Pichi Lucas

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Pichi Lucas
Personal information
Full name Argimiro Pérez García
Date of birth (1959-03-14) 14 March 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Camponaraya, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Rivadavia
Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Gran Peña
1980–1990 Celta 247 (75)
1980 Córdoba (loan)
1990–1991 Ourense
1991–1995 Compostela 105 (30)
Teams managed
1998 Compostela
2000 Compostela
2005–2007 Ponferradina
2007–2008 Cartagena
2009–2010 Oviedo
2012–2013 Celta B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Argimiro Pérez García (born 14 March 1959), commonly known as Pichi Lucas, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current coach.

He spent most of his career with Celta, for which he appeared in 288 official games and scored 92 goals. His La Liga input consisted of 112 matches and 18 goals over the course of six seasons, also representing in the competition Compostela.

Lucas subsequently worked as a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Camponaraya, Castile and León, Lucas' professional career was solely associated to two Galician clubs, Celta de Vigo and SD Compostela. After a loan to lowly Córdoba CF he returned to the former for the 1981–82 season, scoring a career-best 26 goals in 37 games en route to a La Liga promotion.[1][2]

Lucas made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 5 September 1982, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 away loss against Sevilla FC.[3] He netted his first goal in the competition twenty days later in a 2–2 home draw with RCD Español,[4] but only added another until the end of the campaign and his team was eventually relegated back; during his tenure with Celta, he experienced a further two promotions and relegations.

In the 1991 summer, after one year in Segunda División B with neighbouring CD Ourense, Lucas signed for Compostela in Segunda División. He contributed with nine goals in 28 matches in his third season as the club reached the top flight for the first time in its history.[5]

Lucas retired at the end of the 1994–95 campaign at the age of 36, after helping Compos retain its newfound status by scoring four times in only 14 appearances.

Manager career[edit]

From 1998 to 2000 Lucas acted as interim manager at Compostela, being in charge for eight second level games combined and winning only two. He subsequently worked mainly in lower league football, helping SD Ponferradina reach the "silver category" in 2006, a first-ever for the club.[6]

Lucas was fired on 30 April 2007 after a 3–3 home draw against UD Vecindario (seven rounds remaining),[7] as the side went on to eventually suffer relegation. In the following years he worked in division three, with FC Cartagena,[8] Real Oviedo[9] and Celta de Vigo B.[10]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5–1: El Celta acabó barriendo al Linares" [5–1: Celta finally swept Linares] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 28 September 1981. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "6–0: El campeón apabulló al colista" [6–0: Champion crushed bottom-placed] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 17 May 1982. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "1–0: El Sevilla ganó a seis minutos del final" [6–0: Sevilla won it six minutes from time] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 September 1982. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "2–2: Noche de "meigas"" [2–2: Night of "meigas"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 September 1982. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Compostela asciende al cielo de la Primera" [Compostela reaches Primera heaven] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 2 June 1994. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "La Ponferradina hace historia en el Rico Pérez" [Ponferradina makes history at the Rico Pérez] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "La Ponferradina destituye a Pichi Lucas" [Ponferradina fires Pichi Lucas] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Seria estocada a Pichi Lucas" [Serious blow to Pichi Lucas] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pichi Lucas se convierte en el nuevo entrenador del Real Oviedo" [Pichi Lucas becomes new Real Oviedo coach] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pichi Lucas llega al banquillo del Celta B" [Pichi Lucas arrives at Celta B bench] (in Spanish). Marca. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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