Luis García (footballer, born 1981)

Luis García Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis ɣaɾˈθi.a feɾˈnandeθ]; born 6 February 1981) is a Spanish former footballer, and the current manager of CF Damm's under-19 team. Mainly a striker, he could also operate as a winger.

Luis García
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García in action for Eupen in 2017
Personal information
Full name Luis García Fernández
Date of birth (1981-02-06) 6 February 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Damm (youth)
Youth career
1991–1996 Oviedo
1996 La Braña
1996–2000 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Real Madrid C 24 (14)
2001–2003 Real Madrid B 73 (37)
2003–2004 Murcia 38 (11)
2004–2005 Mallorca 37 (11)
2005–2011 Espanyol 220 (47)
2011–2014 Zaragoza 60 (8)
2012–2013UANL (loan) 28 (5)
2014–2019 Eupen 168 (32)
Total 648 (165)
National team
2007–2008 Spain 7 (0)
Teams managed
2019– Damm (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Over nine seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 329 matches and 73 goals, mainly with Espanyol with whom he won one Copa del Rey and reached the 2007 UEFA Cup Final.[1] He also spent five in years in Belgium, at the service of Eupen.

Club careerEdit

Real Madrid / Early yearsEdit

García was born in Oviedo, Asturias. After representing three clubs as a youth player he began his senior career with his last one, Real Madrid, first appearing with its C-team then progressing in 2001 to Castilla in the third division; he played his first and only game for the main squad in the Copa del Rey, away to Terrassa FC.[2]

Released by Madrid in 2003, García joined Real Murcia, making his La Liga debut on 31 August and scoring a penalty in a 1–1 away draw against RC Celta de Vigo.[3] He finished his debut season with 11 goals as he appeared in all the matches, although the side would be relegated; on 16 May 2004, he netted both goals in a 2–1 fruitless home win over his former employee.[4]

EspanyolEdit

The following season, García produced similar numbers at RCD Mallorca, who barely avoided relegation after ranking 17th and, in the 2005 off-season, signed a five-year contract with RCD Espanyol,[5] playing 49 games overall in his first season and adding 14 goals, including a brace in the 2006 Spanish Cup final, a 4–1 defeat of Real Zaragoza.[6] in the ensuing summer, he extended his link until 2012.[7]

 
García running past Villarreal's Bruno Soriano in October 2008

García, forming a formidable attacking partnership at the Catalans with youth graduate Raúl Tamudo (the pair combined for 67 league goals from 2005 to 2008), contributed with five goals during their 2006–07 runner-up run in the UEFA Cup, including a hat-trick in a 23 November 2006 group stage 6–2 home win against SV Zulte-Waregem.[8] However, in the May final, he missed his penalty shootout attempt in a final loss to fellow league side Sevilla FC.[9]

García was an everpresent figure for Espanyol in the following three campaigns, never making less than 36 league appearances and scoring an average of seven goals, 13 alone in 2007–08. After the arrival in January 2010 of Argentine Dani Osvaldo, he operated almost exclusively as a winger.

ZaragozaEdit

On 31 August 2011 – the very last day of the summer transfer window – 30-year-old García signed a three-year contract with Zaragoza.[10] On 18 September, he scored twice against his former team and also missed a penalty kick in a 2–1 home success;[11] he would, however, only net twice in the other 33 matches of the season he appeared in (in a total of 2,297 minutes of action), with the Aragonese again barely avoiding top flight relegation.

