Francisco Molina

Francisco "Paco" Molina Simón (29 March 1930 – 14 November 2018) was a Spanish–Chilean football player and manager.

Francisco Molina
Personal information
Full name Francisco Molina Simón
Date of birth (1930-03-29)29 March 1930
Place of birth Súria, Spain
Date of death 14 November 2018(2018-11-14) (aged 88)
Place of death Antofagasta, Chile
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder[1]
Youth career
Deportivo Roberto Parra
Santiago Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1950 Santiago Wanderers 30 (8)
1951–1952 Universidad Católica 27 (12)
1953–1956 Atlético Madrid 84 (21)
1957–1959 Audax Italiano 42 (14)
1960 Unión Española 23 (4)
1961 Universidad Católica 21 (5)
Total 227 (64)
National team
1953–1959 Chile 8 (8)
Teams managed
1963–1964 Coquimbo Unido
1965 Deportes La Serena
1966–1967 Unión Española
1968–1969 Colo-Colo
1970–1972 Deportes Antofagasta
1980 O'Higgins
1981 Everton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Life and club careerEdit

Born in Súria, Province of Barcelona, Spain, Molina alongside his family moved to Chile when he was nine in 1939.[2] They settled at Valparaíso after arriving there on board of SS Winnipeg as one of the 2.200 exiles which escaped from the Spanish Civil War. In 1942 he was naturalized Chilean.

During 1940s Molina joined Santiago Wanderers youth set-up with prior spell playing at amateur club Deportivo Roberto Parra. Finally in 1948, he was promoted to Wanderers first-adult team squad aged eighteen.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Audax Italiano

Universidad Católica

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Francisco Molina at WorldFootball.net
  2. ^ "Paco Molina: El ídolo chileno de Atlético de Madrid, el líder español". La Tercera (in Spanish). 19 April 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2015.