Francisco Pavón

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Paco Pavón
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Personal information
Full name Francisco Pavón Barahona
Date of birth (1980-01-09) 9 January 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Real Madrid C
2000–2001 Real Madrid B 38 (1)
2001–2007 Real Madrid 106 (1)
2007–2010 Zaragoza 43 (5)
2010–2011 Arles-Avignon 26 (0)
Total 213 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francisco "Paco" Pavón Barahona (born 9 January 1980) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

His name became associated with the Los Galácticos policy when Real Madrid – where he spent most of his professional career – president Florentino Pérez promised to build a team full of Zidanes and Pavones – expensive high-profile recruits like Zinedine Zidane and youth team graduates like Pavón.[1][2]

Over the course of nine seasons, Pavón amassed La Liga totals of 125 games and three goals, with his main club and Zaragoza.

Football career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Pavón progressed through the ranks at Real Madrid, starting with the junior side Tendillo until he established himself with the B-team. He made his La Liga debut against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 6 October 2001 and, shortly after that 2–0 win, signed a seven-year deal with the club,[3] going on to make a further 27 league appearances during the season and adding the campaign's UEFA Champions League.

In the subsequent two seasons, Pavón played an additional 51 league matches, scoring a rare goal on 8 May 2004 in a 2–3 home loss to RCD Mallorca.[4] His role would diminish drastically onwards, as he made no competitive appearances whatsoever during 2006–07.[5]

On 25 April 2007, media speculation indicated that Pavón was close to agreeing a four-year deal with Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, rejoining former teammate Iván Campo, but nothing came of it. He eventually put pen-to-paper a four-year deal with Real Zaragoza on July after his release from Real Madrid,[6] but appeared in just eight league games through the season as the Aragonese were relegated.

In 2008–09's Segunda División, Pavón netted his first goal for Zaragoza, in a 2–1 home win over Real Murcia who had also been relegated the previous campaign.[7] He contributed much more consistently as the team immediately promoted.

In the 2009–10 season, Pavón was only third or fourth-choice stopper, but still managed to score twice as Zaragoza retained its division status.[8][9] In the very last minute of the 2010 summer transfer window he signed with AC Arles-Avignon, reuniting with former Real Madrid teammate Álvaro Mejía.

In November 2011, Pavón went on trial with West Ham United in the Football League Championship,[10] but nothing came of it. After nearly two years without a club – during which he refused to be eligible for unemployment benefits, claiming "others need it more" –[11]he chose to retire, aged 33.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 April 2019[12][13]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2000–01 Segunda División B 38 1 38 1
Real Madrid 2000–01 La Liga 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 0[c] 0 1 0
2001–02 28 0 7 1 10[b] 0 0[d] 0 45 1
2002–03 22 0 6 0 9[b] 0 2[e] 0 39 0
2003–04 29 1 3 0 6[b] 0 1[d] 0 39 1
2004–05 17 0 3 0 7[f] 1 27 1
2005–06 10 0 1 0 3[b] 0 14 0
2006–07 0 0 2 0 0[b] 0 2 0
Real Zaragoza 2007–08 8 0 1 0 1[g] 0 10 0
2008–09 24 3 1 0 25 3
2009–10 11 2 11 2
Arles-Avignon 2010–11 Ligue 1 26 0 2[h] 0 28 0
Real Madrid Total 106 1 22 1 36 1 3 0 167 3
Real Zaragoza Total 43 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 46 5
Career Total 213 7 26 1 37 1 3 0 279 9
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa del Rey, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in 2000 Intercontinental Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ One appearance in 2002 UEFA Super Cup and one appearance in 2002 Intercontinental Cup
  6. ^ Five appearances in Champions League and two appearances in 2004–05 Champions League qualifying rounds
  7. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  8. ^ One appearance in Coupe de France and one appearances in Coupe de la Ligue

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Real Madrid compiling a new galaxy of superstars; The Times, 11 June 2009
  2. ^ 'Zidanes y Pavones' sí funciona en el Camp Nou ('Zidanes and Pavones' does work at the Camp Nou); El País, 19 November 2004 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Real deal for Pavon; BBC Sport, 27 December 2001
  4. ^ Real Madrid 2–3 Mallorca; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2004
  5. ^ Pavón: 'Todos sabemos lo que hay, de nada sirve hablar con Capello' (Pavón: 'We all know the deal, no use talking with Capello'); El Mundo, 27 March 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Zaragoza get Pavón and Matuzalem; UEFA, 18 July 2007
  7. ^ La expulsión de Aquino condenó al Murcia (Aquino's ejection doomed Murcia); El Diario Vasco, 28 September 2008 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Aguilar double downs Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 27 September 2009
  9. ^ Santander snatch a late point; ESPN Soccernet, 18 October 2009
  10. ^ Hammers weigh up Pavon deal; Sky Sports, 17 November 2011
  11. ^ Pavón, exjugador del Real Madrid, renuncia a cobrar el paro (Pavón, former Real Madrid player, refuses to go on the dole); 20 minutos, 13 October 2012 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "BDFutbol profile". BDFutbol. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Soccerway profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  14. ^ "PAVÓN". Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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