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Sports => Football => Topic started by: Sam on September 17, 2014, 03:34:41 PM

Title: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on September 17, 2014, 03:34:41 PM
Yea, ah picking him to be de next big thing to come through T&T.

Saw him since his days with Siparia Spurs, Shiva Boys and T&TEC.

Like de young man game.

Big Mac pick Kadeem Corbin, I going for Levi (501).

This youth should be drafted into de T&T senior team immediately, maybe Kadeem Corbin and Shannon "Rough Neck" Gomez to.

Kevon Goddard nice to.

This under 20 team have some talent.

Aikim Andrews and Neveal Hackshaw eh bad too.

Andre Fortune eh shine this year to much, I hardly hear anything from him, he eh making de last two games line up, unless he injured? Matthew Woo Ling too.

Johan Welch is a die hard keeper, wish he could play a lil basket ball though, could do with some height, but ah like de youth fight and determination. He have some work to do, but in time hopefully.

Ah hope Central FC spend some time and develop they 3 players on this squad, Dillon, Garcia and Javon Sample, lord knows we need some good keepers.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 17, 2014, 04:54:51 PM
waiting to see him against tougher opposition before I go ahead with 'the next big star' type of talk
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Football supporter on September 17, 2014, 06:50:55 PM
Yea, ah picking him to be de next big thing to come through T&T.

Saw him since his days with Siparia Spurs, Shiva Boys and T&TEC.

Like de young man game.

Big Mac pick Kadeem Corbin, I going for Levi (501).

This youth should be drafted into de T&T senior team immediately, maybe Kadeem Corbin and Shannon "Rough Neck" Gomez to.

Kevon Goddard nice to.

This under 20 team have some talent.

Aikim Andrews and Neveal Hackshaw eh bad too.

Andre Fortune eh shine this year to much, I hardly hear anything from him, he eh making de last two games line up, unless he injured? Matthew Woo Ling too.

Johan Welch is a die hard keeper, wish he could play a lil basket ball though, could do with some height, but ah like de youth fight and determination. He have some work to do, but in time hopefully.

Ah hope Central FC spend some time and develop they 3 players on this squad, Dillon, Garcia and Javon Sample, lord knows we need some good keepers.



Actually, it's 4 players - Goddard is ours too.

Dillon has been around our first team for two years now and is maturing nicely. Goddard has played several games for Central over the last two years, as has Sample, who played several F.A.Trophy games for us. In my opinion, he is better than Welch (but then, I would say that!)
Levi is a very good prospect and he has the support of his parents, which is essential for such a talent at such a young age.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 18, 2014, 02:12:41 AM
Garcia has big football dreams.
By Shaun Fuentes (TTFA)


He wears the number 11 shirt for the T&T men’s Under-20 team and perhaps he’s caught your attention in his recent appearances for this country at the Caribbean U-20 Championship.

To many, Levi Garcia looks an extremely bright prospect for the future. The 16 year old Central FC midfielder scored in T&T’s 1-1 draw with Guadeloupe at the Dwight Yorke Stadium two weeks ago and scouts from Europe are already keeping their eyes on the player during the current Caribbean Finals.

Garcia has the attributes of a ace attacking midfielder in the making—good vision and composure, strong on the ball and good passer, good use of both feet with a proper shot on goal. At this stage of his game, with the right exposure and development, he will only get better. He’s played in two of T&T’s Caribbean qualifying matches so far, linking up well with the likes of teammates Kadeem Corbin, Aikim Andrews, Akeem Garcia and Jabari Mitchell.

Garcia comes from a family of three brothers and two sisters and credits his 26 year old brother Daniel for pushing him to success.

“I have to credit Daniel. He’s always there for me. If I have to go training or to a game he will get the taxi or rent a car for me to get there. He pushes me all the time to do better,” Garcia says.

But it’s not just Daniel that keeps Levi going. When asked what inspires him daily to keep playing the game and stay driven, his immediate response was “Jesus first and everything else after.”

Levi’s favourite players are Brazilian star Neymar and local midfielder Ataulla Guerra and he follows Barcelona.

“I like Barcelona because of how they pass the ball. I like to look at how their players run off the ball, the crosses, their style and their work rate. That’s how I like to see football played,” he said.

Levi hails from Santa Flora and is a past member of Siparia Spurs, T&TEC and is also a student of Shiva Boys College. He has a goal set before him which is to end up at Barcelona some day.

“It’s important for my family that I keep playing the game and make something good of myself. I want to be successful and I want to keep playing. I see myself at Barcelona or another top club out there in five years time,” the versatile number 11 said.

“Qualifying for a World Cup is one of my other dreams either at U-20 or the senior level. We came close in 2013 with the U-17s but now it would be great if we can go a step more.”

Garcia and the T&T team will play in the Caribbean U-20 Final tomorrow from 7.30 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain before entering the Concacaf Final Round of World Cup qualifiers in Montego Bay in January. They are attempting to qualify for next year’s Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Debbie on September 18, 2014, 06:17:53 AM
Just returned from Trinidad and went to see the game against Curacao.

And I am not saying this because he is my cousin, but Levi will make T&T win back crowds.

He is a crowd pleaser, he is talented and composed and fast and strong, jeez, he's everything a football should have.

And he were the best on the field and the youngest.

He plays very mature for a kid.

He makes me proud. I still can't believe he has gotten so big, saw him about 4 years ago.

I hope he makes the T&T senior team, Yorke did it at 16, time to give Levi a chance.

He will be hoping to go to Europe soon, I think in January 2015, I did not discuss it with him as he was busy, a scouts from Spain and Holland were there in the crowds. I also met one from the MLS.

Will keep you guys posted.

His older brother Nathaniel is also very good to.

Thanks for the love guys.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on September 18, 2014, 04:46:31 PM
 :beermug: great lil insight...keep doing yoir thing young man!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando on September 18, 2014, 06:01:28 PM
Didn't realize that he could play for 3 teams.

U17, U20 & Senior Teams.

 :D

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 27, 2014, 01:28:54 PM
“It’s important for my family that I keep playing the game and make something good of myself. I want to be successful and I want to keep playing. I see myself at Barcelona or another top club out there in five years time,” the versatile number 11 said.

Well you better get out of SSFL. Pro League season has started.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on September 28, 2014, 01:49:57 AM
“It’s important for my family that I keep playing the game and make something good of myself. I want to be successful and I want to keep playing. I see myself at Barcelona or another top club out there in five years time,” the versatile number 11 said.

Well you better get out of SSFL. Pro League season has started.

 :beermug: :beermug:  Talk is cheap - his actions suggest more ego-bumping in the school leagues is what he wants.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ZANDOLIE on September 28, 2014, 12:17:40 PM
“It’s important for my family that I keep playing the game and make something good of myself. I want to be successful and I want to keep playing. I see myself at Barcelona or another top club out there in five years time,” the versatile number 11 said.

Well you better get out of SSFL. Pro League season has started.

Lol.

These players young and have passion for the game. But they are making foolish decisions that loose them opportunity and cement bad habits/reputations. Fortunately there is still time to for them to come correct. If my memory serves me well, in 2008 Kevin Molino got dropped from the U-20 team because he opted to skip national training to captain Mucurapo to the intercol championship.

Its not 1973 anymore. Time to belly up and create conditions to make the PL a more desirable alternative for developing players.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 28, 2014, 12:28:02 PM
I can't really measure him as a player until he has played against top level or quality opposition at club or International level. The Caribbean Oppposition he faced at the Caribbean Cup is not enough
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Football supporter on September 28, 2014, 02:03:39 PM
It's worth remembering that these are young boys. They are being advised and encouraged by school coaches who may have known them for years, teachers, agents and other schoolkids, maybe even girlfriends.

It must be difficult for them and their parents to determine who is being honest and who has their best interests at heart.

Which is why a debate such as this and the one going on now on wired 868 is helpful.
Title: Dexter Francis & Judit Garcia - Levi Garcia
Post by: amwood on October 06, 2014, 12:38:28 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL5dsUXV_M8
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Errol on November 15, 2014, 11:14:23 AM
Whats the latest?

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 18, 2014, 12:10:28 PM
Really nice to see the great, Mr reliable, solid as a rock strike squad stalwart Dexter Francis again.
Great to see him mentoring and having an impact on the young players who have promise.
I salute you Sir. Really mean it.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 21, 2014, 11:46:38 AM
Levi Garcia’s scouting profile
http://www.scoutedfootball.com/midfieldersblog/levi-garcia
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on December 06, 2014, 07:57:34 PM
He has signed for a club in Holland, news to be release soon.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on December 07, 2014, 06:49:26 AM
He has signed for a club in Holland, news to be release soon.



IS bacchanal time
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on December 07, 2014, 09:36:07 AM
He has signed for a club in Holland, news to be release soon.



IS bacchanal time

Well so I heard, off course the info may not be true.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 18, 2014, 04:34:15 PM
Update?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on December 20, 2014, 02:49:49 PM
i guess he is still in holland or belgium
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on December 20, 2014, 02:53:06 PM
He's in Trini with the u20...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on December 31, 2014, 01:49:46 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/Tit2K7mt2ME
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on December 31, 2014, 01:50:30 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/lgYTsLyHnUg
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on December 31, 2014, 08:26:04 PM
De people who make this video should get jail.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: diamondtrim on January 01, 2015, 03:15:55 AM
Really?

3 mins into d video and I aint see nuttin dat tells me dis guy special.....what is d purpose of d video?

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 01, 2015, 01:29:07 PM
Well, the shots in The Skinner Park portion is certainly of poor quality. It is very difficult to make out the players. I think he is  very good player who can became very special if he is developed right. The verdict is still out on him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on January 01, 2015, 01:32:21 PM
Isn't that HS though?

I want to see what he does in the upcoming tournament.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: royal on January 21, 2015, 11:01:02 AM
Twitter News
BeNeFoot ‏@BeNeFoot 
Levi Garcia, a 17 year old forward from Trinidad & Tobago, will sign for AZ in November, when he turns 18. (Voetbal International)

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 21, 2015, 11:13:45 AM
Here we go again!!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Banter Banton on January 22, 2015, 06:48:09 PM
Interested to hear :

- Is he still under contract with Central FC, If yes, will they receive a transfer fee or Compensation Fee?

- If he is with Central F.C will he join their roster till the end of the season ? Or will they loan him to another local club. I really hope nobody freezes the kid out and he can play football and not be inactive till November when he turns 18.

-If he is a free agent I really hope Sosa will get him a 6 month deal with a club here. Be it Super League with his hometown team.

- Will he join AZ in the summer for Pre Season? Those June/July introductory months will help him to settle in Holland and also get to grips with the methods of the coach etc.


If anyone can answer those questions it would be appreciated.

I really like this kid, he is a very polite driven young man. I am shocked he did not feature more in Jamaica.

Would like to see him and a few others from the U20 drafted into the Senior Team to train and learn from the Senior Pro's and possibly feature in some international matches.

Levi and Corbin should be in and around that squad... I was impressed with Muckette and Hackshaw... Shannon Gomez is a winner and a good right back option.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on February 21, 2015, 02:55:47 AM
Garcia, 17, to play in Eredivisie.
T&T Newsday Reports.


Seventeen-year-old Shiva Boys’ Hindu College standout, Levi Garcia, has signed a pre-contract deal with Netherlands Premier Division Club, AZ Alkmaar.

At his official unveiling into the highly competitive Eredivise yesterday, Garcia was displayed by team technical director, Earnie Stewart, who assisted in the youngster penning a three-year deal with an option for a two-year extension. However, the young man will be unable to kick-start his professional career on the European stage until November 20, when he turns 18 years of age.

Speaking after his introduction yesterday, the ex-Central FC player hoped to be an inspiration to other young footballers in Trinidad and Tobago.

“I’m delighted to have signed my first overseas professional contract. It has not been an easy journey but I worked hard and I continued to believe. I want to thank everyone who supported me in Trinidad and Tobago, my family, my friends and my teammates and past coaches. I want to also thank my agent Humphrey Nijman and Dion Sosa for all their efforts and support,” Garcia said.

Former US international Stewart commented on Garcia, saying, “He has great speed, a good understanding and a powerful shot in his left foot. We see him mainly a promise for the future.”

Moving from Central FC to AZ was not a smooth deal, with TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips contacting the parties involved and recommending mediation. Garicia’s representatives met with an attorney and came to an agreement which allowed Levi to depart from Central FC.

Presently, AZ Alkmaar sit in fourth position on the Eredivise 2014/ 2015 League Standings. They currently trail league leaders PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Feyoonard respectively. Once they maintain a position within the top four finishers at the end of the season, Garcia may be able to experience UEFA Champions League football for his debut season.

The young man has already represented top-flight local team T&TEC, played two years of Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), represented the red, white and black in Under-17 and Under-20 duty and was later signed to Central FC.

Garcia alongside St Ann’s Rangers player Kadeem Corbin visited the Dutch club last year to undergo trials but is the lone representative selected thus far.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on February 21, 2015, 03:05:46 AM
i hope levi  is keeping match fit though
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 21, 2015, 06:58:01 AM
Well done, Yute! God Luck. Blessing from the Almighty, Jah! Congrats to Sanch, FS and Sheldon(if what I read is true). Good move.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 21, 2015, 05:16:54 PM
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Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on February 23, 2015, 10:06:43 AM
Big up!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dreamer on February 23, 2015, 11:32:57 AM
Nice going Levi. Keep yuh head on.
I Remember when this same Earnie Stewart used to give the socawarriors presshah with his speed dong the wing playing for USA.
He knows the Trini potential well.
Title: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: amwood on March 27, 2015, 10:54:48 AM
A little glimpse of some of the work we are doing with him, 1 hour and 15 mins of high intensity work with heavy repetition ...the folks in Holland have made very specific demands of what they want him doing prior to arriving at AZ. Some of our youngsters also want to get better so they come out before their training begins...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbkuDAaeZWU
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: hg495 on March 27, 2015, 11:34:30 AM
wonderful work
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: Sam on March 28, 2015, 09:30:48 AM
That is high intensity?

 :rotfl: :rotfl:


Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: coache on March 28, 2015, 03:01:53 PM
Anthony I like the work .. I believe this is the type of work the players need a lot of.

I love to use ladders , hurdles and a jump rope. I like to push them harder for very short periods of time to allow a short recovery then push them again just before the  breathing rate slows to normal.

But all in all ..very good stuff.. The idea behind this type of training is to allow the player to think quickly, act quickly yet maintain composure in the execution ..

Back in the day guys like Sherwood and Ivan Sampson had these qualities naturally ...nowadays we have to drill it into these kids.. So we have to know what we doing and why. They should also have their fluids on hand for immediate replenishment .
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: amwood on March 28, 2015, 03:30:08 PM
That is high intensity?

 :rotfl: :rotfl:



That is high intensity?



 :rotfl: :rotfl:




Haha...that was just a part of the warm up Sam :-)
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: Bakes on March 28, 2015, 05:00:43 PM
Anthony I like the work .. I believe this is the type of work the players need a lot of.

I love to use ladders , hurdles and a jump rope. I like to push them harder for very short periods of time to allow a short recovery then push them again just before the  breathing rate slows to normal.

But all in all ..very good stuff.. The idea behind this type of training is to allow the player to think quickly, act quickly yet maintain composure in the execution ..

