Juan Francisco Barraza

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Juan Francisco Barraza
Personal information
Full name Juan Francisco Barraza Flores
Date of birth (1935-03-12)March 12, 1935
Place of birth San Miguel, El Salvador
Date of death December 17, 1997(1997-12-17) (aged 62)
Place of death Zacami, El Salvador
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1943–1949 C.D. Corona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1952 C.D. Corona
1953–1957 Dragon
1958–1970 Águila
National team
1953–1969 El Salvador 30 (13)
Teams managed
1970–1973 Águila
1980–1982 FAS
1983 Águila
1984-1985 Dragon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barraza and the second or maternal family name is Flores.

Juan Francisco Barraza Flores (March 12, 1935 – December 17, 1997) was a famous football player and manager from El Salvador.[1]

He is widely regarded one of the best Salvadoran footballers of all time.[2]


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.

Early years[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[3] He scored 24 in 64 games including unofficial matches.[4]

While playing for C.D. Corona, Dragón and finally Águila, where he earned them several titles, he was idolized by soccer fans because of his technical brilliance and pure skill.

Barraza was recognized for his excellence on the soccer fields by clubs from Brazil (in particular São Paulo) and Mexico who were so desperate to sign him up.

Retirement and death[edit]

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.


Year Finish Team Tournament Role Notes
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


External links[edit]

  • Bio - CD Aguila (Spanish)