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Francisco Javier Pérez Villarroya (born 6 August 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder.

Francisco Villarroya
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Pérez Villarroya
Date of birth (1966-08-06) 6 August 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Deportivo Aragón 75 (1)
1984–1990 Zaragoza 100 (6)
1990–1994 Real Madrid 83 (1)
1994–1996 Deportivo La Coruña 42 (0)
1996–1998 Sporting Gijón 51 (2)
1998–1999 Badajoz 19 (1)
Total 370 (11)
National team
1989–1992 Spain 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Born in Zaragoza, Villarroya made his professional debut with hometown's Real Zaragoza, appearing in one La Liga game in the 1984–85 season (a 0–4 away loss against FC Barcelona[1]) but being almost exclusively connected with the reserves for three years.

In the summer of 1990, after helping the Aragonese to two consecutive top-ten finishes in the top division – fifth in 1988–89, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup – whilst only missing two matches combined, he signed with Real Madrid, being occasionally utilised as left back during his four-year spell and being the capital side's first-choice prior to the signing of Brazilian Roberto Carlos, battling for the position with Mikel Lasa.[2][3]

After only 13 league appearances in his last two campaigns with the Merengues combined, following the arrival of manager Benito Floro, Villarroya signed for Deportivo de La Coruña, being relatively used and adding two trophies to his cabinet (one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa de España). Still in the top level, he then represented Sporting de Gijón, suffering relegation in his second season.

Aged nearly 33, Villarroya closed out his career after one year with CD Badajoz in Segunda División, amassing top flight totals of 276 matches and nine goals over 14 seasons.

International careerEdit

Villarroya earned 14 caps for the Spanish national team during slightly more than two years, and was in the squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, playing in all the games – mostly in the back sector – in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

His debut came on 20 September 1989 in a 1–0 friendly win over Poland, in A Coruña, featuring the full 90 minutes as a Zaragoza player.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Villarroya's nephew, Ángel Lafita, was also a footballer (and a midfielder). He played the vast majority of his career with Zaragoza and Deportivo.[5]



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