Chico Flores

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Flores and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.
Chico Flores
Chico Flores.jpg
Flores playing for Swansea City in 2013
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Flores Moreno[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Cádiz, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lekhwiya
Number 4
Youth career
1995–2001 GE Avante
2001–2004 CD Olímpico
2004–2005 Cádiz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Cádiz B
2007–2008 Cádiz 3 (0)
2007 Portuense (loan) 19 (3)
2008 Barcelona B (loan) 13 (2)
2008–2010 Almería 47 (1)
2010–2012 Genoa 15 (0)
2011–2012 Mallorca (loan) 33 (0)
2012–2014 Swansea City 57 (2)
2014– Lekhwiya 12 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Manuel Flores Moreno (born 6 March 1987), commonly known as Chico or Chico Flores, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Qatari club Lekhwiya SC as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Almería[edit]

Born in Cádiz, Andalusia, Chico started playing professionally with hometown club Cádiz CF, first with its reserves. In the 2006–07 season, with the main squad in Segunda División, he appeared in three league games.

Chico served two loans in 2007–08, first at Racing Club Portuense then with FC Barcelona B, helping the Catalans win promotion to Segunda División B. At the end of the campaign he signed with Cádiz neighbours UD Almería, in La Liga.

In 2009–10 Chico contributed with 27 matches as the club again maintained its top flight status, after finishing in 13th position. He also spent more than one month in the sidelines, due to leg ailments.[2]

Genoa[edit]

In late July 2010, after extensive negotiations, Chico signed with Genoa C.F.C. in Italy, for five years and 4 million.[3][4] He appeared in less than half of the Serie A games in his first and only season.

On 22 July 2011, RCD Mallorca reached an agreement with Genoa to take Chico on a season-long loan, with the Balearic Islands side having an option to buy the player at the end of the campaign.[5] He totalled 2,884 minutes of action as either a right or centre-back, starting in all his appearances for an eventual eighth-place finish.

Swansea City[edit]

On 10 July 2012, Chico signed for Premier League side Swansea City for £2 million on a three-year contract, rejoining former Mallorca boss Michael Laudrup in the process.[6] He made his league debut on 18 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 5–0 away win against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.[7]

On 1 September 2012, Chico was given a straight red card after 71 minutes of play in the 2–2 home draw against Sunderland, for a challenge on Louis Sahareferee Roger East decided it was too high and sent him off for dangerous play.[8] On 6 April of the following year, he signed a one-year contract extension, meant to keep him at the club until June 2016.[9]

On 1 February 2014 Chico was accused of diving in a game against West Ham United, where he went down under light contact from Andy Carroll, who was subsequently sent off by Howard Webb.[10]

Lekhwiya[edit]

On 9 August 2014 Lekhwiya SC, owned by Qatar's ruler emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, announced the signing of Flores, who had arrived to Doha two days earlier for the pertinent medical. He reunited with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup,[11] and scored in his Stars League debut for his new club, a 5–0 win over Qatar SC in the first match of the season.

International career[edit]

In October 2008, Chico made his debut for the Spanish under-21s. He was called for the squad participating at the 2009 UEFA European Football Championship in Sweden, participating in the 0–0 group stage draw against Germany.[12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Swansea City

Club statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014[13]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Domestic Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2007–08 Cádiz Segunda División 3 0 3 0
2007–08 Portuense Segunda División B 19 3 19 3
2007–08 Barcelona B Tercera División 13 2 13 2
2008–09 Almería La Liga 20 1 20 1
2009–10 27 0 27 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2010–11 Genoa Serie A 15 0 15 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2011–12 Mallorca La Liga 33 0 33 0
Wales & England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Swansea City Premier League 26 0 2 0 4 1 32 1
2013–14 31 2 2 0 0 0 10 0 43 2
Qatar League Emir Cup Sheikh Jassem Cup Crown Prince Cup Asia Total
2014–15 Lekhwiya Stars League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 187 8 4 0 4 1 0 0 10 0 205 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ El central gaditano Chico estará de baja varias semanas (Cádiz centre-back Chico will miss several weeks); Almería's official website, 16 March 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El marcaje a Xavi lleva a Chico al Genoa (Marking Xavi takes Chico to Genoa); Marca, 21 July 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Chico deja el Almería por el Genoa" [Chico leaves Almería for Genoa]. UEFA.com. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Acuerdo por 'Chico' (Agreement for 'Chico'); Mallorca's official website, 22 July 2011 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Swansea City complete signing of defender Jose Manuel Flores". BBC Sport. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Michu magic inspires Swansea rout". ESPN Soccernet. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Swansea City 2–2 Sunderland". ESPN Soccernet. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chico Flores signs one-year extension with Swansea City". BBC Sport. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Not you again! Furious Allardyce blasts Flores as 'over-exaggeration' gets Carroll sent off". Daily Mail. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Chico Flores signs deal with Lekhwiya; Lekhwiya's official website, 9 August 2014
  12. ^ "Chico (UD Almería) jugó de titular con la selección española sub-21" [Chico (UD Almería) started for Spanish under-21 national team]. Join Futbol. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chico". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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