Back in the day guys like Sherwood and Ivan Sampson had these qualities naturally ...nowadays we have to drill it into these kids.. So we have to know what we doing and why. They should also have their fluids on hand for immediate replenishment .


Even so, Levi was the only one who showed any kind of burst or explosion into and out of the moves.  That's not a good reflection on the other players, but it's good that Levi is still working hard and not acting as though he has arrived.  Hopefully with feedback and constructive criticism the other players (in fairness, one was a goalie?) will see where their efforts fell a bit short and pick things up.
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: amwood on March 28, 2015, 06:31:58 PM
Bakes, great observation - one of the reasons we video quite a bit is for this very reason, the youngsters in their own minds may feel like they're working hard but once footage is reviewed -  they can actually see where the short falls exist. Levi has a tremendous attitude when it comes to his "work", he's hungry and I believe he will succeed in Holland.
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: Bakes on March 28, 2015, 06:53:29 PM
Bakes, great observation - one of the reasons we video quite a bit is for this very reason, the youngsters in their own minds may feel like they're working hard but once footage is reviewed -  they can actually see where the short falls exist. Levi has a tremendous attitude when it comes to his "work", he's hungry and I believe he will succeed in Holland.

That's great to hear about Levi... and I know from personal experience (albeit in another activity), the benefits of seeing for yourself what the camera objectively sees.  But I know these youths are in good hands so hopefully they'll be receptive to instruction and capable enough to incorporate the changes.
Title: Re: Levi prepares to head out to Holland - a little glimpse...
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2015, 04:32:56 AM

That is high intensity?

 :rotfl: :rotfl:

Haha...that was just a part of the warm up Sam :-)

Treat us to more. Bring a snippet of the main course.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on April 02, 2015, 08:56:23 PM
Glimpse into training day 2....continuing to try to build speed of play...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uHTubWL1bU
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Bakes on April 02, 2015, 09:08:31 PM
Looking good.  It doesn't say too much by itself, but Levi looks a man amongst boys... to my untrained eye he seemed to handle the fatigue well without his technique suffering.  The sequence where small man in the blue was shadowing him, was he supposed to try and intercept the pass?  Just trying to get an understanding on what skills (other than first-touch and return passing) the drill was supposed to be honing.  Would seem to be of added benefit if Levi was trying to hold off the defender to receive the pass.

Bubbles lapsin' man  ;D
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on April 02, 2015, 09:31:13 PM
Levi is an athlete! At 17 he's really strong and very explosive...small man in blue will be amazing - at 10 years of age he's playing with 14,15 year old players already, it's big for him to have the opportunity to see Levi work, he was just asked to apply "token pressure." Young man in the black is exceptionally talented, will be going up to NC this summer to showcase himself with UNC Chapel Hill...we did some benchmark testing towards the end so we have a good sense of where Levi is now and will see where he is one week before he leaves...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Bakes on April 02, 2015, 10:11:46 PM
Levi is an athlete! At 17 he's really strong and very explosive...small man in blue will be amazing - at 10 years of age he's playing with 14,15 year old players already, it's big for him to have the opportunity to see Levi work, he was just asked to apply "token pressure." Young man in the black is exceptionally talented, will be going up to NC this summer to showcase himself with UNC Chapel Hill...we did some benchmark testing towards the end so we have a good sense of where Levi is now and will see where he is one week before he leaves...

Okay, thanks for the clarification on the kid in blue...good stuff! I did note youthman in the black technique as well.  Meant to state earlier what a tremendous blessing it is to these young men to have Levi around as an inspiration.  His qualities as an athlete and mentor aside, just the knowledge that he was 'found' and able to sign a pro contract let's them know that there's a world of possibilities out there.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on April 10, 2015, 12:13:08 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFQyA9pKETg
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on April 10, 2015, 03:22:58 PM
Them 10 year and 11 year old players look like the real deal, trust me, them fellas going places.

Good job by Sherwood.

You should try and get a team in the Pro League.

 ;D

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on April 11, 2015, 08:06:56 AM
Love them youths.

Good job.

Glad to see ah indian they.

Title: One vs One (The Ultimate Challenge feat. Levi Garcia)
Post by: amwood on April 25, 2015, 11:23:13 AM
Not the most fundamentally sound defending at times, but one or two creative moments...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr9vANpvRLA
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on April 25, 2015, 01:58:24 PM
Love them youths.

Good job.

Glad to see ah indian they.



Really? Is this what we encouraging on this site now?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on April 25, 2015, 04:19:32 PM
Love them youths.

Good job.

Glad to see ah indian they.



Really? Is this what we encouraging on this site now?

doh see nutten wrong dey.....given d long perceived disinterest and stereotypical label of incompetence in d sport.......I tink is ah fair acknowledgement
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: rotatopoti3 on April 26, 2015, 03:39:38 AM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on April 26, 2015, 06:10:05 AM
Why do our EI brothers excel in cricket? Because that is their passion. When they start to show that same passion for all other sports, then you will see changes in the make up of the various national team.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: sub1 on April 26, 2015, 08:23:39 AM
Love them youths.

Good job.

Glad to see ah indian they.



Really? Is this what we encouraging on this site now?
I think we should encourage that. Literally we are without about 50%  or more of our population engaged in this particular sport. It could be stereotype! But this is not a racial thing it is a something that would be overcome by institutions like Amwood and other organized youth academies. I know he is not well liked, but look at what Alvin Corneal  did with his academy. At one time nearly 90 % of the T&T team was made up of former players from ALcons.
I would like to see academies like Amwood mushroom around the country, especially in places like Penal, chaguanas, Couva and other non-traditional football areas. I would also like to see these academies add cricket also so that we truly become the hub in the caribbean. I will be visiting Atwood when I go home and will also be donating financially to their future Some of us on this site should also consider this as well.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on April 26, 2015, 09:14:28 AM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.


can't back this.........players should learn the game in organized programs.....not just stuck in for the sake of diversity, dat talk bout dey goh learn is short sighted, our high school baller who supposedly good, have so many deficiencies dat being exposed at d regional level dese days and u want to add a racial quota

ALL should learn the game right to earn the right to play the game.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 26, 2015, 11:39:58 AM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 

So Indians are not black? What are they then?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: vb on April 26, 2015, 12:37:24 PM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 

So Indians are not black? What are they then?

That have to be one of the top five dumbest comments I ever see on this forum.
VB
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 26, 2015, 04:43:51 PM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 

So Indians are not black? What are they then?

That have to be one of the top five dumbest comments I ever see on this forum.
VB

How is it dumb?

So Indians are white?

I trying to find out. Maybe you smarter than me.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: vb on April 26, 2015, 05:54:04 PM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 

So Indians are not black? What are they then?

That have to be one of the top five dumbest comments I ever see on this forum.
VB

How is it dumb?

So Indians are white?

I trying to find out. Maybe you smarter than me.

Are Thais, Turks, Iranians and Iraqis black or white??

The only two colours you know are black and white??
Go to the nearest Kindergarten class, they will have a poster of colours for you to learn.

VB
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on April 26, 2015, 09:11:38 PM
nah vb
"I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years
."
so some fellas working dey tail off, more skilfull, more disciplined and playing better than everybody but 5 players in the whole school, club or community. Don't pick dem, cause we have enuff fellas from that race.. And that will IMPROVE our football..no wonder the "indian" , black, chinee or whatever kids don't want to bother to listen to allyuh, cause with this race and politics some so called parents real have dey head in ah mess..damn if they listen, damn if they don't..  ah doh know if to laugh or cry

and allyuh arguing who is what...allyuh cyah even determine allyuh self..
doh mind me eh..no argument from me bout this
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Big Magician on April 26, 2015, 09:53:06 PM
jess play de fitball
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: rotatopoti3 on April 27, 2015, 12:55:52 AM
We like to pride ourselves on how as a small country we achieve so much but I really have to differ here. 

Play yuh fitball- That’s a copout  breds.  That’s just going to continue to sweep the problem under the rug and offer no solutions and policies to move TNT football forward. 

You could argue that 2 foreign Caucasians lended a big hand into taking TNT to d World Cup and you also say a Chinese fella on this board was also instrumental in taking TNT to its first Youth World Cup in Portugal. 

Ok  now, let's narrow things down a bit here.  No need to gasp.  I feel  some aren't following my point.  I am NOT taking away from the notion that there are black players who deserve to be in the team.   There should be room for everyone.  If we continue down the cycle that we see the small mindedness is showing here.  Open your scope see the bigger picture.  This is NOT a Sat Maharaj post. This is asking for thinking from the outside the box approach.
Permit me to expand of where I am going with this minority discussion.

Emulating & feeling of connection

1 If you look at TNT football, over the past 25 years, who have been the footballers in TNT that black youth have had to look up to and tried to emulate.   Let's see Yorke, Latapy, Leonson Lewis, Stern John, Clint Marcelle , KJ amongst others?

How about the other groups  in TNT football? Do the other young youth have any one to see as someone they would want to emulate?  If an Indian child cannot see another Indian child making the national team, then it means that they don't have the same connection as a black youth would have of Yorke or Latapy.   (This is not to say as a black youth you would want to follow Yorke and Latapy behaviour outside the football pitch).

Public Funding & Corporate Funding
2 Why do we lack public and corporate funding?  Well part of the problem is our football business model.  Other minorities are not getting an opportunity, who football t-shirt you want people to buy?  How many other people coming out to see people that they have any respect or can feel they want to aspire to be?  Give Chinese people a reason to come out and see another Yao Ming. (Untapped Resource)   
Here’s another example, as a Trini, why do people like watching Dutch Football ?  Because its pretty, yes that’s one plausible reason but the other one is that people feel connected to Gullit, Rjkaard, Winter, Davids et al (All from we region and a mix of our culture). 

Impact of Affirmative Action within the system.
3 I would say proportional representation would add a new shake up of ethnicities and help to improve football  within all facets in the future.   If we were to look at Affirmative Action in regards to employment and in Colleges & Universities, there have been many positives to come out of these programs and improve cultural understanding, communication and foster new relationships. 

Another thing,  in relation to CEO Dexter Skeene.  Will he retire in that position? Is it ever contested? Probably he does the best job as a CEO to many.  Well I would like the see the Honourable Minister of Sport Brent Sancho have a word with him about setting up a status quo across the board about FAIR representation  .   
Football is a business.  If we aren't reading the demographics of our population and doing the correct metrics to evaluate why we continue to lack support, here's one of the main reasons why.  Look at the entire infrastructure and the fraternity.  Will we continue to go through the regurgitated cycle of mediocrity? 
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on April 27, 2015, 06:13:19 AM
Rotato, like I said before, this begins in the home. Do the parents of East Indians boys and girls encourage them to stay and play football beyond high school. Why is it that they do this for cricket and not football. Most parents steer them away from football or get a scholarship to play abroad. My good buddy who coaches high school in the East, told me that a couple years ago he had a player who was very good at both cricket and football. He said that the player was exceptional. kind of like Rundel Winchester type of player. But he was encouraged by his family to play cricket. My buddy could not overrule his parents.

I also guess you are implying that the primary and secondary schools are part of this discrimination process. Because the schools are part of the grass root programs for all sports.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Majestic on April 27, 2015, 07:57:53 AM
Eastern Africa Rift Valley, Olduvai Gorge...Solar System...Dark Energy, Dark Matter...98.6 HEATED Body...Dravidian...Be Aware.

So, when does Levi leave for Holland? Has he had any opportunities to play inna actual game since being signed?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 27, 2015, 09:18:57 AM
Chinese, Indians, Caucasians..................Blacks  ???


That's my last post on that don't want to derail the thread any further.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on April 27, 2015, 09:38:28 AM
Chinese, Indians, Caucasians..................Blacks  ???


That's my last post on that don't want to derail the thread any further.

We should put this argument on a separate Thread. This Thread belongs to Levi and his exploits!!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 27, 2015, 09:58:19 AM
We like to pride ourselves on how as a small country we achieve so much but I really have to differ here. 

Play yuh fitball- That’s a copout  breds.  That’s just going to continue to sweep the problem under the rug and offer no solutions and policies to move TNT football forward. 

You could argue that 2 foreign Caucasians lended a big hand into taking TNT to d World Cup and you also say a Chinese fella on this board was also instrumental in taking TNT to its first Youth World Cup in Portugal. 

Ok  now, let's narrow things down a bit here.  No need to gasp.  I feel  some aren't following my point.  I am NOT taking away from the notion that there are black players who deserve to be in the team.   There should be room for everyone.  If we continue down the cycle that we see the small mindedness is showing here.  Open your scope see the bigger picture.  This is NOT a Sat Maharaj post. This is asking for thinking from the outside the box approach.
Permit me to expand of where I am going with this minority discussion.

Emulating & feeling of connection

1 If you look at TNT football, over the past 25 years, who have been the footballers in TNT that black youth have had to look up to and tried to emulate.   Let's see Yorke, Latapy, Leonson Lewis, Stern John, Clint Marcelle , KJ amongst others?

How about the other groups  in TNT football? Do the other young youth have any one to see as someone they would want to emulate?  If an Indian child cannot see another Indian child making the national team, then it means that they don't have the same connection as a black youth would have of Yorke or Latapy.   (This is not to say as a black youth you would want to follow Yorke and Latapy behaviour outside the football pitch).

Public Funding & Corporate Funding
2 Why do we lack public and corporate funding?  Well part of the problem is our football business model.  Other minorities are not getting an opportunity, who football t-shirt you want people to buy?  How many other people coming out to see people that they have any respect or can feel they want to aspire to be?  Give Chinese people a reason to come out and see another Yao Ming. (Untapped Resource)   
Here’s another example, as a Trini, why do people like watching Dutch Football ?  Because its pretty, yes that’s one plausible reason but the other one is that people feel connected to Gullit, Rjkaard, Winter, Davids et al (All from we region and a mix of our culture). 

Impact of Affirmative Action within the system.
3 I would say proportional representation would add a new shake up of ethnicities and help to improve football  within all facets in the future.   If we were to look at Affirmative Action in regards to employment and in Colleges & Universities, there have been many positives to come out of these programs and improve cultural understanding, communication and foster new relationships. 

Another thing,  in relation to CEO Dexter Skeene.  Will he retire in that position? Is it ever contested? Probably he does the best job as a CEO to many.  Well I would like the see the Honourable Minister of Sport Brent Sancho have a word with him about setting up a status quo across the board about FAIR representation  .   
Football is a business.  If we aren't reading the demographics of our population and doing the correct metrics to evaluate why we continue to lack support, here's one of the main reasons why.  Look at the entire infrastructure and the fraternity.  Will we continue to go through the regurgitated cycle of mediocrity? 


The USA led the way on Tile IX and Affirmative Action.

In the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup the USWNT had 1 African-American player on the team.
Fast forward to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USWNT had 1 player of part African-American descent
In the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup the USA will feature a grand improved total of 2 players of part African-American descent.

That's Title IX and Affirmative action.

Can you automatically identify the African-Americans in this team?

(http://www.soccerwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/USWNT-WWC-roster-2015-556x300.jpg)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: rotatopoti3 on April 27, 2015, 10:37:16 AM
Elan as VB pointed out, you are only seeing 2 races Black and White.

What does the women's US team have to do with my discussion about the TNT model.  We are made up differently from them.

In any event I'm happy to hear that the US had 1 player that was partly of American American descent. If this your argument, how many TNT players presently make up of other descent than Afro Trinbagonian?

Now this is like comparing apples and oranges.

