- David García de la Cruz
García in action against Málaga (right)
Personal information Full name David García de la Cruz Date of birth 16 January 1981 Place of birth Manresa, Spain Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Playing position Left back Club information Current club Girona Number 3 Youth career Espanyol Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1999–2001 Espanyol B 31 (0) 2000–2011 Espanyol 217 (1) 2011– Girona 3 (0) National team 2001 Spain U20 1 (0) 2003 Spain U21 1 (0) 2004– Catalonia 7 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Manresa, Barcelona, Catalonia, García was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, and made his first team - and La Liga - debut on 8 January 2000 (a 0–0 home tie against Deportivo de La Coruña), becoming a regular fixture in 2001–02, also being named second team captain after Raúl Tamudo, the only player to have been on Espanyol's books for longer.
In early 2007, García renewed his link to the Catalans for a further two seasons, stating about the deal: "I want to finish my career here. I can't imagine myself wearing any other shirt." During that campaign, however, he only appeared in 16 contests overall (nine in the league, adding seven in the club's UEFA Cup runner-up campaign).
In 2008–09, García played in just 14 league matches as he suffered some injuries, but was instrumental in the final stretch, appearing in seven complete matches out of the last ten (of which Espanyol won eight). On 12 June 2009, he extended his contract for two additional seasons, appearing in 38 league games in the following two seasons combined.
- ^ David García renueva por el Espanyol hasta Junio de 2009 (David García renews with Espanyol until June 2009); Terra, 16 February 2007 (Spanish)
- ^ David García amplia su contrato con el Espanyol dos años más (David García extends Espanyol contract for two more years); El Mundo Deportivo, 12 June 2009 (Spanish)
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