Francis (footballer)

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Francis
Personal information
Full name Francisco Jesús Pérez Malia
Date of birth (1981-12-17) 17 December 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Barbate, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back / Midfielder
Youth career
Barbate
Xerez
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2010 Xerez 199 (2)
2001 Getafe (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2002 San Fernando (loan) 36 (3)
2002–2003 Écija (loan) 31 (4)
2010–2016 Racing Santander 144 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 25 April 2016 (UTC).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Malia.

Francisco Jesús Pérez Malia (born 17 December 1981), commonly known as Francis, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays mainly as a right back.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barbate, Cádiz, Francis made his senior debuts with local Xerez CD. After three consecutive loans with third division clubs, including Getafe CF, he returned to his alma mater and made his professional debuts in 2003–04's second level, scoring once in 26 games. He went on to become an important first-team member, with the Andalusians achieving a first-ever La Liga promotion in the 2008–09 season.

Francis spent most of the short-lived top division campaign as a right back. On 8 May 2010, as Xerez still harboured chances of staying in the top flight, he netted his only goal of the season, in a 3–2 home win against Real Zaragoza;[1] late into that month, his contract expired and he signed with Racing de Santander for four seasons.[2]

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