Back to my point.  I want to see equal representation.  All I am asking for is 3 players.  You can have the other 8.  How hard is that?

Anyway this is the system that many condone and accept it as the norm.

Deeks, there are exceptions to the rule and you will find individuals who prefer cricket or influenced by parents but you can't tell me that the overall general consensus. 

I cannot comment on discrimination at any level.  I don't have that right.  As an observer I am explaining what I would like to see.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on April 27, 2015, 10:52:03 AM
Mods could you please put this argument on a separate thread(where we can do all the arguing) and leave this open to Levi Garcia?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 27, 2015, 11:03:23 AM
Elan as VB pointed out, you are only seeing 2 races Black and White.

What does the women's US team have to do with my discussion about the TNT model.  We are made up differently from them.

In any event I'm happy to hear that the US had 1 player that was partly of American American descent. If this your argument, how many TNT players presently make up of other descent than Afro Trinbagonian?

Now this is like comparing apples and oranges.

Back to my point.  I want to see equal representation.  All I am asking for is 3 players.  You can have the other 8.  How hard is that?

Anyway this is the system that many condone and accept it as the norm.

Deeks, there are exceptions to the rule and you will find individuals who prefer cricket or influenced by parents but you can't tell me that the overall general consensus. 

I cannot comment on discrimination at any level.  I don't have that right.  As an observer I am explaining what I would like to see.

How am I the one seeing only Black and White when you're the one that introduce Black into the comments? I showed what my issue was when I stated I was not comment any longer. But as Deeks is calling (rightly so) for a separate thread I will engage you and VB.

again, Indian, Chinese....blacks  ???

You're not seeing where I'm going with that?


In regards to the US women's National Team.

Isn't this about football? Did you not reference affirmative action?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on April 27, 2015, 11:12:01 AM
Elan as VB pointed out, you are only seeing 2 races Black and White.

What does the women's US team have to do with my discussion about the TNT model.  We are made up differently from them.

In any event I'm happy to hear that the US had 1 player that was partly of American American descent. If this your argument, how many TNT players presently make up of other descent than Afro Trinbagonian?

Now this is like comparing apples and oranges.

Back to my point.  I want to see equal representation.  All I am asking for is 3 players.  You can have the other 8.  How hard is that?

Anyway this is the system that many condone and accept it as the norm.

Deeks, there are exceptions to the rule and you will find individuals who prefer cricket or influenced by parents but you can't tell me that the overall general consensus. 

I cannot comment on discrimination at any level.  I don't have that right.  As an observer I am explaining what I would like to see.

Who or what is "you"?

You are asking for representation. Should the request not be one of opportunity towards.......? So in order to advance football in T&T we should not be merit based, but equitable in the allocation of spots o the NT?

What about Track and Field? Or is the concern in regards to role models, intersectionality, and representation only applicable to football.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: socalion on April 27, 2015, 11:52:07 AM
Hold up hommies!!  wasn't this thread to be about Levi Garcia ?   In any event i simply don't believe  as it relates to national team football that any group of people are excluded / included from  selection to the national teams based on his or her ethnicity ..!!  do we really believe that ?   i certainly hope that we have not reach that low!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on April 27, 2015, 03:49:14 PM
i certainly hope that we have not reach that low!!

If we not there yet, we very close!!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on April 27, 2015, 04:42:33 PM
Sooooooooo

de yute get a contrack or not?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: weary1969 on April 27, 2015, 06:27:32 PM
Sooooooooo

de yute get a contrack or not?

ENT
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on April 27, 2015, 08:12:53 PM
Sooooooooo

de yute get a contrack or not?

ENT
y'all must have missed it
http://wired868.com/2015/02/20/going-dutch-az-unveils-tt-starlet-levi-garcia/
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on April 27, 2015, 09:15:48 PM
Well done Sam!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 28, 2015, 05:50:55 AM
Well done Sam!!

A master of the dark arts ...  :)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on April 28, 2015, 05:54:21 AM
... 

This is NOT a Sat Maharaj post.
...

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Yuh kill me wid dah one dey.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on April 28, 2015, 08:28:37 AM
Well done Sam!!

A master of the dark arts ...  :)

Wait, allyuh blaming me?

Expalin nah?

Title: Two more weeks to go
Post by: amwood on June 03, 2015, 09:53:10 PM
In some other football related news -  Levi Garcia is looking very strong, two weeks and he heads out to Holland for pre season...

http://youtu.be/oAqVz3zRRu8
Title: Re: Two more weeks to go
Post by: grimm01 on June 03, 2015, 10:05:17 PM
Anthony, is he doing a lot of weight training along with the skills work with you guys? How often is he working out overall?

I assume the club gave him a pretty detailed plan including physical exercise, technical skills and diet?
Title: Re: Two more weeks to go
Post by: amwood on June 03, 2015, 10:23:34 PM
Levi is training pretty much 6 times per week. His gym work is very light at this point with more emphasis on speed and agility...it's really about building extreme muscle conditioning with lots of touch on the ball as well. He has been going to the U23 sessions occasionally and he's also involved in other sessions in San Fernando. Rest and recover is also important at this point. His club was specific as to what they wanted him to focus on in preparation for his preseason - he leaves on the 14th. I wish him the best in Holland...
Title: Re: Two more weeks to go
Post by: asylumseeker on June 03, 2015, 10:53:01 PM
Do you share video progress/video reports with the club?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 29, 2015, 02:29:44 PM
Levi Garcia adapting to life at AZ Alkmaar
http://www.azfanpage.nl/elftal-technisch/levi-garcia-de-club-zorgt-goed-voor-me/

(http://www.azfanpage.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Levi-Garcia-810x538.jpg)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 29, 2015, 02:54:30 PM
nice news for levi... :beermug: holland is a great base for him to develop into a world class player...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on June 29, 2015, 03:00:15 PM
This article is a positive reflection on the Anthony Sherwood academy. The player says that the adjustment wasnt that bad and the coaches mentioned that he came to the club very fit. Obviously part of this is because Garcia is very talented but it looks like all those drills in the videos have definitely helped. Can't wait to see the first graduates from the academy.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 29, 2015, 03:01:31 PM
Glad to see ah indian they.

Sam, I would even go further than that.

I would like to see Affirmative action implemented into the College League, Pro League and the National Team.

I think each team should have at least 3 players of various minorities.  Even if they playing shit, they will improve.  It can't be worst than the past 20 years.

I do not buy into the argument that the current crop of black players making up most of these squads are the best for the team. There are players around I'm sure who don't get call or haven't been discovered in small leagues and that is a real pity.  I use to see some real ballers in Freeport and Rio Claro...

For far too other various minorities have not been given a fair shot in TNT football.  Why is it that the Dutch can have so many minorities from countries like Surinam and Nigeria.

At the grassroots level all players should all be encouraged.  We aren't tapping into this resource. 

Since Anthony Sherwood, how many people of Chinese origin play for TNT, how many Indian since Bobby Sookram, how many Caucasians since imported Birchall?

We need stronger and more open minded administrators and less favouritism.  I want to see other minority coaches be given a chance. 

So Indians are not black? What are they then?

That have to be one of the top five dumbest comments I ever see on this forum.
VB

How is it dumb?

So Indians are white?

I trying to find out. Maybe you smarter than me.

Are Thais, Turks, Iranians and Iraqis black or white??

The only two colours you know are black and white??
Go to the nearest Kindergarten class, they will have a poster of colours for you to learn.

VB

no need for affirmative action because you want to select the best players but better scouting and open mindedness is needed..

not every coach is like deeks friend... the question should be asked, why didn't the player who has talent like a rundell winchester encouraged??? why did his parents say cricket??

another question that needs to be brought up is, why wasn't a player like roopie allowed into the pro league, we had a big debate but we lost a potential midfielder who can add something to our national team in the future..

the coaches and mentality needs to change, narrow minded, or close minded thinking is associated with TT society and that is the reason expansion has not happened...

the admin and others have kept it this way... the suggestion of affirmative action is something i don't agree with but may work over the course of a 5 year time period, where other players are scouted, only the best of course, this will bring awareness to other players from other regions and also get rid of the stigma.. I wouldn't condone something like this happening for any extended period of time or permanently, maybe we can think of another way to combat this without resorting to affirmative action..

definitely a separate thread though..
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on June 29, 2015, 03:07:48 PM
This article is a positive reflection on the Anthony Sherwood academy. The player says that the adjustment wasnt that bad and the coaches mentioned that he came to the club very fit. Obviously part of this is because Garcia is very talented but it looks like all those drills in the videos have definitely helped. Can't wait to see the first graduates from the academy.
:applause:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on July 01, 2015, 04:11:59 PM
In the interest of clarity ... Is it that Levi is in Holland preparing at a club "officially" other than AZ but with AZ just gehhin an early start? The pivoting factor being when he turns 18?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on August 13, 2015, 02:17:33 AM
Garcia draws attention from Van Basten.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National Under-20 midfielder Levi Garcia has completed two months of intense preseason training with Dutch top flight club AZ Alkmaar.

Garcia, the outstanding midfielder from Shiva Boys College, who also played for Siparia Spurs, returned home on Monday and is expected to return to the club maybe a week before his 18th birthday on November 20. Only then can the player make his professional debut for the AZ first team for which he has signed a three-year-contract. Garcia has however already trained with the first team and played in preseason training matches.

The highlight however for the 17-year-old has been training under former Holland legend Marco Van Basten who had been the head coach for the club earlier this year before stepping away for health reasons. Van Basten returned to the set up recently and was significantly involved in sessions with Garcia. The former AC Milan star however left the club again after being hired as one of the assistant managers of the Dutch national team.

“One of the real highlights for me apart from all the activities of preseason was being able to work with Marco Van Basten. He paid a lot of attention to me during training. We spoke a lot. At every session he would come over and give me advice. He showed me a lot of things. That was special for me,” Garcia said.

Van Basten was also quoted in the Dutch Press as describing Garcia an “exceptional 17-year-old talent with a lot of ability”.

“The first few weeks was amazing. It was a bit tough at first because of the change in conditions and adapting to the speed of the game. But I settled in. I got a few goals in the practice games. They’ve welcomed me quite nicely at the club and I’m comfortable,” Garcia said.

“I played all the first team practice games but then they had to go off to the Europa Cup so I stayed back and trained with the Reserves but then I was back with the first team again.”

The player has put on a lot of muscle over the past couple months which he says was listed as a priority by the club.

“They were serious about physical development. I was in the gym before every training session on the field. And they were not very strict on diet but they made sure I was eating all the right things and following a programme,” he said.

Garcia also spoke about Leo Beenhakker and following the Soca Warriors during the Gold Cup.

“One of the first things I wanted to do when I got there was to meet Leo Beenhakker. But because of the training schedule I wasn’t able to. The club said they will definitely arrange for me to meet him when I return in November. And the national team for me was amazing at the Gold Cup. I was following the Gold Cup out there and the team did better than I expected. I was really excited. I really have my hopes on making the team at some point once I can settle in at the club and start playing in the League,” Garcia said.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on August 13, 2015, 05:44:36 AM
The player has put on a lot of muscle over the past couple months which he says was listed as a priority by the club.

“They were serious about physical development. I was in the gym before every training session on the field. And they were not very strict on diet but they made sure I was eating all the right things and following a programme,” he said.


Local players, take heed!!!!
Title: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: grimm01 on August 13, 2015, 06:19:37 AM
Why is he back in TT til November? If he's part of the club and there's a problem with his age, wouldn't they play him in the reserves or with a youth team to keep up his fitness? Maybe I missed something but the article makes it sound like he did preseason and now is off til his birthday. Doesn't make any sense.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on August 13, 2015, 06:29:10 AM
August, September, October, November ... dahis a long time to be gone.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on August 13, 2015, 07:20:00 AM
Well he will be on the MNT for the upcoming games. let's look on the bright side.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on August 13, 2015, 07:44:53 AM
Van basten is a big endorsement....

Very happy for Levi.... I look forward to seeing him in the friendlies for the national team...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on August 13, 2015, 09:31:31 AM
November is a far way, he will get unfit again.

Its important Hart keep this player close and interested.

He fit and should get a call up for next month games, even training.

But call him Hartie, and leggo a cap on him.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on August 13, 2015, 09:44:58 AM
Hopefully he could continue training with Sherwood when not with the Senior squad
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mose on August 13, 2015, 09:55:30 AM
Hopefully he could continue training with Sherwood when not with the Senior squad

Probably but that would only help maintain his base fitness level. The game fitness and sharpness that he's gained by training with the first team is likely to be lost. I think grimm and 'seeker on to something and we don't have the full/proper story.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on August 13, 2015, 10:18:50 AM
Why is he back in TT til November? If he's part of the club and there's a problem with his age, wouldn't they play him in the reserves or with a youth team to keep up his fitness? Maybe I missed something but the article makes it sound like he did preseason and now is off til his birthday. Doesn't make any sense.

No offence to Fuentes but he's not the best reporter in terms of details..

I think I will ask Lasana if he could do an interview with Levi to get the real scoop as to why he is out for several months.. That way we will get a in depth report on what happened and why the long lay off..
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Football supporter on August 13, 2015, 11:35:18 AM
Why is he back in TT til November? If he's part of the club and there's a problem with his age, wouldn't they play him in the reserves or with a youth team to keep up his fitness? Maybe I missed something but the article makes it sound like he did preseason and now is off til his birthday. Doesn't make any sense.

No offence to Fuentes but he's not the best reporter in terms of details..

I think I will ask Lasana if he could do an interview with Levi to get the real scoop as to why he is out for several months.. That way we will get a in depth report on what happened and why the long lay off..

I wonder if it was a visa issue? Maybe he could only get a visitors visa for 4 or 8 weeks? When he goes back I guess he would have a work permit (although I did think that EU countries had similar work permit requirements as UK-just no so harsh)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on August 13, 2015, 02:33:56 PM
isnt there a member with the handle (amwood) who promotes this player and post clips of his training sessions, so why not wait on him and he more than anyone would be best suited to give full details on all the whys and wherefores?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 07, 2015, 06:29:57 AM
In the meantime, Levi running out for Marabella Family Crisis Centre.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 07, 2015, 06:30:55 AM
In the meantime, Levi running out for Marabella Family Crisis Centre.



Is there a crisis?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FireBrand on September 07, 2015, 06:42:59 AM
In the meantime, Levi running out for Marabella Family Crisis Centre.



Hmm something seems amiss... Wish someone can give us the real story behind Levi's current status with AZ Alkmaar.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on September 07, 2015, 07:01:15 AM
He can't move until he's 18 - FIFA rules governing the transfer of youngsters
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 07, 2015, 07:30:28 AM
He can't move until he's 18 - FIFA rules governing the transfer of youngsters

This isn't lost on anyone.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on September 07, 2015, 07:41:34 AM
Levi will return to Holland to begin his career with AZ in November (when he turns 18)...from what I hear he had a great showing with them in preseason. He's back home doing everything possible to maintain his fitness. Would have been great for him to stay on in Holland, but he is unable to do so until he is granted his work visa...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 07, 2015, 07:42:32 AM
In the meantime, Levi running out for Marabella Family Crisis Centre.



Hmm something seems amiss... Which someone can give us the real story behind Levi's current status with AZ Alkmaar.

I am ASSUMING, the Super League is not Pro, therefore, it might be allowed he can suit for a SL team without it affecting his contract??

