Fact file: Oscar Garcia


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Brighton and Hove Albion's new head coach Oscar Garcia has had an interesting career to date, including a playing career spent entirely in Spain and a management career that has included a stint in Israel.

Having come through the youth ranks at Barcelona, Garcia would go onto win a number of trophies with the club, without holding down a regular first-team place. His haul included four league titiles, two Spanish Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Garcia would  also make it through the youth ranks for the Spanish national side from Under16 to Under-21, including a runners-up finish at the UEFA Under-21 Football Championship in 1996. He would score 12 goals in 24 appearances for the Under-21s, as well as two goals in four appearances for the Spain Under-23 side during the 1996 Olympics.

Spells at Valencia, Espanyol and Lleida followed, including winning a Spanish Supercup with Valencia in 1999.

In 2009 Garcia joined Johan Cruyff's management team for the Catalonia national team, before taking charge of Barcelona’s under-19 youth team, winning league, cup and European titles in 2010/11. Garcia would then lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first league title in a decade.


1973: April 26 - Born Sabadell, Spain

1993: Makes debut for Barcelona, he would make over 100 appearances for the Catalan side and their B team.

1996: Features for Spain U23’s at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, making four appearances and scoring twice.

1999: Moves to Valencia, making 20 appearances and scoring four goals.

2000: Switch to Barcelona rivals Espanyol, appearing 51 times and netting four goals.

2004: Finishes career with season at Lleida, making 23 appearances and scoring three times.

2009: Joins the Catalonia national team as assistant coach to Johan Cruyff.

2010: Manages Barcelona youth team.

2012: May 22 - Takes Maccabi Tel Aviv job, winning the league title.

2013: May 23 - Steps down as Maccabi boss, citing 'personal reasons'

2013: June 26 - Announced as next Brighton and Hove Albion head coach