Luis GARCIA

Luis Garcia - Liverpool FC - Biography of his football career at Liverpool.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 03 May 2005

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder/Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 24 June 1978
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Badalona, Spain
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Spain
  • WORLD CUP
  • CLUBS
  • Atletico Madrid
    • Club Career Dates
      2002-2003 & 2007-2009.
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      78 La Liga Appearances 11 goals.
  • Barcelona
    • Club Career Dates
      2003 -2004.
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      25 appearances 4 goals.
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2004-2007
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 29th August 2004 in a 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
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Luis GARCIA - Liverpool FC - Biography of his football career at Liverpool.

 

                                                                    (Part 1) 2004/2005.

 

When little Luis Javier Garcia Sanz, an attacking midfielder from Badalona in Catalunya, arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2004, few Liverpool fans knew what to expect of him. Three years later he left the club having carved an indelible mark on Liverpool's history and on their supporters. He was unveiled alongside compatriot Xabi Alonso in August 2004, and the two key ingredients of Benitez' new Spanish Armada made their debuts in a 1-0 defeat at Bolton's Reebok Stadium. Garcia had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside, but the loss taught Benitez and his new Spanish charges a lot about the rough-and-tumble nature of their new environment. Luis didn't have to wait long for his first legitimate strike though, the third of a 3-0 win in the next league game at home to West Brom the first of 13 goals in his debut season, amongst them a Merseyside derby winner, but it was the Champions League where he would really shine. He scored the opener against Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-1 second round win, before following that up with two strikes as the Reds won by the same margin in Germany. A stunning, dipping, 25-yard Garcia volley put Liverpool 2-0 up after 25 minutes of the quarter-final with Juventus on an emotional night at Anfield, and after the second leg was negotiated, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea awaited in the semis.

 

A goalless affair at Stamford Bridge paved the way for a tense second leg at Anfield. Four minutes in, Steven Gerrard released Milan Baros and the Czech beat compatriot Petr Cech to the ball, Baros was taken down, and as the ball ran loose Garcia was on hand to knock it goalwards. William Gallas hooked the ball away from inside the Kop end net, Anfield roared, Garcia ran away celebrating wildly (see photo above), 'it was a goal from the moon' said Mourinho. The remainder of the game was played out amid the kind of deafening noise not heard at Anfield since Liverpool's 'glory days' of the 70s and 80s. The Reds held on, despite six minutes of injury time, and were into the Final in Istanbul amid delirious scenes. Garcia started the showdown with AC Milan looking to provide attacking support to Baros and Harry Kewell. Thirty-nine minutes into the Final, and with the Italians 1-0 up, Garcia's run into the penalty area was blocked by Alessandro Nesta's hand. As he appealed for a penalty, Milan broke away and doubled their advantage, and five minutes later it was 3-0, but Garcia played his part as Liverpool produced the greatest fightback in European football history. The little Spaniard was on the field for the full 120 minutes as Liverpool pulled the score back to 3-3, and watched on in amazement as Jerzy Dudek saved from Andriy Shevchenko to crown the Reds as European champions. (Mark Jones)

 

 

 

Luis Garcis pictured playing for Liverpool Football Club on 27th. September 2006.

 

                                                   (Part 2) 2005/2006 - 2006/2007.

  

Luis' next goal would arrive in a Final, as the European Super Cup was won against CSKA Moscow in Monaco in August 2005, while he was also on target as the Reds kicked off their defence of the Champions League in the competition proper with a 2-1 win away to Real Betis. The aim in 2005/06 was to improve Liverpool's league form though, and Garcia was earning a reputation as a man for the big occasion, helped by his late winner against Arsenal at Anfield and a crucial strike to put a 10 man Liverpool 2-0 up in the Merseyside derby (they eventually won 3-1). Benfica beat the Reds in the Champions League, but Chelsea were to suffer at the hands of Garcia in a semi-final again, this time in the FA Cup, where his expertly taken goal at Old Trafford eventually proved enough to put the Reds into the Final with West Ham. However, a red card in the dress rehearsal for the Final, a league game at Upton Park, would rule Garcia out of the Cardiff showpiece, where a stunning late Gerrard goal and Pepe Reina's penalty shootout saves ensured that the Reds took the trophy.

 

The 2006/07 season exploded into life for Luis in late October, when a goal against Aston Villa was followed by two Champions League strikes against Bordeaux three days later. Europe was now the primary focus for Liverpool thanks to patchy league form and a 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Three days after that loss the Reds took on Arsenal again, this time in the League Cup. Garcia had come on as an early replacement for the injured Mark Gonzalez, but 75 minutes into an extraordinary game, which Arsenal won 6-3, Garcia went down clutching his knee. He had ruptured his cruciate ligament and was out for the rest of the season. Come the summer, with Liverpool chasing Atletico Madrid's Spanish superstar Fernando Torres, Benitez allowed Garcia to return to Spain with Atletico. A key figure in Liverpool's 2005 Champions League win, the little man from Catalunya will be fondly remembered on Merseyside. (Mark Jones)