In 1999 he earned his first cap for the Spanish senior team in a game against Poland
Francisco Javier Farinós was born in the hamlet of La Torre (Valencia) in 1978. He trained with the Valencia CF Academy and participated in the youth ranks of the Spanish national team.
He debuted for the Valencia CF first team aged 19 in 1996-97, under coach Jorge Valdano. During the next two seasons he had the opportunity to play minutes with the first team, in addition to establishing himself as a regular in the Spain Under-21s. He was part of the side that won the Youth World Cup in 1997, and was later called up to the Spanish team for the Olympic Games in Sydney – in which his country lost the final in a penalty shootout. In 1999 he earned his first cap for the Spanish senior team in a game against Poland, and his second call-up came when Farinós was playing for Internazionale in 2000.
With Valencia CF he won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup and Intertoto Cup. After a great spell at VCF, he joined Inter, later being loaned to Villarreal in the 2003-04 season and RCD Mallorca in 2004-05. He came close to signing for Charlton Athletic in September 2006, but finally decided on a move to Hercules FC -where he was part of the 2008 side that won promotion team to the first division.
In the 2011-12 season he decided to move to Levante UD. Refusing to renew his deal because of an injury he had suffered, he rejoined Villarreal for the second half of the 2012-13 campaign –but retired soon after.
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