Rafael García Torres

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Rafael García
Personal information
Full name Jose Rafael García Torres
Date of birth (1974-08-14) August 14, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Center Midfield
Club information
Current team
Retired
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 U.N.A.M. 134 (19)
1998–2004 Toluca 214 (27)
2004–2006 Cruz Azul 32 (2)
2005–2006 Atlas (loan) 27 (0)
2007–2008 CD Veracruz 19 (0)
National team
1996–2006 Mexico 52 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2006

José Rafael "Chiquis" García Torres (born August 14, 1974) is a former Mexican football player. He was a participant in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[1]

A midfielder comfortable in the center or on the left side, García began his club career with UNAM in 1992.[2] During the 1994-95 season, he established himself in the Pumas lineup, appearing in 32 matches and scoring 8 goals.[2] In the summer of 1998 he left for Toluca, beginning a six-year stint at the club. At Toluca, García won league titles during the Verano 1999,[3] Verano 2000,[4] and Apertura 2002[5] seasons, appearing in the finals on each occasion. Playing wide on the left alongside Fabián Estay and Víctor Ruiz in his early years with Toluca,[3] García later formed a central midfield trio with Israel López and Antonio Naelson.[5] In 2004 he moved to Cruz Azul, joined Atlas for one year in 2005, then returned to Cruz Azul briefly before finishing his top-division career in 2008 with Veracruz.[2]

García also earned 52 caps for the Mexican national team, scoring three times. He made his international debut on February 7, 1996 in a 2-1 loss against Chile.[6] In the 1996 U.S. Cup, he scored his first international goal with a bending free kick against the United States at the Rose Bowl.[7] García represented Mexico in four matches of the 1997 Copa América,[8] but missed the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After the appointment of Manuel Lapuente as national coach, García appeared at the 1999 Copa América[9] and the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, which Mexico won.[10] Recalled to the team for the 2002 World Cup, he played 14 minutes in the opening-round match against Italy.[11][dead link] García remained in the team under new coach Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe, helping Mexico to victory in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scoring in the quarterfinal against Jamaica.[12] Although he also played in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup[13] and five qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup,[14] he did not play any matches in the 2006 competition itself. García made his final international appearance in a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands on June 1, 2006.[15][dead link]

At junior international levels, García competed for Mexico at the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship,[14] as well as the 1996 Summer Olympics.[16]

Honours[edit]

International:

Clubs:

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA. "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: Mexico". Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c MedioTiempo. "Rafael García - Veracruz". Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b MedioTiempo. "Toluca 2 (5-4) 2 Atlas". June 6, 1999. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  4. ^ MedioTiempo. "Toluca 5 - 1 Santos". June 3, 2000. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ a b MedioTiempo. "Toluca 4 - 1 Morelia". December 21, 2002. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Morrison, Neil. "International Matches 1996 - Intercontinental, January-March". RSSSF, February 2, 2005. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Jones, Grahame L. "Mexico Wins U.S. Cup '96; Americans Look Ahead". Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1996. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  8. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1997". RSSSF, August 2, 2007. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1999". RSSSF, May 31, 2012. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "Intercontinental Cup for Nations 1999". RSSSF, December 21, 2005. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  11. ^ FIFA. "2002 FIFA World Cup Match Report: Mexico - Italy 1:1". June 13, 2002. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  12. ^ Saaid, Hamdan. "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2003 - Full Details". RSSSF, December 6, 2006. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  13. ^ Courtney, Barrie & Saaid, Hamdan. "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF, July 30, 2005. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  14. ^ a b FIFA. "FIFA Player Statistics: Rafael GARCIA". Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  15. ^ CONCACAF.com. "Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago drop friendlies to European squads". CONCACAF, June 1, 2006. Retrieved on March 29, 2013.
  16. ^ "José García Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-12.