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Fyzo10 on September 07, 2015, 12:59:47 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: hg495 on September 08, 2015, 12:21:51 PM
http://www.transfermarkt.com/levi-garcia/profil/spieler/354587
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on September 08, 2015, 12:58:27 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.

Shouldn't he at least be playing regular football at a decent level in the past year or so?

Why would he get preference over players who have been playing Pro League or professionally abroad?  Especially when the national team coach has said players need to be playing regular football for their clubs to be in contention for selection?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 01:10:42 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.

Shouldn't he at least be playing regular football at a decent level in the past year or so?

Why would he get preference over players who have been playing Pro League or professionally abroad?  Especially when the national team coach has said players need to be playing regular football for their clubs to be in contention for selection?

Bingo.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on September 08, 2015, 03:16:38 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.

Shouldn't he at least be playing regular football at a decent level in the past year or so?

Why would he get preference over players who have been playing Pro League or professionally abroad?  Especially when the national team coach has said players need to be playing regular football for their clubs to be in contention for selection?

Palas !!!

Yuh not getting de point.

A player of this quality, who have a higher level of the people his age, like Yorke and Latapy should be giving experience.

Nobody eh saying de man should just get pick.

It would be nice to see him call up like Neveal Hackshaw and Kadeem Corbin to train with the senior team.

Just training alone will make him open his eyes a little to high international football.

We need to groom them early.

Yorke, Gally and Marcelle made their debut for T&T at 16 and 15.

Come nah, see de big picture nah.

So yes, give Levi priority over de locals, this way when he get call up later is his age it would be a shock for them.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Fyzo10 on September 08, 2015, 10:54:42 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.

Shouldn't he at least be playing regular football at a decent level in the past year or so?

Why would he get preference over players who have been playing Pro League or professionally abroad?  Especially when the national team coach has said players need to be playing regular football for their clubs to be in contention for selection?

true true well let we see how he do after november nah. by next world cup he go be like what, 20? if he prove himself at AZ we shouldnt hesitate to put him in di squad cos we got room
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: vb on September 08, 2015, 11:19:08 PM
How come he ah geh call up yet?

Its best they call him now cos more caps and experience is better.

Shouldn't he at least be playing regular football at a decent level in the past year or so?

Why would he get preference over players who have been playing Pro League or professionally abroad?  Especially when the national team coach has said players need to be playing regular football for their clubs to be in contention for selection?

Palas !!!

Yuh not getting de point.

A player of this quality, who have a higher level of the people his age, like Yorke and Latapy should be giving experience.

Nobody eh saying de man should just get pick.

It would be nice to see him call up like Neveal Hackshaw and Kadeem Corbin to train with the senior team.

Just training alone will make him open his eyes a little to high international football
.

We need to groom them early.

Yorke, Gally and Marcelle made their debut for T&T at 16 and 15.

Come nah, see de big picture nah.

So yes, give Levi priority over de locals, this way when he get call up later is his age it would be a shock for them.



I thought only I see dat.

A first div club in Holland want TT teenager, let him train, inspire him, blood him in trials. Maybe he will play maybe not but SH of all ppl knows that talented yutes need to be groomed and blooded.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on September 09, 2015, 06:22:35 AM
You guys made valid points, but I feel Levi will get his turn soon. I doubt very much that SH and the tech. staff do not have a plan for Levi. The problem is getting enough friendly so that the coach can see them play. It would have been nice if we had a game yesterday with all the home based players. Levi could have been in that. Yesterday was a FiFa friendly date. Wasn't? Election or not, this should have been arranged.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on September 09, 2015, 07:20:31 AM
YUh right Deeks, but remember, Corbin didn't play, so as ah say, Levi dont have to play for playing sake, as Hartie pointed out in de article, but training with the national senior team might be a good thing for him.

He eh going back till Novemeber, this will encourga him and he will be looking forward to playing for T&T in the future.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on September 09, 2015, 09:06:10 AM
YUh right Deeks, but remember, Corbin didn't play, so as ah say, Levi dont have to play for playing sake, as Hartie pointed out in de article, but training with the national senior team might be a good thing for him.

He eh going back till Novemeber, this will encourga him and he will be looking forward to playing for T&T in the future.



I don't know why that was not done. But yes, he should be at least training with the team, even if he is not picked to play.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Insider on September 30, 2015, 03:42:45 PM
Saw Levi last week for Marabella Family CC, the player look very mature, he scored a double in that game and looked superior. He is the reason why Marabella Family is doing so well this season.

Definitely worth a call for for the home game vs Nicaragua and the away one vs Panama.



Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on September 30, 2015, 05:48:51 PM
Saw Levi last week for Marabella Family CC, the player look very mature, he scored a double in that game and looked superior. He is the reason why Marabella Family is doing so well this season.

Definitely worth a call for for the home game vs Nicaragua and the away one vs Panama.


What league does Marabella Family play in?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 30, 2015, 05:57:07 PM
Saw Levi last week for Marabella Family CC, the player look very mature, he scored a double in that game and looked superior. He is the reason why Marabella Family is doing so well this season.

Definitely worth a call for for the home game vs Nicaragua and the away one vs Panama.


What league does Marabella Family play in?

Super League
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on September 30, 2015, 06:31:29 PM
Saw Levi last week for Marabella Family CC, the player look very mature, he scored a double in that game and looked superior. He is the reason why Marabella Family is doing so well this season.

Definitely worth a call for for the home game vs Nicaragua and the away one vs Panama.


What league does Marabella Family play in?

Super League

Thanks.  Any Super League players on the National team of recent vintage?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on September 30, 2015, 10:01:47 PM
think marcus joseph made the senior team while playing super league and rundell winchester and "chucky" were both super league players before moving to central then moving the the NT
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on October 01, 2015, 06:45:26 PM
When he starts to deliver like a star in quality competitive matches then I will rate him as a star. We have been down this road with many past players only to end up eating humble pie.

Otherwise I wish him the best as I do with all our young players
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on October 01, 2015, 08:16:43 PM
He doh hadda be a star, he jes hadda become a consistently competent professional. A couple days ago I saw a scouting report on a player whose name everyone here knows and as much of a "star" as he has been, the report explains why he is not graded as an A baller. Yet, if Levi Garcia achieves a speck of this player's heights, Piarco would ram anytime he touched down. Leh de player grow nah.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on October 01, 2015, 10:06:36 PM
A bit much ? Sorry about that , I will delete But I just know it.★
He's still real young tho .
And remember who said it first eh.


Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: spideybuff on October 02, 2015, 11:23:28 AM
Anybody knows who his agent is?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on October 02, 2015, 12:28:58 PM
Anybody knows who his agent is?

Humphry Nijman
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on October 28, 2015, 09:15:20 PM
A little work before he heads back to Holland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjJAb5QNm1A
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on October 29, 2015, 04:02:38 AM
Nirvan looking good boy.

Me eh care what anybody say, I woulda take a chance with Levi and have him training with de senior team, this player need to be encourage, he is we future superstar.

Gally took a chance with Yorke.

Marcelle and Latas also get they chance.

Corbin get he chance and he eh nothing better than Levi.

Hart lapsing.

We have two regular keepers and nothing more, that's a problem.

Hart giving a unfit Hyland and Justin unlimited sweats in de past and them was clubless, give Greg Ramjitsingh a shot.

Look how SWO is de one who get Hart to give Jonathan Glenn a shot and look at him now.

Sometimes players just need a little encouragement and they does improve, next thing, they taste national call up and they go back to their clubs with better attitudes and drive and then they end up being regulars there to.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on October 29, 2015, 04:36:53 AM
Nirvan looking good boy.

Me eh care what anybody say, I woulda take a chance with Levi and have him training with de senior team, this player need to be encourage, he is we future superstar.

Gally took a chance with Yorke.

Marcelle and Latas also get they chance.

Corbin get he chance and he eh nothing better than Levi.

Hart lapsing.

We have two regular keepers and nothing more, that's a problem.

Hart giving a unfit Hyland and Justin unlimited sweats in de past and them was clubless, give Greg Ramjitsingh a shot.

Look how SWO is de one who get Hart to give Jonathan Glenn a shot and look at him now.

Sometimes players just need a little encouragement and they does improve, next thing, they taste national call up and they go back to their clubs with better attitudes and drive and then they end up being regulars there to.



Agreed eh Sam...but I recall when Hart spoke about Corbin and Levi, he say he eh want anyone that not playing competitive ball...Corbin was with Rangers I think, and Levi was sweating for he school o something so...now yea..he sign with a big club, but he eh sweating yet! Next year for sure I looking out to see him fall een...until then Hart know what he doing...in terms of what u discussed with confidence boost and attitude...yes and no...doh rush de brush, yuh go spoil d painting! For d hour!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on October 29, 2015, 05:38:13 AM
Justin Hoyte eh play for de entire year and he was playing for T&T,,,,,, Hyland play 3 games for Genk all season and he was regular for T&T,,,,,, Corbin was not playing regular for Rangers, he was not even training, because he head did swell and he get to go to de gold cup, Gomez, Hackaw and Andrews get chance.

Why yuh doh ask Sherwood how Levi doing and looking.

De man play a few reserve games with he new club in Holland and was playing regular with Marbella CC in de super league. De man is Marabella best and fittest player in de SUPER LEAGUE.

Nobody eh saying we have to cap him, allyuh missin de point.

Same for Ramjitsingh,,,,,, Hart waiting for man to get injured then to call back up keepers, like we have options out there in de keeper department.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on October 29, 2015, 06:57:57 PM
Levi is a very focused youth man, very grounded...he does understand that to get that call up he has to spark in Holland. He is highly respectful of coach Hart and his process regarding national team selection. It appears that everything is now in order and we will see him in Holland very soon. Wishing him the very best out there!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on October 30, 2015, 07:13:35 AM
Levi is a very focused youth man, very grounded...he does understand that to get that call up he has to spark in Holland. He is highly respectful of coach Hart and his process regarding national team selection. It appears that everything is now in order and we will see him in Holland very soon. Wishing him the very best out there!
Levi might be better prepared and fitter than when Dwight took off for Villa , good job Tony.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on October 30, 2015, 07:16:15 AM
Like this kid a whole lot, only one other Trini player I ever saw ride and evade tackles like that and keep going.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dreamer on October 30, 2015, 09:07:54 AM
All the best. Represent in Holland and open the door to send more Trinis/Bagos while the senior Warriors try to keep our FIFA ratings up.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Fyzo10 on October 30, 2015, 02:25:01 PM
I see a lot of potential in this player especially on the physical side. At his age he is only going to grow at AZ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjJAb5QNm1A
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on October 30, 2015, 07:57:20 PM
Levi is a very focused youth man, very grounded...he does understand that to get that call up he has to spark in Holland. He is highly respectful of coach Hart and his process regarding national team selection. It appears that everything is now in order and we will see him in Holland very soon. Wishing him the very best out there!

Well said Sherwood.

Levi's time will come.  Once he settles into his new club and continues to work hard, he is sure to be a fixture for our national team for years to come.  All these requests for him to train with the national squad are premature.  His time will come, and quite frankly, his focus (and i dont blame him) at the moment is elsewhere.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on October 31, 2015, 09:36:59 AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ItpWqDhVM8 (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ItpWqDhVM8)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on November 03, 2015, 06:55:34 PM
Did you know

Levi has a lot of family members currently playing football in T&T.

Nathaniel Garcia (Brother) plays for Central FC.
Daniel Garcia (Brother) plays for Siparia Spurs.
Judah Garcia (Brother) plays for T&T U-15 Team & Shiva Boys.
Brent Garcia (Cousin) plays for Petrotrin Palo Seco.
Wilian Garcia (Cousin) plays for Petrotrin Palo Seco.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on November 04, 2015, 02:59:14 AM
The A to Z on AZ and T&T rising star Levi Garcia.
By Michelle Cox (wired868).


On 20 November 2015, Levi Garcia’s 18th birthday, the former Shiva Boys Hindu College schoolboy will become the youngest Trinidad and Tobago player ever to sign for an top flight club in Europe when he moves to Netherland Eredivisie team, AZ Alkmaar—Dwight Yorke joined Aston Villa a month after he turned 18 in 1989.

Garcia, who was born to parents Judith and Carl Garcia, comes from a football family with three brothers who represent different teams and sisters who are avid fans of the sport.

his humble lion (cub) attributes his talent and successes to Jesus Christ. A firm believer that without prayer nothing can be accomplished, he reaffirmed that “God always answers my prayers.”

Wired868 had the pleasure of sitting down with the young and talented Levi Garcia after one of his practice sessions designed to maintain his durability and fitness levels before his departure to AZ.

The soft-spoken but confident youth spoke candidly about his past and present experiences on and off the football field:

Full Name: Levi Samuel Garcia

Date of Birth: 28 November 1997

Favourite Number: #11

Present Position: Forward or left midfield

Home Town: Santa Flora, born and bred.

Schools attended and position played:
I played left midfield under the coaching of teacher, Mr Mayrhoo at Santa Flora Government School, then Shiva Boys Hindu College where I also played left midfield and striker.

Favourite player:
I would say Ataullah Guerra (Central FC). He does some things on the field that you don’t see everyday.

Favourite player:
Neymar (da Silva Santos Júnior) of FC Barcelona

What is your favourite dish?
I don’t have a favourite dish but I enjoy Sunday lunch (pie, callaloo, pasta, rice, meat etc.)

How many siblings do you have and where do you fall in the line up?
(I have) three brothers, Daniel, Nathaniel and Judah, and two sisters, Carla and Adanna. I am second to last.

Which three words best describes you as a person?
Humble, unique and quiet.

If you were an animal, which would you be and why?
A lion. Just for being the leader of the jungle.

When informed that the lion position comes with great responsibility, he replied,
“I hold responsibility very well.”

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
To be honest, I don’t really have free time. I am either kicking a ball outside or listening to music thinking about football (plays and strategies). Most times it is football and sleep or music and football. I like gospel and conscious reggae music.

What pushes you to succeed?
My family mostly. Coming from where I came from, it was tough and knowing that it’s rare in Trinidad for a player to make it out there. The most important thing is Jesus Christ. He always pushes me everyday, (makes me) work harder. He speaks to me most everyday, so He pushes and through Him all things are possible. And really that is where my “football” comes from.

Where and when did you start playing football?
I always liked football. At home the entire family likes football, so I HAD to play football. My three brothers all play football for different teams. Judah plays for the National Under-15 Team and also for Shiva Boys, Nathaniel plays for Central FC and Daniel plays for Siparia Spurs.

What is your ambition in the game?
To be honest, I really want to reach until there is nowhere else to go. I want to go as far as Barcelona or Real Madrid. I want to keep pushing until they tell me I have to stop playing. And then probably take Sepp’s position (as FIFA President) or whoever is holding it at that time. (He laughed)

What makes you stand out as a player?
My speed, quick thinking and movement of the ball. (AZ) was impressed with my powerful shot from the left leg, so I guess that makes me stand out too. Don’t worry you get the impressive shot from the right foot too, a little softer but still impressive. (He laughed again)

Who was your most important coach/coaches and why?
Hmmmm, I would have to say Dennis Cox.  I started (with him) at the youth level and he really groomed me to make it this far.

How do you prepare for a football match?
I watch positive videos all the time. I watch videos of my favourite player and I sit and think about the game and the things I want to do in the game. Listen to positive music always, no negative music, so when I listen to positive music, I play a positive game.

