- Squad Number
- Date of Birth
- 11 July 1986
- Contracted Until
- Buyout Clause
Raúl García is a proud product of Pamplona in the very north of Spain. Having been born in the city, he went on to represent the most famous football club in the region, Osasuna.
He played for Osasuna B at the start of his career, before making his debut for CA Osasuna on the 24th October against Barcelona. The midfielder went on to play 68 games for the Basques, scoring nine goals.
Osasuna enjoyed their best spell in recent years with coach Javier Aguirre, reaching the Champions League spots in 2006. Atlético poached the Mexican manager in the summer of 2006, and the 47 year old left for Atlético.
The following summer, after recognising his undoubted potential, Aguirre brought Raúl García along to Madrid for a reunion, costing in the region of €13m.
In his first two seasons in Madrid, Raúl García secured a starting spot, playing 35 and 36 games respectively, in which he scored six goals, mostly long rangers. During the 2009/2010 season García lost his place in the side to Tiago Mendes, who was signed in January 2010 on loan from Juventus. Despite this, however, Raúl still managed to play 30 league games that season.
Tiago was cup-tied for the Europa League campaign, which meant that Raúl García was given a chance to shine in Europe for Atlético, despite being second choice in the eyes of Quique Sánchez Flores.
Atlético went on to win the Europa League in 2010, with Raúl García starting in the final on 12 May against Fulham (2-1). A week later García came on as a substitute in the lost Copa del Rey final against Sevilla.
In the following season Raúl played second fiddle to Tiago, but still made 29 league appearances. With only one year remaining on his contract Atlético were looking to sell García in the summer of 2011 to recoup part of the investment made in 2007. The midfielder himself had set his sights on a return to Osasuna, but the Pamplonans were only willing to loan their youth product. Atlético and Raúl García agreed to extend the player’s contract, before he joined Los Rojillos on a season long loan.
Raúl García has frequently been selected for Spanish youth teams, but has failed to win any silverware with Spain U19 and U21.