Montañés playing for Espanyol in 2015
|Full name||Francisco Montañés Claverías|
|Date of birth||8 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Castellón, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2016–2017||→ Levante (loan)||22||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2017.
Born in Castellón de la Plana, Castellón, Valencian Community, Montañés started his career in the youth ranks of FC Barcelona. He made his debut for the first team on 13 May 2006, playing the last 20 minutes of a 2–3 away loss against Sevilla FC; he then moved to the lower leagues, with Villarreal CF B and Ontinyent CF.
In August 2010, Montañés joined AD Alcorcón, promoted for the first time to the second division. He rarely missed a game during his two-year spell as the club always retained its league status, and scored nine goals in his second season.
Montañés returned to La Liga with Real Zaragoza, signing a four-year contract on 5 July 2012. He made his official debut on 20 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 home loss against Real Valladolid.
Montañés scored his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 10 November, netting his team's second in a 5–3 home win over Deportivo de La Coruña. He started in all league matches during the campaign, as the Aragonese were relegated.
In 2010, before he made his debuts in the top division and thinking this was not a possibility anymore, Montañés contemplated quitting football and becoming a fireman, as his father before him. Nothing came of it eventually.
- Spain U23
- "Debe ser el número 23" [Must be number 23] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- FC Sevilla 3–2 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 13 May 2006
- Francisco Montañés y Fernando Sales, nuevos refuerzos del Alcorcón (Francisco Montañés and Fernando Sales, new Alcorcón additions); Marca, 5 August 2010 (in Spanish)
- Acuerdo para la incorporación de Francisco Montañés (Agreement for addition of Francisco Montañés); Real Zaragoza, 5 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- Newboys Valladolid stun Zaragoza; ESPN Soccernet, 20 August 2012
- "Zaragoza edge eight goal thriller". ESPN FC. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- Principi d’acord amb el Zaragoza per Álvaro i Montañés (Early agreement with Zaragoza for Álvaro and Montañés); RCD Espanyol, 28 July 2014 (in Catalan)
- Acuerdo entre el Levante U.D. y el R.C.D. Espanyol para la cesión de Montañés por una temporada con opción de compra (Agreement between Levante U.D. and R.C.D. Espanyol for the loan of Montañés for one season with a buyout clause); Levante UD, 12 August 2016 (in Spanish)
- Paco Montañés, nuevo refuerzo del CD Tenerife (Paco Montañés, new addition of CD Tenerife); CD Tenerife, 17 August 2017 (in Spanish)
- El fútbol ganó al bombero (Football defeated fireman); Marca, 26 September 2012 (in Spanish)
- "Mediterranean Games 2005 (Spain)". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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