Juan Francisco Barraza
|Full name||Juan Francisco Barraza Flores|
|Date of birth||March 12, 1935|
|Place of birth||San Miguel, El Salvador|
|Date of death||December 17, 1997(aged 62)|
|Place of death||Zacami, El Salvador|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He is widely regarded one of the best Salvadoran footballers of all time.
Born in the district of San Miguel as the son of Maria de la Cruz Barraza and Juan de Dios Flores, he attended Dr Antonio Rosales primary school.
Barraza began playing soccer in grade school and he joined C.D. Corona when he was eight years old.
Due to extreme hardship, he began playing with balls made out of rags.
During this very hard period, he discovered three secrets: One, that he was a lefty. Two, that soccer would give him a way to escape poverty. And three, that in life, he who does not give everything, does not get anything. "Cariota" always gave everything.
During his 15 years of soccer career, he played barefoot due to his lack of economic resources.
When he finally could afford soccer cleats, he had to train to get accustomed to them.
He made his professional debut with Dragón on 15 February 1953 against El Palermo de Guatemala. A year later he won the Central American and Caribbean Games with El Salvador. In 1958 he joined Águila, with whom he won several league titles.
On 8 June 1969 he played his final international game against Honduras. He scored 13 goals for the national team in official games between 1959 and 1963. He scored 24 in 64 games including unofficial matches.
Retirement and death
He officially retired in 1970, and on December 17, 1997 Cariota died due to cardiac problems in Zacamil hospital in El Salvador. The municipal stadium in his native department of San Miguel, is named Estadio Juan Francisco "Cariota" Barraza in his honor.
The Cariota nickname was inherited through his parent, which is an extremely common custom in El Salvador.
|1950||Champion||Dragón||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1952||Champion||Dragón||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1954||Gold Medal||El Salvador||Central American and Caribbean Games||Player|
|1959||Champion||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1960-61||Champion||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1963-64||Champion||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1964||Champion||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1967-68||Champion||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Player|
|1972||Champions||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Coach|
|1981||Champions||FAS||1st Division El Salvador||Coach|
|1983||Champions||Águila||1st Division El Salvador||Coach|
- 10 años sin “Cariota” - La Prensa (Spanish)
- El Salvador - Record International Players - RSSSF
- EL SALVADOR CAMPEON DE FUTBOL DE VII JUEGOS - El Balón Cuscatleco (Spanish)
- Bio - CD Aguila (Spanish)