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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TT Number 2 : Guillermo Franco ( Guille Franco)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson, was born 3 November 1976 is a Argentinian-born Mexican football player who plays as a striker. He currently plays for the Mexico national team.

Franco began his career with Argentine first division side San Lorenzo, playing with the team from 1996 to 2002. Franco then joined Monterrey in the middle of 2002, and made his debut during the 2002 Apertura. Franco was very successful with the Rayados, and led the league in scoring during the 2004 Apertura with 15 goals in 16 games. He was in the team which won the championship in 2003 and achieved runner-up position twice in 2004 and 2005.

Franco spent 3 years in Spain, playing for Villarreal but his spell was plagued with injury. Franco was, however, the scorer of a goal by which Villarreal qualified for the UEFA Cup in a 1–0 victory against Celta Vigo.

In September 2009 Franco signed for West Ham United on a one year contract, becoming the first Mexican to sign for the Hammers. On 25 September it was disclosed that due to West Ham's perilous financial situation following former chairman Björgólfur Guðmundsson's financial collapse, West Ham's CEO Scott Duxbury, and their Sporting and Football Technical Director Gianluca Nani, had part financed the deal from their own salaries. He made his debut for West Ham on 17 October 2009 in a 2–1 away defeat to Stoke City. He scored his first goal for West Ham on 31 October 2009 to put them 1–0 up against Sunderland away from home in a game which finished 2–2. Franco became the third Mexican player to score in the Premier League, Jared Borgetti and Carlos Vela being the first and second respectively.[citation needed] On 24 April 2010, Franco assisted Scott Parker who scored for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Wigan Athletic; a win which would see them safe from relegation. In May, despite his wish to stay at the club, it was announced that West Ham had released Franco.


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