Miguel Garcia (footballer)
Garcia in action for Orduspor in 2012
|Full name||Miguel Ângelo Moita Garcia|
|Date of birth||4 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Moura, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:04, 23 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Garcia, a product of the youth teams of Sporting Clube de Portugal, made his debuts with the first team in the 2003–04 season, in a 1–2 away loss against Académica de Coimbra. The following campaign was remarkable for him: first, against S.L. Benfica, in the Portuguese Cup, he missed the penalty that eliminated his team in the round-of-16 on 26 January 2005; a few months after, on 5 May, in the last minute of extra time, he scored a header in the UEFA Cup semi-finals second leg against AZ Alkmaar, as Sporting lost 2–3 away but qualified through the away goals rule.
Garcia signed a pre-contract agreement with Reggina Calcio, joining the club in summer of 2007 after his link with Sporting expired. He suffered a serious knee injury in October, and did not play a single match the entire season for the Italian side; on 17 March of the following year, the club communicated the decision to rescind his contract.
In mid-July, after more than one year out of football, Garcia signed with Jorge Costa's S.C. Olhanense, freshly promoted to the top division. However, as João Pereira was signed from S.C. Braga to former side Sporting in late December 2009, he was chosen as his immediate replacement, moving for €50,000 in a one 1/2-year contract.
On 2 September 2014, after spells in Turkey and Spain, Garcia joined NorthEast United FC for the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. On 15 January of the following year he signed with another club in the nation, I-League's Sporting Clube de Goa.
Garcia was a member of the Portuguese under-21 side at the 2004 UEFA European Championship, which saw the team finish in third place. He failed to gain a place in the squad that competed in Olympic football in Athens the same year, however.
- As of 23 May 2015
|Sporting CP||2003–04||Primeira Liga||25||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NorthEast United||2014||Indian Super League||13||0||—||13||0|
- 2004/05: Carvalho inspires CSKA to 'landmark victory'; UEFA.com, 1 June 2005
- "Comunicato stampa" [Official announcement] (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
- "Sindicato consegue clube para Miguel Garcia na Índia" [Union finds club for Miguel Garcia in India]. Mais Futebol. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "NorthEast United FC Signs Portuguese Miguel Garcia". Football Masala. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- "Sporting sign Garcia". Nyoooz. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Portugal earn Athens adventure". UEFA.com. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Miguel Garcia". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Miguel Garcia". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- Miguel Garcia at footballzz.co.uk
- Miguel Garcia profile at ForaDeJogo
- Official website at BancadaVIP (Portuguese)