Javier Farinós

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Javier Farinós
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Farinós Zapata
Date of birth (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Valencia B 15 (3)
1997–2000 Valencia 115 (10)
2000–2005 Internazionale 49 (2)
2003 Villarreal (loan) 22 (2)
2004–2005 Mallorca (loan) 29 (3)
2005–2006 Mallorca 17 (1)
2006–2011 Hércules 146 (22)
2011–2012 Levante 30 (1)
2012–2014 Villarreal 11 (1)
National team
1993–1994 Spain U16 12 (1)
1995–1996 Spain U18 15 (2)
1997 Spain U20 6 (2)
1998–2000 Spain U21 11 (3)
1999–2000 Spain 2 (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 Farinós and the second or maternal family name is Zapata.

Francisco Javier Farinós Zapata (born 29 March 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He amassed La Liga totals of 225 games and 18 goals over the course of ten seasons, mainly in representation of Valencia (four years), Villarreal and Mallorca (two apiece). He added 145/22 in Segunda División almost exclusively with Hércules, and also spent several years under contract to Inter Milan, being often loaned.

Club career[edit]

A versatile midfielder, Farinós was born in Valencia and made his professional debuts as an 18-year-old, with hometown's Valencia CF. He was an undisputed starter from 1997 to 2000, helping the Che to the 1999 Spanish Cup and Supercup and scoring five La Liga goals in his final season; to finish his career with the club he appeared in the campaign's UEFA Champions League final, a 0–3 loss against Real Madrid.

In the 2000 summer Farinós caught the attention of Serie A's F.C. Internazionale Milano, where he would spend five years (with a Villarreal CF loan in between) without much success: he was out of action for 15 months due to injury, and was only able to pitch in ten league games as Inter lost the 2001–02 league title in the last matchday. He did manage, however, to score in a 6–0 home routing of Reggina Calcio on 22 November 2003.[1]

On 21 March 2002 Farinós returned to the Mestalla Stadium, in the season's UEFA Cup quarterfinals: after Francesco Toldo was sent off he was the player chosen to replace him in goal, in an eventual 1–0 win (2–1 on aggregate).[2]

Farinós returned to Spain for 2004–05, joining RCD Mallorca initially on loan,[3] and being relatively used during two top flight seasons – mainly in the first, as the Balearic Islands side could only finish 17th.

In the 2006–07 campaign, after being released by Mallorca and having an unsuccessful trial with Charlton Athletic in England,[4] Farinós joined Segunda División side Hércules CF. When healthy he was an undisputed starter, netting 15 times in the league alone in his three seasons combined; in his third year the Alicante side finished in fourth position with 78 points, all-time best without actually promoting.

Farinós played nearly 3,000 minutes in the 2009–10 season, scoring six goals in 34 games as Hércules returned to the first division after 13 years. He spent the vast majority of the following campaign, however, sidelined due to injury; on 29 January 2011, in his return to action, as a second-half substitute in a 0–3 home loss against FC Barcelona, he was sent off shortly after two bookable offenses;[5] in his second appearance, at home against Real Zaragoza, he helped the hosts come from behind to win it 2–1, scoring the equalizer ten minutes from time and assisting David Trezeguet in the 89th minute-winner.[6]

In late June 2011, following Hércules' relegation, 33-year-old Farinós agreed to a one-year contract with Levante UD, making this the fourth major club he represented in the Valencian Community.[7] In December of the following year he returned to Villarreal with the side in the second level;[8] he contributed with 11 appearances (eight starts, 695 minutes of action and a goal in a 1–1 draw at former club Hércules[9]) as the latter returned to the top flight after one year out.

On 11 February 2014, after another lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, now in the Achilles tendon of his right leg[10] Farinós announced his retirement from football.[11]

International career[edit]

Courtesy of his Valencia performances, Farinós earned his first cap for Spain on 18 August 1999, in a 2–1 friendly win against Poland in Warsaw, being replaced by teammate Gaizka Mendieta at half-time.[12] He added a second a year later with the Netherlands, also in a friendly.

Previously, Farinós competed in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Inter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martins magic fuels Inter revival; UEFA.com, 23 November 2003
  2. ^ Farinós: "Me puse de portero porque nadie quería hacerlo" (Farinós: "I played as goalkeeper because nobody else wanted to"); El País, 22 March 2002 (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Farinós on loan to Mallorca". Inter Milan. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Dowie: Trialists interesting; Sky Sports
  5. ^ "Messi at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Late Hercules rally denies Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mercado: Es oficial, Javier Farinos firma con el Levante por una temporada" [Market: It's official, Javier Farinos signs with Levante for one season] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "El Villarreal CF ficha a Javier Farinós" [Villarreal CF signs Javier Farinós] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mercado: Liga Adelante: Hércules 1–1 Villarreal – Aquino tuvo gris debut" [Liga Adelante: Hércules 1–1 Villarreal – Aquino with grey debut] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Javier Farinós será intervenido del tendón de Aquiles" [Javier Farinós to undergo Achilles tendon surgery] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Farinós anuncia su retirada" [Farinós announces retirement] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Morientes vuelve a marcar en la victoria de España ante Polonia (Morientes scores again in Spain win against Poland); El Mundo, 18 August 1999 (Spanish)

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