Francisco (footballer, born 1978)

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Francisco
Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez - 01.jpg
Francisco in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez
Date of birth (1978-06-17) 17 June 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Almería, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Córdoba (coach)
Youth career
1995–1996 Plus Ultra
1996–1997 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Poli Almería 72 (15)
1999–2001 Valencia B 41 (7)
2000–2001Poli Ejido (loan) 41 (7)
2002–2004 Almería 103 (36)
2004–2005 Albacete 28 (3)
2005–2007 Almería 48 (9)
2007–2008 Granada 74 35 (3)
2008–2009 Alicante 22 (2)
2010 Orihuela 14 (5)
Total 404 (87)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Almería (youth)
2011–2013 Almería B
2013–2014 Almería
2016–2017 UCAM Murcia
2017–2018 Lugo
2018– Córdoba
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez (born 17 June 1978), known simply as Francisco, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and is the current manager of Córdoba CF.

His career was closely associated with Almería as both a player and manager, and he started coaching the first team at the age of 35. In the former capacity, he amassed Segunda División totals of 185 games and 45 goals during six seasons, also representing Granada 74 and Alicante in the competition.

Playing career[edit]

Francisco was born in Almería, Andalusia. After starting out with local Polideportivo Almería he joined Valencia CF, never making it however past its B-side; he returned to his hometown in 2002, joining Unión Deportiva in the second division and scoring at an impressive rate.[1][2]

In 2004–05, as his contract expired, Francisco seized the opportunity to make his La Liga debuts and signed with Albacete Balompié.[3] The season was a disaster, with relegation for the team and only three goals for the player – he netted against Real Madrid, albeit in a 1–6 away loss.[4]

Subsequently, Francisco returned to his previous club, and was fairly played by as it achieved a first-ever promotion to the top level in 2007, but would never play in that tier again, resuming (with little individual and team success) his career in divisions two and three.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Francisco started his managerial career in 2010, coaching teams in various categories at his main club Almería.[6] On 29 June 2013, after two seasons with the reserves, he was appointed at the helm of the main squad, freshly returned to the top flight.[7]

After narrowly avoiding relegation in the last matchday, Francisco inked a new one-year deal with the Rojiblancos on 27 May 2014.[8] On 9 December, however, he was relieved of his duties after only managing two points out of 24.[9]

On 13 December 2016, after more than two years without a club, Francisco was named manager of UCAM Murcia CF in division two.[10] The following 21 June, he was appointed at fellow league team CD Lugo.[11]

On 28 June 2018, Francisco signed with Córdoba CF still in the second division.[12]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 2 June 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Almería B Spain 2 June 2011 29 June 2013 76 29 22 25 102 106 −4 038.16 [13]
Almería Spain 29 June 2013 9 December 2014 57 15 13 29 62 98 −36 026.32 [14]
UCAM Murcia Spain 13 December 2016 21 June 2017 25 7 9 9 21 25 −4 028.00 [15]
Lugo Spain 21 June 2017 5 June 2018 44 15 11 18 40 50 −10 034.09 [16]
Córdoba Spain 28 June 2018 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 ! [17]
Total 202 66 55 81 225 279 −54 032.67

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francisco, el 'Baby' míster de la Liga" [Francisco, the League's 'Baby' mister]. Marca (in Spanish). 9 July 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "UD Almería, el éxito de un club del siglo XXI" [UD Almería, the success of a XXI century club] (in Spanish). La Voz Digital. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Francisco, el técnico que jugó contra Messi" [Francisco, the manager who played against Messi]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 2 March 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Real Madrid 6–1 Albacete; ESPN Soccernet, 14 November 2004
  5. ^ "Karanka, Francisco y Txopi ya están a las órdenes de Pato" [Karanka, Francisco and Txopi already working under Pato]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 4 February 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Francisco firma como nuevo entrenador del Almería B (Francisco signs as new Almería B manager) Archived 5 February 2013 at Archive.is; UD Almería, 2 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Francisco es el nuevo entrenador del Almería (Francisco is the new manager of Almería) Archived 2 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 29 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Francisco continúa como entrenador del Almería (Francisco remains as Almería's coach) Archived 27 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 27 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Francisco deja de ser entrenador del Almería" [Francisco is no longer Almería's manager] (in Spanish). UD Almería. 9 December 2014. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Francisco sustituye a Salmerón en el banquillo del UCAM Murcia" [Francisco replaces Salmerón in UCAM Murcia's bench]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Oficial: Francisco se convierte en el nuevo entrenador del Lugo" [Official: Francisco becomes new manager of Lugo]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Francisco, nuevo entrenador del Córdoba CF" [OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Francisco, new manager of Córdoba CF] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "Segunda División B (Grupo 4) 2011–12" [Segunda División B (Group 4) 2011–12] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
    "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
    "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Francisco: Francisco Javier Rodríguez Vílchez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 

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