Luis García

Spain 2017

García was a student of Barcelona’s famous La Masia, and after several loan spells, a move to Atlético Madrid followed. Following an impressive debut season, Barça would activate a buy-back clause, before he joined Liverpool a year later. At Anfield he won The FA Cup and played on that famous night in Istanbul in 2005, as Liverpool won the Champions League. It was his famous ‘ghost goal’ against Chelsea in the last four that led the Reds to this final. Departing Anfield in 2007, he returned to Atlético before further moves to Greece, India, Mexico and finally Australia. For Spain, his finest moment came in a World Cup qualifier as he scored a hat-trick against Slovakia, helping his cause for a call-up to the 2006 World Cup squad. A naturally two-footed player, he was loved at every club he played for.

Full Name: Luis Javier García Sanz
Born: 24/6/1978, Badalona, Spain
Clubs: Barcelona (1998-2002), Valladoid (loan, 1999-2000), Toledo (loan, 2000), Tenerife (loan, 2000-2001), Valladolid (loan, 2001-2002), Atlético Madrid (2002-2003), Barcelona (2003-2004), Liverpool (2004-2007), Atlético Madrid (2007-2009), Racing Santander (2009-2010), Panathinaikos (2010-2011), Puebla (2011-2012), UNAM (2012-2013), Atlético Kolkata (2014), Central Coast Mariners (2016)
International: 20 apps, 4 goals (2005-2008)
Position: Midfielder

Honours:

  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2005
  • FA Cup (1): 2005–06
  • FA Community Shield (1): 2006
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 2007
  • Indian Super League (1): 2014