Francisco Pavón, nicknamed Paco Pavón (born January 9,
1980 in Madrid) is a Spanish football defender, who currently
plays for Real Madrid.
Pavón lives up to the ideal central defender: strong, tall and
athletic. He is a player that came from the reserves and has a
bright future. He came from playing the Real Madrid Social
Tournament and ever since has been through all the reserve teams.
Now he has settled in the first team playing against top-class
forwards and he has done well.
His Real Madrid record kicks off at the Social Tournament with
the children's team called "Tendillo". It was in the 1990-91 and
he has been climbing up the ladder very fast: children's B & A,
teenagers B & A, juniors C, B and A, Third Division... He got
promoted to the Second Division B team to earn a first-choice
position very soon. The injuries suffered by the central
defenders of the first team gave him a chance to make a debut
with Vicente Del Bosque's boys against Atletico Madrid at the
Bernabéu, on October 6, 2001. The reserve would not let the
chance slip out of his hands, as he became a professional
footballer in his own right a few months later. His name was
part of the "Pavons and Zidanes" slogan to refer to the club's
policy: great footballers and reserves.