Paco Alcácer

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Paco Alcácer
Paco Alcácer a Torrent (2014).jpg
Alcácer in 2014
Personal information
Full name Francisco Alcácer García
Date of birth (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Torrent, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2003 CD Monte-Sión
2003–2005 Torrent CF
2005–2009 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Valencia B 64 (42)
2011– Valencia 29 (10)
2012–2013 Getafe (loan) 20 (3)
National team
2009 Spain U16 3 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U17 11 (14)
2011 Spain U18 3 (5)
2011–2012 Spain U19 16 (7)
2013 Spain U20 7 (3)
2013– Spain U21 1 (0)
2014– Spain 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Alcácer and the second or maternal family name is García.

Francisco 'Paco' Alcácer García (born 30 August 1993) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Valencia CF as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Torrent, Valencian Community, Alcácer was a product of Valencia CF's youth system. He made his senior debuts in the 2009–10 season aged only 16, scoring three goals in 15 games with the reserve side and suffering relegation from Segunda División B. On 11 November 2010 he appeared in his first match with the first team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 home win against UD Logroñés (7–1 on aggregate) for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[1]

On 12 August 2011, after Alcácer had netted the third and final goal in a 3–0 friendly win against A.S. Roma and was leaving the Mestalla Stadium accompanied by his parents, his father fell to the ground after suffering a heart attack. Despite efforts from medics to revive him during 30 minutes the 44-year-old died,[2] and the player returned to training less than one week after, for "therapy purposes".[3]

On 14 January 2012 Alcácer made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for Sofiane Feghouli for the last 20 minutes of a 0–1 away loss against Real Sociedad.[4] For the 2012–13 campaign he went on loan to Getafe CF, his first official game being against Deportivo de La Coruña where he played 20 minutes in an eventual 1–1 away draw.

Alcácer scored his first goal in the top division on 7 January 2013 at Rayo Vallecano, but in a 1–3 loss.[5] He netted his first for Valencia on 3 October, away against FC Kuban Krasnodar for the season's UEFA Europa League.[6]

Alcácer scored his first league goal for the Che on 25 January 2014, in a 2–2 home draw against RCD Espanyol.[7] He grabbed another the following matchday, scoring the 3–2 winner at the Camp Nou against FC Barcelona.[8]

On 10 April 2014 Alcácer scored the first hat-trick of his professional career, helping Valencia overturn a 0–3 first-leg deficit to beat FC Basel 5–0 at home and qualify for the semifinals of the Europa League.[9][10] It was his 14th competitive goal of the campaign, and his seventh in continental competition.[11][12]

On 17 August 2014 Alcácer scored the first goal in a 2–1 home win against A.C. Milan for the Orange Trophy, through a long-range shot.[13] He was also assigned the number nine jersey for 2014–15, previously worn by Hélder Postiga.

International career[edit]

Alcácer warming up for Spain U19 in 2012

Alcácer represented Spain at all youth levels. With the under-17 side he reached the final at the 2010 UEFA European Championship, playing alongside Valencia teammate Juan Bernat and being crowned the competition's top scorer with six goals; additionally, he won the European Under-19 Championship twice, in 2011 and 2012.

On 29 August 2014 Alcácer was named by full side manager Vicente del Bosque in a 23-man squad for matches against France and Macedonia in September,[14] making his debut on 4 September after replacing Diego Costa midway through the second half of an eventual 0–1 friendly loss to the former.[15] Profiting from Costa's injury, four days later he made his first start, against Macedonia at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, scoring his team's second goal in a 5–1 victory for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers and also providing the assist for Sergio Busquets' third.[16]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 September 2014 Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain  Macedonia 2–0 5–1 Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Spain U19

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 September 2014[19][20]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Valencia 2010–11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Getafe 2012–13 20 3 1 3 1 0 23 4 1
Total 20 3 1 3 1 0 23 4 1
Valencia 2013–14 23 8 2 3 1 0 11 7 1 37 16 3
2014–15 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1
Total 29 10 2 4 1 0 11 7 1 40 20 4
Career Total 49 15 4 7 2 0 11 7 1 67 24 4

International[edit]

As of match played 8 September 2014[21]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2014 2 1
Total 2 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ A octavos (4–1) (To the round-of-16 (4–1)); Valencia's official website, 11 November 2010 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Fallece el padre de Paco Alcácer a las puertas de Mestalla (Paco Alcácer's father dies just outside Mestalla); Marca, 13 August 2011 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Alcácer vuelve a entrenarse como terapia para superar la pérdida (Alcácer returns to training as therapy to ovecome loss); Marca, 18 August 2011 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Griezmann guides Sociedad to victory; ESPN Soccernet, 14 January 2012
  5. ^ Rayo build momentum; ESPN FC, 7 January 2013
  6. ^ Patient Valencia claim Kuban success; UEFA.com, 3 October 2013
  7. ^ El 'Huracán Pizzi' se queda en temporal ('Hurricane Pizzi' reduced to a storm); Marca, 25 January 2014 (Spanish)
  8. ^ El Barça se pega un tiro en el pie (Barça shoots itself in the foot); Marca, 1 February 2014 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Ramírez, Delfín (10 April 2014). "Alcácer inspires historic Valencia comeback". UEFA.com. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Alcácer: "Sin los compañeros los goles no los podríamos marcar"" [Alcácer: "Without the teammates we could not score goals"] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Paco Alcácer, el 'killer' del área" [Paco Alcácer, the 'killer' of the box] (in Spanish). Valencia's official website. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Paco Alcácer, el niño que soñaba con el fútbol en una cuna llena de balones" [Paco Alcácer, the boy who dreamed about football in ball-filled cradle] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "El Valencia se lleva el Naranja" [Valencia wins Orange] (in Spanish). Super Deporte. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "These are the players called up for the matches against France and Macedonia". Sefutbol. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September. 
  15. ^ "France 1–0 Spain". BBC Sport. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Jenson, Pete (8 September 2014). "Spain 5–1 Macedonia: David Silva stars as reigning champions get their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign off to a winning start". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Crónica del República Checa-España, 2–3" [Czech Republic-Spain match report, 2–3] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "La sub´19, campeona de Europa" [The U19, European champions] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Paco Alcácer". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Paco Alcácer at ESPN FC
  21. ^ "Paco Alcácer". European Football. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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