Francis (footballer, born 1981)
|Full name||Francisco Jesús Pérez Malia|
|Date of birth||17 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Barbate, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Midfielder|
|2000||→ Getafe (loan)||2||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ San Fernando (loan)||36||(3)|
|2002–2003||→ Écija (loan)||31||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his 17-year professional career he played mainly with Xerez and Racing de Santander, appearing in 222 competitive games with the former. He amassed Segunda División totals of 219 games and one goal over nine seasons, and competed in La Liga with both clubs.
Born in Barbate, Province of Cádiz, Francis made his senior debuts with local Xerez CD. After two consecutive loans with third division clubs, including Getafe CF, he returned to his alma mater and made his professional debut 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 flight campaign as a right back. On 8 May 2010, as Xerez still harboured chances of staying up, he netted his only goal of the season, in a 3–2 home win against Real Zaragoza; late into that month, his contract expired and he signed with Racing de Santander for four years.
- Victory keeps Xerez hopes alive; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2010
- Official: Racing Santander sign Domingo Cisma and Francis; Goal, 18 May 2010