What is your biggest challenge on/off the field?
My biggest challenge on the field is not scoring. So every game I go in praying that I score one goal. I don’t ask for much, so when I score that one goal (it’s a) sigh of relief  (and) that I can do anything else.

My biggest challenge off the field is “not impressing” my fans, family and support. I make sure I impress them all the time.  If I don’t then it means that I didn’t play well or I think I’m letting them down. I always play with the effort to impress (my family).

What was your best and worst moment in football so far?
Signing this contract with AZ, because since I was with the Santa Flora government (school) I was just praying everyday to make it out there (and) to play with Neymar, Messi and some of those guys. But landing this contract is the BEST moment thus far.

The worst I would say was not performing well in the Under-20 CONCACAF Championship in January 2015. It was not my best tournament. I had a little sickness right before the tournament and my motivation level was not right up there. Everything was not working in my favour going into the tournament but I still kept a strong mind.

How do you deal with disappointment?
Prayer… Without prayer you can’t accomplish anything. So if I am disappointed in something, I just pray and the next day, the next 20 minutes, I just smile and everything works out because God always answers my prayers.

Do you still have a relationship with Central FC after the contract signing impasse?
My relationship with Central FC is completely over because we came to a situation where we had to buy the contract out. But everything has worked out properly and now I can go as a free player.

Your brother plays for Central FC, how is that working out considering your past relations with them?
It doesn’t affect him much, but sometimes they may have taken some of the pressure out on him because I have seen it for myself and he talked about it. But it has changed and it is kinda working for him now.

What is your relationship with Mr Dion Sosa?
I would say that he is more of a friend. He calls and sees what I’m doing. He lets me know what the agent wants; what I need to do. I would say a close friend. He’s a very good guy also.

How did/does it feel to be the youngest player signed?
It feels great. It feels like winning a world cup to me because it shows other youngsters that it’s not a matter about age but it’s about hard work, praying and (your) mind. Being the youngest is just a great feeling–almost unexplainable.

How does it feel to be the first Trinidad and Tobago player to head to the Eredivisie (since 2007/08 Darryl Roberts – Sparta Rotterdam)?
I don’t know about that but everyday I just wake up smiling. It is a moment of extreme excitement thinking that I have to go back (to the Netherlands) and play.

What was it like playing overseas?
The welcome was amazing.  I expected that when guys see that you are good, they start pushing you away, but instead they welcomed me to the team. It made me feel at home and there I could have shown my true form.

Everything went well for the first trip. The return was even better because the guys started pushing me (to be better). They said they saw something in me, you could have seen that they already wanted me on the team.  So it was even better.

What is your target for 2015?
(He smiled broadly) My 18th birthday will be the birthday of fantastic things. I am going to start my career with AZ and from there I’m looking to shoot for the stars. I’m leaving just after my birthday to play pro football and learn the Dutch language. (He laughed)

It is a three-year contract and I foresee going to England after that. Maybe to a bigger club.

Who would you consider to be your greatest fan (that you know)?
I would say my mother, Judith.  Everything she’s been there for… Sometimes she’d spend her last money on football boots for me because I needed it, so I would say she’s my greatest fan.

If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing?
I don’t think anything. Football is the only thing that has been on my mind since birth. I can’t think of anything else to do.

What are your thoughts on what is going on in FIFA?
I don’t pay much attention to it. I always think positive. Sometimes it just bypasses me so I don’t really see it as a problem.

Do you have any words of inspiration/support for upcoming athletes in this field?
First things first: just keeping praying. Believe in Jesus Christ because through Him all things are possible. With me, I can say I’m young like any other boy and I prayed and worked hard, and look at where I am today.

So if you guys just continue working hard you can also reach here. Always stay humble, don’t get swell-headed as soon as things come your way. Just continue being the same person you will always are and have respect for your parents and friends.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on November 04, 2015, 04:59:05 AM
The A to Z on AZ and T&T rising star Levi Garcia.
By Michelle Cox (wired868).


On 20 November 2015, Levi Garcia’s 18th birthday, the former Shiva Boys Hindu College schoolboy will become the youngest Trinidad and Tobago player ever to sign for an top flight club in Europe when he moves to Netherland Eredivisie team, AZ Alkmaar—Dwight Yorke joined Aston Villa a month after he turned 18 in 1989.

Garcia, who was born to parents Judith and Carl Garcia, comes from a football family with three brothers who represent different teams and sisters who are avid fans of the sport.

his humble lion (cub) attributes his talent and successes to Jesus Christ. A firm believer that without prayer nothing can be accomplished, he reaffirmed that “God always answers my prayers.”

Wired868 had the pleasure of sitting down with the young and talented Levi Garcia after one of his practice sessions designed to maintain his durability and fitness levels before his departure to AZ.

The soft-spoken but confident youth spoke candidly about his past and present experiences on and off the football field:

Full Name: Levi Samuel Garcia

Date of Birth: 28 November 1997



Ah boy  ::)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Carib-Briton on November 07, 2015, 01:47:03 PM
Good Interview; Good luck to him, I hope he does well.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on November 07, 2015, 03:14:47 PM
Nice interview..............was hoping that he wouldnt say the "bigger club" talk.  We all remember how that worked out for other players.

However, he still sounds very grounded and i wish him the best.  My hope is that by the time the games vs St Vincent come around next year, he would be in our national squad.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 11, 2015, 12:19:49 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia can’t wait to start playing for AZ Alkmaar, and aims to be one of the best players in the Eredivisie. (http://www.rtvnh.nl/sport/174144/levi-garcia-wil-beste-speler-van-de-competitie-worden)

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12239514_10153764637104314_290906853810297932_n.jpg?oh=3f23a5b7f3048e0b517e2d71185de7a7&oe=56B71B4C)

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/12227132_10153764962779314_8557221633557117022_n.jpg?oh=ef2e279d978f2405798abd75ac2f6a78&oe=56F334D4)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on November 11, 2015, 12:58:20 PM
Best of luck Levi!  Stay grounded and be mindful of ALL distractions/detractors...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on November 11, 2015, 01:45:41 PM
Wow, how wonderful it is to be 18 and about to live  your dream. Good luck, Yuteman!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: vb on November 11, 2015, 02:39:17 PM
Wow, how wonderful it is to be 18 and about to live  your dream. Good luck, Yuteman!

 :beermug: :beermug:

Hopefully for Christmas, he'll be training with the national team.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on November 11, 2015, 02:42:26 PM
Wow, how wonderful it is to be 18 and about to live  your dream. Good luck, Yuteman!

 :beermug: :beermug:

Hopefully for Christmas, he'll be training with the national team.

Hope so too!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on November 11, 2015, 05:46:53 PM
Well in the bits and pieces I picked up in Dutch, they mentioned Jong AZ so this means he will be with the second team to begin with. Hopefully he progresses through the ranks quickly. Good luck youth
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 20, 2015, 07:38:51 AM
Levi Garcia turns 18 today, and is now eligible to begin his professional career with AZ Alkmaar.

(https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/12248135_10153781339239314_9157361809267750545_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dreamer on November 20, 2015, 07:52:15 AM
Congrats Sir.
Represent well and make them hunger for more T&T players.
Keep yuh head on, interact, read and broaden yourself.
Make sure your immigration papers are always up to date and renewed so that when BraveHart calls, there is no Keyon Daniel or Bateau style drama.  I know my boy Bateau has learnt his lesson
Watch the kinda friends that you make and stay on the straight & narrow.
Good luck.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on November 20, 2015, 07:59:39 AM
Congrats, God Bless and enjoy the magic carpet ride!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Adam Lake on November 20, 2015, 08:45:38 AM
Blessed Earth Strong mi youth.. Journey now start.. Looking fwd to great things  :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: frico on November 20, 2015, 09:18:44 AM
Should be ready for Russia 2018,what a dream come true for that youth,what more can anyone ask,wish you the best for years to come.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 20, 2015, 12:03:00 PM
AZ Alkmaar’s Head Coach, John van den Brom, says Levi Garcia is talented, fast, strong, and he is very confident that Levi will be an asset to the club.
http://www.az.nl/nieuws/van-den-brom-lekkerste-ritme/1
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: socalion on November 20, 2015, 05:36:36 PM
Stay safe  , Levi   may the creator guide you along every step of the way ...Have a Happy B/day youth man  and the very best wishes to you ... live yuh dream youth  god bless
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on November 20, 2015, 09:34:42 PM
Happy Birthday Levi Garcia .
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 05, 2016, 07:02:34 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia says that Dutch legend Marco van Basten has inspired him to work hard (https://www.facebook.com/socawarriors.net/posts/10153875537609314).
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on January 05, 2016, 08:16:56 AM
Congrats Levi hope you do great.
Levi go ahead and enroll in learning to speak ,read and write Dutch dont bother to totally taint your accent by picking up all your team mates, no need to just have an accent its just a waste of time .

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: sub1 on January 05, 2016, 02:09:59 PM
Yaah Levi!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on January 06, 2016, 07:16:01 AM
Yaah Levi!!
I just got that lol.
Man beat back Dwight they oui.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 13, 2016, 02:32:05 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia earns a penalty in AZ Alkmaar Reserves’ 3-1 win over AFC Ajax Reserves
https://www.youtube.com/v/YXrB7ilqUIQ?start=135
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dreamer on January 13, 2016, 06:15:37 PM
Good to see this. Should let him marinate for 1 yr in Holland then consider getting  a call up by BraveHart if he performs well with hard back men
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on January 13, 2016, 10:52:11 PM
the speed of the game is impressive. especially for the reserve league
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on January 16, 2016, 01:16:33 PM
Levi's on the bench today, wearing number 28. AZ up 1-0 after 27 mins... Hope he debuts
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on January 16, 2016, 04:58:15 PM
He's making great progress...happy for the youth!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on January 24, 2016, 07:11:37 AM
Levi makes his debut in the 68th minute against Feyenord... AZ leads 4-2, holding his own well. Being tackled hard


Levi Garcia makes Dutch Eredevisie debut.
T&T Newsday Reports.


NATIONAL YOUTH player Levi Garcia has finally made his professional debut for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredevisie--the highest level of football in the Netherlands.

Garcia, who turned 18 late last year, came on as a second- half substitute in a 4-2 victory for AZ at home to Feyenoord.

Wearing the number 28, the former Shiva Boys’ Hindu College winger replaced Dutchborn Dabney Dos Santos in the 68th minute, with his team leading 4-1; despite conceding a late goal, Alkmaar went on to win by two clear.

After falling behind in the 12th minute, AZ equalised through Norway’s Markus Henriksen in the 23rd, before Dutch striker Vincent Janssen fired in a hat-trick to secure the victory.

AZ Alkmaar presently lie 10th in the 18-team Eredevisie table, on 25 points; Feyenoord (36) are third behind leaders Ajax Amsterdam (47) and PSV Eindhoven (44). The team includes Dutch international Ron Vlaar and is managed by John Van Den Brom.

Garcia, a former TT Under-19 winger, joined AZ last year before he had made a single appearance for Central FC, who went on to win the 2014-15 TT Pro League championship.

Yesterday’s match was played before 15,217 fans at Alkmaar’s AFAS Stadion.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando on January 24, 2016, 07:21:39 AM
Levi is be called up by Hart, we really need to refresh our team.

He has been playing a few games well and might be fitter than many of our players.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on January 24, 2016, 07:23:33 AM
First time seeing the kid play. Has a great first touch, seems as if he loves to chest the ball and then has a very quick turn. Looking sharp, 4-2 final score
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: madness on January 24, 2016, 07:37:12 AM
for good first touch... once he gets more playing time he will improve and he will get match fit.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on January 24, 2016, 09:47:58 AM
Levi is be called up by Hart, we really need to refresh our team.

He has been playing a few games well and might be fitter than many of our players.


this was his first game, made the first team squad for the first time last week. Still needs more time
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on January 24, 2016, 01:56:20 PM
highlights?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: madness on January 24, 2016, 03:59:38 PM
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Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 24, 2016, 09:19:06 PM
Levi Garcia - AZ Alkmaar - A new beginning
https://www.youtube.com/v/dcr85OA6Bs4
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on January 25, 2016, 02:55:15 PM

https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/posts/10153833939330610

Quote
LEVI GARCIA DEBUTS FOR AZ ALKMAAR, ECLIPSES DWIGHT YORKE AS T&T’S YOUNGEST PLAYER TO COMPETE IN EUROPE: Levi Garcia became the youngest ‪#‎Trinidad‬ and ‪#‎Tobago‬ footballer to ever play in Europe’s top flight on Sunday. At 18 years and 65 day, Garcia breaks the record that was set by Dwight Yorke, who was 18 years and 141 days old when he made his debut for Aston Villa in the English top flight on 24 March 1990 against Crystal Palace
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on January 28, 2016, 03:35:33 AM
Levi: Debut was dream come true.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National Under 20 midfielder Levi Garcia says that making his professional debut for Netherlands top flight club AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredevisie has been a dream come through for him.

Garcia, who hails from Santa Flora entered the game wearing his number 28 shirt in the 68th minute in a 4-2 win over Feyeenord on the weekend. He eclipsed Dwight Yorke’s record of being the youngest T&T player to play in Europe.

“Making my debut was maybe the most important day in my life and my career,” Garcia said. “I was so excited that at one point I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It was an amazing feeling and I would wish this could happen to any young boy who has dreams of being a professional footballer. I would tell any young man to go after his dreams,” he added.

Garcia said the advice from Alkmaar’s manager John van den Brom was to be himself on the pitch.

“The coach told me to just go on the field. No pressure. Play free and play your game. It was a big game for us so I was so excited but not afraid of the occasion or the challenge.

“My aim now is to be consistent and to stay in the first 18 for as many games as possible this season. I will be working to break into the first eleven and just try to keep getting better from there.

“The team is improving and doing well and I’m happy to be part of the set up. They have been taking care of me and it’s like a family here at the club. I couldn’t ask for more at this stage. Hopefully I can stay injury free and just keep improving and adding to my experiences as a player,” Garcia added.

AZ are currently tenth with 25 points on the 18-team table which is led by Ajax on 48 points.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: socalion on January 28, 2016, 03:44:50 PM
Levi: Debut was dream come true.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


National Under 20 midfielder Levi Garcia says that making his professional debut for Netherlands top flight club AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredevisie has been a dream come through for him.

Garcia, who hails from Santa Flora entered the game wearing his number 28 shirt in the 68th minute in a 4-2 win over Feyeenord on the weekend. He eclipsed Dwight Yorke’s record of being the youngest T&T player to play in Europe.

“Making my debut was maybe the most important day in my life and my career,” Garcia said. “I was so excited that at one point I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It was an amazing feeling and I would wish this could happen to any young boy who has dreams of being a professional footballer. I would tell any young man to go after his dreams,” he added.

Garcia said the advice from Alkmaar’s manager John van den Brom was to be himself on the pitch.

“The coach told me to just go on the field. No pressure. Play free and play your game. It was a big game for us so I was so excited but not afraid of the occasion or the challenge.

“My aim now is to be consistent and to stay in the first 18 for as many games as possible this season. I will be working to break into the first eleven and just try to keep getting better from there.

“The team is improving and doing well and I’m happy to be part of the set up. They have been taking care of me and it’s like a family here at the club. I couldn’t ask for more at this stage. Hopefully I can stay injury free and just keep improving and adding to my experiences as a player,” Garcia added.

