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|Full name||Francisco Javier Ramírez Gámez|
|Date of birth||28 November 1965|
|Place of birth||Bacerac, Sonora, Mexico|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)|
|Tepatitlán F.C. (Head coach)|
|2002||Club Atlas (assistant)|
|2007–2008||Club Necaxa (assistant)|
|2010–2011||CD Veracruz (assistant)|
|2011||Club Necaxa (assistant)|
|2012–2014||Dorados de Sinaloa|
|2014–2015||Club Puebla (Assistant)|
|2016||Club Atlas (Assistant)|
|2017||Cafetaleros de Tapachula|
|2018||Dorados de Sinaloa|
|2019||Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (Assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Francisco Javier Ramírez Gámez (born November 28, 1965 in Bacerac, Sonora), popularly nicknamed Paco Ramírez, is a Mexican football manager and former defender. He was also a member of the Mexico national team coaching staff on two occasions under Ricardo Lavolpe and Sven-Göran Eriksson. Ramírez later became manager of C.D. Guadalajara during the Clausura 2009, but was sacked after 7 matches into the Apertura 2009.
Paco Ramírez is currently the manager of Tepatitlán F.C.
Although Ramírez started off playing baseball in school, his talents in soccer led him to play in different teams at the state level, until he got the opportunity to represent Sonora in the National Junior Tournament "Benito Juárez", where he was discovered by Wasilevsky Waldemar. By playing in the Cannes and Toulon Tournament at the amateur level, he was finally given an opportunity by Deportivo Neza in 1984.
Paco Ramirez began his career as an assistant coach to Enrique Meza at Club Atlas, and since then has been an assistant coach to Ricardo Lavolpe, Hans Westerhof, Salvador Reyes, Sven-Göran Eriksson, and Sergio Bueno. On April 16, 2009 Paco Ramírez was hired as the head coach of C.D. Guadalajara to replace Omar Arellano who had been acting as an interim coach for the club.
In 2002, Ramírez received his first call as an assistant to the Mexico national team by Ricardo Lavolpe where he participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He was called up again for a second run with the national team, but this time by Sven-Göran Eriksson in 2008. This time it was much shorter with the sacking of Eriksson a year later. His most infamous contribution under Eriksson was his post-game slap of American Frankie Hejduk after another Dos A Cero loss in World Cup qualifying.
In October 2010 Carlos Méndez, president of the Salvadoran Football Association (FESFUT), announced that Paco Ramírez is one option among the portfolio of candidates they have planned to become the next head coach of El Salvador since the departure of Carlos de los Cobos.
In August 2020 Ramírez was elected to manage the Nicaragua national football team, his appointment was made known by the Nicaraguan Football Federation before the agreement was formally finalized, this announcement ended up breaking the negotiations between both parties, As a consequence, Ramírez was not officially appointed as coach of the national team.
- As of 31 May 2016
- "Ir a la Selección, sumamente atractivo: Paco Ramírez". MedioTiempo. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
- "Paco Ramírez es sólo un candidato más para la FESUT". MedioTiempo. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
- "Fue anunciado, pero Paco Ramírez no está cerrado como DT de Nicaragua". Mediotiempo.com (in Spanish). 25 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
- "El motivo por el que Paco Ramírez dijo no a Nicaragua". El Universal (in Spanish). 26 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
- "Nicaragua busca DT para selección de fútbol luego que mexicano rechazó oferta". Infobae (in Spanish). 26 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
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