Javi García

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Javi García
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Javi García, 2015
Surname Francisco Javier García Fernández
birthday February 8, 1987
place of birth Mula , MurciaSpain
size 186 cm
position midfield
Years station
2001-2004 real Madrid
Years station Games (goals) 1
2004-2007 Real Madrid Castilla 90 (10)
2004-2007 real Madrid 3 0(0)
2007-2008 CA Osasuna 25 0(2)
2008-2009 real Madrid 15 0(0)
2009–2012 Benfica Lisbon 74 0(6)
2012-2014 Manchester City 53 0(2)
2014-2017 Zenit Saint Petersburg 73 0(6)
2017– Betis Seville 52 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2002 Spain U-16 3 0(1)
2003-2005 Spain U-17 21 0(4)
2005-2006 Spain U-19 9 0(2)
2007 Spain U-20 5 0(1)
2008-2009 Spain U-21 9 0(0)
2012-2013 Spain 2 0(0)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: February 15, 2020

Francisco Javier "Javi" García Fernández (born February 8, 1987 in Mula , Murcia ) is a Spanish football player . His preferred position is defensive midfield , but occasionally he also plays in central defense .



Javi García joined Real Madrid's youth at the age of 14 . In the summer of 2004, at the age of only 17, he was included in the squad of the second team Real Madrid Castilla and made his debut on August 29 in a league match between Segunda División B against AD Alcorcón in the branch team "Royal" . In his first season, Javi García and his team were promoted to the Segunda División . He also made his first-team debut under coach Mariano García Remón on November 28, 2004 against UD Levante . Overall, the young midfielder made three appearances in Real Madrid's senior squad in the 2004/05 season . He spent the following two seasons again in the B-team of the capital city, after a good 11th place in 2005/06, Real Madrid Castilla was relegated to Segunda B a year later.

Javi García, who made it to two more appearances in the Champions League during this time , but had no prospect of a permanent place in the first squad, moved to CA Osasuna in the summer of 2007 , where he signed a contract that ran until 2011. At the club from Navarra , the then 20-year-old was able to secure a place in the regular formation from the 3rd match day and impressed with good performances.

His ex-club Real Madrid made use of a buyback option in his contract at the end of the season. Under coach Bernd Schuster , he won the Supercopa de España , but only made 15 appearances in the league in 2008/09 , three in the Champions League and one in the Supercup.

In July 2009 he finally moved to Benfica Lisbon for a transfer fee of 7 million euros , where he received a 5-year contract. At the traditional Portuguese club, he fought his way into the starting line-up right away and won the championship title and the Taça da Liga in his first season . In the following two seasons he won the Taça da Liga again, but the league ended his team in second place behind FC Porto .

On August 31, 2012, Javi García moved to Manchester City for a transfer fee of around 20 million euros .

For the 2014/15 season García moved to the Russian Premier League at Zenit St. Petersburg . He signed a five-year contract until June 30, 2019.

National team

Javi García in the international match against Chile (2013)

Javi García was an integral part of various Spanish youth national teams during his junior years. He celebrated his greatest success by winning the U-19 European Football Championship in 2006 . In addition, he and his team reached the finals at the U-17 World Cup in 2003 and the U-17 European Championship in 2004 , where the Spaniards failed to Brazil and France respectively. With the Iberians he also took part in the finals of the 2007 U-20 World Cup and the 2009 U-21 European Championship .

On May 26, 2012, Javi García celebrated his debut for the senior national team in a friendly against Serbia in preparation for the European Championship . In the end, however, he was not nominated for the finals.


In clubs

real Madrid
Benfica Lisbon
Manchester City
Zenit Saint Petersburg

National team

Web links

Commons : Javi García  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. "Javi García reforça o Benfica" on July 21, 2009 at www.slbenfica.pt (Portuguese)
  2. Javi Garcia completes move to blues
  3. Javi García to continue his career in Zenit ( Memento of the original from August 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / en.fc-zenit.ru