Kiko (Spanish footballer)

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This article is about the retired footballer. For another Spanish footballer, see Kiko Femenía.
Kiko
Personal information
Full name Francisco Miguel Narváez Machón
Date of birth (1972-04-26) 26 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Pueblo Nuevo
1985–1990 Cádiz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Cádiz B
1991–1993 Cádiz 78 (12)
1993–2001 Atlético Madrid 225 (48)
2002 Extremadura 11 (1)
Total 314 (61)
National team
1991 Spain U19 1 (0)
1992–1994 Spain U21 5 (2)
1991–1992 Spain U23 12 (7)
1992–1998 Spain 26 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Gold 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Narváez and the second or maternal family name is Machón.

Francisco Miguel Narváez Machón, commonly known as Kiko (born 26 April 1972), is a Spanish retired footballer who spent most of his career with Atlético Madrid.[1]

A centre forward with tremendous technical ability and field vision, he possessed nonetheless a poor aerial game despite being almost 190 cms tall. In ten La Liga seasons (also played one year with his main club in Segunda División), he amassed totals of 271 games and 60 goals.

Kiko was an instrumental squad member at the 1992 Summer Olympics as the national team won gold on home soil. Additionally, he appeared at full level in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz, Kiko's career began with local Cádiz CF, and he first appeared in La Liga on 14 April 1991 in a 2–3 home loss against Athletic de Bilbao. Even though he played in only five further matches in the season he was intimately connected with the Andalusia club's fate as, on 9 June, in only 25 minutes of play, he gained a penalty kick and scored an 83-minute winner in a 2–1 home win against Real Zaragoza;[2] Cádiz would miraculously retain its status, after a playoff match against CD Málaga.[3]

After two more seasons as an undisputed starter Kiko moved, alongside teammate José María Quevedo to Atlético Madrid, upon Cádiz's 1993 relegation. There, he developed into one of Spain's most important footballers during the 90's, being an instrumental piece in Atlético's historical double in 1995–96, with goals and assists alike.

Atlético was relegated in 2000, but Kiko stayed with the club for a further campaign, not managing one single goal in 52 league appearances combined. He finished out his career with CF Extremadura also in Segunda División in 2002 (six-month spell, teaming up with another longtime top-divisioner, Pier).

International career[edit]

For Spain, Kiko was capped 26 times and scored four goals. His debut came on 16 December 1992, in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Latvia where he played the full 90 minutes.[4]

Kiko would take part at UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He netted once against Bulgaria in the latter tournament, during a 6–1 thrashing; however, this did not count for anything as Spain were ultimately ousted in the group stage.[5]

Previously, Kiko represented the nation at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona. He scored a last-minute winner against Poland in the final, a 3–2 victory, his second of the game.[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 1995 Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Macedonia 1–0 3–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
2. 7 February 1996 Insular, Las Palmas, Spain  Norway 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 24 September 1997 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Slovakia 0–1 1–2 1998 World Cup qualification
4. 24 June 1998 Félix Bollaert, Lens, France  Bulgaria 6–1 6–1 1998 World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U23
Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiko Narváez, el poeta del área (Kiko Narváez, the poet of the box); Atlético de Madrid Fansite, 20 October 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ "El Cádiz dribla el descenso" [Cádiz dribbles relegation] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 June 1991. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Cádiz consuma el milagro" [Cádiz works miracle] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 20 June 1991. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cinco goles para un triunfo vital de la selección" [Five goals for national team vital win] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 17 December 1992. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Spain beats Bulgaria 6–1 but fails to qualify". Sports Illustrated. 19 September 1998. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ El triunfo en el fútbol, broche de oro para España en Barcelona 92 (Football win, icing on the cake for Spain in Barcelona 92); Dame Un Silbidito, April 2010 (Spanish)

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