Francisco Liaño

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Francisco Liaño
Personal information
Full name Francisco Liaño Fernández
Date of birth (1964-11-16) November 16, 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1990 Racing Santander 21 (0)
1990–1991 Sestao 38 (0)
1991–1996 Deportivo La Coruña 154 (0)
1996–1998 Sporting Gijón 2 (0)
Total 215 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francisco Liaño Fernández (born 16 November 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Although he represented four clubs during 14 years as a senior, his professional career was closely associated to Deportivo de La Coruña, during the club's rise to Super Depor in the early 1990s. He also won two Zamora Trophy awards, one with his main club.

Club career[edit]

Racing[edit]

Born in Santander, Cantabria, Liaño began his football career at hometown side Racing de Santander, where he made his first team – and La Liga – debut on 9 September 1984. He spent six seasons at the club, successively backing up two fellow youth products, Pedro Alba and José María Ceballos.

In his last season with Racing, 1989–90, with the team now in the second division, Liaño only played once in the league, with his team also being relegated. He then transferred to another outfit in the third level, Sestao Sport Club, where he won his first Ricardo Zamora Trophy, conceding only 28 goals in 38 games as the Basque finished in eighth position.

Deportivo[edit]

Liaño signed for Deportivo de La Coruña in the summer of 1991. Initially he was a backup to Juan Canales, but the latter suffered an injury prior to the start of the season and Liaño played the opening ten matches of the campaign. Both went down with injury later in the season, which prompted third-choice Yosu's promotion to starting duties for 11 contests.

Although Canales returned to finish the season as number one, he again suffered an injury prior to the 1992–93 season, which gave Liaño another chance in the first team. Now, the Cantabrian's performances were such that he never lost his status again, winning two consecutive Zamora, as Deportivo qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in its history, after finishing third. In the following year, he set a first division record by conceding only 18 goals in 38 games – the lowest goals-to-games ratio in the league's history – and won his second individual trophy,[1] but the Galicians finished second behind free-scoring FC Barcelona on goal difference.

Liaño missed three months of the 1994–95 season through injury, but he was able to help Deportivo to win the Copa del Rey, the first trophy in the club's history. John Toshack was named as Deportivo's new manager for 1995–96, and he named Canales as his first-choice. After Canales conceded ten goals in the first seven matches, the Welsh coach decided to reinstate Liaño, who finished the campaign as Depor ranked ninth.

Later years[edit]

Following the arrivals of Petr Kouba and Jacques Songo'o in the summer of 1996, 31-year old Liaño joined Sporting de Gijón on a free transfer.[1] He spent two seasons with the Asturias club before retiring, but he made only two league appearances, being barred by legendary Juan Carlos Ablanedo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Liaño". Deportivo La Coruña. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 

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