Francis (footballer)

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Francis
Personal information
Full name Francisco Jesús Pérez Malia
Date of birth (1981-12-17) 17 December 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Barbate, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Racing Santander
Number 7
Youth career
Barbate
Xerez
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2010 Xerez 199 (2)
2001 Getafe (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2002 San Fernando (loan) 36 (3)
2002–2003 Écija (loan) 31 (4)
2010– Racing Santander 114 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Malia.

Francisco Jesús Pérez Malia, commonly known as Francis (born 17 December 1981 in Barbate, Cádiz), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Racing de Santander mainly as a right defender.

Football career[edit]

Francis made his senior debuts with local Xerez CD. After three consecutive loans with third division sides, including Getafe CF, he returned to his alma mater and made his professional debuts in 2003–04's second level, scoring once in 26 games. He went on to become an important first-team member, with the Andalusians achieving a first-ever La Liga promotion in the 2008–09 campaign.

Francis spent most of the short-lived top division season as a right back. On 8 May 2010, as Xerez still harboured chances of staying in the top flight, he netted his only goal of the campaign, in a 3–2 home win against Real Zaragoza;[1] late into that month, his contract expired and he signed with Racing de Santander for four seasons.[2]

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