Luis García (footballer, born 1972)

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Luis García
Personal information
Full name Luis García Plaza
Date of birth (1972-12-01) 1 December 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Beijing Renhe (coach)
Youth career
Colegio Amorós
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Atlético Madrid B 54 (2)
1995 Yeclano 13 (0)
1995–1996 Rayo Vallecano B
1996 Talavera (loan) 8 (0)
1996–2000 Benidorm 49 (1)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Altea
2003–2005 Villajoyosa
2005 Altea
2005–2006 Villarreal B
2006–2007 Elche
2007–2008 Benidorm
2008–2011 Levante
2011–2014 Getafe
2014–2016 Baniyas
2017– Beijing Renhe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luis García Plaza (born 1 December 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of Chinese club Beijing Renhe FC.

Playing career[edit]

In his career, García never played in higher than Segunda División B. Born in Madrid, he finished his formation with Atlético Madrid[1] and, after three seasons with its reserves, moved to Yeclano CF, where he coincided with José Luis Oltra and Paulino.[2]

Still in the Madrid community, García then represented Rayo Vallecano B, completing his sole season with the club on loan at Talavera CF.[3] In 1996, he signed with Benidorm CF, playing with the Alicante side four years.

García was forced to retire due to injury in 2000, at only 27.

Coaching career[edit]

García took up coaching in 2001, starting with amateurs UD Altea and moving after two years to another club in the Valencian Community, Villajoyosa CF in the third level, remaining there for a further two seasons.

In 2005–06, after a few weeks in charge of Altea, García led Villarreal CF's reserves to the Tercera División championship, but the team failed to gain promotion in the subsequent playoffs. Afterwards, he signed with Elche CF in Segunda División – and also in the Valencia region – being sacked on 7 January 2007 following a 1–1 home draw against Cádiz CF (the team eventually retained their division status).[4]

After one year with former club Benidorm, García was appointed at Levante UD, helping to a return to La Liga after a three-year absence in his second season. In the following campaign, he led the side to the 14th place, the home highlights being a 2–0 win over Atlético Madrid[5] and 0–0 draws with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

On 8 June 2011, García signed for Getafe for three years.[6] He coached the capital outskirts team to the 11th position in his debut season, finishing one better the following year.

García was relieved of his duties on 10 March 2014, after Getafe only collected four draws in 12 games.[7]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 11 March 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Altea[8] Spain 1 July 2001 30 June 2003 68 35 22 11 051.47
Villajoyosa[9] Spain 1 July 2003 6 June 2005 76 31 16 29 040.79
Altea Spain 6 June 2005 20 June 2005 0 0 0 0 !
Villarreal B[10] Spain 20 June 2005 30 June 2006 46 32 11 3 069.57
Elche[11] Spain 1 July 2006 7 January 2007 21 5 7 9 023.81
Benidorm[12] Spain 1 July 2007 30 June 2008 40 16 12 12 040.00
Levante[13] Spain 1 July 2008 7 June 2011 128 51 34 43 039.84
Getafe[14] Spain 8 June 2011 10 March 2014 113 34 29 50 030.09
Baniyas[15] United Arab Emirates 10 July 2014 18 March 2016 60 20 18 22 033.33
Career total 552 224 149 179 040.58

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Mourinho es el que menos me preocupa"" ["Mourinho is the one that worries me the least"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 September 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Un amigo en el banquillo contrario" [A friend on the opposite bench]. El Día (in Spanish). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "El rival" [The rival]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 9 November 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vidal, primer entrenador destituido de la temporada" [Vidal, first coach sacked in season]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 October 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Macdonald, Paul (5 December 2010). "Levante coach Luis Garcia Plaza delighted with stunning win over Atletico Madrid". Goal.com. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "El Getafe ficha a Luis García" [Getafe signs Luis García]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Luis García deja de ser entrenador del Getafe" [Luis García is no longer Getafe manager] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Preferente Valenciana 2001–02 (Grupo 4)" [Preferente Valenciana 2001–02 (Group 4)] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Preferente Valenciana 2002–03 (Grupo 4)" [Preferente Valenciana 2002–03 (Group 4)] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tercera División 2005–06 (Grupo 6)" [Tercera División 2005–06 (Group 6)] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2005–06" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2005–06] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
    "Luis García: Luis García Plaza". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Luis García for Baniyas". Zerozero. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 

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