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14 June 2018

11 Latics players have been involved in the FIFA World Cup over the years, here's a look back at each one ahead of the 2018 tournament.

  • Latics' involvement in the FIFA World Cup rises with inclusion of Samy Morsy in Egypt's squad.
  • 11 players have represented Latics across eight nations in the World Cup.
  • From Pascal Chimbonda and Josip Skoko in 2006 to Jean Beausejour, Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia in 2014, we profile our previous World Cup stars.


Heineken Lounge England 2018 FIFA World Cup matches

For the fourth FIFA World Cup running, Wigan Athletic have a player involved in the tournament, with club captain Samy Morsy set to kick off his campaign with the Egypt national team on Friday 15 June against Uruguay.

The 26-year-old midfielder is the 11th Latics player to be involved in a World Cup, following in the footsteps of Pascal Chimbonda (France), Josip Skoko (Australia), Hendry Thomas, Maynor Figueroa, Juan Carlos Garcia and Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Steve Gohouri (Ivory Coast), Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia), Richard Kingson (Ghana) and Jean Beausejour (Chile).

Let's take a look at each player and their involvement in the competition, starting with the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

2006 - Pascal Chimbonda - France

Pascal Chimbonda France World Cup 2006 sub Franck Ribery and William Gallas

After a landmark debut season for the PFA Team of the Year right back during Latics' first campaign in the Premier League, Pascal Chimbonda received the call to join Raymond Domenech's France squad, brushing shoulders with the likes of Zinedine Zidance, Patrick Vieira and David Trezeguet.

Chimbonda, who joined Tottenham Hotspur after the finals, was an unused substitute throughout the competition, but did witness his team mates reach the World Cup final, only for Les Bleus to be beaten 5-3 on penalties by Italy.

2006 - Josip Skoko - Australia

Josip Skoko Australia

Although he ended the 2005-06 domestic campaign out on loan at Stoke City, Josip Skoko was very much still a Latics player for the 2006 World Cup, but like his team mate Chimbonda above, he was an unused substitute throughout Australia's run in the tournament.

The Socceroos made it through the group stage to the first knockout round by beating Japan 3-1 and drawing with Croatia 2-2 to finish second behind Brazil who defeated them 2-0. Guus Hiddink's side were eliminated by eventual winners Italy in a close-fought knockout clash, with Francesco Totti on target from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time.

2010 - Maynor Figueroa - Honduras

Maynor Figueroa Honduras

By this time Maynor Figueroa was a key ingredient in Latics' Premier League mix, but despite his experience in England's top flight, Los Catrachos suffered group stage heartbreak in their second-ever World Cup appearance.

Figueroa featured in all three matches; a 1-0 defeat to Chile, a 2-0 defeat to Spain and a 0-0 draw against Switzerland as Reinaldo Rueda's men finished bottom of their group.

2010 - Hendry Thomas - Honduras

Hendry Thomas Honduras v Switzerland 2010 World Cup

A regular in Roberto Martinez's Latics team during the 2009-10 campaign, Hendry Thomas joined team mate Maynor Figueroa in Honduras' squad. The midfielder featured twice in Los Catrachos' group stage involvement, in the 1-0 defeat to Chile and the 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

2010 - Steve Gohouri - Ivory Coast

Steve Gohouri Ivory Coast

The late Steve Gohouri signed on loan for Latics in January 2010 before making his move from Borussia Monchengladbach permanent in July 2010.

Gohouri's five appearances in the Premier League, including an overhead kick against Hull City, earned him a spot in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad, but he was an unused substitute as the Elephants were eliminated in the group stage following a 0-0 draw with Portugal, 3-1 defeat to Brazil and a 3-0 victory against North Korea.

2010 - Vladimir Stojkovic - Serbia

Vladimir Stojkovic Serbia

Serbia's number one goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic joined Latics in January 2010 and made six appearances in the first team ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Although he eventually left the club after the competition to join Partizan Belgrade, Stojkovic was still a Latics player when he made his three appearances in a 1-0 defeat to Ghana, a shock 1-0 victory over eventual group winners Germany and a 2-1 defeat to Australia.

Stojkovic will represent Serbia again, eight years on, in this summer's competition.

2010 - Richard Kingson - Ghana

Richard Kingson Ghana

The second goalkeeper on our list, Richard Kingson was in exactly the same situation as Serbian stopper Vladimir Stojkovic in that he was due to leave Latics in July 2010.

Kingson has been Latics' most successful player at a World Cup in terms of progression through the tournament, as Ghana reached the quarter finals in 2010, only to be eliminated by Uruguay on penalties. Kingson featured in every game, including; a 1-0 win against Serbia, a 1-1 draw with Australia, a 1-0 defeat to Germany, a 2-1 win against USA and the Uruguay defeat, although, by that time his contract at the DW Stadium had expired.

2014 - Roger Espinoza - Honduras

Roger Espinoza Honduras v England

Popular midfielder Roger Espinoza became the third Latics player to represent Honduras at a FIFA World Cup. An FA Cup winner in 2013, Espinoza went on to feature in all three of Los Catrachos' group stage matches in Brazil in 2014, including; a 3-0 defeat to France, a 2-1 defeat to Ecuador and a 3-0 defeat to Switzerland.

2014 - Juan Carlos Garcia - Honduras

Juan Carlos Garcia

Alongside his team mate Roger Espinoza, the late Juan Carlos Garcia featured in two of Honduras' World Cup outings in 2014.

Garcia played in the 2-1 defeat to Ecuador and the 3-0 defeat to Switzerland.

2014 - Jean Beausejour - Chile

Jean Beausejour Chile v England

Despite his exit from the club looming in the July of the 2014 competition, Jean Beausejour became the first Wigan Athletic player to score a goal at a World Cup when he added Chile's third in their 3-1 group stage victory over Australia.

The flying left wing back featured in only one more match for La Roja, a 2-0 defeat to Netherlands, but Chile qualified from their group thanks to a 2-0 victory over Spain. 

Jorge Sampaoli's South American side were eliminated on penalties in the first knockout round by hosts and eventual fourth place nation Brazil with Beausejour as an unused substitute.

2018 - Samy Morsy - Egypt

Samy Morsy Egypt FIFA World Cup 2018

Group stage matches

Friday 15 June v Uruguay, kick off 1.00pm
Tuesday 19 June v Russia, kick off 7.00pm
Monday 25 June v Saudi Arabia, kick off 3.00pm


2010 - Antolin Alcaraz - Paraguay

Antolin Alcaraz goal Paraguay v Italy World Cup 2010

An agreement was in place for Antolin Alcaraz to sign for Wigan Athletic, however, he was still a registered Club Brugge player at the time of the 2010 World Cup.

Alcaraz scored in Paraguay's opening match, a 1-1 draw against Italy. He also featured in a 2-0 win against Slovakia and a 0-0 draw with Japan, before losing out to eventual winners Spain 1-0 in the first knockout round.


Heineken Lounge England 2018 FIFA World Cup matches

Samy Morsy is the third Wigan Athletic player to represent an African nation at a FIFA World Cup, but can you name the 13 other African players to feature for the club in domestic competitions? This includes players born in African nations or to represent an African nation on the international stage.

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