Francisco Rufete in May 2009
|Surname||Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete|
|birthday||November 20, 1976|
|place of birth||Benejúzar , Spain|
|Years||station||Games (goals) 1|
|1995-1997||FC Barcelona B||44(1)|
|1999-2001||Málaga CF||85 (14)|
|2001-2006||Valencia CF||132 (13)|
|1 Only league games are given.|
Francisco Rufete began his football career at FC Barcelona . There he came at the age of 19 in a 2-2 draw against Deportivo La Coruña on May 26, 1996 for his first (and only for Barça) appearance in the Primera División . In the 1996/97 season he played 38 games in the Segunda División in Toledo and scored 5 goals.
After an interim period with Real Mallorca , Rufete moved to Málaga in 1999 . In his first season in 1998/99 with Málaga CF, he played 20 games in the Segunda División, scored five goals and made it to the Primera División with his team. At FC Málaga grown to a fixed size, he played 65 games in the next two seasons, in which he was able to score nine goals.
In 2001 Rufete after Valencia and immediately became a regular player of FC Valencia . In his first season he scored 5 goals in 32 games. This has been followed by three more successful seasons (80 games / 8 goals until 2005). He celebrated his greatest successes with the 2003/04 league title and victory in the 2004 UEFA Cup . His hat-trick in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-final first leg against Roda Kerkrade , with which he paved the way for his team to the final, was noticeable.
In the summer of 2006 Rufete moved to Espanyol Barcelona . In his first season he reached the UEFA Cup final with Espanyol, which they lost on penalties to Sevilla FC . In the two following years Rufete came only a few missions, also due to injuries. In 2009 he moved to Hércules Alicante , where he was active until 2011.
In the Spanish national team , Rufete was never really able to assert himself and can only record three appearances in 2000. He played his first international game on March 29 in a 2-0 win over Italy when he came on for Joseba Etxeberria in the 60th minute .
- U-18 European Champion : 1995
- Spanish championship : 2002 , 2004
- Spanish Cup : 1999, 2008
- European Super Cup : 2004
- UEFA Cup : 2004
- Francisco Rufete in the database of weltfussball.de
- Francisco Rufete in the database of National-Football-Teams.com (English)
- Rufetes international appearances
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Rufete, Francisco Joaquín Pérez; Rufete (stage name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||spanish soccer player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 20, 1976|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Benejúzar , Alicante , Spain|