Milton Núñez

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Milton Núñez
Personal information
Full name Milton Omar Núñez García
Date of birth (1972-10-30) October 30, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Sambo Creek, Honduras
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Deportivo 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 40 (2)
2004–2005 Marathón 32 (9)
2005 Comunicaciones 11 (2)
2006–2007 Real España 41 (11)
2007–2008 Olimpia 24 (5)
2008–2009 Marathón 35 (8)
2009 Jalapa 16 (3)
2010 Universidad SC 22 (6)
2010–2011 Comunicaciones
2011–2016 Universidad SC
National team
1994–2008 Honduras[1] 86 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2008
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Núñez and the second or maternal family name is García.

Milton Omar Núñez García (born October 30, 1972 in Sambo Creek, Honduras), aka Tyson is a soccer Honduran football player who currently plays in Guatemala.

Early life[edit]

Nicknamed Tyson due to his resemblance to former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson,[2] Milton Nuñez was born Milton Omar Nuñez García, to a hard-working family consisting of 8 siblings: Milton, his brother Luis, his sister Ana, his sister Karina, his brother Orlin, and his late brother Walter (1975–2010). Due to heavy alcoholism, Milton's father died when Milton was only 10 years old. He always played with his brothers in the alleys of San Salvador where he grew up.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

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

PAOK[edit]

PAOK signed him in 1999 for a huge for his playing value price of €3 million, after being approved by the great scouting eye of former PAOK scout and player, Stavros Sarafis. He was a failure as a transfer, and was then transferred for a fee of £1,6 million to Sunderland.[3]

Sunderland[edit]

Núñez is now somewhat a cult hero for Sunderland, due to his small size and only one appearance. 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[4][5] 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[6] and Luton Town in the League Cup.[7]

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[8] and in June 2008 he rejoined Marathón[9] before moving abroad again.

Guatemala[edit]

In 2009, Núñez crossed the border to play for Guatemalan side Jalapa[10] and then joined USAC for the 2010 Clausura championship, along with Selvin Motta and former national team goalkeeper Paulo César Motta.[11] In June 2010, he rejoined Comunicaciones.[12]

In February 2013, a historic fine was imposed on a Guatemalan football club after fans of Heredia racially abused USAC's black striker Núñez.[13]


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[14] and played at the 1995,[15] 1997,[16] 1999,[17] 2001,[18]2003[19] and 2005 UNCAF Nations Cups[20] as well as at the 1996,[21] 2000[22] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[23]

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

International goals[edit]

# 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]

C.S.D. Comunicaciones
Club Nacional de Football
C.D. Marathón
CD Real Espana
CD Olimpia

Country[edit]

Honduras

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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