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 37)
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.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pavón and the second or maternal family name is Barahona.

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 maintained 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.


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