Juan Carlos García (Honduran footballer)

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Juan Carlos García
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos García Barahona[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-08)8 March 1988
Place of birth Tela, Honduras
Date of death 8 January 2018(2018-01-08) (aged 29)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Marathón 53 (1)
2010–2013 Olimpia 80 (4)
2013–2016 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2014–2015Tenerife (loan) 0 (0)
Total 133 (5)
National team
2009–2014 Honduras 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Carlos García Barahona (8 March 1988 – 8 January 2018) was a Honduran footballer who played as a left-back.

He began his career at Marathón and later went on to Olimpia. He signed for Wigan Athletic in 2013, where he made one appearance in the Football League Cup. He also had a loan to Tenerife in which he did not play a match.

A full international from 2009 to 2014. García earned 39 caps for Honduras. He was included in their squads for three CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]


García came through the youth ranks of and started his senior career with C.D. Marathón.


On 12 July 2010, it was announced García would move on a free transfer to CD Olimpia.[3]

He made his first appearance for the club in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Honduras against Hispano in a 2–0 victory.

García was heavily criticized by the club's followers in the two finals of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Honduras in which he played. On 11 December 2010, in the 2nd leg final against Real España in the Apertura, Juan Carlos García was sent off in the 78th minute of the game after head butting Mario Martinez, which led to Real España winning 2–1 in extra time. On 15 May 2010, in the 2nd leg final against CD Olimpia in the Clausura, Amado Guevara had at shot at goal from outside of the area deflected by Juan Carlos García with a header that ended up in his own goal, which meant Motagua won the championship with a 1–3 victory.[4]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 26 July 2013, García signed a three-year contract with Wigan Athletic.[5] He made his debut for the club on 24 September, starting in a 5–0 away defeat in a Football League Cup third round match against Manchester City.[6] García made no further appearances that season, his only time named in the matchday squad as a substitute was for the Championship match on 6 October, a 2–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers.[7]

On 10 August 2014 García moved to Spanish Segunda División side CD Tenerife, on a season-long loan.[8] Two weeks later he was included in a matchday squad for the only time, a 0–1 defeat away to SD Ponferradina on the opening day.[9] He returned to Wigan on 8 January 2015, after making no appearances for the club. He was released by Wigan at the end of the 2015-16 season and subsequently retired.

International career[edit]

García made his debut for Honduras in a July 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Grenada. coming on as a sub for Carlos Palacios, and has as of December 2012. He also represented his country in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and played at the 2011 UNCAF Nations Cup,[11] as well as at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup[12] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[13]

On 3 June 2011, García was included by Luis Fernando Suárez in Honduras' 23-man squad for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup due to an injury to defender Emilio Izaguirre.[14]

On 6 February 2013, Garcia scored his lone international goal, a bicycle kick to equalise in a 2–1 home win against the United States during World Cup qualifying. It was the first time in 24 years that the United States had lost their first game of a World Cup qualification campaign.[15] He made one appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as Honduras exited in the group stage, replacing Izaguirre at half time in a 1–2 defeat to Ecuador in Curitiba on 21 June.[16]

International goals[edit]

N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 February 2013 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  United States 1–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Illness and death[edit]

On 16 February 2015, it was announced that García had been diagnosed with leukaemia.[17] He died on 8 January 2018.[18]


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Player Profile". Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. ^ Carlinho y Juan Carlos García a Olimpia Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine El Heraldo, 13 June 2010
  4. ^ Juan Carlos García, el villano de Olimpia [permanent dead link] Diario Diez, 17 May 2011
  5. ^ "Latics Complete Garcia Signing". Wigan Athletic F.C. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Man City 5-0 Wigan". BBC Sport. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Wigan 2-1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Juan Carlos García cedido al CD Tenerife. Un mundialista en la plantilla 14/15" [Juan Carlos García loaned to CD Tenerife. A World Cup player in the 14/15 squad] (in Spanish). Tenerife's official website. 10 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  9. ^ "El gol olímpico de Infante marcó la diferencia" [Infante's Olympic goal was the difference]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 August 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  10. ^ Juan Carlos GarcíaFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 - Full Details Archived 2014-07-26 at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  13. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
  14. ^ Juan Carlos García reemplazará a Izaguirre[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "U.S. Soccer Loses To Honduras 2–1 In World Cup 2014 Qualifier (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Honduras 1-2 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Juan Carlos Garcia: Wigan Athletic defender has leukaemia". BBC Sport. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Honduran player Juan Carlos Garcia dies". El Heraldo. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

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