AZ are currently tenth with 25 points on the 18-team table which is led by Ajax on 48 points.
It is the best possible piece of advice you have been given Levi Garcia by your Coach . to simply be yourself .<<< ... keep your head up and remain focus  young man . may god guide you along safely as you pursue your dream/s ... wishing you only the very best   / guidance  all the best  to you .
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on January 30, 2016, 03:23:48 PM
Just subbed on and scored his first goal!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 30, 2016, 03:38:33 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia just scored his first goal in the Eredivisie for AZ Alkmaar against NEC three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ielrWhL0_gA
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FireBrand on January 30, 2016, 04:48:05 PM
Superb!!!!!  Keep it up young gun and see u on the MNT soon!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 30, 2016, 05:02:16 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia talks about scoring his first goal for AZ Alkmaar.
http://www.rtvnh.nl/sport/178888/garcia-had-gebeden-voor-een-goal
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on January 30, 2016, 05:37:30 PM
Congrats Levi!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 30, 2016, 05:43:24 PM
At age 18 years and 71 days, Levi Garcia is the second-youngest AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie goalscorer in history. Michel Vonk was 18 years, 40 days when he scored in 1986.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on January 30, 2016, 05:46:03 PM
Well done! It's amazing to see that the coach has such faith in him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on January 30, 2016, 05:54:57 PM
Just realized that after Bateau and then debatably Hyland, Levi is 3rd in the list of TT players playing ball at the highest level ie going by the ranking of the UEFA leagues and making the assumption that these 3 above MLS/CA leagues.  Hyland club at the bottom of the Belgian 1st div so you could argue Levi is 2nd on the list...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FF on January 30, 2016, 06:33:37 PM
Good movement and timing on his run... Slack ass defending though

Congratulations young man!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 30, 2016, 08:03:43 PM
Have not viewed the goal yet. Merely read about it. However, as I extend my congrats to Levi and urge de Santa Flora massive to keep the noise level down tonight :devil:, I want to recognise amwood for his role in stewarding Levi during the preparatory months. :beermug: Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on January 31, 2016, 02:41:53 PM
Have not viewed the goal yet. Merely read about it. However, as I extend my congrats to Levi and urge de Santa Flora massive to keep the noise level down tonight :devil:, I want to recognise amwood for his role in stewarding Levi during the preparatory months. :beermug: Stay tuned!

What??!!! No recognition for Sancho and Central??   :o  :devil:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 31, 2016, 03:02:38 PM
Have not viewed the goal yet. Merely read about it. However, as I extend my congrats to Levi and urge de Santa Flora massive to keep the noise level down tonight :devil:, I want to recognise amwood for his role in stewarding Levi during the preparatory months. :beermug: Stay tuned!

What??!!! No recognition for Sancho and Central??   :o  :devil:

I think Dale Saunders accepted on their behalf.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on January 31, 2016, 06:25:17 PM
Nice interview of Garcia after yesterday's match.

http://nos.nl/video/2083955-garcia-treffer-geeft-een-onbeschrijflijk-gevoel.html
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on February 01, 2016, 11:30:25 AM
Congratulations on your first goal young , nice interview also .
Btw this is my new favorite TnT player since latas eh .
To bad we didn't call this thread the Book of Levi !
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: fari on February 01, 2016, 04:28:47 PM
Gwan yute!! :salute:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on February 01, 2016, 04:43:15 PM
Btw this is my new favorite TnT player since latas eh .

No disrespect meant at all and truly...just curious.  What is it about Levi that makes him your new favorite T&T player since Latas?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on February 01, 2016, 04:58:58 PM
Btw this is my new favorite TnT player since latas eh .

No disrespect meant at all and truly...just curious.  What is it about Levi that makes him your new favorite T&T player since Latas?
Palos truthfully I've really only seen one grainy vid of him , and I could  and maybe  wrong but I think he's the one.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: palos on February 01, 2016, 06:10:17 PM
Btw this is my new favorite TnT player since latas eh .

No disrespect meant at all and truly...just curious.  What is it about Levi that makes him your new favorite T&T player since Latas?
Palos truthfully I've really only seen one grainy vid of him , and I could  and maybe  wrong but I think he's the one.

Cool bro.  I honestly haven't seen him other than the odd clip.  However, he must have something for a Dutch team to take him.  From what I understand, Holland is arguably the best place for a young player to be from a development standpoint.  At least...that's how it used to be.

BTW....I've been hearing good things about his older brother too.

On the topic of favorite current T&T footballer...

I think Kevin Molino, barring injury, will go the furthest in his career.  He appears to be maturing off the field by paying attention to his body and nutrition.  That, aligned with his talent and a (hopefully) superior work ethic could take him very far in the game.

I think the most TALENTED footballer we currently have is Joevin Jones.  If he could improve in the other areas, he could be truly something.   But at age 24.....he need to get to that level soon if not already.  Football not waiting fuh anybody.

My favorite currently is Kenwyne Jones....if only for the amount of abuse he takes from fans and media yet where would we be without him?  He's not the kind of player I typically LOVE...like a Latas....silky smooth, skillful, etc.  But he's pretty much taken our team on his very borad shoulders and carried us....at a time when many...including myself....had their doubts.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 01, 2016, 07:25:52 PM
Cool bro.  I honestly haven't seen him other than the odd clip.  However, he must have something for a Dutch team to take him.  From what I understand, Holland is arguably the best place for a young player to be from a development standpoint.  At least...that's how it used to be.

BTW....I've been hearing good things about his older brother too.

One of the reasons I am impressed with Levi emerging at AZ is that AZ was named as having the best youth academy in Holland in 2015. In a prior post, some years ago, discussing another player, I suggested Feyenoord as a choice destination (and Feyenoord has been quite accomplished in young player development). However, AZ's emergence has been noteworthy and for a player to come through and be fast-tracked to the First Team there is no minor accomplishment.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on February 01, 2016, 10:05:56 PM
Have not viewed the goal yet. Merely read about it. However, as I extend my congrats to Levi and urge de Santa Flora massive to keep the noise level down tonight :devil:, I want to recognise amwood for his role in stewarding Levi during the preparatory months. :beermug: Stay tuned!

Appreciate the "Bligh" asylum...although we take absolutely no credit for what Levi has achieved thus far in Holland - the truth is - getting a player fit and sharp is nothing more than science and day to day benchmarking... However, what I do recall vividly are the conversations before, during, and after those sessions. We spoke constantly of becoming a "beast" physically and mentally - the goal was that when he returned for pre season he needed to make the type of impact that resulted in AZ seeing him as a player for today as opposed to "one for the future." I think he enjoyed being challenged, and he now understands what it means to operate at the "limit"...what I enjoy seeing is the impact he is having on allot of young players - reminds of the impact Dwight Yorke had on the generation around him. i hope Levi continues achieving his goals. Bless...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on February 02, 2016, 07:35:20 AM


Cool bro.  I honestly haven't seen him other than the odd clip.  However, he must have something for a Dutch team to take him.  From what I understand, Holland is arguably the best place for a young player to be from a development standpoint.  At least...that's how it used to be.

BTW....I've been hearing good things about his older brother too.

On the topic of favorite current T&T footballer...

I think Kevin Molino, barring injury, will go the furthest in his career.  He appears to be maturing off the field by paying attention to his body and nutrition.  That, aligned with his talent and a (hopefully) superior work ethic could take him very far in the game.

I think the most TALENTED footballer we currently have is Joevin Jones.  If he could improve in the other areas, he could be truly something.   But at age 24.....he need to get to that level soon if not already.  Football not waiting fuh anybody.

My favorite currently is Kenwyne Jones....if only for the amount of abuse he takes from fans and media yet where would we be without him?  He's not the kind of player I typically LOVE...like a Latas....silky smooth, skillful, etc.  But he's pretty much taken our team on his very borad shoulders and carried us....at a time when many...including myself....had their doubts.

Excellent post palos.

Nuff respect to Kenwyne and how he leads this team.  We have not seen a leader like this for a national team since Clayton Morris in my opinion.

Garcia has truly surprised me, and i am so happy for him.  He is living his dream and his attitude seems to be on point. 
The only this i would disagree with you on is who is our best player.  I'm sticking with Molino.  That dude has it.  I hope he does well this season.  Jovein is our 2nd best player and honestly, i have Kevan George as the third.

ah love it!!

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Quags on February 02, 2016, 04:06:18 PM
Stephen Hart is my favorite warrior presently .Wish someone can cut him and his boys a paycheck once in a while .
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 04, 2016, 06:41:38 AM
LISTEN: Levi Garcia talks to AZ Radio about the start of his professional career, and his dreams and aspirations.

https://www.youtube.com/v/IBhM9Bleawc
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on February 04, 2016, 09:45:07 AM
Levi has all the tools to be among the greatest of players one day.  I enjoy the blend of humility, confidence, and overall ability to conduct interviews in a sensible manner.  I know Sherwood shies away from credit but, the the player certainly seems well polished and I have to imagine some of that is down to guidance he received.  Hats off to all involved.  Levi is a beacon!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on February 06, 2016, 04:31:56 AM
Hart keeping tabs on young Garcia
By JOEL BAILEY (Newsday).


STEPHEN HART, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago football team, is keeping tabs on midfielder Levi Garcia, as the 18-year-old embarks on a professional career in the Dutch Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar.

Garcia has begun his stint at AZ Alkmaar with a goal in only his second game on Saturday, against NEC Breda. In the process, he became, at 18 years and 71 days, the second youngest player from the club to score in the Eredivisie, behind Michel Vonk (18 years and 40 days) in 1986.

In a recent interview Hart, when asked if Garcia will be part of his plans for the near future and if his performances will be monitored by the technical staff (including assistant coaches Hutson Charles and Derek King), replied, “we have seen all Levi’s games.” Hart added, “as a matter of fact we try and see all games our players are involved in.” Garcia is yet to play for the national men’s team, but he was a member of the national Under- 20 team who failed in their bid to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Another midfielder who may be instrumental in Hart’s plans is Kevin Molino. The Orlando City playmaker is on the mend after sustaining a severe right knee injury last May.

Hart said, “I keep in touch with Kevin, he is recovering fine and working very hard.

“However I doubt he will be ready for March, having said that he may begin spot playing as early as March.” The men’s team will be involved in a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, against St Vincent/Grenadines. On March 25, both teams will clash in St Vincent and again, four days later, in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, they will not be participating in the Copa America tournament in the United States, scheduled for June, after a 1-0 defeat to Haiti in the qualifying play-off in Panama City, Panama on January 8.

As far as any practice games or training camps are concerned, between now and the St Vincent contests, Hart pointed out, “there are no FIFA international dates between now and March, which means we cannot get together officially and clubs are not obliged to release players. However, we will look into what is possible before March 25.”

About the relationship between the technical staff and TT Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, Hart revealed, “we have all met with the president and he has assured us he will do everything in his power to make our experiences a positive one.

“I look forward to working closely with him and his team in our (forthcoming) games,” Hart ended.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 16, 2016, 02:52:16 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia opens the scoring for Jong AZ Alkmaar in a friendly game against Jong De Graafschap

https://www.youtube.com/v/g5SlqrUvz-g&start=11
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 23, 2016, 05:42:05 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores the opening goal in Jong AZ Alkmaar’s 4-2 win over Jong Almere City

https://www.youtube.com/v/5vnY84aM2XA
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 23, 2016, 09:06:49 AM
WATCH: AZ Alkmaar supporters chant Levi Garcia’s name after he scored his first goal for the club against NEC Nijmegen on January 30th, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/v/hISMi4pTw-I
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on February 23, 2016, 11:05:56 PM
scoring them goals and hearing your name sung by thousands must be surreal.

keep up the good work
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on March 04, 2016, 05:20:36 AM
Garcia ready for Soca Warriors call.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


T&T Dutch-based Levi Garcia says he’s flattered to be on Stephen Hart’s radar for possible selection on the national team. Garcia has been enjoying a fine opening spell to the Dutch top flight with AZ Alkmaar since making his debut in late January.

And Hart, who worked with Garcia when he represented the National Under 20 team at the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualifiers last year in Jamaica, has hinted that he is monitoring the teenager’s progress at Alkmaar.

Garcia hails from Santa Flora and is former student of Shiva Boys Hindu College. “I’ve seen all his games and he’s making solid progress. He’s playing at a very good level in a strong league,” Hart said.

And Garcia has taken note of Hart’s monitoring. “To be honest, the feeling is just very exciting but humble and relaxed,” Garcia said about his first month playing European football. “It’s just a happy moment for me and I’m pleased to know that my hard work and belief is paying off.

It’s early days yet but I am happy to be able to show other youths that there is a lot to go after and you can reach somewhere once you put your heart and mind to it and believe in God at the same time. And I am happy to be able to show people that there are still opportunities for us out here in Europe,” Garcia said this week.

“I have a lot of respect for coach Hart. I am happy he’s keeping tabs on me. It’s a very exciting moment to be so close to being in the World Cup qualifiers and I would really like to be on the team. I believe I am ready honestly and I think I have a lot to show. At the same time I want to continue wishing the team all the best and I hope we continue to achieve success,” Garcia added.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 14, 2016, 02:59:01 PM
LEVI GARCIA earns plaudits on his full debut with AZ Alkmaar.

De Telegraaf:
"On the left, Levi Garcia was impressive against Willem II. The 18 year-old left winger was scintillating and proved to be a handful for Willem’s right-back, Frank van der Struijk. Moreover, Garcia played a key role in AZ’s first major opportunity in the 25th minute. Stijn Wuytens sent him deep with a brilliant through ball, but Garcia’s effort just went wide of the goal."

Voetbal International:
"The eighteen year-old debutant Levi Garcia was one of the stars of the match, with his dribbling."
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on March 14, 2016, 06:17:54 PM
Great!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: amwood on March 14, 2016, 09:24:05 PM
Proud of this of this youth...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mose on March 15, 2016, 08:17:00 AM
Proud of this of this youth...
As you should be! And in yourself for having a hand in his development and preparation!  :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on March 15, 2016, 10:49:23 AM
Proud of this of this youth...
As you should be! And in yourself for having a hand in his development and preparation!  :beermug:
Agree 100%
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 18, 2016, 09:40:30 PM
WATCH: A behind the scenes look at Levi Garcia living with his host family, the Bianchins, in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (http://www.az.nl/nieuws/portret-garcia/1)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on March 18, 2016, 10:25:34 PM
The price for the prize.

Great understanding from the League--a kid his age needs a family away from home.

Excellent.

Garcia's attitude will take him before kings.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: royal on March 19, 2016, 07:35:40 AM
WATCH: A behind the scenes look at Levi Garcia living with his host family, the Bianchins, in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (http://www.az.nl/nieuws/portret-garcia/1)

nice
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on March 19, 2016, 08:02:14 AM
WATCH: A behind the scenes look at Levi Garcia living with his host family, the Bianchins, in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (http://www.az.nl/nieuws/portret-garcia/1)
watch that devil watching yuh, and as a young man, watch that devil within
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on March 20, 2016, 06:00:35 AM
Got a start today vs Twente
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FireBrand on March 20, 2016, 07:32:56 AM
Got a start today vs Twente

And an assist as well. Keep it up young gun!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 21, 2016, 05:20:49 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia weaves his way past two FC Twente defenders before crashing his shot off the crossbar.

https://www.youtube.com/v/eJZNjKhifDY?start=99
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on March 25, 2016, 12:46:14 PM
Garcia’s Big Dreams.
By Shaun Fuentes (TTFA).


