Paco Flores

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Paco Flores
Personal information
Full name Francisco Flores Lajusticia
Date of birth (1952-11-26) 26 November 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1972 Español B
1972–1976 Español 0 (0)
1972–1973Sabadell (loan) 14 (2)
1973–1974 → Calella (loan)
1974–1975Sant Andreu (loan) 14 (1)
1975–1976Girona (loan)
1976–1977 Jaén 36 (18)
1977–1980 Español 65 (13)
1980–1981 Jaén
1981–1982 Linares 5 (1)
1982–1984 Santboià
Teams managed
1984–1985 Español C (youth)
1985–1987 Español B (youth)
1987–1991 Español (youth)
1991–1994 Cristinenc
1994–1997 Espanyol B
1997 Espanyol
1997–1998 Espanyol (assistant)
1998 Espanyol
1999–2000 Espanyol B
2000–2002 Espanyol
2002–2004 Zaragoza
2005–2006 Almería
2006–2007 Gimnàstic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francisco 'Paco' Flores Lajusticia (born 26 November 1952) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward, and is a current coach.

His career was closely associated with Espanyol, as both a player and manager.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Flores was brought up at hometown's RCD Español, being loaned several times during his contract, exclusively in his native region. Subsequently, after having been re-signed from Real Jaén, he played three La Liga seasons for his main club, scoring eight goals in 33 games in his first to help the Pericos to the 14th position, just one point above the relegation zone. He made his debut in the competition on 3 September 1977 at the age of 25, in a 1–3 away loss against Sevilla FC;[2] on 20 November, he netted a late equaliser for the hosts in a 1–1 derby draw against FC Barcelona.[3]

In January 1981, after another stint with Jaén, Flores signed for Linares CF in Segunda División, but suffered a car accident which nearly cost him the loss of one eye shortly after,[1] leaving the club at the end of his second season, aged 29. Before retiring, he played a couple of years with amateurs FC Santboià, in Catalonia.

Coaching career[edit]

Flores took up coaching in 1984, spending one full decade with Español's youth teams (Espanyol from 1995 onwards). He progressed to the B-team in 1994, helping them promote to Segunda División B in his first season.

Flores was appointed first-team manager with 14 games to go in the 1996–97 campaign, replacing fired Vicente Miera[4] and leading Espanyol to the 12th position. He then returned to the reserves for two further seasons.

Flores again came to the rescue of the club's main squad midway through 1999–2000, occupying the position of dismissed Miguel Ángel Brindisi.[5] He managed to lead the team out of relegation (14th place), adding the conquest of the club's third Copa del Rey – against Atlético Madrid – the first in 60 years, and remained at the helm for a further two full years.[6]

In 2002–03, Flores accepted a new challenge with Real Zaragoza,[7][8][9] helping the Aragonese return to the top level after one year and being replaced by Víctor Muñoz after the 20th round in the following season,[10] which also ended with Spanish Cup win. After 11 second level games with UD Almería in the 2004–05 campaign,[11][12] he was in charge of the Andalusians for the full 2005–06, leading them to the sixth position.

Flores returned to the top flight in 2006–07, replacing Luis César Sampedro at Gimnàstic de Tarragona[13][14] in late November 2006, following a 2–3 home loss against RCD Mallorca.[15] Even though he improved on his predecessor's numbers, it was not good enough to avoid relegation.[16]




  1. ^ a b Paco FLORES; Hall of Fame Perico, 28 April 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "3–1: Demasiados errores en un frágil Español" [3–1: Too many mistakes in fragile Español]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 September 1977. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lluvia, expulsiones, tarjetas y... empate" [Rain, ejections, bookings and... draw]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 21 November 1977. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Miera, fulminado" [Miera, obliterated] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 March 1997. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Paco Flores – El regreso" [Paco Flores – The return] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 January 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Flores seguirá como entrenador del Espanyol" [Flores to continue as Espanyol coach]. El País (in Spanish). 26 April 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "El Real Zaragoza presenta a Paco Flores como nuevo entrenador" [Real Zaragoza present Paco Flores as new manager]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 8 June 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Paco Flores: "Quiero y amo al Real Zaragoza y a todo Aragón" (Paco Flores: "I want and love Real Zaragoza and the whole Aragon"); Los Blanquillos, 15 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Real Zaragoza 2002/03; at Football Squads
  10. ^ "Paco Flores, destituído como entrenador del Zaragoza. Le sustituye Víctor Muñoz" [Paco Flores, fired as Zaragoza coach. Víctor Muñoz his replacement] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 19 January 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Paco Flores es el nuevo técnico en lugar de Fabri" [Paco Flores is the new manager in the place of Fabri] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 6 April 2005. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Almería 2004/05; at Football Squads
  13. ^ "Paco Flores, nuevo técnico del Nàstic de Tarragona" [Paco Flores, new manager of Nàstic de Tarragona]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 28 November 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Gimnàstic 2006/07; at Football Squads
  15. ^ "La directiva del Nástic cesa a Luis César Sampedro" [Nástic board of directors sacks Luis César Sampedro]. El Diario Montañés (in Spanish). 27 November 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  16. ^ ""Soy el culpable de este descenso"" ["I am to blame for this relegation"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 May 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "La joya del centenario" [The gem of the jubilee] (PDF). La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 28 May 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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