Raúl García (footballer)
García in action for Atlético Madrid in 2013
|Full name||Raúl García Escudero|
|Date of birth||11 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Osasuna (loan)||33||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 19 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Pamplona, García played for hometown's CA Osasuna during his first years as a professional. On 24 October 2004 he made his debut for the first team in a 0–3 away defeat against FC Barcelona, with his first chance being offered by Mexican coach Javier Aguirre.
García scored five league goals (the first on 26 October 2005 in a 3–2 home win over Athletic de Bilbao) in his first full season as the Navarrese finished in fourth place in La Liga, starting in 28 of his 33 appearances at the age of just 19.
In July 2007, after helping Osasuna to the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, with one goal in 12 games, García signed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid, reuniting with former boss Aguirre upon the €13 million deal.
In January 2010, García lost his starting job to newly signed Tiago Mendes, arrived on loan from Juventus FC. However, he started the UEFA Europa League final against Fulham, as the Portuguese was cup-tied, playing the full 90 minutes and extra time in the 2–1 win for the first honour of his career; additionally, he appeared in the second half of the season's Copa del Rey decisive game against Sevilla FC, in a 0–2 loss.
On 27 August 2010, García played the entire match in the UEFA Super Cup against Inter Milan, giving away a penalty kick in the last minute, for a foul on Goran Pandev; the shot was however saved by goalkeeper David de Gea, and the Colchoneros won it 2–0. Again, he played in significantly less minutes than Tiago, but still managed to collect 29 league appearances as Atlético finally qualified to the Europa League, and netted his only goal of the season in a 1–2 home loss against eventual champions Barcelona, heading in from a corner kick.
After renewing his contract with Atlético for a further three years, García was loaned to former team Osasuna for 2011–12. He scored a career-best eleven goals during the season, including twice against RCD Mallorca – both through headers from corners by Álvaro Cejudo (2–2) –and one in a triumph over Barcelona (3–2), finishing the campaign as club top scorer, with four more goals than teammate Ibrahima Baldé.
On 9 April 2014, after playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 UEFA Champions League home win against Barcelona that qualified Atlético Madrid to the semifinals for the first time in 40 years, García became the club's most capped player in the competition with 22 appearances, surpassing Luis Aragonés.
He also appeared for the under-19 team.
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2009–10
- La Liga: 2013–14
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13; Runner-up 2009–10
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
|2007–08||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||35||3|
|2008–09||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||36||3|
|2009–10||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||20||0|
|2010–11||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||29||1|
|2012–13||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||30||5|
|2013–14||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||34||9|
- "Osasuna 2–2 Athletic Bilbao". ESPN Soccernet. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- "Aguirre gets thumbs up from Atlético". UEFA.com. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "Rafa's reign off to slow start". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Messi injury mars win". ESPN Soccernet. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Raul García vuelve cedido a Osasuna" [Raul García returns to Osasuna on loan] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Garcia and Hemed to the fore". ESPN Soccernet. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Barca stunned by Osasuna". ESPN Soccernet. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Koke takes Atlético through at Barcelona's expense". UEFA.com. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "Raúl García se hace un hueco en la historia del Atlético" [Raúl García carves niche in Atlético's history] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "Raúl García". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Raúl García at ESPN FC