Alexis García

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Vega.
Alexis García
Personal information
Full name Alexis Enrique García Vega
Date of birth (1960-07-21) 21 July 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Quibdó, Colombia
Height 5 FT 9 in (175 cm)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Once Caldas
1986–1998 Atlético Nacional
National team
1988–1993 Colombia 24 (2)
Teams managed
1999 Once Caldas
2002–2003 Atlético Nacional
2003–2004 Deportivo Pereira
2004–2005 Atlético Bucaramanga
2005–2006 Centauros Villavicencio
2006–2012 La Equidad
2013– Atlético Junior
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexis Enrique García Vega (born 21 July 1960 in Quibdó) is a former Colombian football player, a creative midfielder. Along with seven more siblings, he grew up in barrio la Floresta of Medellín where he started his career playing for Seleccion Antionquia. In 1980 he joined Once Caldas of Manizales, that same year he was picked to play for the youth Colombia national football team for the Moscow Olympic Games. In 1986 he joined Atlético Nacional of Medellín where he remained until his retirement in 1998. Known as "The Great Captain" Alexis Garcia was one Colombia's best midfielders and a crowd's favorite in a time when the Colombian football was starting to shine at the international level. This was the time of Faustino Asprilla, Andrés Escobar, Leonel Álvarez, René Higuita, Víctor Aristizábal, Luis Fernando Herrera, among others. In 1989 Garcia led Atlético Nacional to become Copa Libertadores Champions, a cup no other Colombian team had ever won at the time. In 1988 Garcia debuted with the Senior Colombia national football team against Canada, a game that the Colombians won 3-0. Because of misunderstandings with national team coach Francisco Maturana Alexis Garcia missed the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. His last game for the Colombian national team was on August 1993 against Paraguay. Garcia played a total of 24 games for Colombia, in the which he scored 2 goals. Garcia's greatest frustration was not being chosen to play for Colombia in any world cup, even when most of the country wanted him to play alongside Carlos Valderrama.

International career[edit]

García made 24 appearances for the senior Colombia national football team from 1988 to 1993,[1] including participating in two qualifying matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup[2] and the 1993 Copa América.[3]

He also played for Colombia at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.[4]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

  • Colombian Championship winner with Atlético Nacional (1991, 1994)
  • Copa Libertadores Champion with Atlético Nacional (1989)

Manager[edit]

La Equidad

At the end of 2012 he announced that he will join Junior de Barranquilla on 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colombia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ Alexis GarciaFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Copa América 1993". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Alexis García". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-03-25.