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Carlos García Badías

Carlos García
Personal information
Full name Carlos García Badías
Date of birth (1984-04-29) 29 April 1984
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 31
Youth career
1999–2003 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Espanyol B 30 (1)
2003–2005 Espanyol 3 (0)
2004–2005 Poli Ejido (loan) 34 (1)
2005–2012 Almería 195 (1)
2009–2010 Betis (loan) 33 (1)
2012– Maccabi Tel Aviv 63 (2)
National team
2000–2001 Spain U16 13 (0)
2001 Spain U17 3 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U19 4 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U20 9 (0)
2004–2006 Spain U21 5 (0)
2005 Spain U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlos García Badías (born 29 April 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. as a central defender.

Football career

Espanyol / Almería

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, García was a product of local RCD Espanyol's youth ranks. He would only appear for the first team on three occasions, during the 2003–04 season (three defeats), also serving a loan stint with Polideportivo Ejido in the second division in the following campaign.

In 2005 García stayed in Andalusia, being sold by Espanyol to second level side UD Almería. He would become an instant first-choice, being instrumental in the team's first-ever La Liga promotion in the 2006–07 campaign.[1]

Deemed surplus to requirements by manager Hugo Sánchez, García was loaned to neighbours Real Betis for 2009–10's division two season.[2] After not being able to help the Verdiblancos return to the top flight he rejoined Almería,[3] being first-choice under new manager Juan Manuel Lillo, and both his successors José Luis Oltra and Roberto Olabe, scoring once in 33 games as the club was eventually relegated after a four-year stay.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

In the 2012 summer García moved abroad for the first time in his career, signing a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. in the Israeli Premier League.[4] In his first season he was teamed-up in the center of defense with Eitan Tibi, with the pair performing solidly as the club won the national championship after a ten-year drought.[5]

Aged 29, García made his debut in European competition in the 2013–14 campaign, featuring in both the UEFA Champions League qualification matches[6][7] and the UEFA Europa League group stage.[8][9] In the domestic front he was part of the defence that set a new league record for minutes without conceding a goal, surpassing Hapoel Haifa FC's 585 from 1999.[10]



Maccabi Tel Aviv


Spain U16
Spain U23
Spain U20


  1. ^ Carlos García, al club de los '100' de la UD Almería (Carlos García, to UD Almería's '100' club); Ideal, 25 March 2008 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Carlos García pasa el reconocimiento previo a su cesión al Betis (Carlos García undergoes medical prior to Betis loan); Marca, 25 June 2009 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El Almería confirma la vuelta de Carlos García (Almería confirms return of Carlos García); Marca, 1 July 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Carlos García pasa el examen médico con el Maccabi Tel Aviv (Carlos García has successful medical with Maccabi Tel Aviv); Planeta Fichajes, 12 June 2012 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Maccabi Tel Aviv ends 10-year drought, wins Israeli soccer championship; Ha'aretz 22 April 2013
  6. ^ Slick Stocker gives Basel slender lead;, 30 July 2013
  7. ^ Maccabi revival comes too late to halt Basel;, 6 August 2013
  8. ^ Maccabi Tel-Aviv battle back to beat Bordeaux;, 3 October 2013
  9. ^ Eintracht cruise to Maccabi Tel-Aviv success;, 24 October 2013
  10. ^ Juan Pablo: "I came for the championship", Walla!, 29 October 2013 (Hebrew)

External links

  • Maccabi official profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • Carlos García – FIFA competition record
  • Soccerway profile
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