Óscar García Junyent

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Óscar García
Personal information
Full name Óscar García Junyent
Date of birth (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Red Bull Salzburg (coach)
Youth career
1984–1991 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Barcelona B 82 (23)
1993–1999 Barcelona 69 (21)
1994–1995 Albacete (loan) 29 (2)
1999–2000 Valencia 20 (4)
2000–2004 Espanyol 51 (4)
2004–2005 Lleida 23 (3)
Total 274 (57)
National team
1989 Spain U16 1 (1)
1991 Spain U18 4 (1)
1991 Spain U19 1 (0)
1991 Spain U20 3 (0)
1992–1996 Spain U21 24 (12)
1996 Spain U23 4 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Catalonia (assistant)
2010–2012 Barcelona (youth)
2012–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2013–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion
2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2014 Watford
2015– Red Bull Salzburg

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Junyent.

Óscar García Junyent (born 26 April 1973), known simply as Óscar as a player, is a Spanish retired footballer, and the current manager of Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg.

As a player he was a versatile offensive option, able to play as an attacking midfielder or a second striker. He played most of his 14-year professional career with Barcelona, with relative impact, appearing for four other clubs.

In La Liga Óscar amassed totals of 169 games and 31 goals over the course of 12 seasons, also representing Espanyol (four seasons), Albacete, Lleida and Valencia (one apiece). In 2009, he started working as a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Óscar made his professional debut with FC Barcelona, his local team. Between 1992 and 1994 he played in five La Liga matches for Barça who were champions each year and, after a loan at fellow top division Albacete Balompié, he returned and was often used (with good results) in a variety of offensive roles: during the 1995–96 season he scored 10 league goals, the most in the squad, even though he only started 11 of his 28 appearances;[1] Barcelona came out empty in silverware, however.

With his role gradually diminishing, Óscar joined Valencia CF for one season, finishing off with Barça neighbours RCD Espanyol (teaming up again with brother Roger, for three seasons) and UE Lleida and retiring in June 2005 at the age of 32. On 7 January 2001, whilst playing for the second club against CD Numancia, he was taken to hospital after swallowing his tongue;[2] in the following summer, he nearly signed for West Ham United, but an eventual deal fell through after a one week's trial and he returned to Espanyol,[3] with whom he never scored more than one goal per season, during four years.

For Spain, Óscar appeared for the nation at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, netting twice for the eventual quarterfinalists.

Coaching career[edit]

In late 2009 García joined former Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff's coaching staff in the Catalonia national team, as the Dutch had just been appointed.[4] On 22 May 2012 he had his first head coach appointment, signing a two-year contract with Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv FC.[5] Exactly one year later, after leading the club to the national championship after a ten-year drought,[6] he resigned from his post, citing personal reasons.[7]

On 26 June 2013, García was unveiled as the new head coach of Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion.[8] His first win came on 17 August, 1–0 at Birmingham City.[9] On 12 May 2014, following Brighton's play off semi-final defeat to Derby County, his offer of resignation was accepted by the board.[10]

On 2 June 2014 García returned to Maccabi by signing a two-year contract, but left the club on 26 August due to political tensions.[11] Three months later he was appointed at Watford, replacing Giuseppe Sannino.[12]

On 15 September 2014, García was admitted to hospital with minor chest pains, forcing him to miss Watford's upcoming match with Blackpool.[13][14] These health problems eventually led to him stepping down, two weeks later.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Óscar's brothers, Roger and Genís, were also footballers. All youth products of Barcelona, they had however different fates as professionals (especially the latter).[16]






Spain U-21


Maccabi Tel Aviv

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 22 May 2012 22 May 2013 36 25 5 6 69.44
Brighton & Hove Albion England 26 June 2013 12 May 2014 53 21 16 16 39.62
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 2 June 2014 26 August 2014 2 1 1 0 50.00
Watford England 2 September 2014 29 September 2014 4 1 2 1 25.00
Total 95 48 24 23 50.53


  1. ^ "Cruyff me decía: 'Sal y liquida'" ("Cruyff used to tell me: 'Get out there and finish them off'"); El País, 6 April 2009 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Roma continue record start; BBC Sport, 8 January 2001
  3. ^ Óscar García no ficha por el West Ham (Óscar García does not sign with West Ham); El Mundo, 21 July 2002 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Òscar García será el segundo entrenador de la selección catalana de fútbol (Òscar García will be assistant coach in Catalan national team); La Vanguardia, 16 November 2009 (Spanish)
  5. ^ גארסיה חתם לשנתיים במכבי: הגעתי למועדון פאר [Óscar García signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv] (in Hebrew). One. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Òscar Garcia: debut y campeón" [Òscar Garcia: debut and champion] (in Spanish). Sport. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Oscar Garcia steps down as MTA head coach". Maccabi Tel Aviv. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "García appointed head coach". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Birmingham 0–1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Oscar Garcia resigns". BBC Sport. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "[News flash] Former Rafa Benitez protégé, Pako Ayestaran, will replace Oscar Garcia as Maccabi Tel Aviv’s head coach". Potential Ability. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ex-Brighton & Hove Albion boss Oscar Garcia appointed as Watford's new head coach". Watford Observer. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Oscar Garcia: Watford boss in hospital with minor chest pains". BBC Sport. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Watford manager Oscar García taken to hospital with minor chest pains". The Guardian. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official: Hornets confirm head coach change". Watford F.C. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Barça brothers; FC Barcelona, 29 October 2009
  17. ^ "Italia ya ganó un Europeo a España en el 1996" [Italy has already won European Championships against Spain in 1996] (in Spanish). Orgullo Bianconero. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 

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