Francisco Portillo (footballer, born 1990)

Francisco Portillo Soler (born 13 June 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Almería as an attacking midfielder.

Francisco Portillo
Francisco Portillo 2019.jpg
Portillo with Getafe in 2019
Personal information
Full name Francisco Portillo Soler
Date of birth (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
El Palo
2006–2008 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Málaga B 80 (5)
2010–2015 Málaga 72 (5)
2015Betis (loan) 21 (0)
2015–2017 Betis 19 (0)
2016–2017Getafe (loan) 33 (4)
2017–2021 Getafe 97 (3)
2021– Almería 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Portillo emerged through local Málaga CF's youth ranks. He first appeared with the first team in the 2009 pre-season, being considered player of the match in the 1–0 win against Aston Villa for the Peace Cup on 25 July.[1]

Portillo made his La Liga debut on 24 January 2010, replacing the injured Patrick Mtiliga in the 74th minute of a 2–0 loss at Real Madrid.[2] On 10 August, he made a contract extension with the club running until June 2013.[3]

After the 2011 summer signing of Joaquín, Portillo was further demoted down in Málaga's pecking order, not making the 18-men squad in most of the matches.[4] His first league appearance of the season only came on 9 April 2012, as he played the last eight minutes in a 3−0 home victory over Racing de Santander.[5]

On 15 September 2012, Portillo scored his first goal as a professional, with a beautiful volley in a 3−1 home defeat of Levante UD.[6] He appeared in 38 competitive games during the campaign, including eight in the side's first-ever participation in the UEFA Champions League.[7]

On 15 January 2015, Portillo was loaned to Segunda División's Real Betis until June,[8] with an obligatory buyout clause if the team was promoted.[9] After contributing 21 appearances in the season, he signed a permanent three-year deal with the club.[10]

Portillo was loaned to Getafe CF of the second tier on 31 August 2016, for one year.[11] After achieving promotion, he was bought outright on 3 July 2017.[12]

On 22 July 2021, free agent Portillo signed a two-year contract with UD Almería in the second division.[13]


  1. ^ "Debut con victoria en la Peace Cup Andalucía 2009 (1–0)" [Debut with win in the Andalusia Peace Cup 2009 (1–0)] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Ronaldo stars, then sent off". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Portillo seguirá en el Málaga Club de Fútbol hasta la 2012/2013" [Portillo will continue in Málaga Club de Fútbol until 2012/2013] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  4. ^ "El Córdoba y el Málaga llegan a un principio de acuerdo para la cesión de Portillo" [Córdoba and Málaga reach agreement in principle for loan of Portillo]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Malaga breeze to win". ESPN Soccernet. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  6. ^ Estepa, Javier (15 September 2012). "Mágico Saviola, histórico Málaga" [Magical Saviola, historic Málaga]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  7. ^ Alonso, Pedro Luis (16 August 2014). "Expediente Portillo" [Portillo files]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Málaga CF and Real Betis reach agreement for loan of Portillo to the Green and Whites". Málaga CF. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  9. ^ Marín, Dani (14 January 2015). "Portillo será bético hasta 2018 si hay ascenso" [Portillo will be bético until 2018 in case of promotion] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  10. ^ Puga, Manu (25 May 2015). "El ascenso del Betis deja 1,5 millones en el Málaga por Portillo" [Betis promotion leaves 1,5 million at Málaga for Portillo]. La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Real Betis and Getafe CF reach an agreement for the loan of Portillo". Real Betis. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Portillo y Pacheco del Getafe" [Portillo and Pacheco of Getafe] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Portillo: top provider of goal assists". UD Almería. 22 July 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.

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