Garics with Austria in 2012
|Date of birth||8 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Szombathely, Hungary|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right Full Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
György Garics (Croatian: Jurica Garić born 8 March 1984 in Szombathely, Hungary) is a Hungarian-born Austrian with Croatian roots professional football defender. He currently plays in Serie A for Bologna.
Although born in Hungary but of Croatian descent, Garics moved to Vienna when he was 14 years old and started his football career in Austria with prominent side Rapid Vienna in 2002; during his first season as a teenager he made two appearances.
By the 2004–05 season the young attacking wingback has become more of a prominent member in the first team and Rapid Vienna won the Austrian Bundesliga, around this time he also became captain of the U21 national team of Austria.
Having made 81 appearances for Rapid Vienna and scored one goal, he was bought by Italian side Napoli for €500,000, making his debut against Triestina on 23 September 2006. Soon after, he achieved a call up on 6 October 2006 for the Austrian national team against Liechtenstein and scored on his international debut.
He was also called up to the Euro 2008 squad and started Austria's third match against Germany in Vienna.
The case of Garics divided Hungarian public sentiment, as it is the first high-profile case of a player choosing a national team other than Hungary, and is also considered a failure on the part of the Hungarian Football Federation to consider to select him in time for the national team.
After Atalanta were relegated from Serie A, Garics was sold outright to Bologna on 9 August 2010, for €3 million. Garics was seriously injured in 2011, and had to miss most of the spring season at Bologna.
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- Player profile – Euro 2008