Francisco Arce

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Chiqui Arce
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Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Arce Rolón
Date of birth (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Paraguari, Paraguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Paraguay (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Cerro Porteño 20 (4)
1994–1998 Grêmio 41 (5)
1998–2002 Palmeiras 93 (24)
2003 Gamba Osaka 16 (1)
2004–2005 Libertad 6 (0)
National team
1992 Paraguay U23
1995–2004 Paraguay 61 (5)
Teams managed
2007–2011 Rubio Ñu
2011–2012 Paraguay
2013–2014 Cerro Porteño
2015–2016 Olimpia
2016 Guaraní
2016– Paraguay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francisco Javier "Chiqui" Arce Rolón (American Spanish: [fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjer ˈtʃiki ˈarse roˈlon]; born 2 April 1971) is a retired Paraguayan footballer and coach. He played at the right defender position, competing a total of 61 times for the national team between 1995 and 2002; he is currently the manager of the Paraguay national team, beginning his second period as coach of the Albirroja on 1 August 2016.[1]

Career[edit]

As player[edit]

Arce started his career in Paraguay playing for his natal city club called 15 de Mayo, at that club he had his professional debut at the age of fifthteen. The same year the club Cerro Porteño called him so he moved to the paraguayan capital(Asuncion)Cerro Porteño, where he won the national championship on three occasions. He then moved to Brazil where he played for big clubs such as Grêmio and Palmeiras and won international tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores. Arce played for Paraguay in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and has appeared 61 times for his country. He was famous for his free kick shot technique, scoring many goals this way such as during the World Cup 2002 where he scored a wonderful freekick against South Africa.

As coach[edit]

After retiring from football as a player, Arce became a coach and managed the Paraguayan second division team Club Rubio Ñú, leading the squad to the 2nd division championship in 2008.[2]

Arce was appointed as coach of the Paraguay national football team in July 2011,[3] but due to poor results on the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, he was sacked in June 2012.[4]

In March 2013, Arce was appointed as new coach of Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño.[5] He went on to win the Torneo Clausura in 2013 with Cerro Porteño in highly impressive form, as the club went the entire Clausura undefeated. After a 4-1 defeat to Club Guaraní on 24 August 2014 he left Cerro Porteño.

On 15 March 2015 Arce was appointed as the manager of Olimpia, the arch-rivals of his old club Cerro Porteño.

A year later he took the club called Guarani where he got only six months of work getting good results, this gaved him his new job at the Paraguayan national team

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

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Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1995 Grêmio Série A 9 1
1996 16 2
1997 16 2
1998 Palmeiras Série A 24 5
1999 10 0
2000 17 4
2001 21 6
2002 21 9
Japan League
2003 Gamba Osaka J1 League 16 1
Paraguay League
2004 Libertad Primera División 6 0
Country Brazil 134 29
Japan 16 1
Paraguay 6 0
Total 156 30

International[edit]

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Paraguay national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 5 0
1996 5 1
1997 12 0
1998 11 2
1999 5 0
2000 4 0
2001 6 1
2002 8 1
2003 4 0
2004 1 0
Total 61 5

Honours[edit]

As player[edit]

As coach[edit]

References[edit]

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