Kiko (Spanish footballer)
Kiko presenting the new Spain gear in 1995
|Full name||Francisco Miguel Narváez Machón|
|Date of birth||26 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
A centre forward with tremendous technical ability and field vision, he possessed nonetheless a poor aerial game despite being almost 190 cm tall. In ten La Liga seasons (also played one year with his main club in Segunda División), he amassed totals of 271 games and 60 goals.
Kiko was an instrumental squad member at the 1992 Summer Olympics as the Spain national team won gold, on home soil. Additionally, he appeared at full level in one World Cup and one European Championship.
Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz, Kiko's career began with local Cádiz CF, and he first appeared in La Liga on 14 April 1991 in a 2–3 home loss against Athletic Bilbao. Even though he played in only five further matches in the season he was intimately connected with the Andalusia club's fate as, on 9 June, in only 25 minutes of play, he gained a penalty kick and scored an 83-minute winner in a 2–1 home win over Real Zaragoza; the team would miraculously retain their status, after the playoffs against CD Málaga.
After two more seasons as an undisputed starter Kiko moved, alongside teammate José María Quevedo to Atlético Madrid, upon Cádiz's 1993 relegation. There, he developed into one of Spain's most important footballers during the 90's, being an instrumental piece in Atlético's historical double in 1995–96, with goals and assists alike.
Atlético was relegated in 2000, but Kiko stayed with the club for a further campaign, not managing one single goal in 52 league appearances combined. He finished out his career with CF Extremadura also in Segunda División in 2002 (six-month spell, teaming up with another longtime league player, Pier).
Kiko would take part at UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He netted once against Bulgaria in the latter tournament, during a 6–1 thrashing; however, this did not count for anything as Spain were ultimately ousted in the group stage.
|1.||15 November 1995||Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain||Macedonia||1–0||3–0||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|2.||7 February 1996||Insular, Las Palmas, Spain||Norway||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|3.||24 September 1997||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovakia||0–1||1–2||1998 World Cup qualification|
|4.||24 June 1998||Félix Bollaert, Lens, France||Bulgaria||6–1||6–1||1998 World Cup|
- Atlético Madrid
- Spain U23
- Spain U21
- Kiko Narváez, el poeta del área (Kiko Narváez, the poet of the box) Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; Atlético de Madrid Fansite, 20 October 2009 (in Spanish)
- "El Cádiz dribla el descenso" [Cádiz dribbles relegation]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 10 June 1991. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "El Cádiz consuma el milagro" [Cádiz works miracle]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 20 June 1991. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Cinco goles para un triunfo vital de la selección" [Five goals for national team vital win]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 December 1992. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Spain beats Bulgaria 6–1 but fails to qualify". Sports Illustrated. 24 June 1998. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- El triunfo en el fútbol, broche de oro para España en Barcelona 92 (Football win, icing on the cake for Spain in Barcelona 92); Dame Un Silbidito, April 2010 (in Spanish)
- "Kiko". European Football. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- "La Roja de 1992, nuestra medalla de oro Olímpica" [1992's La Roja, our Olympic gold medal] (in Spanish). Antena 3. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017.