Paco Campos

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Paco Campos
Personal information
Full name Francisco Campos Salamanca
Date of birth (1916-03-08)March 8, 1916
Place of birth Las Palmas, Spain
Date of death September 8, 1995(1995-09-08) (aged 79)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1934–1936 Marino F.C.
1939 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1940–1948 Atlético Madrid 193 (120)
1948–1952 Sporting Gijón 11 (7)
Total 204 (127)
National team
1941–1942 Spain 6 (5)
Teams managed
1950 Sporting Gijón
1954–1955 Sporting Gijón
1957–1958 Badajoz
1960–1961 Salamanca
1961–1962 Las Palmas
1963–1964 Tenerife

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

† Appearances (goals)

Francisco "Paco" Campos Salamanca (8 March 1916 – 8 September 1995) was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward. With 127 goals, 120 of which were for Atlético Madrid, he is the highest scoring player from the Canary Islands in La Liga.[1]

Club career

Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, he began his career in 1934 with Marino F.C., one of the clubs which fused to create UD Las Palmas.

After the Spanish Civil War, he moved to Atlético Aviación (now Atlético Madrid), with whom he debuted on 7 January 1940 in a Madrid derby against Real Madrid. His first goals were a brace on 4 February in a 4–1 win against Celta de Vigo, and on 8 March he scored a hat-trick against Real Zaragoza as Atlético won 5–1. He finished his first season with 8 goals from 17 appearances, and Atlético won the league.[2]

Atlético retained the league the following season, and Campos scored 16 in 24 games.[3] His most prolific season was 1941–42, with 20 goals in 25 games.[3] In the late 1940s, he was part of the Delantera de la Seda frontline with José Juncosa, Alfonso Silva, Antonio Vidal Caturla and Adrián Escudero.[4]

He scored 12 goals in Madrid derbies, the most by an Atlético player. (9 in the league, and another 3 in the cup).[5]

After nine seasons at Atlético, he joined Sporting de Gijón who had just been relegated to the Segunda División. He was their player-manager for the second half of the 1949–50 season, and the following season was part of their team which gained promotion. He scored 7 goals in 11 games on their return to La Liga in 1951–52[3] and then retired.

International career

Campos made his debut on 12 January 1941 in a 2–2 friendly draw with Portugal in Lisbon. He followed this game with five goals in his next four internationals, including a brace in a 4–0 win against France at the Estadio de Nervión in Seville on 15 March 1942, eventually finishing with 5 goals from 6 internationals.[6]

International goals

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.[6]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 March 1941 Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain  Portugal 3–0 5–1 Friendly
2. 28 December 1941 Mestalla, Valencia, Spain   Switzerland 1–0 3–2 Friendly
3. 15 March 1942 Estadio de Nervión, Seville, Spain  France 1–0 4–0 Friendly
4. 3–0
5. 12 April 1942 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Germany 1–1 1–1 Friendly

Managerial career

In his native Canary Islands, Campos managed UD Las Palmas in the 1961–62 Segunda División and CD Tenerife in the same league in 1963–64.[1]


Atlético Madrid[3]


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