Francisco "Pulpo" José Andrés Romero is a Spanish Goalkeeper who played for the majority his early career at low-league Spanish clubs. He is regarded as an excellent shot-stopping Goalkeeper.
In the summer of 2012, Pulpo moved for the first time abroad, signing for Doxa Katokopias F.C. in Cyprus, but he was immediately loaned-out to AEK Larnaca, as the two clubs agreed to exchange their back-up Goalkeepers, Alexandre Negri and Pulpo Romero, on-loan.
Even though, AEK had as their number one Goalkeeper Israeli International Guy Haimov, a top-class Goalkeeper, Pulpo Romero managed to play four league games for AEK as well as many cup games that season.
His consistent performances with AEK Larnaca, secured him a contact with fellow Cypriot club AEL Limassol for the following season, where he was also regarded as a back-up. However, he managed to play in nine league games that season having many great performances.
In the 2014-15 Season, Romero became AEL's first-choice goalkeeper after Karim Fegrouche was injured in a game against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League. He took his opportunity and established himself as a consistent performer in an under-performing AEL team.
After a bad season for AEL, including a loss in the Cypriot Cup Final to APOEL and finishing in the bottom half of the table, Romero was one of the many AEL players who were released because of falling budgets and re-building of the squad.
Following his release from AEL, Romero continued his career abroad, signing for struggling Romanian giants, Rapid București, where he was their first-choice goalkeeper, until January 2016 when he requested to leave the club in order to return to Spain.
Pulpo's next destination was SD Ponferradina of the Spanish Segunda División. however, he found himself immediately loaned-out to third-tier Spanish club, Atlético Astorga, for the rest of the Season.