Francisco Arce

For the Mexican soldier of Alta California, see Rancho Santa Ysabel (Arce).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arce and the second or maternal family name is Rolón.
Chiqui Arce
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Arce Rolón
Date of birth (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971
Place of birth Paraguari, Paraguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Paraguay (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Cerro Porteño ? (?)
1994–1998 Grêmio 41 (5)
1998–2002 Palmeiras 242 (57)
2003 Gamba Osaka 16 (1)
2004–2005 Libertad 6 (0)
2006 12 de Octubre ? (?)
National team
1992 Paraguay U23
1995–2004 Paraguay 61 (5)
Teams managed
2007–2011 Rubio Ñu
2011–2012 Paraguay
2013–2014 Cerro Porteño
2015–2016 Olimpia
2016 Guaraní
2016– Paraguay

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francisco Javier "Chiqui" Arce Rolón (American Spanish: [fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjer ˈtʃiki ˈarse roˈlon]; born 2 April 1971) is a retired Paraguayan footballer and coach. He is currently the manager of Guaraní in Paraguay. He played at the right defender position, competing a total of 61 times for the Paraguay national team between 1995 and 2002. On 1 August 2016, for a second period becomes coach of the Albirroja.[1]


As player

Arce started his career in Paraguay playing for Cerro Porteño, where he won the national championship on three occasions. He then moved to Brazil where he played for big clubs such as Grêmio and Palmeiras and won international tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores. Arce played for Paraguay in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and has appeared 61 times for his country. He was famous for his free kick shot technique, scoring many goals this way such as during the World Cup 2002 where he scored a wonderful freekick against South Africa.

As coach

After retiring from football as a player, Arce became a coach and managed the Paraguayan second division team Club Rubio Ñú, leading the squad to the 2nd division championship in 2008.[2]

Arce was appointed as coach of the Paraguay national football team in July 2011,[3] but due to poor results on the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, he was sacked in June 2012.[4]

In March 2013, Arce was appointed as new coach of Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño.[5] He went on to win the Torneo Clausura in 2013 with Cerro Porteño in highly impressive form, as the club went the entire Clausura undefeated. After a 4-1 defeat to Club Guaraní on the 24th of August, 2014 he left Cerro Porteño.

On the 15th of March, 2015 Arce was appointed as the manager of Olimpia, the arch-rivals of his old club Cerro Porteño.

Club statistics


Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1995GrêmioSérie A91
1998PalmeirasSérie A245
Japan League
2003Gamba OsakaJ1 League161
Paraguay League
2004LibertadPrimera División60
Country Brazil 13429
Japan 161
Paraguay 60
Total 15630

National team statistics


Paraguay national team


As player

As coach


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