Paco (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Francisco Jémez Martín
Date of birth (1970-04-18) 18 April 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Las Palmas, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Córdoba
1991–1992 Murcia 35 (0)
1992–1993 Rayo Vallecano 38 (0)
1993–1998 Deportivo La Coruña 94 (1)
1998–2004 Zaragoza 168 (1)
2004 Rayo Vallecano 17 (0)
2005–2006 Lugo
National team
1998–2001 Spain 21 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Alcalá
2007–2008 Córdoba
2009 Cartagena
2010–2011 Las Palmas
2011–2012 Córdoba
2012– Rayo Vallecano
* 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 Jémez and the second or maternal family name is Martín.

Francisco Jémez Martín (born 18 April 1970), commonly known as Paco, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Rayo Vallecano.

Over the course of 11 seasons he played in 269 La Liga games in representation of three teams, mainly Deportivo and Zaragoza. He represented Spain at Euro 2000.

In 2007 Paco started working as a manager, going on to work with several teams.

Playing career[edit]

Paco was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. During his career he played for Córdoba CF, Real Murcia, Rayo Vallecano (first appearing in La Liga and playing in all 38 matches of the season), Deportivo de La Coruña (only appearing in ten matches in his first two seasons combined, as Depor achieved two consecutive runner-up spots, being more used afterwards) and Real Zaragoza, which he helped to the 2001 conquest of the Copa del Rey.[1] From January–June 2004 he returned to Rayo, now in the second division; after one year out of football, he returned to active with CD Lugofourth level – and retired at the age of 36.

During almost three years, Paco played 21 times for the Spanish national team. His debut was on 23 September 1998 in a friendly match against Russia in Granada,[2] and he was a participant at UEFA Euro 2000, appearing in three games in an eventual quarterfinal exit.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2007 Jémez took up coaching, first with lowly RSD Alcalá. He moved to the second division the following campaign, with Córdoba, being sacked with 11 matches to go.[3]

In early 2009 Jémez signed with FC Cartagena,[4] ultimately being the coach that earned the Murcia club a first ever promotion to the second tier.[5] He left in July.

On 12 April 2010, following Sergije Krešić's dismissal, Jémez was appointed coach at struggling UD Las Palmas in the second level.[6] He eventually led his hometown side safe from the relegation zone as it finished in 17th place,[7] being dismissed on 27 February 2011.[8]

On 22 June 2012, after taking Córdoba to the first round in the division two promotion playoffs,[9] Jémez was appointed at former club Rayo in the top flight.[10] After leading the team to its best ever ranking in the competition, eighth, he renewed his contract until June 2015.[11]







  1. ^ "Zaragoza, no hay quinta Copa mala" [Zaragoza, no such thing as a bad fifth Cup] (in Spanish). ABC. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Camacho debuta con épica" [Camacho has epic debut] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 September 1998. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Córdoba destituye a Paco Jémez" [Córdoba fires Paco Jémez] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Cartagena despide a Fabri y contrata a Paco Jémez" [Cartagena fires Fabri and hires Paco Jémez] (in Spanish). La Verdad. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cartagena vuelve a Segunda 22 años después" [Cartagena returns to Segunda 22 years later] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Paco Jémez es el relevo de Kresic al frente de Las Palmas" [Paco Jémez is Kresic's replacement at the helm of Las Palmas] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Expediente cumplido" [Mission accomplished] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Las Palmas destituye a Paco Jémez tras la goleada" [Las Palmas fires Paco Jémez after routing] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "El Valladolid elimina al Córdoba y jugará el duelo decisivo por el ascenso a Primera" [Valladolid ousts Córdoba and will play Primera promotion decider] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "El Rayo hace oficial la contratación de Paco Jémez" [Rayo makes signing of Paco Jémez official] (in Spanish). Sport You. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Paco Jémez renueva con el Rayo" [Paco Jémez renews with Rayo] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Galletti gives Zaragoza glory". 18 March 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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