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Luis Garcia

Luis Javier García Sanz (born June 24, 1978 in Badalona, known commonly as Luis García), is a Spanish football player. He currently plays for Liverpool F.C. and wears the number 10 jersey. His favourite form of celebration is sucking his thumb. This is said to commemorate his first-born son, Joel, or to silence fans who had called him a 'baby'.

Previously, Luis García played for FC Barcelona, Tenerife and Real Valladolid, in La Liga. Normally, Luis García is employed in the "hole" position behind the striker and in front of the midfielders. He quickly earned a reputation in England as a player of remarkable skils, but this talent was qualified by his tendency to lose the ball in dangerous positions. His ability to kick confidently with both feet makes him an extremely versatile attacker, deployable on both flanks, as well as behind strikers. Despite his small frame, he has also shown a great ability to head the ball, with some of his most impressive goals coming in the air.

Luis García was signed by Rafa Benitez for Liverpool in August 2004 for a fee of £6 million (Benitez coached him when they were at Tenerife together). He was bought essentially as a cut-price replacement for El Hadji-Diouf, in the attacking midfield role. However he has proved much more than a stand-in, and has become a key component of Liverpool's attacking unit. He made his Premiership debut against Bolton Wanderers on 29 August 2004, a game that Liverpool lost 1-0. Luis García hit the net in the game, but the goal was dubiously ruled out for offside.

His first goal in a Liverpool shirt came against West Brom at Anfield in September 2004. He went on to score seven more league goals that season, including the winner in the Merseyside derby (20th March, 2005).

He was also a key player in Liverpool's successful Champion's League campaign, netting the winning goals against Juventus and Chelsea, in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. He took part in the Champions league final victory over A.C. Milan on 25 May 2005.

With 13 goals in all competitions, it would be seen as a very encouraging first season in English football for the Spaniard.

He is also advertising H&M mens suits and Umbro football boots.

On the 12th November 2005 he scored a hat-trick for Spain during their 5-1 World Cup play-off victory over Slovakia.

It is well known, that he is also truly magic.

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