Francisco Javier Farinós Zapata (born 29 March 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Javier Farinós
Farinós en el ayuntamiento de Alicante tras el ascenso en 2010 cropped.JPG
Farinós celebrates promotion to La Liga in 2010
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Farinós Zapata
Date of birth (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Valencia B 17 (3)
1996–2000 Valencia 115 (10)
2000–2005 Inter Milan 49 (2)
2003Villarreal (loan) 22 (2)
2004–2005Mallorca (loan) 29 (3)
2005–2006 Mallorca 17 (1)
2006–2011 Hércules 146 (22)
2011–2012 Levante 30 (1)
2012–2014 Villarreal 11 (1)
Total 436 (45)
National team
1993–1994 Spain U16 12 (1)
1995–1996 Spain U18 15 (2)
1997 Spain U20 6 (2)
1998–2000 Spain U21 11 (3)
1999–2000 Spain 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed La Liga totals of 225 games and 18 goals over ten seasons, mainly in representation of Valencia (four years), Villarreal and Mallorca (two apiece). He added 145 matches and 22 goals in Segunda División almost exclusively with Hércules, and also spent several years under contract to Inter Milan, being often loaned.

Club careerEdit

A versatile midfielder, Farinós was born in Valencia and made his professional debut as an 18-year-old, with hometown's Valencia CF. He was an undisputed starter from 1997 to 2000, helping the Che to the 1999 Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España and scoring five La Liga goals in his final season; to finish his career with the club he appeared in the campaign's UEFA Champions League final, a 0–3 loss against Real Madrid.[1]

In the summer of 2000, Farinós caught the attention of Serie A's Inter Milan, where he would spend five years (with a Villarreal CF loan in between) without much success. He was out of action for 15 months due to injury, and was only able to pitch in ten league games as his team lost the 2001–02 league title in the last matchday; he did manage, however, to score in a 6–0 home rout of Reggina Calcio on 22 November 2003.[2]

On 21 March 2002, Farinós returned to the Mestalla Stadium in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup: after Francesco Toldo was sent off, he was the player chosen to replace him in goal in an eventual 1–0 win (2–1 on aggregate).[3]

Farinós returned to Spain for 2004–05, joining RCD Mallorca initially on loan.[4] He was relatively used during two top flight seasons – mainly in the first, as the Balearic Islands side could only finish 17th.

In 2006–07, after being released by Mallorca and having an unsuccessful trial with Charlton Athletic in England,[5] Farinós joined Hércules CF in Segunda División. He was an undisputed starter when healthy, netting 15 times in the league alone in his three seasons combined; in his third year the Alicante club finished in fourth position with 78 points, all-time best without actually promoting.

Farinós played nearly 3,000 minutes in 2009–10, scoring six goals in 34 games as Hércules returned to the first division after 13 years. He spent the vast majority of the following campaign, however, sidelined due to injury; on 29 January 2011, in his return to action, as a second-half substitute in a 0–3 home loss against FC Barcelona, he was sent off shortly after two bookable offenses;[6] in his second appearance, at home against Real Zaragoza, he helped the hosts come from behind to win it 2–1, scoring the equaliser ten minutes from time and assisting David Trezeguet in the 89th minute-winner.[7]

In late June 2011, following Hércules' relegation, 33-year-old Farinós agreed to a one-year contract with Levante UD, making this the fourth major club he represented in the Valencian Community.[8] In December of the following year he returned to Villarreal, with the team in the second level;[9] he contributed with 11 appearances (eight starts, 695 minutes of action and a goal in a 1–1 draw at former club Hércules[10]) to help the latter return to the top flight after one year out.

On 11 February 2014, after another lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, now in the Achilles tendon of his right leg[11] Farinós announced his retirement from football.[12]

International careerEdit

Courtesy of his Valencia performances, Farinós earned his first cap for Spain on 18 August 1999, in a 2–1 friendly win against Poland in Warsaw, being replaced by teammate Gaizka Mendieta at half-time.[13] He added a second a year later with the Netherlands, also in an exhibition game.

Previously, Farinós competed in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.






  1. ^ "Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia". The Guardian. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ Martins magic fuels Inter revival; UEFA, 23 November 2003
  3. ^ Farinós: "Me puse de portero porque nadie quería hacerlo" (Farinós: "I played as goalkeeper because nobody wanted to"); El País, 22 March 2002 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Farinós on loan to Mallorca". Inter Milan. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  5. ^ Dowie: Trialists interesting; Sky Sports, 2006
  6. ^ "Messi at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Late Hercules rally denies Zaragoza". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Mercado: Es oficial, Javier Farinos firma con el Levante por una temporada" [Market: It's official, Javier Farinos signs with Levante for one season] (in Spanish). Goal. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  9. ^ "El Villarreal CF ficha a Javier Farinós" [Villarreal CF sign Javier Farinós] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Mercado: Liga Adelante: Hércules 1–1 Villarreal – Aquino tuvo gris debut" [Adelante League: Hércules 1–1 Villarreal – Aquino with grey debut] (in Spanish). Goal. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Javier Farinós será intervenido del tendón de Aquiles" [Javier Farinós to undergo Achilles tendon surgery] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Farinós anuncia su retirada" [Farinós announces retirement] (in Spanish). Marca. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  13. ^ Morientes vuelve a marcar en la victoria de España ante Polonia (Morientes scores again in Spain win against Poland); El Mundo, 18 August 1999 (in Spanish)

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