Alcácer playing with Spain in 2015
|Full name||Francisco Alcácer García|
|Date of birth||30 August 1993|
|Place of birth||Torrent, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Getafe (loan)||20||(3)|
|2018||→ Borussia Dortmund (loan)||6||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2018
Francisco "Paco" Alcácer García (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpako alˈkaθeɾ]; born 30 August 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Spain national team.
Having come through the Valencia youth ranks, he started playing with the first team in 2010, and became a regular following a loan at Getafe, totalling 43 goals in 118 matches. In 2016, he signed for Barcelona for €30 million.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Torrent, Valencian Community, Alcácer was a product of Valencia's youth system. He made his senior debut in the 2009–10 season aged only 16, scoring three goals in 15 games with the reserve side and suffering relegation from Segunda División B.
On 11 November 2010, Alcácer appeared in his first match with the first team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 home win against UD Logroñés – 7–1 on aggregate – in the Copa del Rey (the fixture was also Isco's senior bow). During that season, he netted 27 times to help the B's return to the third level as champions.
On 12 August 2011, after Alcácer had netted the third and final goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Roma and was leaving the Mestalla Stadium accompanied by his parents, his father fell to the ground after suffering a heart attack. Despite 30 minutes of efforts by medics to revive him, the 44-year-old died. The player returned to training less than a week later for "therapy purposes", and played the entirety of a fixture with the reserves three days after that.
Alcácer made his La Liga debut for Valencia on 14 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Sofiane Feghouli for the last 20 minutes of a 0–1 away loss against Real Sociedad. He made two other brief appearances from the bench, whilst scoring at the rate of one goal every two games with the B-team.
2012–13 season: Loan to Getafe
Alcácer went on loan to Getafe for 2012–13, his first official game being against Deportivo La Coruña where he played 20 minutes in an eventual 1–1 away draw. He scored his first goal in the top division on 7 January 2013 at Rayo Vallecano, in a 1–3 loss; during his spell in Madrid, he netted four times in total.
After returning to Valencia, Alcácer scored his first senior goal for his formative club on 3 October 2013, during an away game against Kuban Krasnodar in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League campaign. He first found the net for Los Che in the domestic league on 25 January 2014 in a 2–2 home draw against Espanyol, and grabbed another the following matchday, scoring the 3–2 winner at the Camp Nou against Barcelona.
On 10 April 2014, Alcácer scored the first hat-trick of his professional career, helping overturn a 0–3 first-leg deficit to beat Basel 5–0 at home and qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League. It was his 14th competitive goal of the season, and his seventh in continental competition; this European haul made him the edition's second-highest scorer after compatriot Jonathan Soriano, who netted eight for Red Bull Salzburg.
On 17 August 2014, Alcácer scored the first goal in a 2–1 home win over Milan for the Orange Trophy, through a long-range shot, and was assigned the number ′9′ jersey for 2014–15, previously worn by Hélder Postiga. On 9 December, near the end of a 1–1 draw at Granada, he was given a straight red card for striking Juan Carlos.
On 27 January 2015, it was revealed that Alcácer extended his contract until 2020 and his buy-out clause had been raised to €80 million.
On 7 November 2015, Alcácer and Daniel Parejo scored twice each in a 5–1 win away to third-place Celta. The following 21 January, the latter was stripped of his captaincy in favour of the former by manager Gary Neville, after a poor run of results.
After three months without a goal, Alcácer broke his barren spell with a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over Eibar on 20 April 2016. He finished the campaign with 15 across all competitions, in an eventual 12th-place finish.
On 30 August 2016, Alcácer signed for Barcelona for €30 million on a five-year deal, and on the same day Munir El Haddadi went in the other direction on loan, to be replaced by the former as the team's fourth-choice forward behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez. He made his debut on 10 September in a 1–2 home loss to Alavés, making only eight passes in 66 minutes before being substituted by Suárez.
Alcácer scored his first official goal for the Blaugrana on 21 December 2016, helping with the fifth in a 7–0 home win over Hércules to see his team qualify for the round-of-16 in the Spanish Cup. The following 4 February, he netted a first league goal for his new team in a 3–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao, starting in place of the rested Suárez.
Filling in for the suspended Suárez, Alcácer played the full 90 minutes in the domestic cup final, scoring Barcelona's last goal in the 3–1 defeat of Alavés. On 5 November 2017, he netted a brace in a 2–1 home win against Sevilla that kept his team four points clear at the top of the league table. He scored his first goal for the club in the UEFA Champions League one month later, helping to a 2–0 group stage win over Sporting CP.
On 28 August 2018, Alcácer joined Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan with an option to buy. He made his debut on 14 September, replacing Maximilian Philipp midway through the second half of the home fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt and scored the final goal in a 3–1 win. He added five goals coming off the bench in his next two matches, two late goals to seal a 4–2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen, and a hat-trick in a 4–3 defeat of Augsburg at the Westfalenstadion in which he won the game with a free kick in the last minute; the club exercised their option to sign him permanently for €23 million on 23 November, and he signed a five-year contract.
Alcácer represented Spain at all youth levels. With the under-17 side, he reached the final at the 2010 UEFA European Championship, playing alongside Valencia teammate Juan Bernat and being crowned the competition's top scorer with six goals, his 14 including qualifiers setting a new record; additionally, he won the European Under-19 Championship twice, in 2011 and 2012.
On 29 August 2014, Alcácer was named by full side manager Vicente del Bosque in a 23-man squad for matches against France and Macedonia in September, making his debut on 4 September after replacing Diego Costa midway through the second half of an eventual 0–1 friendly loss to the former. Profiting from Costa's injury, four days later he made his first start, against Macedonia at the Estadi Ciutat de València, scoring his team's second goal in a 5–1 victory for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers and also providing the assist for Sergio Busquets' third; in their next qualifier, away to Slovakia on 9 October, the substitute scored an 82nd-minute equaliser, although Spain went on to lose 1–2.
A year later to the day, as a first-half replacement for the injured Álvaro Morata, Alcácer scored twice in a 4–0 win over Luxembourg which sealed qualification, and he finished the qualification campaign with five goals, the most by a Spanish player. He was not selected for the final tournament in France, however.
In October 2018, amidst a good start to his spell at Dortmund and more than two years after his last international appearance, Alcácer was called back by new manager Luis Enrique for the games against Wales and England. He scored a brace in the first match, a 4–1 friendly victory in Cardiff. Spain lost 2–3 in the second, but he came on as a substitute in the second half and scored with his first touch of the ball, through a glancing header into the far post corner of the goal which beat Jordan Pickford.
|Valencia B||2009–10||Segunda División B||15||3||–||–||–||15||3|
|2011–12||Segunda División B||24||12||–||–||–||24||12|
|Getafe (loan)||2012–13||La Liga||20||3||3||1||—||—||23||4|
- As of 15 October 2018
- As of 15 October 2018 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Alcácer goal)
|1.||9 September 2014||Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain||Macedonia||2–0||5–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|2.||9 October 2014||Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia||Slovakia||1–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|3.||12 October 2014||Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|4.||11 June 2015||Reino de León, León, Spain||Costa Rica||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|5.||9 October 2015||Las Gaunas, Logroño, Spain||Luxembourg||2–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|7.||11 October 2018||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||1–0||4–1||Friendly|
|9.||15 October 2018||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||England||1–3||2–3||2018–19 UEFA Nations League A|
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