Francisco Portillo (footballer, born 1990)

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Francisco Portillo
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Personal information
Full name Francisco Portillo Soler
Date of birth (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Betis (on loan from Málaga)
Number 22
Youth career
El Palo
2006–2008 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Málaga B 80 (5)
2010– Málaga 72 (5)
2015– Betis (loan) 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Portillo and the second or maternal family name is Soler.

Francisco Portillo Soler (born 13 June 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Betis on loan from Málaga CF as an attacking midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Portillo emerged through local Málaga CF's youth ranks, first appearing with the first team in the 2009 pre-season and being considered Man of the match in the Peace Cup 1–0 win against Aston Villa on 25 July.[1]

He made his La Liga debut on 24 January 2010, replacing injured Patrick Mtiliga in a 0–2 defeat at Real Madrid in the 74th minute of the game.[2] On 10 August he made a contract extension with the club, running until June 2013.[3]

After the 2011 summer signing of Joaquín, Portillo was further demoted down in Málaga's pecking order, not making the 18-men squad in most of the matches. His first league appearance of the season only came on 9 April 2012, as he played the last eight minutes in a 3−0 home win over Racing de Santander.[4]

On 15 September 2012 Portillo scored his first goal as a professional, with a beautiful volley in a 3−1 home win against Levante UD.[5] He appeared in 38 competitive games during the campaign, including eight in the side's first-ever participation in the UEFA Champions League.

On 15 January 2015 Portillo was loaned to Segunda División's Real Betis, until June.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malaga vs Aston Villa; Goal.com, 25 July 2009
  2. ^ Ronaldo stars, then sent off; ESPN Soccernet, 24 January 2010
  3. ^ Portillo seguirá en el Málaga Club de Fútbol hasta la 2012/2013 (Portillo in Málaga Club de Fútbol until 2012/2013); Málaga's official website, 10 August 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Malaga breeze to win; ESPN Soccernet, 9 April 2012
  5. ^ "Mágico Saviola, histórico Málaga" [Magical Saviola, historical Málaga] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Málaga CF and Real Betis reach agreement for loan of Portillo to the Green and Whites". Málaga's official website. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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