Francisco Varela (footballer, born 1994)

Francisco Miguel Varela Martín (born 26 October 1994) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a left back for San Fernando CD.

Spanish footballer
For other people named Francisco Varela, see Francisco Varela (disambiguation).

Francisco Varela

Varela with Betis in 2015
Personal information
Full name Francisco Miguel Varela Martín
Date of birth (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Atarfe, Spain

1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)

Position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
San Fernando
Number 19
Youth career
2007–2012 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Betis B 60 (6)
2014–2016 Betis 36 (0)
2016–2018 Oviedo 24 (1)
2018–2019 Rayo Majadahonda 25 (1)
2019–2021 Belenenses SAD 9 (0)
2020 Belenenses SAD B 2 (0)
2021– San Fernando 9 (0)
National team
2012 Spain U18 2 (0)
2012–2013 Spain U19 6 (0)
2012 Spain U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2021
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Varela and the second or maternal family name is Martín.

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Born in Atarfe, Granada, Andalusia, Varela graduated from Real Betis‘ youth setup, after starting it out at neighbouring Granada CF.[1] He made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2011–12 campaign, in Segunda División B.

On 4 May 2013 Varela was called up to the main squad for a La Liga match against FC Barcelona,[2] but was an unused substitute in the eventual 2–4 away loss a day later.[3] He played his first match as a professional on 27 February 2014, replacing Rubén Castro in the 81st minute of a 2–0 away win against FC Rubin Kazan in that season‘s UEFA Europa League.[4]

On 24 July 2014 Varela renewed his contract with the Verdiblancos, running until 2016.[5] He made his league debut on 23 November, starting in a 1–2 home loss against Deportivo Alavés in the Segunda División championship.[6]

On 5 May 2015, Varela renewed his contract for a further season,[7] and subsequently achieved promotion to La Liga after appearing in 22 matches. He made his debut in the category on 27 September, starting in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón.[8]

On 14 July 2016, Varela signed a two-year contract with Real Oviedo in the second level, after being deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Gus Poyet.[9] He scored his only goal for the Asturians on 11 December with a late direct free kick nine minutes after replacing Néstor Susaeta in a 2–1 loss at Real Zaragoza,[10] but later lost his starting place under manager Fernando Hierro and ended his season in April 2017 to undergo surgery on his left knee.[11]

On 6 July 2018, Varela moved to fellow league team CF Rayo Majadahonda.[12] He played 26 times as the newly promoted side went straight back down, and scored once to open a 4–3 loss at Oviedo on his return to the Estadio Carlos Tartiere on 4 June 2019; the loss in the penultimate game of the season confirmed their relegation.[13]

On 30 July 2019, after Rayo’s relegation, Varela moved abroad for the first time by signing for Portugal’s Belenenses SAD on a three-year deal.[14] He made his debut in the Primeira Liga in the season opener on 9 August, starting in a goalless draw at Portimonense SC.[15] He lost his place to the unrelated youngster Nilton Varela after Petit became the manager, could not find a new suitor in the January 2020 transfer window, and following a shoulder operation in his homeland in March did not return to Lisbon again.[16]

In January 2021, Varela went back to his country, signing for third-tier San Fernando CD.[17]

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