Francisco Higuera

Football player from Spain

Francisco Higuera Fernández (born 30 January 1965 in Escurial, Cáceres) is a retired Spanish footballer who played mostly as an attacking midfielder – sometimes he could appear in the forward position. Nicknamed Paquete, he appeared in 367 La Liga games over the course of 12 seasons (76 goals), in representation of Mallorca and Zaragoza. After playing in all the youth categories at RCD Mallorca, Higuera made his senior debuts at only 17, in a Segunda División game against Deportivo de La Coruña on 10 October 1982 (3–0 home win), and finished his first season with 16 games and two goals as the Balearic Islands club promoted to La Liga. His first appearance in the top level occurred on 24 September 1983 in a 0–3 loss at Atlético de Madrid, and he went on to experience two relegations from the category with the team. In the 1988 summer, Higuera signed with Real Zaragoza, being an everpresent fixture with the Aragonese. In 1993–94, he scored a career-best 12 goals, while also scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout win over Celta de Vigo, in that season's Copa del Rey final, and being instrumental in the club's 1995 victory in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, all this while often  ( Wikipedia article )


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