Óscar Boniek García: Houston’s Bello di Notte    


by Nayib Moran on Mar.07.2013
  1. Zbigniew Boniek, once dazzled the football spectator with his dribbling skills in the Polish national team and Juventus. In 1982, Boniek, nicknamed “Zibi”, finished third place in Spain’s 1982 World Cup with Poland. In 1984, as Zibi lived his best footballer moments with the Turin side, Óscar Boniek García Ramírez was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

     

    His parents decided to give him the middle name of Boniek in honor of Zbigniew, who is currently the chairman of the Polish Football Association. In Houston, Boniek García, the Dynamo’s no. 27 is BBVA Compass Stadium’s magician made into footballer.

     

    García is member of a Dynamo team that can boast of an undefeated streak of 32 games at its home field. Last season as he made his MLS debut, Boniek scored four goals and had six assists in 17 regular season games. Before becoming an “Orange”, the Honduran had played for Olimpia and Marathón, two giant clubs in his home country.

     

    Boniek came to Houston to conquer, to become a better footballer, and to excel like his compatriot Roger Espinoza did at Sporting Kansas City. Espinoza now plays for Roberto Martínez’s Wigan Athletic in the English Premiership.

     

    His displays on the pitch in 2013 have shown a joyful and confident Boniek. His game with Honduras against the United States showcased him marking the tempo and pace of the midfield, while looking for the open space to pass the through ball to the two forwards Jerry Bengtson and Carlo Costly.

     

    García finished with an assist in that 2-1 victory that San Pedro Sula celebrated all night long. His importance on the pitch reached new heights after that February qualifier.

     

    In Houston his tempo is the same, and at moments magical because he is able to visualize a play three to five seconds quicker than the rest of his teammates.


  2. The Dynamo received Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, defending its unbeaten record against one of La Liga MXs top clubs created doubts even in the most loud and devoted fans.

     

    Boniek connected 33 of his 45 passes against Santos, finishing the match with a 73% passing accuracy. The team changed in spirits in the second half when Brad Davis came off the bench. Davis provides the fluidity on the left flank as García does on the other side of the field.

     

    Davis scored the winner to finish with a 1-0 win, but it was Boniek who got the “oh-ahs” and the “oles”. He is a dare devil, unafraid to bring three opponent defenders to attempt to take the ball away, just so he can only swerve his hips, step on the ball and squish out the trap like Zibi used to do it in Italy.

     

    Weeks after his arrival he understood Dominic Kinnear’s message on the pitch. He became the best Latino MLS player in the 2012 season and looks to repeat the feat in the present season.

     

    Gianni Agnelli, who was the president of Juventus during Zbigniew’s glory days, used to call the Polish star Bello di notte “Beauty at Night” for his excellent displays on the pitch during night games.

     

    Boniek García is Houston’s Bello di notte and his story is just beginning. 


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