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Francisco José Carrasco Hidalgo (born 6 March 1959) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a winger, and a coach.

Lobo Carrasco
Personal information
Full name Francisco José Carrasco Hidalgo
Date of birth (1959-03-06) 6 March 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Alcoy, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
PB Tarragona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978 Barcelona B 14 (3)
1978Terrassa (loan) 6 (1)
1978–1989 Barcelona 262 (49)
1989–1992 Sochaux 71 (2)
1992 Figueres 5 (0)
Total 358 (55)
National team
1977 Spain U18 2 (1)
1978 Spain U21 2 (0)
1979 Spain U23 5 (1)
1979–1983 Spain amateur 7 (1)
1979–1988 Spain 35 (5)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Málaga B
2007–2008 Oviedo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nicknamed Lobo,[1][2] he played most of his 14-year professional career with Barcelona (11 seasons), appearing in more than 350 official matches and winning ten major titles.

A Spain international for nine years, Carrasco represented the country at the 1986 World Cup and two European Championships.

Club careerEdit

Born in Alcoy, Alicante, Valencian Community, Carrasco was a product of the FC Barcelona youth system, and quickly made a name for himself in La Liga and Europe, with a brilliant display of creative dribbling.[3] Having made his debut with the first team during 1978–79, he also shone in that season's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, a 4–3 thriller extra time win against Germany's Fortuna Düsseldorf.[4]

After more than 300 competitive appearances and nearly 50 league goals scored for the Blaugrana, winning the 1984–85 league title,[3] Carrasco spent three seasons with Ligue 1 club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. He retired after a short stint with UE Figueres, in a return to Catalonia.

Subsequently, Carrasco became a manager: he finished 2005–06 at Atlético Malagueño, with the Andalusia team eventually being relegated from the second division.[5] In the 2007–08 campaign, he coached lowly Real Oviedo.[6]

International careerEdit

Having first appeared for Spain in a friendly with Romania on 4 April 1979 (2–2 away draw), Carrasco went on to collect 35 caps with five goals, being selected for UEFA Euro 1980 and 1984 (where he played all five matches for the runners-up, scoring from the penalty kick spot against Romania in another tie, 1–1).[7]

Carrasco was also picked for the squad that appeared in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but did not leave the bench for the eventual quarter-finalists.[8]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 May 1983 Ta' Qali, Attard, Malta   Malta 2–2 2–3 Euro 1984 qualifying
2. 14 June 1984 Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France   Romania 0–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1984
3. 17 October 1984 Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Wales 2–0 3–0 1986 World Cup qualification
4. 1 April 1987 Prater, Vienna, Austria   Austria 2–3 2–3 Euro 1988 qualifying
5. 23 September 1987 Nou Castalia, Castellón, Spain   Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 Friendly



  1. ^ "¿Por qué tienen esos apodos los futbolistas?" [Why are footballers nicknamed like that?] (in Spanish). Inter Deportes. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ ""Messi está en un manicomio"" ["Messi is in a nuthouse"]. Olé (in Spanish). 2 July 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Francisco José Carrasco" (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  4. ^ "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Fútbol. – Lobo Carrasco en su presentación con el Málaga B:"Es un reto bonito y la receptividad de los jugadores es buena"" [Football. – Lobo Carrasco in his presentation with Málaga B:"It's a beautiful challenge and the players' approach is good"] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  6. ^ ""Lobo" Carrasco dice que entrenar al Oviedo es "un lujo", pese a estar en Tercera" ["Lobo" Carrasco says that coaching Oviedo is "a privilege", in spite of them being in Tercera]. El Día (in Spanish). 21 June 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Francisco José Carrasco Hidalgo – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Del utillero falangista al positivo de Calderé: nuestro Mundial 86 en diez episodios" [From the falangista kit man to Calderé's positive: our 86 World Cup in ten episodes]. El Confidencial (in Spanish). 21 May 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Reyes's fifth win: top UEFA club cup winners". UEFA. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  10. ^ Mentruit, Imma (13 April 2016). "1984: Los 'bleus' se coronan tras el error de Arconada" [1984: ‘Bleus’ crowned after Arconada's mistake]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 October 2018.

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