Marco Antonio Figueroa
|Full name||Marco Antonio Figueroa Montero|
|Date of birth||21 February 1962|
|Place of birth||San Felipe, Chile|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1979–1983||Unión La Calera||?||(?)|
|2012||Unión San Felipe|
|2013–2014||Universidad de Chile|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Marco Antonio Figueroa Montero (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾko anˈtonjo fiɣeˈɾo.a]; born 21 February 1962) is a Chilean former footballer, currently manager. He is commonly known as "El Fantasma" (Spanish word: "The phantom"). Figueroa played as a striker and spent the majority of his playing career at Mexico, after retiring in 1998, at the Chilean powerhouse Universidad Católica, aged 36.
In January 2001, he debuted as head coach at the Guatemalan successful club Comunicaciones, signing the next season for Atlético Celaya of the Liga de Ascenso, in where Figueroa had two spells, after of direct to Salamanca F.C. of the same country in the 2003 season. Three years later, with abobe steps at Querétaro and UAG Tecos, in September 2006, he signed a contract with Monarcas Morelia, his old club when was player, team in where also was an historic goalscorer during the 1980s and 90s.
Figueroa came back to his homeland in July 2008 signing for Cobreloa, another old club in his career, of this form returning to his country after ten years out in Mexico and Guatemala. After a successful season at the team of Calama, reaching the Clausura Tournament semi–finals, in December of that year, he reached an agreement with Universidad Católica for direct to that team in the next season. At Católica, Figueroa was runner–up the 2009 Clausura Tournament, after a regular season in the last semester, despite of reach the semi–finals of the Apertura Tournament, being also named as the coach of the year according to El Gráfico. The next season, after a regular campaign with Católica in the first part of the league tournament and in the 2010 Copa Libertadores, he was fired of the club, but signed months later for O'Higgins.
On 11 April 2011, Figueroa signed a contract with the Primera B side Everton, replacing to Diego Osella, because the bad results that the Argentine coach reached in the first weeks of the Apertura Tournament of that division. At the club based in Viña del Mar, he was champion of the Clausura Tournament of that level, but not achieved the promotion, after of loss against Unión San Felipe and Rangers. The next season, he was fired from the club.
- Chilean Primera División (1): 1992
- Universidad Católica
- ANFP Golden Ball (1): Best coach 2009
- "Vuelve El Fantasma". Mexico D.F.: Espn.go.com. 19 September 2006.
- "Marco Antonio Figueroa será el entrenador de Cobreloa". Cooperativa.cl. 30 July 2008.
- "Marco Antonio Figueroa es el nuevo técnico de la UC". Emol.com. 11 December 2008.
- Beovic, Daniel (11 April 2011). "Marco Antonio Figueroa es el nuevo DT de Everton". Redgol.cl.
- Los Reyes del Gol: Marco Antonio Figueroa
- Marco Antonio Figueroa (Marco Antonio Figueroa Montero) – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (Spanish)