José Francisco Molina

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José Molina
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Molina in action for Levante
Personal information
Full name José Francisco Molina Jiménez
Date of birth (1970-08-08) 8 August 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Benimar
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Valencia B 18 (0)
1990–1991 Alzira (loan) 29 (0)
1993–1994 Valencia 0 (0)
1993–1994 Villarreal (loan) 18 (0)
1994–1995 Albacete 23 (0)
1995–2000 Atlético Madrid 189 (0)
2000–2006 Deportivo La Coruña 169 (0)
2006–2007 Levante 34 (0)
Total 480 (0)
National team
1996–2000 Spain 9 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Villarreal C
2011 Villarreal B
2011–2012 Villarreal
2013–2014 Getafe B
2014–2015 Kitchee

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Francisco Molina Jiménez (born 8 August 1970) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and a current manager.

11 years of his extensive professional career were spent at Atlético Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña, where he won a total of five titles combined. Over the course of 14 seasons, he appeared in 415 La Liga matches.

A Spanish international for four years, Molina represented the nation at the 1998 World Cup and two European Championships.

Club career

Born in Valencia, Valencian Community, Molina started playing professionally with modest UD Alzira, being purchased in 1991 by local giants Valencia CF. After a loan stint with neighbours Villarreal CF he was sold to Albacete Balompié, making his La Liga debut on 8 January 1995 in a 1–0 home win against Real Oviedo. Even though he conceded eight goals in the last matchday, a home loss against Deportivo de La Coruña,[1] his team managed to escape relegation in the playoffs.

Molina's club career was intimately related with Atlético de Madrid, of which he claimed to be a fan. Signing in 1995, he helped the capital club win a double (league and Copa del Rey) in his first year, going on to miss only two league matches in four seasons combined.

Joining 2000 league champions Deportivo La Coruña after Atlético's relegation, he proceeded to win a Spanish cup and two supercups, being an undisputed starter throughout his stint in Galicia. However, on 14 October 2002, Molina announced that he suffered from testicular cancer,[2][3] and that he was forced to undergo treatment for his illness, thus missing most of the 2002–03 campaign (ten league appearances, as Depor finished third); he eventually recovered fully.[4][5]

After his link expired,[6] Molina returned home to Valencia for 2006–07, playing for top division strugglers Levante UD, but didn't renew his contract after the season's end, retiring subsequently after the club retained its league status.

In the 2009–10 campaign Molina started a coaching career, with Villarreal C in Tercera División. On 12 May 2011, he replaced fired Javi Gracia at the helm of the reserves in Segunda División, as the team was seriously threatened with relegation.[7]

Molina reached Villarreal's first team on 22 December 2011, taking the place of sacked Juan Carlos Garrido.[8] He was himself sacked on 18 March of the following year after a 0–1 away loss against former club Levante, with the Yellow Submarine dangerously close to the relegation zone (17th).[9]

International career

Molina made his Spanish national team debut as an outfield player against Norway on 24 April 1996 – a cameo appearance as a left winger, as all replacements had been made by coach Javier Clemente and Juan Manuel López retired injured.[10][11]

He was then included in the squads for UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but had to wait until Euro 2000 for first-choice status, although he was dropped after a blunder in the opening 0–1 loss to Norway and did not play afterwards.[12]

Honours

Club

Atlético Madrid
Deportivo

Individual

References

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