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 42)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Baniyas (coach)
Youth career
Colegio Amorós
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Atlético 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– Baniyas

* 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 Plaza.

Luis García Plaza (born 1 December 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of Baniyas SC.

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]

In 2001 García took up coaching, starting with amateurs UD Altea, moving after two years to another club in the Valencian Community, Villajoyosa CF in the third level, and 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 its division status).[4]

After one year with former club Benidorm García was appointed at Levante UD, helping the club 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 led the capital outskirts side 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]


  1. ^ ""Mourinho es el que menos me preocupa"" ["Mourinho is the one that worries me the least"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Un amigo en el banquillo contrario" [A friend on the opposite bench] (in Spanish). El Día. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "El rival" [The rival] (in Spanish). El Periódico Mediterráneo. 9 November 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vidal, primer entrenador destituido de la temporada" [Vidal, first coach sacked in season] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 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". Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "El Getafe ficha a Luis García" [Getafe signs Luis García] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 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. 

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