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Kiko (Spanish footballer)

Playing position  Centre forward
Years  Team
Spouse  Patricia Ruiz (m. 1999)
Role  Spanish footballer

Name  Francisco Machon
Height  1.89 m
1985–1990  Cadiz
Weight  88 kg
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Full name  Francisco Miguel Narvaez Machon
Date of birth  (1972-04-26) 26 April 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth  Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Francisco Miguel Narváez Machón (born 26 April 1972), known as Kiko, is a Spanish retired footballer who spent most of his career with Atlético Madrid.

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A centre forward with tremendous technical ability and field vision, he possessed nonetheless a poor aerial game despite being almost 190 cm tall. In ten La Liga seasons (also played one year with his main club in Segunda División), he amassed totals of 271 games and 60 goals.

Kiko was an instrumental squad member at the 1992 Summer Olympics as the Spain national team won gold, on home soil. Additionally, he appeared at full level in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Cádiz

Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz, Kiko's career began with local Cádiz CF, and he first appeared in La Liga on 14 April 1991 in a 2–3 home loss against Athletic Bilbao. Even though he played in only five further matches in the season he was intimately connected with the Andalusia club's fate as, on 9 June, in only 25 minutes of play, he gained a penalty kick and scored an 83-minute winner in a 2–1 home win over Real Zaragoza; the team would miraculously retain their status, after the playoffs against CD Málaga.

Atlético

After two more seasons as an undisputed starter Kiko moved, alongside teammate José María Quevedo to Atlético Madrid, upon Cádiz's 1993 relegation. There, he developed into one of Spain's most important footballers during the 90's, being an instrumental piece in Atlético's historical double in 1995–96, with goals and assists alike.

Atlético was relegated in 2000, but Kiko stayed with the club for a further campaign, not managing one single goal in 52 league appearances combined. He finished out his career with CF Extremadura also in Segunda División in 2002 (six-month spell, teaming up with another longtime league player, Pier).

International career

For Spain, Kiko was capped 26 times and scored four goals. His debut came on 16 December 1992, in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Latvia where he played the full 90 minutes.

Kiko would take part at UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He netted once against Bulgaria in the latter tournament, during a 6–1 thrashing; however, this did not count for anything as Spain were ultimately ousted in the group stage.

Previously, Kiko represented the nation at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona. He scored a last-minute winner against Poland in the final, a 3–2 victory, his second of the game.

Club

Atlético Madrid
  • La Liga: 1995–96
  • Copa del Rey: 1995–96
  • International

    Spain U23
  • Summer Olympic Games: 1992
  • Spain U21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: Third-place 1994
  • References

    Kiko (Spanish footballer) Wikipedia


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