Álex García (footballer, born 1970)
|Full name||Alejandro García Casañas|
|Date of birth||14 January 1970|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1993–1994||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||22||(0)|
|1994–1995||→ Palamós (loan)||32||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He was associated to FC Barcelona during his early career – although he appeared rarely for the first team – but played most of his years as a professional in the lower leagues, appearing in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano.
Subsequently García worked as a manager, including with his first club (youth only).
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, García joined FC Barcelona's youth system at the age of 14. He played two full seasons in Segunda División with the B-team, after having appeared in one game in that category in 1988–89.
In the 1990–91 campaign, García played three matches for the Blaugrana's main squad: both legs in the season's Supercopa de España against Real Madrid (0–1 home loss, 1–4 defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes on both occasions) and 28 minutes in a 3–2 away win against FC Dynamo Kyiv for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, after coming on as a substitute for Michael Laudrup; after leaving in 1993 he resumed his career with Rayo Vallecano and Palamós CF, suffering team relegation with both clubs, the former being his first and only experience in the top level, in 1993–94.
Until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 31, García played five seasons in Segunda División B, with Cádiz CF, Granada CF and Gimnàstic de Tarragona, returning to his native region for one final year with amateurs UE Cornellà.
Immediately after retiring García begun coaching, first being in charge of youth sides at FC Barcelona. He knew Lionel Messi when he was the manager of the youth team.
- Alex, ¿sucesor de Alex...anco? (Alex, after Alex...anco?); Mundo Deportivo, 5 December 1990 (in Spanish)
- Otra noche para la leyenda negra (Another night for the dark legend); Mundo Deportivo, 6 December 1990 (in Spanish)
- Cuando el Barça va de “picnic” (When Barça is on a “picnic”); Mundo Deportivo, 13 December 1990 (in Spanish)
- Bandera rojiblanca en Can Barça (Red-and-white flag at Can Barça); Ideal, 26 September 2009 (in Spanish)
- Alex Garcia:" I want to attract fans with our playing"; World Sport, 23 June 2011
- Alex Garcia dismissed from FC Dinamo Tbilisi; Rustavi2, 30 January 2012