izaguirre awarded man of the match for his performance. In Celtic's 3–0 victory over Rangers on 20 February 2011, he set up Gary Hooper's second goal.
In the 2011 League Cup Final defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers, Izaguirre was sent off in extra time for a foul on Vladimír Weiss. On 6 April 2011, he had another man of the match performance against Hibernian in a 3–1 victory, setting up Stokes for the first goal of the game. In the 2010–11 SPL season, Izaguirre achieved a clean sweep of available senior player awards as chosen by players, organisations and the Celtic supporters. Izaguirre won both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year and Scottish Premier League Player of the Year awards for 2010–11. The judging panel for the latter award described Izaguirre as a "class act", while Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby commented that Izaguirre could become one of the best players in his position in world football. On 8 May, at Celtic's award ceremony, Izaguirre picked up the Players' Player of the Year Award. Finally, he was voted Scottish Football Writers player of the year.
Izaguirre suffered a broken ankle in the second match of Celtic's season on 7 August against Aberdeen, requiring surgery which ruled out for between four and six months. On 27 August, he signed a new contract with Celtic, due to run until 2015. Izaguirre returned to training, after recovering from his ankle injury, in December. He made his long-awaited return as a substitute on 2 January 2012 in Celtic's 3–0 win over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.
Izaguirre played 32 league games as he won a second consecutive Scottish league title, and also featured in the 2013 Cup final, a 3–0 win over Hibernian on 26 May.
On 30 May 2014, Izaguirre signed a new contract with Celtic, keeping him at the club until 2017.
He made his senior debut for Honduras in a January 2007 friendly match against Denmark. He has represented his country in 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2007 and 2009 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- As of match played 27 May 2016
- Scottish Premiership (5): 2011–2012, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Scottish Cup (2): 2011, 2013
- Scottish League Cup (1): 2015
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Desafíe a Ismael LaPrensa, 7 May 2009
- Izaguirre is ready to live the dream STV Sport, 28 August 2010
- Celtic help Emilio Izaguirre live out his dream BBC Sport, 28 August 2010
- "Un back gauche Hondurien !" [A Honduran left back!] (in French). DH. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- Emilio Izaguirre aún podría emigrar pues tiene ofertas de Toronto y Rangers de Escocia Univision, 10 August 2010
- Celtic sign Honduras defender Izaguirre on four-year deal Reuters, 18 August 2010
- "Celtic complete deal for left-back Emilio Izaguirre". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 August 2010.
- "Motherwell 0 - 1 Celtic". BBC Sport (BBC). 29 August 2010.
- "Emilio Izaguirre delights Celtic manager Neil Lennon". BBC Sport (BBC). 29 August 2010.
- Lennon: Izaguirre had fantastic debut STV Sport, 30 October 2010
- Motherwell 0 Celtic 1 The Scottish Sun, 30 August 2010
- Kilmarnock 1 Celtic 2: Anthony Stokes fires winner as Bhoys come from behind to claim victory Mail Online, 19 September 2010
- St Johnstone 0 - 3 Celtic ESPN Soccernet, 30 October 2010
- Anthony Stokes, Niall McGinn and Emilio Izaguirre speak to ESPN ESPN, 30 October 2010
- Match commentary - St Johnstone 0 Celtic 3 Sky Sports, 30 October 2010
- Celtic 3 - 0 Rangers: Gary Hooper strikes leave Rangers trailing Scotsman.com, 20 February 2011
- Celtic 1-2 Rangers: the key moments STV Sport, 20 March 2011
- Celtic 1 Rangers 2: match report The Telegraph, 20 March 2011
- Deadly duo fire Celtic back to the top of the table Celtic FC, 6 April 2011
- Celtic 3 Hibernian 1: match report The Telegraph, 6 April 2011
- "Emilio Izaguirre wins Scotland's players' player prize". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "SPL announces award winners for season 2010-2011". BBC Sport. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Emilio scoops a double at Celtic Player of the Year Awards". Celtic FC. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "More awards for Izaguirre, Goodwillie and Paatelainan". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- "Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre breaks an ankle". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Bhoys cock-a-hoop as Izaguirre and Mulgrew sign new deals". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "Emilio Izaguirre ready for Celtic return". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- "Dunfermline 0-3 Celtic". BBC Sport. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Lamont, Alasdair (26 May 2013). "Hibernian 0-3 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "Emilio Izaguirre and Mikael Lustig sign new Celtic contracts". BBC Sport Football. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Emilio Izaguirre BBC Sport, May 2010
- Emilio Izaguirre – FIFA competition record
- UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007 - Details - RSSSF
- UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre takes 'Roberto Carlos' billing in his stride The Guardian, 17 April 2011
- Celtic can achieve European success if current squad is kept together, says Emilio Izaguirre Daily Record, 3 May 2011
- "Football: Emilio Izaguirre". FootballDatabase.eu. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- Emilio Izaguirre career statistics at Soccerbase
- "Izaguirre, Emilio". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
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