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Álex García (footballer, born 1970)

Alejandro 'Álex' García Casañas (born 14 January 1970) is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a central defender, and a current coach.

Álex García
Personal information
Full name Alejandro García Casañas
Date of birth (1970-01-14) 14 January 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1984–1988 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Barcelona B 118 (6)
1993–1994Rayo Vallecano (loan) 22 (0)
1994–1995Palamós (loan) 32 (0)
1995–1998 Cádiz 69 (0)
1998–1999 Granada 31 (0)
1999–2000 Gimnàstic 6 (0)
2000–2001 Cornellà
Total 278 (6)
National team
1987–1988 Spain U18 5 (0)
1988–1989 Spain U19 3 (0)
1989–1990 Spain U20 2 (0)
1990–1992 Spain U21 5 (0)
1991–1992 Spain U23 3 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Barcelona (youth)
2003–2005 Catalonia U18
2005–2009 Barcelona (youth)
2011–2012 Dinamo Tbilisi
2014–2015 Sabadell
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was associated to FC Barcelona during his early career – although he appeared rarely for the first team – but played most of his years as a professional in the lower leagues, appearing in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano.

Subsequently, García worked as a manager, including with his first club (youth only).

Playing careerEdit

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, García joined FC Barcelona's youth system at the age of 14. He played two full seasons in Segunda División with the B-team, after having appeared in one game in that category in 1988–89.

In the 1990–91 campaign, García played three matches for the Blaugrana's main squad: both legs in the season's Supercopa de España against Real Madrid (0–1 home loss, 1–4 defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes on both occasions)[1][2][3] and 28 minutes in a 3–2 away win against FC Dynamo Kyiv for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, after coming on as a substitute for Michael Laudrup; after leaving in 1993 he resumed his career with Rayo Vallecano and Palamós CF, suffering team relegation with both clubs, the former being his first and only experience in the top level, in 1993–94.

Until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 31, García played five seasons in Segunda División B, with Cádiz CF, Granada CF and Gimnàstic de Tarragona, returning to his native region for one final year with amateurs UE Cornellà.

Manager careerEdit

García begun coaching immediately after retiring, first being in charge of youth sides at Barcelona.[4] In late June 2011, nearly two years after leaving, he was appointed at FC Dinamo Tbilisi, replacing fired Kakha Kacharava.[5]

In January 2012, the management of the Georgian club decided to dismiss García after a friendly loss against BSC Young Boys.[6]


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