Former Barcelona midfielder and Juvenil A coach, Oscar Garcia was introduced to the media as the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv football club. The 39-year-old Garcia has signed a two-year contract with the Israeli side after resigning as coach of Barcelona’s youth team. This will be Garcia’s first stint with a senior team and he addressed the press gathered at the club’s training complex at Kiryat Shalom with the help of a translator. “I had better financial offers, but I preferred to come here because of the challenge,” Garcia said. “I had the opportunity to become the Barcelona B coach in two years time, but I wanted to come here as I feel ready to be the Maccabi coach. I will certainly try to make Maccabi the Barcelona of Israel.”
Eusebio Sacristán will continue as Barça B manager for another season. The sports management headed by Andoni Zubizarreta announced Monday its intention to extend his contract for another year. It will be his second year in charge of the reserves, after taking over in the summer of 2011 for Luis Enrique, who joined Roma.
Three to nil was the result that FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed to get against CIDE Mallorca in a game that took place in the Mini Estadi – Barça B’s stadium – who will start hosting Juvenil A games as well. The duel that Oscar Garcia’s young men fought and took control of from the beginning was very intense, with all of that caused by the strict defensive strategy adopted by Mallorcan side CIDE.
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol (can you spot the real one?) put up a picture of himself with Jordi Rios (who plays Puyol, Cruyff and Sergio Ramos, amongst others) and Oscar Garcia (who portrays Gerard Pique and Xavi), 2 of the chief actors of the popular show Crackovia on his official twitter.
His tweet reads: “Con Geri y Jordi Rios (me hermano) moc moc” which translates to: “With Geri and Jordi Rios (my brother) moc moc”
With the new season rapidly approaching, FC Barcelona has completed their coaching line-up for the various youth football teams for next year. The biggest changes have come for the B team, with the appointment of new head coach, Eusebio Sacristán. The majority of the other youth teams, including Oscar García’s treble winning Juvenil A side, will keep the same coaches as the previous season.
Óscar García, currently in charge of the FC Barcelona Juvenil A team, has just finished his first year at the club as a coach after having been a player for the club for 14 years. His debut on the benches of the Barcelona Juvenil A side, similar to what happened to Pep Guardiola in his first year in charge of the first team, couldn’t have been better: he managed to win it all.
The coach’s Juvenil A squad were this season crowned as champion of the ‘triplete’ for only the second time in the club’s history. Despite this achievement, García doesn’t know if he’ll continue next year at the club. Logically he will. The club wants to renew him and he has no intention of leaving. FC Barcelona wants to directly start the talks for renewal, only two days after a memorable year.
Here is an interview published today by Catalan sports daily Sport: