Fali (footballer, born 1986)

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Personal information
Full name Rafael Romero Serrano
Date of birth (1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Córdoba B
2005–2006 Córdoba 11 (0)
2006–2007 Barcelona C 27 (0)
2007–2008 Barcelona B 14 (0)
2008 Barcelona 1 (0)
2008–2009 Terrassa 11 (0)
2009–2012 Écija 75 (1)
Total 139 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rafael Romero Serrano (born 22 February 1986), known as Fali, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]


Born in Córdoba, Andalusia, Fali began his career at local Córdoba CF, playing initially in its reserves. He made his professional debut with the first team on 27 March 2005, as a substitute in a goalless home draw against Sporting de Gijón for the Segunda División championship. It was his sole appearance of the season, which ended with relegation.

Fali played ten more matches for the main squad, all in the following campaign's Segunda División B.


Fali joined FC Barcelona in 2006, playing initially in its C and B-sides. On 11 May 2008 he was included in the first team's matchday squad for the first time, remaining unused in a 2–3 defeat to RCD Mallorca at the Camp Nou.[1] Six days later he made his only appearance for the Blaugrana, replacing Lilian Thuram for the final 19 minutes of a 5–3 win at Real Murcia which concluded the season.[2]

Later career[edit]

In the summer of 2008, Fali moved to the third level with Terrassa FC. The following year, he signed with fellow league club Écija Balompié.

Fali scored the only goal of his career on 28 February 2010, the 89th-minute sole strike in an away win over Moratalla CF.[3]


  1. ^ Aldunante, Ramiro (11 May 2008). "Rozando el ridículo" [Bordering on ridiculous]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Martín, Luis (18 May 2008). "Una goleada como despedida" [A goalfest to sign off]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jarro de agua fría para el Moratalla que cae injustamente ante el Écija" [Heartbreak for Moratalla who falls undeservingly to Écija]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 March 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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