Francisco López Alfaro

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Francisco
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier López Alfaro
Date of birth (1962-11-01) 1 November 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Osuna, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1990 Sevilla 258 (20)
1990–1997 Espanyol 207 (27)
Total 465 (47)
National team
1981 Spain U18 2 (0)
1981 Spain U19 4 (0)
1981 Spain U20 3 (1)
1983–1984 Spain U21 9 (1)
1983 Spain amateur 2 (0)
1982–1986 Spain 20 (1)
Teams managed
1998–2000 Espanyol (youth)
2000–2001 Coria
2001–2002 Jaén
2002–2003 Extremadura
2003–2004 Figueres
2004–2005 Numancia
2006–2008 Badalona
2008 Eivissa-Ibiza
2009 Atlético Baleares
2010 Sevilla C
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Alfaro.

Francisco Javier López Alfaro (born 1 November 1962 in Osuna, Seville), known as simply Francisco, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a current manager.

Club career[edit]

During his career Francisco played for hometown's Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol, playing in 436 La Liga matches. He finished his first season in the competition with 20 games (all starts) and one goal, helping the former club to the seventh position.

In the 1992–93 campaign Francisco experienced top flight relegation with the Catalans, but achieved promotion in the immediate year, always as an important first-team element. He retired at the end of 1996–97, aged nearly 35.[1]

As a manager Francisco began working with Espanyol's youth squads, then proceeded to coach Coria CF, Real Jaén, CF Extremadura, UE Figueres and first division's CD Numancia[2] (in the 2004–05 season he was dismissed after ten rounds,[3] as the team was eventually relegated). In July 2006, he joined Segunda División B side CF Badalona.

Midway through the 2008–09 campaign Francisco was sacked as coach of CD Atlético Baleares, also in the third category. Subsequently he was appointed at the third team of Sevilla, in Tercera División.

International career[edit]

Francisco earned 20 caps and scored one goal for Spain, and was selected for both the UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. His debut came on 27 October 1982 in a 1–0 win against Iceland, for the former competition's qualifiers.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 September 1986 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Greece 2–0 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espanyol archives; Hall of Fame Perico, 25 May 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Alfaro lands at Numancia; UEFA.com, 6 July 2004
  3. ^ Alfaro ousted at Numancia; UEFA.com, 8 November 2004

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