Levi Garcia has always had big dreams. He once dreamt about playing for this country, he dreamt about playing alongside Kenwyne Jones one day and he dreamt about moving out of Santa Flora, his hometown in South, Trinidad.

To think that this 18-year-old once played on several of the community and school grounds in the country, some of those grounds which have only been boosted with flood lights in the past five years or so, but struggles to boast of a proper pitch, unkept change rooms if any at all, no outfitted space for proper recovery or rehab, for the most, a shop down the road that may sell a soft drink, biscuits, beers or a Gatorade if you’re lucky.

He is a past player with Shiva Boys Hindu College and underwent some training to keep sharp with the Anthony Sherwood Football Academy in Gulf View prior to heading back to Holland before his making his debut there.

And now, this same teenager is competing against and brushing shoulders with some of the biggest names in Dutch football in a country which produced the likes of Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Leo Beenhakker. In fact, Van Basten, a legend, spotted Garcia’s talent during his early trial period over there and acted almost immediately.

It just goes to show, just like Garcia says, that nothing can beat talent, belief, desire to succeed and strong ambition. Put persistence in there as well.

“I can’t believe it sometimes, you know,” Garcia said after his first training session with the Senior Team last week at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

He stepped off the plane following a long flight the previous night and early next morning he was in training with the national team on home soil.

“It’s an honour and a dream come true to play with Kenwyne and the national team. Once you believe, you can achieve,” he said.

Garcia knows all too well about the struggles to perform for little or nothing.

“It’s a struggle. Sometimes there is nothing much to play for but if you want to make it bigger, it is something you have to go through. Sometimes some people have to fight longer than others. I feel fortunate because at a young age I am getting to live my dream,” Garcia said.

“It’s not that hard now that I am out there because I just continue working hard and I enjoy every moment. The only hard thing is maybe the food but the weather isn’t that bad anymore because I am getting accustomed.

“But for the boys like me who come from places like I did, you have to be willing to push yourself more. There was a time when I felt like giving up because that is very easy to happen. But you have to stick it out and grab the opportunity when it comes. You have to say, I want this and even If I don’t get it, I will keep going and going until it happens,” Garcia said.

He hopes to make his international debut today when T&T takes on St Vincent/Grenadines in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Arnos Vale. But even if he doesn’t, he’s prepared to keep going until it happens. In the meantime, he hopes his story can inspire others on a similar journey.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on March 25, 2016, 03:44:30 PM
Levi, Levi, Levi, Levi.......I updating your thread. Maybe Madrid or Barca next??!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on March 25, 2016, 03:44:57 PM
Levi Garcia is a F00cking BOSS !!!!!!

He will be bigger than Messi.

Allyuh watch.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on March 25, 2016, 03:45:55 PM
Soooo tremendously happy for this young man! Wayyy to go, congratulations! Talk about rising to the occasion!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Big Magician on March 25, 2016, 03:59:37 PM
Levi Garcia...TAKE A BOW SON..TAKE A BOW.
Welcome to International Football...and Thank you very much.
TnT 3 ( own goal..Levi Garcia 2 ( as a sub)..St Vincent 2.
Not The best performance..but i dont ever watch Miss World or Miss Universe....This is World Cup Qualifying Football..and sometimes it gets very Ugly...3 Massive Points...on to Tuesday in TnT...
tnt tnt tnt tnt tnt tnt

https://www.facebook.com/socawarriors.net/photos/t.100010721476553/10154008499339314/?type=3&theater
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Jumbie on March 25, 2016, 04:01:24 PM
WOW! real proud of "The Kid"!

hope he can stay on course for the BIG things ahead
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 25, 2016, 04:09:31 PM
Levi is on the cusp of becoming concacaf's next big star..
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: real madness on March 25, 2016, 04:13:12 PM
Great job young man.  Let us support him (referring to the future bad games he will have where the forum experts will call him a shithound).  He has a great future ahead of him and let us not call him the next Yorke, next Latas, etc.  He is Levi Garcia.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on March 25, 2016, 04:17:43 PM
Great job young man.  Let us support him (referring to the future bad games he will have where the forum experts will call him a shithound).  He has a great future ahead of him and let us not call him the next Yorke, next Latas, etc.  He is Levi Garcia.

 :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Fyzoman on March 25, 2016, 04:28:21 PM
I remember seeing this youth walking in Santa Flora (by the bar-b-q pigtail man)two years ago when I was back home.

It clearly shows that he is playing/training at a high level!

Apart from the two goals, de SPANNER did it for me. when last we had ah Nashy with the chutzpah to execute one?!?

I look forward to seeing dis youth excel:)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trinidogg on March 25, 2016, 04:59:14 PM
Levi Garcia, God is great keep up the faith and you will go such a long way. So fitting that Levi came on today and won this game.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on March 25, 2016, 05:16:33 PM
Levi reminds me a bit of Sterling from Man. City.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 25, 2016, 05:22:01 PM
Levi reminds me a bit of Sterling from Man. City.

I thought the same thing. LG is very dynamic. Just like Sterling.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: dervaig on March 26, 2016, 01:37:06 AM
Levi, Levi, Levi, Levi.......I updating your thread. Maybe Madrid or Barca next??!!

The Prem is where the action is, and MONEY lies.
Nice to see Garcia following the paths of Romario and Ronaldo,
playing in Holland first, then ..................
AZ should be in Europe '16-'17, only a matter of time before the
Premiership comes calling, AND the money!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 26, 2016, 01:43:33 AM
He belongs in La liga ... Or bundesliga
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on March 26, 2016, 06:10:38 AM
Great job young man.  Let us support him (referring to the future bad games he will have where the forum experts will call him a shithound).  He has a great future ahead of him and let us not call him the next Yorke, next Latas, etc.  He is Levi Garcia.
They eh hearing yuh.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on March 26, 2016, 06:15:14 AM
Amen
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on March 26, 2016, 07:03:01 AM
http://m.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=mexico-alone-on-top-usa-adrift-2772546.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news


FIFA rated Levi as the best player in all of concacaf yesterday!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini_stallion on March 26, 2016, 07:03:40 AM
Correction, player of the day yesterday!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on March 26, 2016, 11:40:43 AM
.
Levi Garcia talks about his Double on Debut for Trinidad and Tobago
.

https://www.youtube.com/v/BPALabKZDk8&t=03m19s
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2016, 09:11:51 AM
Levi dedicates goals to his Parents.
By Shaun Fuentes (TTFA).


He’s the baby of the National Senior Men’s Team and quite fittingly, Levi Garcia dedicated his two goals on debut for Trinidad and Tobago to his parents Carl and Judith Garcia.

Garcia scored two goals to lead T&T to a 3-2 victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday in Kingstown,

“It’s s moment to remember. 2016 has been very good to me. I had been praying all night to score my debut goal and from the time h (Stephen Hart) said Levi warm up, I was just excited,” Garcia told TTFA Media after the win

“From the time I saw the guy backing, I just knew it was a one on one situation, take him on and shoot and it is just an amazing feeling to score my first goal.

“It’s not about age but it’s about focus, strength, power and doing your job so I came on as substitute at a very young age and just decided to play as I usually do and enjoy the moment. I did what I had to do and you can see what happened,” the 18-year-old AZ Alkmaar player added.

T&T head coach Stephen Hart was not doing any cartwheels after the come from behind win as he gave his reactions which indicated that he we was not thrilled by the team’s performance.

“I thought we didn’t show our real purpose in closing down the ball in pressing and our organization between midfield and backline was at times, for me, shocking, I didn’t realize some of the things we were doing. Once you realize a team is gong to play direct balls, the objective is to stop them from playing those balls from as early as possible.

“For the first half we had a lot of possession. We got into good positions all over the field and then we struggled to make the final pass or cross the ball properly or just have that impetus to have shots on goal. A goal scores on you and now you are away from home in a dog fight to get a goal back,” Hart said.

“I cannot accept this performance but what I would say is that we fought our way back. We got three points and we can play much, much better, We have to look deep within ourselves and be more efficient with and without the ball,

“It’s not about one player but it’s all about the team and our attitude at times was wrong.

“I think it was a fantastic debut by young Levi Garcia and Hackshaw came on, with textbook sort of pass, pass, run, finish and between two of them they got us back into the game

“Hackshaw has a few games under his belt, Levi is full of confidence and that’s what you need. You are picking players to contribute to the team.” Hart concluded.

The T&T team had a recovery session at the Buccament Bay Resort training facility on Saturday morning and will resume preparations on Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The team returned to Port of Spain on Saturday evening.

Both teams will meet at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 7pm on Tuesday.

Tickets Are on Sale at All advertised outlets straight into Tuesday and will also be on sale from Tuesday morning at the Match Venue from 9am. Tickets cost $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered). All Patrons including children must have a ticket to enter the stadium.

T&T’s win on Friday, coupled with Guatemala’s 2-0 victory over the United States left the “Warriors” atop the group with seven points ahead of Guatemala (six points) and USA (four). The win for Guatemala also meant that T&T must go for the win on Tuesday against St Vincent in order to stay ahead of the pack and look ahead to the closing two matches in September to seal their final round spot.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SWO_TNTFAN on March 28, 2016, 12:37:33 PM
Trinidad's lonely tulip in full bloom Levi Garcia
Fifa.com Reports
(http://img.fifa.com/mm/photo/tournament/competition/02/77/29/27/2772927_full-lnd.jpg)

Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart had a problem. Down a goal in St. Vincent, his side was short on inspiration and in need of a spark. The boss looked up and down the bench, where one set of eyes gleamed sharper, more eager, than the rest. They were the eyes of a boy, barely old enough to drive. But Levi Garcia’s eyes were hungry. 

“It was like a dream,” Garcia, just 18, told FIFA.com about being handed his senior debut with the game on the line, that golden moment when a player either becomes a hero or comes up short. “The coach just told me ‘go out and do what you came to do.’”

What Garcia did was score twice, crucial interventions in a game that proved far trickier than the pundits predicted. The 3-2 win sent the Soca Warriors to the top of their Russia 2018 qualifying group, ahead of giants USA. Garcia’s first goal came 13 minutes after taking the field. A series of blinding step-overs, reminiscent of his hero Neymar, bamboozled his marker out wide before the youngster cut inside and fired home a rocket of a right-footer. The second, a match-winner, was a calm tap-in on the end of a long ball. When the final whistle went at the Arnos Vale cricket ground in Kingstown, it was clear that something special had been glimpsed.

Hug of relief
The spiky-haired winger was hugged tightly by his coach as the players milled off the bumpy grass, warm smiles for their young teammate on his big day. The embrace was tinged with relief, and gratitude, the excitement of finding a rare gem in the dust of an overlooked drawer. Garcia’s class, a cut above everyone else on the pitch, was evident from his first touch.   

It was this elegance, speed and sharpness that earned the teenager a move last year to the Netherlands, to Europe’s big stages where Trinidadians are in short supply. He was given a trial and was determined not to blow it. “I showed what I could do,” said the affable youngster, aware of his skills but falling short of over-confidence. He received special training from Dutch legend Marco van Basten, then assistant at AZ Alkmaar, and was soon handed a debut with the first team. 2016’s been a year of firsts for the boy.

“I felt a real fear then. It was a fright,” Garcia said about making his first appearance for AZ in one of Europe’s top leagues, not even two months ago, against Rotterdam giants Feyenoord. “Big stadium. Big crowd. It was all new and almost too exciting. But when I got my first touches, I settled into it and it was just like any other game.”

The first games Garcia remembers were in the back garden with his three older brothers in the tiny village of Santa Flora in Trinidad’s south. “They used to rough me up, if you know what I mean. I was the youngest so they kind of knocked me around,” he said, with a fond chuckle for home, knowing no one’s pushing him around now. 

Those early tests served him well. He scored his first goal for Alkmaar last month and he’s already being called the biggest thing to come out of the dual-island national since Dwight Yorke. Born in 1997, two years before the legend Yorke won a famous treble with Manchester United, the young winger’s not even old enough to remember Trinidad’s historic appearance at Germany 2006, where his current captain Kenwyne Jones was the youngest player in the team. “I saw the clips on YouTube and people are always talking about it back home,” Garcia said, sheepishly.

Long way from home
Despite being a star on the rise, Garcia’s also a young man – often a long way from home – trying to make his way. “You miss your people a lot sometimes,” he said of his life in the Lowlands, a country far from the aromatic scent of Doubles, a local Trini delicacy of chickpeas and fried bread, and the tender goat meat of the roti shops that dot the island. “I’m the lonely Trinidad guy out there in Holland and that makes me feel like I have to make it. There’s no going home without making it, without going to the sky.”

Trinidad and Tobago head home on Tuesday to play St. Vincent again. The fans at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, having glimpsed a new hero, will be eager for their teenage sensation to make the starting XI. But it’s still the boss’s call.

“Home or away, we’re always looking to get the three points,” concluded Garcia, eager for a nap before training, with a clarity born of youth. “Home or away, anyway we get those points is the right way.”

Source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=trinidad-s-lonely-tulip-in-full-bloom-2772888.html
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on March 28, 2016, 12:50:32 PM

^^ That was a refreshing article. You could tell the writer wants to see Levi do very well in the future.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Big Magician on March 28, 2016, 06:12:21 PM
His name is Levi Garcia..thats all

Easy crowd ah panty...sekkle crowd ah draws
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Fyzoman on April 02, 2016, 12:10:25 PM
Watching Levi versus PSV, he just had a similar stepover and shot like against St Vincent; didn't hit the target though;) De man is ah starter yes, niceness!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: christiano on April 02, 2016, 11:46:51 PM
Soldier give real trouble today against psv.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on April 06, 2016, 04:14:03 PM
Watching Levi versus PSV, he just had a similar stepover and shot like against St Vincent; didn't hit the target though;) De man is ah starter yes, niceness!

https://www.youtube.com/v/yDKkzNIHfwo?start=39
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on April 08, 2016, 02:29:40 AM
Garcia waits to meet Beenhakker.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


Levi Garcia is in such high spirits at the moment, living the dream of every young teenage footballer. He’s playing every week in one of the biggest European Leagues and he’s coming off two World Cup qualifying appearances for his country including a man of the match performance in the come from behind 3-2 victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 25th. One would think there isn’t much the kid from Santa Flora would want. But he surely has great ambitions and has set his goals.

“It’s a great feeling for me at the moment. I couldn’t have asked for more. I am with two great teams and great teammates. Being in the national team for these World Cup qualifiers opened my eyes even more and I feel blessed,” Garcia said.

“For me it was good being involved and helping the team and seeing how much the fans appreciated what I and the team was able to achieve. But we are far from finished. We still have two games to play in this round and the whole of the final round which means we haven’t achieved anything as yet like coach Hart told us,” Garcia said.

The former Shiva Boys player did mention one thing that is still on his “to do list”. And that is coming face to face with Leo Beenhakker, the Dutch-both head coach who took T&T to the 2006 World Cup Finals.

“I haven’t been able to meet him as yet. I have heard a lot about him and I know he is big here. And for me it would be a pleasure meeting him because I can recall what he did for Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 and yes people did talk about it here when they hear I am from the country,” Garcia said.

