Javi 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 Fernández.
Javi García
Javi García - Spain vs. Chile, 10th September 2013.jpg
García playing for Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier García Fernández[1]
Date of birth (1987-02-08) 8 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Mula, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 14
Youth career
1996–2004 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Real Madrid B 86 (10)
2004 Real Madrid 3 (0)
2007–2008 Osasuna 25 (2)
2008–2009 Real Madrid 15 (0)
2009–2012 Benfica 74 (6)
2012– Manchester City 48 (2)
National team
2002 Spain U16 3 (1)
2003–2005 Spain U17 21 (4)
2005–2006 Spain U19 9 (2)
2007 Spain U20 5 (1)
2008–2009 Spain U21 9 (0)
2012– Spain 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 24 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Francisco Javier "Javi" García Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxaβi ɣarˈθi.a ferˈnandeθ]; born 8 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Manchester City in England. A defensive midfielder by nature, he can also appear as a central defender.

He started his career with Real Madrid, but represented mostly the reserve team, going on to have a three-year spell with Benfica in Portugal. In 2012 he signed with Manchester City.

García represented Spain at various youth levels, namely appearing with the under-21s at the 2009 European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

A product of Real Madrid's youth system, García was born in Mula, Region of Murcia, and played three La Liga games for the first team whilst still a junior, making his debut at the age of 17 in a 5–0 home win against Levante UD on 28 November 2004.[2] After that he would spend the entire 2005–06 season with Real Madrid Castilla, the team's B-side, in Segunda División.

The summer of 2006 was a very busy one for García. First, he won the UEFA European Championship with the under-19s,[3] impressing first-team head coach Fabio Capello, who recalled him to training sessions. He played in most of Real's pre-season games, including a starting line-up spot in both Ramón de Carranza Trophy games, playing in central midfield alongside new purchase Émerson;[4] he failed to appear for the main squad in official matches, however.

In August 2007, in the campaign of García's supposed definitive promotion to the first team, coach Bernd Schuster would eventually prevent that golden opportunity – as fellow cantera players Rubén de la Red and Esteban Granero also left the club – and offers began to appear from clubs in the Premier League including Liverpool, and domestic teams such as Atlético Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña. García would finally settle for CA Osasuna on 31 August, signing for four seasons for a fee of 2.5 million as the Navarre side was keen to replace injury-struck midfielder Javad Nekounam (out of action for several months);[5] having first appeared in a 1–1 home draw with Sevilla FC, where he played one minute, he scored twice in his first six matches, in wins against Levante (4–1)[6] and Villarreal CF (3–2).[7]

García's contract included a buy-back clause that could see him return to Real Madrid for €4 million. On 29 April 2008 Osasuna officially reported that the Merengues had exercised their purchase option, and the player returned to the Santiago Bernabéu for 2008–09;[8] he made his first league appearance for Real in his second spell during his side's 7–1 thrashing of Sporting de Gijón on 24 September, coming on as a second-half substitute for Mahamadou Diarra.[9]

Benfica[edit]

Deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, García signed for S.L. Benfica in Portugal on 21 July 2009, for five years and a fee of €7 million.[10] An undisputed starter throughout his first season, he also found the net on three occasions, most notably through a header in the last minute for the game's only goal against Associação Naval 1º de Maio at home,[11] as the club clung onto the top position on 9 November and eventually won the national championship.

García appeared in 43 official matches for the Reds in 2011–12. His only two goals of the season came against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Lisbon derby 1–0 home win,[12] and at Chelsea for the campaign's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals: in the latter he netted from a corner kick in the 85th minute to make it 1–1, but ten-men Benfica eventually lost it 1–2 and 1–3 on aggregate.[13]

Manchester City[edit]

On 31 August 2012, García signed with Manchester City for £15.8 million.[14] He made his league debut on 15 September in a 1–1 away draw against Stoke City, scoring with his head from a Carlos Tevez free kick.[15]

After picking up a thigh injury in the early minutes of the Champions League group stage contest against Borussia Dortmund, García went on to miss several weeks of action.[16] He made his return against West Ham United, replacing Tevez in the 84th minute of a 0–0 draw at Upton Park;[17] on 15 December he started in a 3–1 success at Newcastle United, netting the second goal.

International career[edit]

García represented the Spanish under-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Football Championship, appearing against England (0–2 loss)[18] in an eventual group stage exit.

He gained his first cap for the full side on 26 May 2012, playing 22 minutes in a 2–0 friendly win with Serbia in St. Gallen.[19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid B
Real Madrid
Benfica
Manchester City

Country[edit]

Spain U19

Club statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2013[20]
All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup League Cup & Supercup European Competition Total
App Goals App Goals App  Goals App Goals App Goals
Real Madrid 2004–05 3 0 0 0 - - 0 0 3 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0 1 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0 1 0
Total 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Osasuna 2007–08 25 2 0 0 - - 0 0 25 2
Total 25 2 0 0 0 0 25 2
Real Madrid 2008–09 15 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
Total 15 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
Benfica 2009–10 26 3 0 0 4 0 14 1 44 4
2010–11 24 2 4 1 4 4 13 1 45 8
2011–12 21 1 1 0 1 0 9 0 32 2
Total 72 6 5 1 9 4 36 2 122 13
Manchester City 2012–13 24 2 4 0 0 0 5 0 33 2
2013–14 24 0 4 0 6 0 4 0 38 0
Total 48 2 8 0 6 0 9 0 71 2
Career Totals 163 10 13 1 16 4 50 2 242 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Real Madrid 5–0 Levante; ESPN Soccernet 28 November 2004
  3. ^ García shoulders Spanish burden; UEFA.com, 14 July 2006
  4. ^ "Capello y sus 'guerreros' caen ante el Villarreal en el Carranza" [Capello and his 'warriors' fall to Villarreal in the Carranza] (in Spanish). El País. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Osasuna ficha a Javi Garcia" [Osasuna signs Javi García] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Osasuna 4–1 Levante; ESPN Soccernet, 26 September 2007
  7. ^ Osasuna 3–2 Villarreal; ESPN Soccernet, 7 October 2007
  8. ^ El Real Madrid recompra a Javi García (Real Madrid rebuys Javi García); Osasuna's official website, 29 April 2008 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Real Madrid 7–1 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 24 September 2008
  10. ^ Javi García confirmed for €7 million; Planet Benfica, 21 July 2009
  11. ^ Benfica move back into tie for first place; PortuGOAL, 9 November 2009
  12. ^ Javi Garcia heads Benfica to derby victory; PortuGOAL, 26 November 2011
  13. ^ Chelsea 2–1 Benfica; BBC Sport, 4 April 2012
  14. ^ Javi Garcia completes move to Blues; Manchester City's official website, 31 August 2012
  15. ^ Stoke 1–1 Manchester City; BBC Sport, 15 September 2012
  16. ^ Manchester City v Sunderland: Garcia and Yaya Toure provide fitness doubts; Mail Online, 5 October 2012
  17. ^ West Ham 0–0 Man City; BBC Sport, 3 November 2012
  18. ^ "Second-half strikes see England through". UEFA.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Javi García". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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