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Sergio García de La Fuente

For the Spanish golfer, see Sergio García. For the Spanish footballer who plays for Real Oviedo, see Sergio García de la Iglesia. For the Filipino actor, see Sergio Garcia (actor).
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:27, 6 June 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is De la Fuente.

Sergio García de la Fuente (born 9 June 1983) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol in La Liga. Mainly a forward, he can also appear as a winger (preferably on the right).

Club career

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, García rose through the ranks of FC Barcelona, finding however opportunities almost non-existent in the senior squad. He made four first-team appearances during the 2003–04 season, his debut coming on 3 September 2003 in a 1–1 home draw against Sevilla FC.

Moving to Levante UD in 2004 mere months after extending his Barça link,[1] García proved himself a La Liga player, a trait he continued to display at Real Zaragoza, whether as a starter or the first option from the bench. In 2007–08 he played all 38 matches, while the Aragonese were eventually relegated from the top level.

At the beginning of the 2008–09 campaign, García was linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Stoke City, along with fellow team-mate Diego Milito. Rumours that he would leave Zaragoza had been further fuelled after the club's relegation, as he was thrown out of a side pre-season training session by manager Marcelino García Toral and was then left out of their opening day defeat against Levante.[2]

On 1 September 2008, in the dying seconds of the transfer window, after continuous rumours, García signed for Real Betis,[3][4] for a fee close to 10 million. He scored his first goal for his new club on 27 September in the team's home game against Real Madrid (1–2 loss), following up on his own saved penalty.[5] On 16 November he netted a brace in at 3–1 home win over Racing de Santander[6] and, on 18 January of the following, added another in the 3–1 success at Real Valladolid, in which he also assisted the other goal.[7]

On 7 February 2009 García helped Betis achieve a landmark victory at neighbouring Sevilla, scoring in a 2–1 win.[8] In form, he was struck with a knee injury after celebrating his opener against CD Numancia, a 3–3 home draw on 4 April,[9] eventually missing a month of competition – with Betis struggling during this time – and eventually dropping down a level at the end.

García scored a career-high 12 goals in the 2009–10 season, but the Andalusians failed to promote. In August 2010 he signed a five-year contract with RCD Espanyol, moving to the Catalan side as a replacement to veteran Raúl Tamudo, who left the club after nearly 20 years of service.

International career

Without having been previously capped, García made the Spanish final squad-of-23 for UEFA Euro 2008 (which Spain went on to win) as a replacement for Barcelona's Bojan Krkić.[10] On 31 May 2008 he made his debut for the national side, coming on as a substitute for David Silva in a friendly match with Peru.

On 18 June García earned his first competitive cap, playing for the full 90 minutes against Greece in Spain's third and final group D game in Euro 2008: in the 88th minute he delivered a pinpoint left-footed cross for Daniel Güiza to head home the 2–1 winner.[11]

García also represented Spain at all youth levels, as well as appearing frequently for the unofficial Catalan national side; on 22 December 2009, he scored twice in a 4–2 victory against Argentina.

Honours

Spain
  • UEFA European Football Championship: 2008
Spain U19
  • UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship: 2002
Spain U20

References

External links

  • Espanyol official profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • National team data
  • Sergio García at National-Football-Teams.com
  • FIFA competition record
  • Transfermarkt profile

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