Francisco Llorente Gento
|Full name||Francisco Llorente Gento|
|Date of birth||21 May 1965|
|Place of birth||Valladolid, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Llorente was born in Valladolid, Castile and León. After a brief youth passage at Real Madrid he moved to neighbours Atlético Madrid, being fairly used in the course of two seasons. In 1987, after displays of speed and skills, he re-joined Real.
Also being able to appear as a forward, Llorente found it difficult to break into the starting XI, barred by Míchel in his natural position and Hugo Sánchez and Emilio Butragueño up front. His moment of glory came during the second leg of the second round of the 1987–88 European Cup, as he appeared from the bench with Real trailing 0–1 at FC Porto (2–1 win at home) to assist Míchel twice after powerful flank runs, as his uncle Francisco in the 50/60's.
In 1989–90, after the arrival of John Toshack as coach, Llorente found his playing time drastically cut – in his later years with the club, with Benito Floro at the helm, he even saw some time as right back. He retired in 1998 after four top flight seasons with lowly SD Compostela, aged 33.
Llorente played once for Spain, against Albania for the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers, on 18 November 1987, scoring one of the five without response in Seville. He did not make the cut for the final stages in West Germany, however.
Llorente hailed from a sporting family: other than his uncle, his three brothers were also professionals: José Luis (1959) and Antonio "Toñín" (1963) played top level basketball for well more than one decade (including at Real Madrid), while the youngest, Julio, amassed nearly 400 overall official appearances during his career as a defender, coinciding with Paco at Real from 1988 to 1990.
- La Liga: 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90
- Copa del Rey: 1989–90, 1992–93
- Supercopa de España: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
- Guillermo Ortiz: Paco Llorente o la última jugarreta de Ramón Mendoza a Vicente Calderón (Guillermo Ortiz: Paco Llorente or Ramón Mendoza's last move on Vicente Calderón); Jot Down, October 2013 (Spanish)
- La sangre de Gento salvó al Madrid en Oporto (Gento's blood saved Madrid in Porto); El País, 5 November 1987 (Spanish)
- Medio Oporto en el Santiago Bernabéu (Half Porto at the Santiago Bernabéu); El Mundo, 8 December 1997 (Spanish)
- Paco Llorente, a punto de fichar por el Compostela (Paco Llorente, about to sign with Compostela); El País, 29 December 1994 (Spanish)
- España se clasificó para la fase final de la Eurocopa de fútbol (Spain qualified for European Football Championship finals); El País, 19 November 1987 (Spanish)
- Fallece María Antonia Gento, madre de la saga Llorente (María Antonia Gento, mother of the Llorente saga, dies); Diario AS, 10 January 2003 (Spanish)
- Marcos Llorente, heredero de Gento, de Grosso, de Paco, de Julio, de «You» (Marcos Llorente, heir of Gento, of Grosso, of Paco, of Julio, of «You»); ABC, 22 October 2015 (Spanish)
- Francisco Llorente profile at BDFutbol
- Francisco Llorente at National-Football-Teams.com
- Spain stats at Eu-Football