Fabri González

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Personal information
Full name Fabriciano González Penelas
Date of birth (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth San Pedro, Spain
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Santa Comba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1976 Hostelería
1976–1977 Lugo
?–? Viveiro
?–1978 Villalbés
1978–1982 Santa Comba
Teams managed
1978–1982 Santa Comba (player-coach)
?–? Comercial
?–? Villalbés
1987–1988 Lugo (assistant)
1988 Lugo
1988–1989 Villarrobledo
1989–1990 Sporting Mahonés
1990–1991 Gandía
1991–1992 Manlleu
1992 Mérida
1993–1994 Mérida
1994 Logroñés
1996 Elche
1997 Gimnàstic
1998 Murcia
1999–2000 Lugo
2000–2001 Ovarense
2001–2002 Campomaiorense
2003 Marco
2003 Avilés
2003 Zamora
2005 Huesca
2005 Almería
2005–2006 Burgos
2007 Alavés
2007–2008 Mérida
2008–2009 Cartagena
2010–2012 Granada
2012 Huesca
2012 Racing Santander
2013 Panathinaikos
2016 Ponferradina
2017 Petrolero
2017–2018 Lorca
2019 Karpaty Lviv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fabriciano González Penelas (born 25 April 1955), commonly known as Fabri, is a Spanish football manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in San Pedro de Santa Comba, Lugo, Fabri played as a right winger, and his career was spent exclusively in the lower leagues of his country and his native Galicia. He represented SD Hostelería, CD Lugo, Viveiro CF, RC Villalbés and SCD Santa Comba, the latter already as a player-coach.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Fabri started coaching in the mid-80's, his beginnings also being in amateur football. From ages 37–39 he worked with CP Mérida in Segunda División and, in the 1994–95 season, was one of five managers for CD Logroñés as the team suffered La Liga relegation with an all-time low 13 points: he was in charge of the La Rioja club for only three games, and did not look back on the experience with pleasure later.[2]

In the 1988–89 Tercera División he led CP Villarrobledo to second place in Group 17.

In the following years, Fabri worked in Segunda División B and lower, also returning to Lugo for a second spell as a manager. He also coached three teams in Portugal, all in the second level.

Fabri only returned to his country's division two in the 2004–05 campaign, working with UD Almería which he helped lead to the 14th position after registering one win, two draws and four losses in his seven games in charge.[3] He met the same fate in his following experience in that tier, with Deportivo Alavés in 2006–07.

In 2008–09, Fabri achieved promotion to the second division with FC Cartagena, even though he did not finish the season after being fired in February 2009.[4] On 22 March 2010 he was appointed at Granada CF also in the third level,[5] helping the Andalusians win their group and finish as overall champions, with the subsequent promotion.[6]

After renewing his contract with Granada, Fabri led the club to a second consecutive promotion, finishing fifth in the regular season and eliminating Celta de Vigo and Elche CF in the play-offs. On 28 June 2011 he once again renewed his link to the Nazarí, for one year.[7]

Fabri was fired on 22 January 2012 following a 0–3 away loss at RCD Espanyol, even though Granada were still out of the relegation zone.[8] He started 2012–13 at the helm of Racing de Santander in division two, being fired after less than four months in charge.

On 8 January 2013, Fabri was appointed at Panathinaikos F.C. in Greece.[9] He was relieved of his duties on 31 March.[10]

On 16 February 2016, after nearly three years without a job, Fabri took over SD Ponferradina in the Spanish second tier.[11] He was sacked only two months later,[12] and his team also suffered relegation.

On 22 December 2017, after an unassuming spell at Bolivia's Club Petrolero, Fabri was appointed manager of second division newcomers Lorca FC.[13]

Other activities[edit]

Apart from his football career, Fabri worked as a teacher on several occasions, collaborating with the Castile-La Mancha School of Coaching in 1989 and teaching tactics and skills in its counterpart in the Balearic Islands the following year.

Additionally, he served as main teacher at the Galicia School of Coaching, in the field of tactics.



  1. ^ "El ex entrenador del CD Lugo, Fabri, se marcha a Bolivia" [Former CD Lugo manager, Fabri, goes to Bolivia] (in Spanish). Fútbol de Lugo. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ "El equipo se encontraba muerto, pero el presidente me dijo que estuviera tranquilo" [The team was dead, but the president told me to take it easy]. Ideal (in Spanish). 6 June 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Paco Flores es el nuevo técnico en lugar de Fabri" [Paco Flores is the new manager in the place of Fabri] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 6 April 2005. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ "El Cartagena despide a Fabri y contrata a Paco Jémez" [Cartagena fire Fabri and hire Paco Jémez]. La Verdad (in Spanish). 3 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Fabri: "Entrenar al Granada es una gran oportunidad"" [Fabri: "To coach Granada is a great opportunity"]. Ideal (in Spanish). 22 March 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  6. ^ "La afición se echó a la calle al grito de "¡Fabri, Fabri, Fabri!"" [Fans took the street shouting "Fabri, Fabri, Fabri!"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 May 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Fabri renueva por una temporada" [Fabri renews for one season] (in Spanish). Granada CF. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Abel Resino se convierte en nuevo técnico del Granada" [Abel Resino becomes new Granada coach]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Panathinaikos appoint Fabri as new coach". Yahoo Sports. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Panathinaikos cut ties with coach Fabri". UEFA. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  11. ^ "La Deportiva elige a Fabri" [Deportiva choose Fabri] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Fabri González, destituido como entrenador de la Ponferradina" [Fabri González, sacked as manager of Ponferradina]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. ^ "El Lorca ficha a Fabri González" [Lorca sign Fabri González]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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