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Juan Francisco Palencia Hernández (born 28 April 1973, in Mexico City) is a Mexican former football striker, his last club was UNAM. He is currently the head coach of lobos BUAP of the Liga MX.

Francisco Palencia
Personal information
Full name Juan Francisco Palencia Hernández
Date of birth (1973-04-28) April 28, 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker and Midfielder
Club information
Current team
BUAP (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2003 Cruz Azul 239 (91)
2001–2002 Espanyol 30 (6)
2003–2005 Guadalajara 73 (13)
2005–2006 Chivas USA 34 (8)
2007–2011 UNAM 165 (19)
Total 541 (137)
National team
1996–2009 Mexico 80 (12)
Teams managed
2016–2017 UNAM
2018– Lobos BUAP
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2009

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BiographyEdit

Palencia made his international debut for the Mexico national team on June 8, 1996 against Bolivia national team at the U.S. Cup tournament in Dallas, Texas, scoring the winning goal.

Palencia played in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, taking his side to the quarterfinals where they were defeated by Nigeria, the eventual winners. He was a member of the national team for the 1996, 1998 and 2003 Gold Cup tournaments and the 1999 Confederations Cup tournament, where he helped Mexico win all four competitions. Palencia also played in two FIFA World Cups, France'98 and Korea-Japan 2002, but could only help his team reach the "Round of 16" of the tournaments before being eliminated. He has also represented his country in three Copa América tournaments in 1997, 1999 and 2004, as well as two Confederations Cup appearances in 1997 and 1999.

A veteran of 539 career games at club level with 137 goals to his name, 80 international caps for his country and 12 international goals. His experience has made him one of Mexico's best players. Palencia trained with the Cruz Azul youth system at age 13 and made his debut in the Primera División (First Division) in 1994 at age 21. After finishing the 1995–1996 season with highly anticipated performances, Palencia was awarded the "Rookie of the Year Award", for most outstanding young player in the First Division. Palencia would go on to play seven seasons, captaining and scoring 91 goals for Mexico City's Club Deportivo Cruz Azul, and leading them to two championship titles in the CONCACAF Tournaments of 1996 and 1997, one championship title in the First Division in 1997, and second place in the Copa Libertadores of 2001.

After finishing second place to Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores, Palencia departed from Cruz Azul at the end of the 2000–2001 season and went to Spain (on loan) to play for RCD Espanyol in La Liga, where he played 35 matches and scored six goals. After his one-year contract expired, Palencia returned to Mexico in late 2002 to play one more season with his old club, Cruz Azul. In late 2003, Palencia joined another club of Mexican football, this time to the "All Mexican Team", Club Deportivo Guadalajara. He continued on with his success displaying his excellent form, taking the team into the semi-finals of the 2005 Copa Libertadores tournament and registering 5 goals.

Palencia was originally slated to join C.D. Chivas USA for the start of their inaugural season, but he enjoyed so much success with Guadalajara that his arrival to the United States team was delayed until August 19, 2005. In his American debut, he promptly displayed his fine form and scored two goals. In 2006, Palencia was the team captain of Chivas USA and was also the highest paid player in MLS at that time, earning US$1,360,000 a year.[1] In 2006, the veteran striker missed out on selection in Mexico's 23 man squad for the World Cup. On January 2007, Palencia signed to UNAM Pumas. On February 7, Palencia was called up by coach Hugo Sánchez to represent his country and play a friendly game against the United States. The Mexicans lost the match 0-2. However, Palencia played against Paraguay on March 25 and Ecuador on March 28, Mexico winning both matches and Palencia score a goal.

Palencia had another opportunity to play in the Copa Libertadores on May 3 and 8 of 2007. Club Toluca signed him on loan for a couple of games to reinforce its squad against Corporación Nuevo Cúcuta Deportivo in both matches of the Round of 16. Unfortunately for Toluca, Cúcuta Deportivo won the first match at home 5-1, even though Toluca scored first on the very first minute of the game. This match was followed by a 2-0 Toluca victory over Cúcuta Deportivo, also starting Palencia. Toluca was eliminated from the tournament and Palencia will have to wait for another opportunity to play in Latin America's biggest club championship event.[2][3][4]

StatisticsEdit

FootballerEdit

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1994–95 Cruz Azul Primera División 1 0 2 0 - - 3 0
1995–96 33 8 3 0 - - 36 8
1996–97 32 9 3 0 4 2 39 11
1997–98 38 10 - - 3 1 41 11
1998–99 36 21 1 2 - - 37 23
1999–00 38 22 3 0 - - 42 22
2000–01 28 14 4 0 20 9 52 23
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2001-02 RCD Espanyol La Liga 30 6 - - - - 30 6
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2002-03 Cruz Azul Primera División 33 7 3 1 10 3 46 11
2003-04 Guadalajara 39 5 3 0 - - 42 5
2004-05 34 8 3 0 14 5 51 13
USA League Open Cup North America Total
2005 Chivas USA Major League
Soccer
15 4 - - - - 15 4
2006 19 4 - - - - 19 4
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2007 UNAM Primera División 16 3 - - - - 16 3
2007-08 28 2 3 0 - - 31 2
2008-09 33 6 - - 5 5 38 11
2009-10 33 1 - - 5 4 38 5
2010-11 40 5 - - - - 40 5
2011 15 2 - - 2 0 18 2
Total Mexico 477 123 27 3 64 29 568 158
Spain 30 6 - - - - 30 6
USA 34 8 - - - - 34 8
Career total 541 137 27 3 64 29 632 169

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 3 December 2018[n 1]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
UNAM   May 2016 August 23, 2017 54 19 10 25 76 79 −3 035.19
BUAP   June 1, 2017 Present 17 5 4 8 21 25 −4 029.41
Total 71 24 14 33 97 104 −7 033.80

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Cruz Azul

UNAM

InternationalEdit

Mexico

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 14 December 1997 King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia 1–0 5–0 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
2 2–0
3 4 February 1998 Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, United States   Trinidad & Tobago 3–1 4–2 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 24 February 1998 Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States   Netherlands 1–3 2–3 Friendly
5 17 July 1999 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Chile 1–0 2–1 1999 Copa América
6 29 July 1999 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Bolivia 1–0 1–0 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
7 13 February 2000 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States   Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 4–0 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8 11 November 2001 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Honduras 2–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 16 May 2002 3Com Park at Candlestick Point, San Francisco, United States   Bolivia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10 19 June 2004 Alamodome, San Antonio, United States   Dominica 10–0 10–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 28 March 2007 McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, United States   Ecuador 1–0 4–2 Friendly
12 10 October 2009 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   El Salvador 3–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Includes matches from Liga MX, Copa MX, CONCACAF Champions League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Washingtonpost.com". Palencia has Richest MLS Salary. April 27, 2006. Retrieved April 27, 2006.
  2. ^ "Yahoo.com". Toluca va ante Cúcuta reforzado por mexicano Palencia y argentino Scocco. Retrieved May 30, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Conmebol.com". Cúcuta Deportivo-CD Toluca. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
  4. ^ "Conmebol.com". CD Toluca-Cúcuta Deportivo. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.

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