Xavier García (water polo)

Xavier García Gadea (born 5 January 1984) is a Spanish-Croatian water polo player. He was a member of the Spain national team between 1999 and 2013, finishing in sixth place at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, fifth at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and sixth again at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1] In 2003, García, then playing for CN Barcelona-Noferthe, ended up in fifth place with the national side at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in his home town of Barcelona.

Xavier García
Personal information
Full name Xavier García Gadea
Born (1984-01-05) 5 January 1984 (age 38)
Barcelona, Spain
Nationality Spanish/Croatian
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Position Right Wing
Handedness Left
Senior clubs
Years Team
CN Terrassa
CN Atlètic-Barceloneta
Primorje Rijeka
VK Jug
National team
Years Team

Since 2010, García has played in Croatia. After being left out of the Spain national team in 2013, he obtained the Croatian citizenship in 2016 to be able to take part in the Rio Olympics, facing Spain in the group stage.[2]


CN Barcelona

CN Atlètic-Barceloneta

Primorje Rijeka

VK Jug


  • Member of the World Team 2018[3] by total-waterpolo


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Xavier García Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Xavier García, olímpico por Croacia". Marca (in Spanish). Spain. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Στην κορυφαία επτάδα του κόσμου ο Γιάννης Φουντούλης • Κανάλι Ένα 90.4". Κανάλι Ένα 90.4 (in Greek). 18 December 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. ^ Vijesti: Dodijeljena odlikovanja izraz su priznanja i zahvalnosti za rad i doprinos razvoju i napretku Republike Hrvatske(in Croatian)

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