Fran (Spanish footballer)
|Full name||Francisco Javier González Pérez|
|Date of birth||14 July 1969|
|Place of birth||Carreira, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Deportivo La Coruña|
|1988–2005||Deportivo La Coruña||550||(58)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Fran, one of the most notable players in Deportivo de La Coruña's history, was born in Carreira, Santa Uxía de Ribeira, Galicia, and arrived at the club's first team in 1988, making his La Liga debut on 31 August 1991 in a 1–2 away loss against Valencia CF. Quickly established, he only missed eight league games in his first five seasons combined – also scoring on 24 occasions – while already being captain.
In the 1995–96 off-season, Real Madrid almost signed Fran, but he regretted leaving Deportivo and returned quickly. In 1999–2000, as Depor conquered its first top level league, injuries limited him to only 22 games, and he added a goal in a 2–0 home win over Valencia on 12 March 2000.
Fran retired from football at the end of the 2004–05 campaign after 17 years with his only club, 14 in the first division, at the same time as Mauro Silva, with both playing their last match on 22 May 2005 in a 0–3 home defeat to RCD Mallorca. He amassed more than 600 overall appearances.
Fran made his Spain national team debut on 27 January 1993, in a friendly 1–1 draw against Mexico in Las Palmas. In total he earned 16 caps, participating at UEFA Euro 2000 where he played his last international, in a 4–3 group stage win over Yugoslavia.
|1.||27 March 1999||Mestalla, Valencia, Spain||Austria||9–0||9–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|2.||31 March 1999||Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||0–1||0–6||Euro 2000 qualifying|
- Deportivo La Coruña
- El líder renace cuando más lo necesita (Leader reborn when they needed it the most); El País, 13 March 2000 (in Spanish)
- El Mallorca da un portazo al ciclo de Fran y Mauro Silva (Mallorca slams door on Fran and Mauro Silva's cycle); Diario AS, 23 May 2005 (in Spanish)
- Deportivo 11 Valencia 11; Diario AS, 13 March 2009 (in Spanish)
- Djalminha y Fran destrozan al Madrid (Djalminha and Fran destroy Madrid); Defensa Central, 29 January 2010 (in Spanish)
- Más joven, pero igual de gris (Younger, but just as grey); Mundo Deportivo, 28 January 1993 (in Spanish)
- Spain survive in seven-goal classic; BBC Sport, 21 June 2000
- El excapitán del Deportivo José Ramón se incorpora al fútbol base (Former Deportivo captain José Ramón added to youth football); La Opinión A Coruña, 18 July 2014 (in Spanish)
- Supertítulo (Supertitle); Mundo Deportivo, 28 June 1995 (in Spanish)