Piti (footballer)

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Piti
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Piti in action for Rayo Vallecano in 2011
Personal information
Full name Francisco Medina Luna
Date of birth (1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Reus, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
AEL Limassol
Number 77
Youth career
Atlético Segre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Novelda 17 (0)
2002–2003 Tàrrega
2003–2004 Reus 36 (23)
2004–2005 Zaragoza B 27 (11)
2005–2006 Zaragoza 3 (0)
2005–2006 Ciudad Murcia (loan) 29 (8)
2006–2007 Hércules 21 (2)
2007 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2013 Rayo Vallecano 197 (52)
2013–2016 Granada 67 (8)
2016 Rayo Vallecano 15 (0)
2017– AEL Limassol 11 (2)
National team
2003– Catalonia 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:25, 20 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Medina and the second or maternal family name is Luna.

Francisco Medina Luna (born 26 May 1981), known as Piti, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club AEL Limassol as a winger or a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, Piti was signed by Real Zaragoza in 2004 after playing almost exclusively in amateur football, notably scoring 23 goals for CF Reus Deportiu in Tercera División. During his spell in Aragon, however, he was mainly registered with the B-team – he appeared in three La Liga games, totalling 37 minutes – also being loaned to Ciudad de Murcia in Segunda División for the 2005–06 season.

In the summer of 2006 Piti joined Hércules CF in the second level,[1] but, in January of the following year, he moved to Rayo Vallecano in Segunda División B, on loan. After featuring rarely for the Valencian in the first half of 2007–08 (six games, 120 minutes), he returned to Rayo[2] and helped the Madrid outskirts team return to division two, scoring seven goals in 21 matches.

In the following second division seasons, Piti remained an important offensive player for Rayo Vallecano. In 2010–11 he contributed with nine goals – second-best in the squad, tied with Óscar Trejo – as the team returned to the top flight after an eight-year absence.

Piti came of age in the 2012–13 season, at the age of 31, scoring 18 goals in 35 games, only five through penalties, as Rayo posted its best campaign in the main category.[3][4] Highlights included braces at Málaga CF (2–1) and Levante UD (3–2 win), and at home against Getafe CF (3–1).[5][6][7]

In the following years Piti represented, always in the top division, Granada CF and (again) Rayo. On 3 January 2017 the 35-year-old moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Cypriot First Division club AEL Limassol until 30 June.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played on 7 November 2015.
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zaragoza B 2004–05[9] Segunda División B 27 11 27 11
Zaragoza 2004–05[9] La Liga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Ciudad Murcia (loan) 2005–06[9] Segunda División 30 8 1 0 31 8
Hércules 2006–07[9] Segunda División 15 2 3 2 18 4
2007–08[9] Segunda División 6 0 2 1 8 1
Total 21 2 5 3 26 5
Rayo Vallecano (loan) 2006–07[9] Segunda División B 4 0 0 0 3[a] 3 7 3
Rayo Vallecano 2007–08[9] Segunda División B 21 7 0 0 4[a] 0 25 7
2008–09[9] Segunda División 37 8 2 1 39 9
2009–10[9] Segunda División 35 7 6 1 41 8
2010–11[9] Segunda División 34 9 0 0 34 9
2011–12[9] La Liga 35 3 1 0 36 3
2012–13[9] La Liga 35 18 0 0 35 18
Total 201 52 9 2 7 3 217 57
Granada 2013–14[10] La Liga 26 5 2 0 28 5
2014–15[9] La Liga 33 1 0 0 33 1
2015–16[9] La Liga 7 2 0 0 7 2
Total 66 8 2 0 68 8
Career total 352 81 17 5 7 3 376 89
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Promotion Play-offs

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Piti at BDFutbol
  • Piti at Futbolme (Spanish)