Francisco Rufete

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Francisco Rufete
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Rufete playing for Espanyol
Personal information
Full name Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete
Date of birth (1976-11-20) 20 November 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Benejúzar, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Atlético Benejúzar
1992–1995 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Barcelona B 45 (0)
1996 Barcelona 1 (0)
1997–1998 Toledo 38 (5)
1998–1999 Mallorca 0 (0)
1999 Málaga (loan) 20 (5)
1999–2001 Málaga 65 (9)
2001–2006 Valencia 132 (13)
2006–2009 Espanyol 57 (1)
2009–2012 Hércules 46 (0)
Total 404 (33)
National team
1992–1993 Spain U16 19 (0)
1994–1995 Spain U18 9 (0)
2000 Spain 3 (0)
* 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 Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Rufete.

Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete (born 20 November 1976) is a Spanish retired footballer, and the current director of football of Valencia CF.

He played predominantly as a right winger with good dribbling ability, also being a player with a good workrate. During his professional career he played with seven different clubs, including Barcelona (one game) and Valencia (two La Liga titles).

Over the course of 12 seasons, Rufete amassed Spanish top division totals of 269 games and 23 goals.

Club career[edit]

Born in Benejúzar, Alicante, Valencian Community, Rufete was a product of FC Barcelona's youth system. He appeared once for the first team, in 1995–96's final round, a 2–2 away draw against Deportivo de La Coruña on 26 May 1996,[1] and his first full professional season came in 1997–98, with Segunda División outfit CD Toledo.

After having started the 1998–99 campaign with RCD Mallorca (no appearances), he moved in January 1999 to Málaga CF, being instrumental, alongside Catanha and José María Movilla, in the side's promotion to La Liga (Málaga was in Segunda División B in the previous season).

After two exceptional individual seasons, Rufete moved to Valencia CF. Although not an undisputed starter after his first year he contributed with good overall performances and, on 14 March 2004, he scored twice at Celta de Vigo (2–0) as the Che went on to win another domestic title.

After Quique Flores arrived at Valencia from Getafe CF Rufete was released, joining RCD Espanyol on a free transfer in July 2006.[2] He was constantly hampered by injuries during the 2007–08 campaign, after having appeared in 11 UEFA Cup matches during the Catalan side's run to the final in 2007.

In mid-July 2009 Rufete was released by Espanyol, moving close to home with Hércules CF in a two-year deal.[3] In his first season, aged 32/33, the veteran contributed with nearly 2,000 minutes as the Alicante side returned to the top division after an absence of 13 years.[4]

Rufete was released by Hércules in late 2011 after the club decided not to renew his contract,[5] and retired from football shortly after. Two years later he returned to Valencia after being appointed youth coordinator,[6] but switched to director of football after a few months.[7]

International career[edit]

Rufete received three caps with the Spanish national team in 2000, the first being in a 2–0 friendly win over Italy on 29 March in Barcelona. He came on as a substitute for Joseba Etxeberria at the hour-mark.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Mallorca
Valencia
Espanyol

Country[edit]

Spain U18

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