Rafael García Cortés
|Full name||Rafael García Cortés|
|Date of birth||18 January 1958|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1979–1980||→ Burgos (loan)||29||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Madrid, García Cortés competed in 12 La Liga seasons during his 16-year professional career, having started with Real Madrid Castilla in Segunda División. In the top flight he represented Real Madrid (three 1/2 years), Burgos CF (one season, loaned), Real Zaragoza (four 1/2 seasons, having arrived at the club in January 1983), RCD Mallorca (two years) and Rayo Vallecano (1992–93), retiring at the age of 35 with the latter.
With the Merengues García Cortés competed in the 1980–81 European Cup, appearing in four matches and starting in three: in the final against Liverpool, his 82nd-minute mistake whilst attempting a clearance enabled Alan Kennedy to score the game's only goal in Brussels.
After retiring García Cortés returned to Real Madrid, as youth system coordinator.
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- García Cortés: “El partido fue muy igualado” (García Cortés: “Match was even as can be”); Real Madrid's official website, 19 February 2009 (Spanish)
- García Cortés y la final del 81: "Tiré la cinta del partido por la ventana" (García Cortés and 81 final: "I threw the match tape out the window"); Diario AS, 23 February 2009 (Spanish)
- García Cortés: "El equipo ha ganado en poderío defensivo" (García Cortés: "Team is better defensively"); Real Madrid's official website, 23 February 2009 (Spanish)