David García (footballer, born 1981)

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David García
García (right) in action for Espanyol in 2009
Personal information
Full name David García de la Cruz
Date of birth (1981-01-16) 16 January 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Manresa, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1996–1999 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Espanyol B 32 (0)
1999–2011 Espanyol 217 (1)
2011–2015 Girona 99 (1)
Total 348 (2)
National team
2001 Spain U20 1 (0)
2003 Spain U21 1 (0)
2004–2010 Catalonia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David García de la Cruz (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ɣarˈθi.a ðe la ˈkɾuθ]; born 16 January 1981) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.

He spent most of his professional career with Espanyol, appearing in 243 competitive games over the course of 12 La Liga seasons and winning two Copa del Rey trophies.

Club career[edit]

Born in Manresa, Barcelona, Catalonia, García was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, and made his La Liga debut on 8 January 2000 in a 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña,[1] becoming a regular fixture in the 2001–02 season and also being named second team captain after Raúl Tamudo, the only player to have been on Espanyol's books for longer;[2] on 23 March 2003 he scored the first of only two competitive goals during his career, helping to a 1–1 draw at Valencia CF.[3]

In early 2007, García renewed his link to the Pericos for a further two seasons, stating about the deal: "I want to finish my career here. I can't imagine myself wearing any other shirt."[4] During that campaign, however, he only appeared in 16 games overall (nine in the league, adding seven in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup) mainly due to a knee injury.[5]

In 2008–09, García played in just 14 league matches as he again dealt with physical ailments, but was instrumental in the final stretch, appearing in seven complete contests out of the last ten – of which Espanyol won eight. On 12 June 2009 he extended his contract for two additional years,[6] featuring in 38 combined games during that timespan.

On 4 August 2011, García moved to Segunda División club Girona FC.[7] He was first-choice for the vast majority of his tenure, retiring at the age of 34.




  1. ^ "El líder suma su tercera jornada sin ganar" [Leader fails to win for the third time] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 January 2000. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "David García, el perico perfecto" [David García, the perfect perico] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "El Valencia pierde el tren de la Liga" [Valencia loses touch with League] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 23 March 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  4. ^ David García renueva por el Espanyol hasta Junio de 2009 (David García renews with Espanyol until June 2009); Terra, 16 February 2007 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "El Espanyol pierde a David García durante tres meses por una lesión de rodilla" [Espanyol loses David García for three months with knee injury] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  6. ^ David García amplia su contrato con el Espanyol dos años más (David García extends Espanyol contract for two more years); Mundo Deportivo, 12 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ David García fortalece la zaga del Girona (David García bolsters Girona's defence); Marca, 4 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Atkin, John (17 May 2007). "Palop lauds perfect performance". UEFA.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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