Milton Núñez

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Milton Núñez
Personal information
Full name Milton Omar Núñez García
Date of birth (1972-10-30) 30 October 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Sambo Creek, Honduras
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1][2]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Deportes Progreseño
1993 Real España 12 (0)
1994–1998 Comunicaciones 77 (16)
1998–1999 Nacional 40 (15)
1999 PAOK 5 (0)
1999–2001 Sunderland 1 (0)
2001 Nacional 17 (4)
2002 Comunicaciones
2002 Pachuca 18 (2)
2003–2004 Necaxa 28 (2)
2004–2005 Marathón 32 (9)
2005 Comunicaciones 11 (2)
2006–2007 Real España 41 (11)
2007–2008 Olimpia 24 (5)
2008–2009 Marathón 26 (7)
2009 Jalapa 16 (3)
2010 Universidad SC 22 (6)
2010–2011 Comunicaciones
2011–2016 Universidad SC
National team
1994–2008 Honduras[3] 86 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Milton Omar Núñez García (born October 30, 1972) is a retired Honduran footballer who played as a striker.

Nuñez played a few seasons in Honduras before moving abroad to play for Comunicaciones in Guatemala and for Nacional in Uruguay. He then briefly appeared for PAOK in the Superleague Greece and for Sunderland in the Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Sambo Creek, Honduras, Nuñez played a few seasons in Honduras with Deportes Progreseño and Real España before moving abroad to play for Guatemalan side Comunicaciones and for Uruguayan club Nacional.

PAOK[edit]

In 1999, Nuñez joined Greek club PAOK.

Sunderland[edit]

In March 2000, Nuñez signed for Premier League side Sunderland. The transfer fee paid to former club Nacional was reported as £1.6 million plus a possible further £1 million in bonuses.[4]

Perhaps the most popular theory surrounding his signing is that Peter Reid, who was the manager when Núñez was brought to the Stadium of Light, thought that he had signed Núñez's strike partner at PAOK, Adolfo Valencia, and not Núñez himself. Another theory, which seems untrue but is still often repeated[5][6] is that Nunez was in fact playing for a Uruguayan 3rd division team with a similar name to Nacional, something which later led to a lawsuit from Sunderland. Nunez stayed in England for 2 years before returning to Nacional, after playing just once for Sunderland against Wimbledon in the league[7] and Luton Town in the League Cup.[8]

He returned to Nacional and then had a couple of seasons in Mexico.

Back in Honduras[edit]

Núñez returned to his native Honduras in 2004 and he signed for Olimpia in summer 2007[9] and in June 2008 he rejoined Marathón[10] before moving abroad again.

Guatemala[edit]

In 2009, Núñez crossed the border to play for Guatemalan side Jalapa[11] and then joined USAC for the 2010 Clausura championship, along with Selvin Motta and former national team goalkeeper Paulo César Motta.[12] In June 2010, he rejoined Comunicaciones.[13]

In February 2013, a historic fine was imposed on a Guatemalan football club after fans of Heredia racially abused USAC's black striker Núñez.[14]

International career[edit]

Tyson made his debut for Honduras in a May 1994 Miami Cup match against El Salvador and has earned a total of 86 caps, scoring 33 goals, making him third on Honduras' national team's all-time goalscorers list.

He has represented his country in 24 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[15] and played at the 1995,[16] 1997,[17] 1999,[18] 2001,[19]2003[20] and 2005 UNCAF Nations Cups[21] as well as at the 1996,[22] 2000[23] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[24]

His final international was an October 2008 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Jamaica.

