Francisco Miguel Narváez Machón (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, 1972), better known as Kiko or Kiko Narváez, is a ex-footballer from Spain. He is currently a football radio (SER Network) and television (Movistar+ and Mediaset) commentator.
He played as striker, mainly second striker. He had tremendous technical ability and field vision, even though his height and build were that of a classic centre striker. He spent most of his career with Atlético de Madrid, playing for eight seasons (1993-2001), and winning the Double in 1995/96.
He played internationally with the Spanish team for six years (1992-1998), where he was capped 26 times and scored 5 goals. He also played in two finals: the UEFA European Championship 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He had previously played on the under-21 team and Olympic team, where he won gold in Barcelona (1992).
Kiko was probably the last great player to pass through the “Tacita de Plata”, as Cádiz is popularly known. He is fondly remembered by Cádiz fans and is still known by his nicknames “Kikogol” or “Kiko van Basten”, given to him by fans.
He signed on with Club Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 1993, where he prospered in his career, completing eight seasons. He played in the Second Division during the final season, after being relegated in 99-00. Two months after starting the year with Atlético de Madrid and having dropped to 2ªB (Second Division), he travelled to Milan to sign on with AC Milan; however, his battered ankle prevented him signing on with the rossanero (black and red) team. This gave him a bad reputation with some of the Atlético fans. He gained notoriety by celebrating his goals as “The Archer”. Some players, such as Fernando Torres and Daniel Güiza continue to celebrate this way as a tribute to him.
He was about to sign on with SS Lazio after leaving Atlético de Madrid, but the signing of Gaizka Mendieta and some controversial calls from Atlético de Madrid advising against the signing, frustrated the deal.
Since retiring, Kiko has been working as a commentator on Spanish mainstream media. He began his radio career with José Antonio Abellán, on the COPE radio network and on television, as commentator for matches on TVE6. Since then he has worked at the largest networks in the country, commentating on important football events.
In addition to his work in the media, he has starred in adverts for brands such as H&S, where he appeared in a convertible promoting the well-known shampoo brand, under the slogan “que tienen los hombres en la cabeza” (a double entendre in Spanish: what men have in/on their head/mind). He also promoted various betting agencies, the BBVA League Paninicollecting cards and Lanjarónmineral water.
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