Wilmer Velásquez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Neal and the second or maternal family name is Velásquez.
Wilmer Velásquez
Personal information
Full name Wilmer Raynel Neal Velásquez
Date of birth (1972-04-28) April 28, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Tela, Honduras
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Olimpia 35 (12)
1996 Concepción 19 (8)
1996–1998 Olimpia 78 (48)
1999 Sport-Recife 8 (1)
1999–2000 Olimpia 61 (32)
2001 Atlas 13 (1)
2001–2009 Olimpia 287 (120)
Total 489 (222)
National team
1994–2007 Honduras 47 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2008

Wilmer Raynel Neal Velásquez (born April 28, 1972 in Tela) is a retired Honduran footballer.

He is currently the all-time top goalscorer in the Honduran National Football League with 196 goals, and was the second player to reach 150 goals after Denilson Costa.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed El Matador, Velásquez started his professional career with Olimpia and he would not play for any other Honduran team during his career. He made his debut on 1 November 1990 against Platense and scored his first goal on 23 January 1992 against city rivals Motagua.[1] He did play for other teams though, with Concepción in Chile, Sport-Recife in Brazil and Atlas in Mexico but was not very successful with all of them.

In 2005, Velásquez was crowned one of the Top Goalscorers in the World by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. He made 15 goals with both the Honduras national football team and his club, Olimpia, finishing second only behind Brazilian player Adriano Leite Ribeiro, who scored 18 goals.[2]

He has won 12 titles of the Honduran League, all of them with Olimpia. In December 2008 he announced he would retire after the 2009 Clausura.[3] He has scored 318 goals in competitive games, 258 of them for Olimpia.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup CONCACAF Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olimpia 1990–91 2 0
1991–92 8 2
1992–93 4 1
1993–94 10 3
1994–95 11 6
1996–97 17 9
1997–98 A 24 19
1997–98 C 20 15
1998–99 4 4
1999–2000 A 19 12
1999–2000 C 19 12
2000–01 A 18 9
2001–02 A 12 7
2001–02 C 19 10
2002–03 A 19 6
2002–03 C 18 4
2003–04 A 18 6
2003–04 C 7 2
2004–05 A 19 9
2004–05 C 16 6
2005–06 A 16 5
2005–06 C 15 3
2006–07 A 17 9
2006–07 C 14 6
2007–08 A 11 2
2007–08 C 18 10
2008–09 A 15 5
2008–09 C 18 6
2009–10 A 17 8
Total 400 196

International career[edit]

Velásquez made his debut for Honduras in an April 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Panama in which he famously scored four goals. He has earned a total of 47 caps, scoring 35 goals.[5] He has represented his country in only 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[6] and played at the 1997,[7] 2005[8] and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cups[9] as well as at the 1998,[10] 2003[11] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[12]

His final international was a February 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Nicaragua, in which he again scored four goals.

International goals[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

CD Olimpia

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup

References[edit]