García arrived to Monterrey on 5 July 2012 accompanied by his agent, to kickstart negotiations with Liga MX side Tigres UANL.[12] On 15 September he scored twice against Cruz Azul for a 2–0 win at the Estadio Universitario[13] and, in two games in March of the following year, contributed with one successful strike each in 2–1 wins over San Luis F.C.[14] and Puebla FC.[15]

EupenEdit

In July 2014, García signed a two-year contract with Belgian Second Division team K.A.S. Eupen, joining a host of compatriots including manager Tintín Márquez.[16]

International careerEdit

After a remarkable 2006–07 with Espanyol, García got his first callup for Spain, under manager Luis Aragonés, appearing in an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Latvia in Riga on 2 June 2007.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 4 February 2018[18]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Murcia 2003–04 La Liga 38 11 1 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 39 11
Mallorca 2004–05 La Liga 37 11 2 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 39 11
Espanyol 2005–06 La Liga 36 10 4 3 8 2 ~ ~ 48 15
2006–07 36 10 2 1 13 5 2 0 53 16
2007–08 37 13 4 2 ~ ~ ~ ~ 41 15
2008–09 37 5 4 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 41 5
2009–10 36 3 2 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 38 3
2010–11 37 6 3 1 ~ ~ ~ ~ 40 7
2011–12 1 0 0 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 1 0
Espanyol 220 47 19 7 21 7 2 0 262 61
Zaragoza 2011–12 La Liga 34 4 2 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 36 4
2012–13 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2013–14 Segunda División 26 4 0 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 26 4
Zaragoza 60 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 62 8
Tigres (loan) 2012–13 Liga MX 28 5 0 0 2[a] 0 ~ ~ 30 5
Eupen 2014–15 Belgian Second Division 34 4 2 0 ~ ~ 6[b] 2 42 6
2015–16 30 6 2 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ 32 6
2016–17 Belgian First Division A 28 3 4 2 ~ ~ 9[c] 4 41 9
2017–18 24 4 2 0 ~ ~ 0 0 26 4
Eupen 118 17 10 2 0 0 15 6 141 23
Career total 473 94 34 9 23 7 17 6 547 116
  1. ^ Appearances in the North American Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in the Belgian Second Division promotion play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in the Belgian First Division A 'Europa League' play-offs

HonoursEdit

Espanyol

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LUÍS GARCÍA; Hall of Fame Perico, 30 May 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ El Madrid desprecia un triunfo cantado (Madrid snub guaranteed win); El Mundo, 8 January 2003 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Murcia sale indemne de Balaídos (Murcia leave Balaídos unscathed); El Mundo, 31 August 2003 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Murcia 2–1 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 16 May 2004
  5. ^ Espanyol beckon for Luis García; UEFA, 23 August 2005
  6. ^ a b "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  7. ^ Luís García extends at Espanyol; UEFA, 15 August 2006
  8. ^ García thrives in Espanyol rout; UEFA, 23 November 2006
  9. ^ García pride in beaten Espanyol; UEFA, 17 May 2007
  10. ^ Oficial, Luis García ficha por el Zaragoza (Official, Luis García signs for Zaragoza); Goal, 31 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Garcia haunts former side; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
  12. ^ Llegará Luis García para negociar con Tigres (Luis García will arrive to negotiate with Tigres); Tigres UANL, 4 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Luis García lleva a Tigres a la victoria" [Luis García leads Tigres to win] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ "San Luis 1–2 Tigres: El superlíder no para y ganó con fiesta en el Alfonso Lastras" [San Luis 1–2 Tigres: Unstoppable superleaders won at the Alfonso Lastras in party climate] (in Spanish). Univision Deportes. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  15. ^ "El español García anota un gol en triunfo de Tigres que recupera el liderato" [Spaniard García scores once in win of Tigres who are leaders again] (in Spanish). La Información. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  16. ^ Eupen: Luis Garcia, ex-joueur de «La Roja», a signé! (Eupen: Luis Garcia, ex «La Roja» player, has signed!); L'Avenir, 19 July 2014 (in French)
  17. ^ España cumple en Letonia (Spain get job done in Letonia); UEFA, 2 June 2007 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ Luis García at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  19. ^ Atkin, John (17 May 2007). "Palop lauds perfect performance". UEFA. Retrieved 10 April 2015.

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