Francisco Gallardo

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Paco Gallardo
Personal information
Full name Francisco Gallardo León
Date of birth (1980-01-13) 13 January 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Seville, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Sevilla B 32 (2)
2000–2007 Sevilla 118 (8)
2004–2005 Getafe (loan) 22 (1)
2006 Vitória Guimarães (loan) 2 (0)
2006 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2007 Murcia (loan) 20 (2)
2007–2009 Murcia 16 (1)
2009–2011 Huesca 35 (0)
2011–2013 Diósgyőr 40 (3)
2013–2014 Puskás 20 (1)
Total 312 (18)
National team
1997–1998 Spain U17 4 (0)
1998–1999 Spain U18 9 (1)
2000–2001 Spain U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francisco 'Paco' Gallardo León (born 13 January 1980) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Seville, Andalusia, and a product of hometown club Sevilla FC's prolific youth system, Gallardo made his first-team debuts aged 20, being instrumental in their 2001 return to La Liga and proceeding to have a further two solid seasons with the main squad. In November 2001, he was fined and suspended by the Royal Spanish Football Federation for violating standards of "sporting dignity and decorum", after he congratulated teammate José Antonio Reyes, who had just scored, by bending down and biting on his penis.[1][2]

After a relatively successful loan at Getafe CF, helping the Madrid side retain their newly acquired top division status, Gallardo's career would be very irregular: he served two unassuming loans in early 2006, starting with Vitória S.C. from Portugal, then moved in the 2006–07 campaign to Real Murcia in Segunda División, still on contract to Sevilla.

In 2007–08, Gallardo could only appear in ten league matches with Murcia, which was relegated from the top flight. In the following season, he was ousted from the squad alongside José María Movilla by manager Javier Clemente, and spent several months without a team, being reinstated in March 2009 after the coach's sacking; he was finally released in June.[3]

On 12 November 2009, Gallardo moved to another club in the second level, SD Huesca, after a successful week's trial.[4] He finished his career at the age of 34, after three years in Hungary with two teams.


  1. ^ The Year in Sex & Sports; at ESPN
  2. ^ "Man bites sportsman". The Guardian. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Jaén, Javier (24 August 2008). "La limpieza de Clemente llega ya a su tercera fase" [Clemente's cleansing reaches stage three] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ El centrocampista Francisco Gallardo se incorpora hoy a la S.D. Huesca (Midfielder Francisco Gallardo joins S.D. Huesca today); Diario del Alto Aragón, 12 November 2009 (in Spanish)

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