Raúl García (footballer)

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Raúl García
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García playing with Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full nameRaúl García Escudero
Date of birth (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 22
Youth career
Senior career*
2004–2005 Osasuna B 28 (3)
2004–2007 Osasuna 68 (9)
2007–2015 Atlético Madrid 216 (27)
2011–2012Osasuna (loan) 33 (11)
2015– Athletic Bilbao 133 (36)
National team
2004–2005 Spain U19 7 (4)
2006–2009 Spain U21 20 (1)
2014– Spain 2 (0)
2004–2005 Navarre 2 (0)
2005 Basque Country 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2014

Raúl García Escudero (Spanish pronunciation:  [raˈul ɣaɾˈθi.a eskuˈðeɾo] ; [lower-alpha 1] born 11 July 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao mainly as an attacking midfielder but also as a central midfielder, known for scoring from the bench and having good aerial ability. [1]

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Formed at Osasuna, he spent most of his career at Atlético Madrid, scoring 45 goals in 326 games across all competitions in eight seasons and winning six major titles, including the 2014 national championship and the 2010 Europa League.

CA Osasuna Spanish association football team

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Club career


Born in Pamplona, García played for hometown's CA Osasuna during his first years as a professional. On 24 October 2004, he made his debut for the first team in a 0–3 away defeat against FC Barcelona, with his first chance being offered by Mexican coach Javier Aguirre. [2]

Pamplona Place in Navarre, Spain

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García scored five league goals (the first on 26 October 2005 in a 3–2 home win over Athletic Bilbao) [3] in his first full season as the Navarrese finished in fourth place in La Liga, starting in 28 of his 33 appearances at the age of just 19.

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Atlético Madrid

In July 2007, after helping Osasuna to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, with one goal in 12 games, García signed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid, reuniting with former boss Aguirre upon the 13 million deal. [4]

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In January 2010, García lost his starting position to newly signed Tiago Mendes, arrived on loan from Juventus FC. [5] However, he started the UEFA Europa League final against Fulham, as the Portuguese was cup-tied, playing the full 90 minutes and extra time in the 2–1 win for the first honour of his career; [6] additionally, he appeared in the second half of the season's Copa del Rey decisive game against Sevilla FC, in a 0–2 loss. [7]

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Garcia (right) in action against Almeria in September 2013 Raul Garcia y Hernan Pellerano - 01.jpg
García (right) in action against Almería in September 2013

On 27 August 2010, García featured the entire match in the UEFA Super Cup against Inter Milan, giving away a penalty kick in the last minute for a foul on Goran Pandev; the shot was however saved by David de Gea, and the Colchoneros won it 2–0. [8] Again, he played in significantly less minutes than Tiago, but still managed to collect 29 league appearances as Atlético finally qualified to the Europa League, and netted his only goal of the season in a 1–2 home loss against eventual champions Barcelona, heading in from a corner kick. [9]

After renewing his contract with Atlético for a further three years, García was loaned to former club Osasuna for 2011–12, [10] where he began to appear more prominently as an attacking midfielder. [1] He scored a career-best eleven goals during the campaign, including twice against RCD Mallorca – both through headers from corners by Álvaro Cejudo (2–2) – [11] and one in a triumph over Barcelona (3–2), [12] finishing the campaign as team top scorer, with four more goals than Ibrahima Baldé.

On 9 April 2014, after playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 UEFA Champions League home win against Barcelona that qualified Atlético Madrid to the semi-finals for the first time in 40 years, [13] García became the club's most capped player in the competition with 22 appearances, surpassing Luis Aragonés. [14] On 19 August he scored a 88th-minute 1–1 equalizer against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu for the Supercopa de España, as his team went on to win the trophy 2–1 on aggregate and conquer it for the second time in their history. [15]

Athletic Bilbao

On 31 August 2015, after a transfer request, García signed a four-year contract with Athletic Bilbao which included a release clause of €40 million. [16] He scored in his first appearance, helping to a 3–1 home win over Getafe CF where he featured 79 minutes. [17]

García made his 100th appearance for the club in October 2017. [18] In late May 2018, after he had scored ten league goals in each of his first two seasons, [19] [20] he and Athletic agreed on a contract extension running to June 2020. [21] On 20 July 2019, García agreed to a one-year extension with Athletic through June 2021 with no release clause. [22]

International career

From 2006 to 2009, García played with Spain under-21s, earning a total of 20 caps in the category and representing the nation at the 2009 UEFA European Championship, in a group stage exit. He also appeared for the under-19 team.

On 29 August 2014, aged 28, García was named by full side manager Vicente del Bosque in a 23-man squad for matches against France and Macedonia in September. [23] He made his debut on 4 September, starting and playing 58 minutes in a 0–1 friendly loss to the former. [24]

Career statistics


As of 20 May 2019 [25] [26]
Osasuna B 2004–05 283283
Osasuna 2004–05 20100030
2005–06 3351020365
2006–07 33450141525
Atlético Madrid 2007–08 3535091494
2008–09 36320101484
2009–10 20090120410
2010–11 2915070411
2011–12 00002020
Osasuna (loan) 2011–12 331120003511
Osasuna total101209016112621
Atlético Madrid 2012–13 3058292469
2013–14 3410741245317
2014–15 315631024710
2015–16 10000010
Atlético Madrid total21627429711032845
Athletic Bilbao 2015–16 30721934111
2016–17 361033714614
2017–18 3410211234814
2018–19 3391000349
Athletic Bilbao total133368528716948
Career totals47886591411518650117


Atlético Madrid


  1. In isolation, García is pronounced [ɡaɾˈθi.a] .

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