Xisco (footballer, born 1980)
Xisco playing for Levante in 2011
|Full name||Francisco Javier Muñoz Llompart|
|Date of birth||5 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Manacor, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2000–2001||→ Recreativo (loan)||39||(10)|
|2001–2002||→ Tenerife (loan)||28||(1)|
|2002–2003||→ Recreativo (loan)||23||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Francisco Javier Muñoz Llompart (born 5 September 1980), known as Xisco, is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a left winger, and the current assistant manager of Gimnàstic de Tarragona.
He amassed La Liga totals of 194 games and 20 goals over the course of nine seasons, mainly in representation of Betis (four years). He also appeared in the competition for Valencia, Tenerife, Recreativo and Levante, winning the 2004 UEFA Cup with the first club.
Starting in 2011, Xisco spent four years in Georgia with Dinamo Tbilisi.
Xisco was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands. After graduating from Valencia CF's B-team he moved on loan to Recreativo de Huelva in the second division, scoring ten goals during his only season. He then joined CD Tenerife in 2001–02, playing 28 games with one successful strike before returning (always loaned by Valencia) to his previous club for the 2002–03 campaign, still in La Liga.
Xisco returned to Valencia in the 2003 summer for two additional seasons, appearing in 22 contests as the Che conquered the 2004 league title. He added eight games in the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Cup, also in that year.
Xisco moved to Real Betis in 2005 on a six-year link, often delivering in various offensive positions and displaying all-around teamwork. He netted three goals in 2006–07, including a couple of late goals against Racing de Santander and Gimnàstic de Tarragona as the Andalusians only avoided top flight relegation in the last matchday.
In an unassuming 2008–09 season, which ended in relegation, Xisco only featured in nine matches, scoring once. Dark spots included being replaced after having himself being used as a substitute in a 1–2 home defeat against Málaga CF, on 11 January 2009.
Levante / Later years
In the dying minutes of the August 2009 transfer window, Xisco rescinded his Betis contract and moved to Levante UD also in the second level, for two seasons. In his first campaign he played the most he had in years, also scoring eight times as the Valencian Community club returned to the top division after a two-year absence.
Xisco contributed with 26 games – 18 starts – in 2010–11, as Levante finally retained its division status. On 22 January 2011 he scored his only goal of the season, in a 1–4 away loss against Sevilla FC, and he was released in June.
Already aged 30, Xisco moved abroad for the first time, joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia and sharing teams with several compatriots. In his second year, he won the Premier League and also scored a career-best 22 goals, best in the competition.
On 14 December 2014, Xisco returned to his homeland after agreeing to a 18-month deal with third level's Gimnàstic de Tarragona. On 18 June 2016, he announced his retirement and became Vicente Moreno's assistant.
|Real Betis||2005–06||La Liga||25||1||3[b]||0||8[c]||0||36||3|
|Dinamo Tbilisi||2011–12||Umaglesi Liga||30||15||2||0||5[d]||3||37||18|
|Gimnàstic||2014–15||Segunda División B||13||1||0||0||—||13||1|
- Dinamo Tbilisi
- Georgian Premier League: 2012–13, 2013–14
- Georgian Cup: 2012–13, 2013–14
- Georgian Super Cup: 2013–14
- "Xisco the kid for Betis". UEFA.com. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Real Betis 1–1 Racing Santander". ESPN Soccernet. 21 January 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Real Betis 1–1 Gimnastic de Tarragona". ESPN Soccernet. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Real Betis 1–2 Málaga". ESPN Soccernet. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Xisco, Babic y Juanlu, apartados; el caso llega a Jabugo" [Xisco, Babic and Juanlu, ousted; affair reaches Jabugo] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Mercado: El Levante ficha al bético Xisco" [Market: Levante sign bético Xisco] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "El Levante celebra el centenario con un ascenso" [Levante celebrates century with promotion]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 June 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Fabiano treble sinks Levante". ESPN Soccernet. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "El Dinamo Tbilisi georgiano ficha a 'Xisco' Muñoz, Coto y Yagüe" [Georgia's Dinamo Tbilisi signs 'Xisco' Muñoz, Coto and Yagüe] (in Spanish). Terra. 28 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- Luc Alemany (6 May 2013). "Xisco Muñoz, campeón de liga y máximo goleador en Georgia" [Xisco Muñoz, league champion and top scorer in Georgia] (in Spanish). Som Balears. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- "Xisco Muñoz, nuevo fichaje grana" [Xisco Muñoz, new grana signing] (in Spanish). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- "Xisco Muñoz cuelga las botas y formará parte del cuerpo técnico grana" [Xisco Muñoz hangs up boots and will be a part of the grana staff] (in Spanish). Gimnàstic Tarragona. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "El Murcia derrota al Larissa en la presentación ante su público" [Murcia defeats Larissa in presentation to home crowd]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 August 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Xisco: Francisco Javier Muñoz Llompart". BDFutbol. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Xisco Muñoz". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2015.