Santiago García (Argentine footballer)

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Santiago García
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Personal information
Full name Santiago García
Date of birth (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 2
Youth career
Rosario Central
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Rosario Central 16 (0)
2010–2014 Palermo 35 (1)
2011–2012 Novara (loan) 21 (1)
2013–2014 Werder Bremen (loan) 22 (3)
2014–2017 Werder Bremen 72 (1)
2017– Toluca 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:07, 23 May 2017 (UTC).

Santiago García (born 8 July 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Werder Bremen. He also holds Spanish citizenship.

Club career[edit]

Rosario Central[edit]

García started his career at hometown club Rosario Central, playing his first game with the team on a 0–1 defeat to Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata during the 2008 Apertura tournament.[2] He broke into the starting eleven during the 2010 Clausura tournament under the guidance of head coach Ariel Cuffaro Russo, relegating Ecuadorian international Paúl Ambrosi to the bench. García made a total 13 positive appearances which led to interest from a number of European clubs.[1]

Palermo and loan to Novara[edit]

On 12 July 2010, Palermo chairman and owner Maurizio Zamparini confirmed the signing of the Argentine defender from Rosario Central.[3] He debuted with the rosanero on 30 September against Lausanne in Europa League.

On 19 July 2011, newly promoted Serie A club Novara confirmed on its website to have signed García on loan from Palermo, with an option to acquire half of the player's rights by the end of the season. He scored his first goal in the Serie A on 13 May 2012 against Milan.

In the 2012–13 season, he returned to Palermo to replace Federico Balzaretti, who moved to Roma. In his second full season at the rosanero, he suffered relegation to Serie B and was often criticized by the team supporters due to the alleged poor quality of his performances.

In July 2013, García did not answer to the pre-season call-up from Palermo, his agent stating his intention not to play for the Sicilians anymore.

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 1 September 2013, Palermo announced to have loaned García to Werder Bremen with an option to sign him permanently.[4] In October 2013, Werder Bremen expressed their interest in turning the loan into a permanent deal.[5]

In May 2017, Werder Bremen announced that García would leave the club at the end of the season after they had failed to agree a contract extension.[6] In his four years at the club, he made a total of 99 appearances across all competitions, scoring 5 goals and contributing 10 assists.[7]

Toluca[edit]

In June 2017, García joined Liga MX club Toluca.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 May 2017[8]
Club League Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rosario Central Primera División 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Palermo Serie A 2010–11 3 0 1 0 3 0 7 0
Novara 2011–12 21 1 2 0 0 0 23 1
Palermo 2012–13 32 1 2 0 0 0 34 1
Total 56 2 5 0 3 0 64 2
Werder Bremen Bundesliga 2013–14 22 3 0 0 22 3
2014–15 24 0 3 0 18 0
2015–16 29 0 2 1 31 1
2016–17 19 1 19 1
Total 84 4 5 1 0 0 99 5
Career total 166 6 10 1 3 0 179 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MERCATO: LA SCHEDA DI SANTIGO GARCIA" (in Italian). Mediagol.it. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Santiago García profile" (in Spanish). Fútbol Pasión. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "ZAMPARINI: "PRESO SANTIAGO GARCIA"" (in Italian). Mediagol.it. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "GARCIA CEDUTO AL WERDER BREMA" [GARCIA SOLD TO WERDER BREMEN] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Werder zieht Kaufoption: Garcia bleibt in Bremen" (in German). SportBild. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (11 May 2017). "Werder defender Garcia to leave at season end - club". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Uersfeld, Stephan (27 June 2017). "Santiago Garcia joins Toluca on free transfer from Werder Bremen". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Santiago García » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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