Boniek García

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Óscar Boniek García
Óscar Boniek García Ramírez.jpg
García warming up at Livestrong Sporting Park
Personal information
Full name Óscar Boniek García Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 27
Youth career
2003 Real Patepluma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2012 Olimpia 115 (14)
2006–2007 Marathón (loan)
2012– Houston Dynamo 120 (12)
National team
2005– Honduras 114 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 8, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 31, 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.

Óscar Boniek García Ramírez (born September 4, 1984) is a Honduran footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. He received his middle name Boniek after famous Polish international player Zbigniew Boniek.[2]

Club career[edit]

García made his senior debut on August 10, 2003 with Real Patepluma, losing 4–1 to Atlético Olanchano.[3] In 2004, he joined Olimpia of Honduras. He also played for Marathón of Honduras. He also went for a 15-day trial with French club Paris Saint Germain and played two friendly games with the team that toured Portugal to play against Vitória Guimarães and Benfica.

García playing against Sporting Kansas City on July 7, 2012.

During August 2009, it was announced that he would travel to Wigan Athletic of the English Premiership, in order to sign a three-year contract with the club, along with fellow Honduran, Roger Rojas. The contract was not signed and García stayed with Olimpia.

On June 7, 2012, García signed with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo to become their 2nd ever Designated Player. On July 15, 2012, he scored his first goal in a Dynamo jersey and in Major League Soccer against D.C. United in the 62nd minute. On November 26, 2012, Boniek was awarded the "Player's Player of the Year" award, despite playing only half of the season.[4]

International career[edit]

García made his debut for Honduras in a July 2005 friendly match against Canada and has earned, as of July 2015, a total of 105 caps, scoring two goals. He has represented his country in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at the 2007,[6] 2009,[7] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups[8] as well as at the 2005,[9] 2007,[10] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[11] He was also a non-playing squad member at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He eventually played all three group E matches for Honduras National team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil including against France national Team when he came on as a substitute.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 4, 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  El Salvador 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2. June 11, 2013 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Jamaica 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. March 29, 2016 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

He was given the middle name Boniek in honour of Zbigniew Boniek, the famous Polish international footballer.[13] García chose to have the name "Boniek" written across the back of his jersey while playing for Houston.

Garcia holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

C.D. Olimpia
Houston Dynamo

International[edit]

Honduras

Individual[edit]

  • MLS Latin Player of the Year (Latino del Año): 2012[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ MŚ:Boniek będzie kibicował...Bońkowi, onet.pl, 2010-06-04 (Polish)
  3. ^ "Boniek García: "Mi máximo anhelo es ganar la Copa MLS"" (in Spanish). La Prensa. November 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Houston Dynamo announce 2012 team awards". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Boniek GarcíaFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (January 29, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Courtney, Barrie (June 19, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco; Torres, Steven (January 4, 2013). "Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup)". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Courtney, Barrie; Saaid, Hamdan (July 30, 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Saaid, Hamdan (July 19, 2007). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco (July 11, 2013). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Honduras Squad list". FIFA.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MŚ: Boniek będzie kibicował... Bońkowi" (in Polish). onet.pl. June 4, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2016/06/14/what-do-you-need-know-lamar-hunt-us-open-cup
  15. ^ Pinzón, Diego (December 3, 2012). "Houston's Boniek García named FutbolMLS.com's 2012 Latino del Año". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 

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