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Francisco Javier "Chiqui" Arce Rolón (American Spanish: [fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjeɾ ˈtʃiki ˈaɾse roˈlon]; born 2 April 1971) is a retired Paraguayan footballer and coach. He played at the right defender position, competing a total of 61 times for the Paraguayan national team between 1995 and 2002. He is currently the manager of Club General Díaz.[1]

Chiqui Arce
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Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Arce Rolón
Date of birth (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Paraguari, Paraguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
General Díaz (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Cerro Porteño 162 (26)
1994–1998 Grêmio 134 (25)
1998–2002 Palmeiras 242 (57)
2003 Gamba Osaka 16 (1)
2004–2005 Libertad 6 (0)
2006 12 de Octubre 30 (4)
Total 590 (113)
National team
1995–2004 Paraguay 61 (5)
Teams managed
2007–2011 Rubio Ñu
2011–2012 Paraguay
2013–2014 Cerro Porteño
2015–2016 Olimpia
2016 Guaraní
2016–2017 Paraguay
2018– General Díaz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

Arce started his career in Paraguay playing for his natal city club, 15 de Mayo, where he made his professional debut at the age of fifteen. The same year he was recruited by the Cerro Porteño club in the Paraguayan capital (Asuncion), where he won three national championships. Arce then played for Brazilian clubs such as Grêmio and Palmeiras and won international tournaments including the Copa Libertadores. Arce played for Paraguay in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and has appeared 61 times for his country. He was famous for his free kick shot technique, where he scored goals during the World Cup 2002 including a freekick against South Africa.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Arce became a coach and managed the Paraguayan second division team Club Rubio Ñú, leading the squad to the 2nd division championship in 2008.[2]

Arce was appointed coach of the Paraguay national football team in July 2011,[3] but due to poor results on the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, he was sacked in June 2012.[4]

In March 2013, Arce was appointed coach of the Paraguayan Cerro Porteño.[5] He won the Torneo Clausura in 2013 with Cerro Porteño in highly impressive form, as the club went the entire Clausura undefeated. After a 4–1 defeat to Club Guaraní on 24 August 2014 Arce left Cerro Porteño.

On 15 March 2015, Arce was appointed manager of Olimpia, the arch-rivals of his old club Cerro Porteño.

A year later he coached the Guarani club with good results, leading to his position at the Paraguayan national team.[6]. In 2018, he was appointed as manager of General Díaz.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Source:[7]
Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Grêmio 1995 Série A 9 1
1996 16 2
1997 16 2
Total 41 5
Palmeiras 1998 Série A 24 5
1999 10 0
2000 17 4
2001 21 6
2002 21 9
Total 93 24
Gamba Osaka 2003 J1 League 16 1
Libertad 2004 Primera División 6 0
Career total 156 30

InternationalEdit

Source:[8]
Paraguay national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 5 0
1996 5 1
1997 12 0
1998 11 2
1999 5 0
2000 4 0
2001 6 1
2002 8 1
2003 4 0
2004 1 0
Total 61 5

HonoursEdit

As a playerEdit

Cerro Porteño

Grêmio

Palmeiras

As a coachEdit

Rubio Ñú

Cerro Porteño

Club Olimpia|Olimpia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.abc.com.py/deportes/futbol/asumira-en-general-diaz-1669304.html
  2. ^ Grande "Chiqui" (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Paraguay appoint Francisco Arce as new coach
  4. ^ Paraguay appoint Arce sacked as Paraguay coach
  5. ^ Após passar pela seleção paraguaia, Arce é apresentado como técnico do Cerro Porteño (in Portuguese) Archived 7 April 2013 at Archive.today
  6. ^ http://www.teledoce.com/telemundo/deportes/futbol-internacional/francisco-arce-se-convertira-en-el-nuevo-entrenador-de-la-seleccion-paraguaya/
  7. ^ "Francisco Arce". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  8. ^ RSSSF

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