Personal life[edit]

Nuñez received the nickname Tyson due to his resemblance to former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Sources: [1]

International goals[edit]

Source: [3]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 5, 1994 Miami, United States  Peru 2–1 Win Miami Cup
2. December 3, 1995 Santa Ana, El Salvador  Guatemala 2–0 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1995
3. December 10, 1995 San Salvador, El Salvador  Guatemala 3–0 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1995
4. March 6, 1996 Miami, United States  Colombia 1–2 Loss Friendly
5. November 17, 1996 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 11–3 Win World Cup 1998 Qualifier
6. November 17, 1996 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 11–3 Win World Cup 1998 Qualifier
7. April 18, 1997 Guatemala City, Guatemala  El Salvador 3–0 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1997
8. March 17, 1999 San José, Costa Rica  Belize 5–1 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1999
9. March 24, 1999 San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 3–1 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1999
10. March 24, 1999 San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 3–1 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 1999
11. February 9, 2000 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 5–1 Win Friendly
12. February 9, 2000 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 5–1 Win Friendly
13. February 16, 2000 Miami, United States  Colombia 2–0 Win 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
14. March 4, 2000 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Nicaragua 3–0 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
15. May 7, 2000 Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Panama 3–1 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
16. June 3, 2000 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Haiti 4–0 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
17. June 17, 2000 Port au Prince, Haiti  Haiti 3–1 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
18. February 28, 2001 San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 2–2 Tie World Cup 2002 Qualifier
19. May 23, 2001 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Panama 1–2 Loss UNCAF Nations Cup 2001
20. May 25, 2001 Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Nicaragua 10–2 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2001
21. May 25, 2001 Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Nicaragua 10–2 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2001
22. September 1, 2001 Washington DC, United States  United States 3–2 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
23. September 1, 2001 Washington DC, United States  United States 3–2 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
24. September 5, 2001 Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Jamaica 1–0 Win World Cup 2002 Qualifier
25. November 20, 2002 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Colombia 1–0 Win Friendly
26. March 31, 2004 Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 2–2 Tie Friendly
27. February 19, 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Nicaragua 5–1 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2005
28. February 19, 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Nicaragua 5–1 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2005
29. February 21, 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Belize 4–0 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2005
30. February 21, 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Belize 4–0 Win UNCAF Nations Cup 2005
31. February 27, 2005 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Costa Rica 1–1 Tie UNCAF Nations Cup 2005
32. July 16, 2005 Foxboro, United States  Costa Rica 3–2 Win 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
33. October 7, 2006 Fort Lauderdale, United States  Guatemala 3–2 Win Friendly

Honours and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Comunicaciones

Nacional

Marathón

Real Espana

Olimpia

Country[edit]

Honduras

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Milton Núñez". National Football Teams. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Milton Nuñez". worldfootball.net. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Milton Omar Núñez - Goals in International Matches". The RSSSF Archive. November 3, 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Sunderland top transfer deadline deals". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. March 23, 2000. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "Nunez compensation".
  6. ^ "Worst Premier strikers".
  7. ^ "Sunderland 2 Wimbledon 1". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Luton 1 Sunderland 2 (Agg 1-5)". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Llegó el nuevo refuerzo albo Archived April 12, 2013, at Archive.today - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Novedad en Marathón son tres refuerzos Archived April 12, 2013, at Archive.today - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Tyson" Núñez pasa al Jalapa de Guatemala Archived April 12, 2013, at Archive.today - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Selvin Motta, Milton Núñez y Paulo Motta están felices en la U Archived February 16, 2010, at Archive.today - Prensa Libre (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Milton Omar "Tyson" Núñez García refuerzo crema Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine - Radio Emisoras Unidas (in Spanish)
  14. ^ FIFPro disturbed by racist abuse of Milton Núñez - FIFPRO
  15. ^ Milton NúñezFIFA competition record
  16. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1995 Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  17. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1997[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
  18. ^ UNCAF Tournament 1999 - RSSSF
  19. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2001 - Details Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  20. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2003 - Details Archived January 17, 2010, at WebCite - RSSSF
  21. ^ Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2005 - Details Archived January 17, 2010, at WebCite - RSSSF
  22. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1996 - Full Details Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  23. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 - Full Details - RSSSF
  24. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details Archived October 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - RSSSF
  25. ^ Ramos, Ismael (December 31, 2008). "Desafíe a Ismael". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2018.

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