“I am still in touch with Marco Van Basten after he did work with me during my early days at the club and this was a great experience for me.”

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on April 26, 2016, 05:28:50 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in Jong AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Jong FC Twente. He makes it look so simple.

https://www.youtube.com/v/C_FgCe5XEkQ?start=35
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mose on April 26, 2016, 08:08:11 AM
Advantage!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: davyjenny1 on April 26, 2016, 02:29:49 PM
Dele Alli and Levi Garcia two good young prospects for the future.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on April 29, 2016, 06:32:47 AM
WATCH: Highlights of Levi Garcia’s first season with AZ Alkmaar. Bright things are ahead.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ahEJonGekaA
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on April 29, 2016, 12:34:17 PM
AZ has a good chance of being in the Europa league next season.
It would be nice if he get some European experience early.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on April 29, 2016, 06:02:35 PM
Wow! Thank God for his first season under his belt. What skill and hunger in this man.

When he improves his decision making (not that it is bad now), he will be lethal.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FF on July 16, 2016, 08:02:28 AM
Levi score in the 3rd minute of a preseason friendly against Almere City. A lower division Dutch team 6 tiers down or so.

AZ currently lead 4-0
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on July 16, 2016, 09:52:34 AM
Levi score in the 3rd minute of a preseason friendly against Almere City. A lower division Dutch team 6 tiers down or so.

AZ currently lead 4-0
Where did you get your information from? Almere City is in the second division. That's where Janssen came from last season and recently signed for Spurs
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FF on July 16, 2016, 11:40:46 AM
Levi score in the 3rd minute of a preseason friendly against Almere City. A lower division Dutch team 6 tiers down or so.

AZ currently lead 4-0
Where did you get your information from? Almere City is in the second division. That's where Janssen came from last season and recently signed for Spurs

Oops my bad. There are also the Almere City reserves who play lower down. Not clear which one they played. But I will assume it's the higher one.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FireBrand on July 20, 2016, 02:47:31 PM
He scored again in a 5-0 win against SDV Barneveld.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on August 05, 2016, 03:21:39 AM
Garcia tipped as star to watch in new Dutch season.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).


T&T’s Levi Garcia has been tipped as one of the young stars to watch in the Dutch Eredivisie season coming up as he looks ahead to his second year in top flight football in the Netherlands.

Garcia made his debut for AZ Alkmaar last season before breaking into the National Senior Men’s Team during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, scoring a double on debut in a 3-2 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dutch football website football-orange.com has listed Garcia in the top fifty under 21 players to look out for in the League. “A revelation in the second half of last season, Levi Garcia heads into his first full campaign with AZ Alkmaar eager to impress,” the site stated.

 “The 18-year-old was an exciting addition to the Eredivisie last season and left AZ fans wanting more from their new talent. AZ will be aiming to challenge the top three and make an impression in Europe this season and Garcia will play a big part over the campaign. Scouts are already flocking to AZ to watch Garcia in action and a successful season may see the winger follow in Vincent Janssen’s footsteps with a big money move abroad,” the report added.

Garcia is anticipating his second season, saying “I’m focusing on having a stronger season. I’ve been working very hard and trying to develop even more every time I take the pitch. It’s all very exciting and I am really looking forward to my second season. With God I think things will go well and hopefully I can continue playing and enjoying it.”

Garcia is expected to be in Stephen Hart’s squad for the September 2nd World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Hector not fazed by Connection’s Champions’ League loss

DirecTV W Connection captain Hughtun Hector is not worried by his team’s 4-2 defeat to Mexican side Pumas FC in their opening Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League encounter at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday night.

Hector scored a beauty of a free kick in the first half to keep Connection in the match at that stage but Pumas pulled away with two further second half goals to secure the three points.

“It was disappointing to start with a loss but I think there were some positives for us. We are in preseason right now and I know it was going to be difficult for us to start with our best football but we showed some good signs and I think it was a good experience for us, especially some of the younger players as we look ahead to the other matches,” Hector said.

About his goal, he added, “It was in a good position and I thought this was a good chance to have a good go at it. I struck it well and it was a nice sight to see it enter the net. It was good for us to get on the scoresheet at that point in the match.

But hopefully in the other games we can continue to build on our positives and come away with good results.”

Connection’s next game will be on August 25th at home to Honduras’ H Progreso.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on August 19, 2016, 12:33:08 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia provides the assist on AZ Alkmaar’s opening goal against FK Vojvodina

https://www.youtube.com/v/Ba7FLN5Ktoc

WATCH: Post-game interview with AZ Alkmaar midfielder Levi Garcia after a 3-0 win over FK Vojvodina in the UEFA Europa League

https://www.youtube.com/v/uuUxyalY0Io
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 03, 2016, 11:10:55 AM

Levi Garcia Post Match Comments after Trinidad & Tobago vs Guatemala 2-2 


https://www.youtube.com/v/975JQQQpEDY
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FireBrand on September 10, 2016, 12:29:42 PM
Levi just scored in injury time to help AZ defeat Willem II, 2-0.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: KND2 on September 10, 2016, 05:51:04 PM
man trini accent gone already.
Lord Help Us
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on September 10, 2016, 07:15:22 PM
man trini accent gone already.
Lord Help Us

When our culture honors and celebrates "Foreign is Better" where is the surprise?

When we constantly criticize (unjustly and unnecessarily) our own, what else can we expect.

He probably can't wait to come back and show off how well he fit in to their way.

But, if so, he will find out he will still geh lash whether accent or not from the impossible to please Trinis.

Speaking from harsh experience here

Talented player. Lets provide an environment of support . . .

Nothing personal eh bro . . . just speaking in general
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 10, 2016, 07:52:38 PM
man trini accent gone already.
Lord Help Us

Please.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on September 11, 2016, 05:12:58 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/mte1uru9kRA
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: frico on September 11, 2016, 05:16:49 AM
Garcia sounds like Dutchman speaking English,he is young and it's easier to change when you are young,I heard Yorke about 6 months after he came to England,and he sounded like English.A friend of mine brought a family friend to visit me,and I thought he was living in England,it's only when I was told he is on a holiday I realized he was a visitor,he had no Trini accent.I think Trinis are very good at their usage of the English language,they don't all sound like "Bleeder". ;D
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on September 11, 2016, 06:21:23 AM
man trini accent gone already.
Lord Help Us

Please.

I know. Who gives a flying f00k that the man lose or losing his accent.. You can't please Trinis at all
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: madness on September 11, 2016, 07:37:26 AM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 11, 2016, 03:17:36 PM
Levi just scored in injury time to help AZ defeat Willem II, 2-0.

Any video of the goal?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 11, 2016, 06:18:01 PM
WATCH: AZ Alkmaar fans sing the Levi Garcia song after he scored his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Willem II

https://www.youtube.com/v/d4x7hxCjnl0

https://www.youtube.com/v/VwUnIDiaMZk
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: real madness on September 11, 2016, 07:17:44 PM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 11, 2016, 07:20:02 PM
WATCH: AZ Alkmaar fans sing the Levi Garcia song after he scored his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Willem II

https://www.youtube.com/v/d4x7hxCjnl0

https://www.youtube.com/v/VwUnIDiaMZk

nice  :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 11, 2016, 07:55:28 PM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on September 11, 2016, 09:19:57 PM
where is the goal? all i see is ppl singing and what appears to be the the after goal celebrations.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: SHOTTA on September 12, 2016, 12:24:18 AM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



i think you can just speak slower if you move to North America or England. I work in the middle east and if you dont code switch then you are caught repeating yourself to everyone all the time

the accent isnt lost you are just required to speak your english in a way most of your listeners will understand.  same same but different
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 12, 2016, 07:28:42 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores his first goal of the season in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Willem II Tilburg.

https://www.youtube.com/v/IEYyNZwO4R8?start=275
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 12, 2016, 08:19:38 AM
where is the goal? all i see is ppl singing and what appears to be the the after goal celebrations.

See the goal dated Sept 11th here

http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=65173.0
.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tobago28 on September 12, 2016, 10:36:30 AM
Ah hearing that Levi going to Curacao with the U20's. Anybody can confirm?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Adam Lake on September 12, 2016, 10:50:40 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores his first goal of the season in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Willem II Tilburg.

https://www.youtube.com/v/IEYyNZwO4R8?start=275


 :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: Sweet goal! Great hustle to pressure the defender as well...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: DeSoWa on September 12, 2016, 11:20:18 AM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.

I think age and time has a part to play in it too. I can only speak from my own experience. My brother is 8yrs younger than me, he came to the US 1 year before me, and after we both were here for about 2 and 3 yrs respectively, people were shock when we said we were brothers, because he sounded like an American and I still had my "trini accent". My accent has faded over time, but it is still very noticeable.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on September 12, 2016, 11:29:55 AM
Trini love to police man accent, boy.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: weary1969 on September 12, 2016, 11:32:32 AM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.

I think age and time has a part to play in it too. I can only speak from my own experience. My brother is 8yrs younger than me, he came to the US 1 year before me, and after we both were here for about 2 and 3 yrs respectively, people were shock when we said we were brothers, because he sounded like an American and I still had my "trini accent". My accent has faded over time, but it is still very noticeable.

LONG TIME. I say yuh give up on us
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.

I think age and time has a part to play in it too. I can only speak from my own experience. My brother is 8yrs younger than me, he came to the US 1 year before me, and after we both were here for about 2 and 3 yrs respectively, people were shock when we said we were brothers, because he sounded like an American and I still had my "trini accent". My accent has faded over time, but it is still very noticeable.


LONG TIME. I say you on the list of former posters
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: DeSoWa on September 12, 2016, 11:44:02 AM
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.

I think age and time has a part to play in it too. I can only speak from my own experience. My brother is 8yrs younger than me, he came to the US 1 year before me, and after we both were here for about 2 and 3 yrs respectively, people were shock when we said we were brothers, because he sounded like an American and I still had my "trini accent". My accent has faded over time, but it is still very noticeable.

LONG TIME. I say yuh give up on us
internationally, your trini accent most go cuz they wouldn't understand u so u need to slow it down

you can speak slower without changing your accent.  People choose to lose their accent aka change their accent.



Everyone is an expert. SMH.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7931299/Humans-subconsciously-mimic-other-accents-psychologists-claim.html

Start there.

I think age and time has a part to play in it too. I can only speak from my own experience. My brother is 8yrs younger than me, he came to the US 1 year before me, and after we both were here for about 2 and 3 yrs respectively, people were shock when we said we were brothers, because he sounded like an American and I still had my "trini accent". My accent has faded over time, but it is still very noticeable.


LONG TIME. I say you on the list of former posters

haha, I still lurking, just don't post as much as I used to. Couldn't handle all the bacchanal and fighting among posters going on.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: weary1969 on September 12, 2016, 06:33:24 PM
Most of the pest gone so much more pleasant environment.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 22, 2016, 05:32:41 PM
WATCH: Highlights of Levi Garcia’s first four games of the 2016/17 Dutch Eredivisie season

https://www.youtube.com/v/aNES28mgHuU
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on September 23, 2016, 10:05:45 PM
WATCH: Highlights of Levi Garcia’s first four games of the 2016/17 Dutch Eredivisie season

https://www.youtube.com/v/aNES28mgHuU

 :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on September 24, 2016, 05:02:23 AM
God First Indeed
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: KND2 on September 24, 2016, 08:30:09 PM
Performance looks good
sky is the limit.

approach to the game has to be spot on.

Both players like Yorke and Henri started out as wingers and morphed into world class strikers.

Only through maximum effort and preparations can true potential be achieved.

Sky is the limit.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on October 02, 2016, 10:18:15 AM
Sparta Rot. Vs AZ
Garcia just came on in the 72nd.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on November 04, 2016, 11:12:47 AM
Levi: We must be disciplined but ruthless.
TTFA Media.


Only once in all-time history has Trinidad and Tobago defeated Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying match at any level. It occurred on Monday April 8th, 2013 in La Chorrera, Panama when this country’s national under 17 men’s team pulled off a 2-0 win over the Central Americans in a CONCACAF Final Round encounter, a result which helped push them through to the quarter final stage.

Netherland-based winger Levi Garcia played the match in its entirety and recalls it vividly. At 15 years, he was given the starting role by coach Shawn Cooper for a match that T&T needed to win after suffering a 2-0 loss to Canada in the opening match.

Now Garcia is hoping to play his part in spurring Stephen Hart’s team off to a winning start to the CONCACAF Final Round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup next Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“Oh yes I remember that match. It was such a joy because we found out after that no national team had ever beaten Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying match so it felt great to be part of that team,” Garcia told TTFA Media on Thursday.

“I remember we knew Costa Rica were a big team and we were a bit down after losing the first game against Canada. We played really well but we just couldn’t score and then we fixed that in the second game against them (Costa Rica). That was one of my most pleasing experiences as a national youth player,” he said.

Turning 19 on November 20th, Garcia knows that the responsibilities and the expectations are greater now. The stakes are much higher this time around.

“Yes. It’s a totally different stage. For me it’s very exciting. A year ago I maybe didn’t think that I would be on this stage with the senior team. It’s a lot more pressure but now pressure in the sense that it’s a big weight. I have grown and matured over the past year since I moved to Holland but I am still learning every day and the maturing process is continuing for me,” Garcia continued.

“I believe that this game is very important and it will take a big effort from every player from the entire squad, not just for this game but all of our matches in this round. I am confident that we can do it but we have to be smart and disciplined and of course ruthless when we are out there. Nothing must go past us easily and we have to make use of our chances on goal in the games,” he said.

Title: Levi Garcia: the AZ Alkmaar teenager making waves across Europe
Post by: Tallman on November 24, 2016, 11:44:44 AM
Levi Garcia: the AZ Alkmaar teenager making waves across Europe
By Andre Thompson (realsport101.com)


AZ Alkmaar travel to Dundalk, pinning their hopes on youngster Levi Garcia. We've profiled the player, who's already turning heads across Europe.

AZ Alkmaar travel to Ireland to face Irish league champions Dundalk FC in their penultimate game of the Europa League Group D. Alkmaar are bottom of the group on two points, though a win over the second placed side will see them overtake their group rivals and create a chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. A name that's doing the rounds recently is Levi Garcia of AZ Alkmaar. Although he's only been at the Dutch club since February 2015, his rise has been phenomenal, establishing himself in the first team at just 19-years-old.

In light of Garcia's likely appearance against Dundalk tonight, we've profiled the player and shed some light on his humble background.

Humble beginnings
Growing up in the south of Trinidad, Levi Garcia comes from humble beginnings. He began playing football from a tender age with his brothers in the small Trinidadian town of Santa Flora; he was handpicked early as one for the future. Whilst Garcia is a somewhat new name for many tongues that speak the language of football, those who have witnessed the budding 19-year-old have already been amazed by his undoubted talent.

Garcia progressed rapidly in his native Trinidad, becoming the standout player at college level, leading his team to the Secondary Schools’ Football League Trophy and he was soon selected for national duty for the Trinidad and Tobago U20s. It was here that Dutch scout Humphrey Nijman spotted the rising star.

His pedigree for success is a noted feature of his youth, having won titles from a young age. His first professional game came at age 15 for T&TEC in Trinidad, before he moved on to Shiva Hindu Boys’ College of Penal, Trinidad. Although he briefly joined Central FC, he would soon depart for U20s duty, only to be scouted by Mr. Nijman.

Levi, before he could feature in a match for Central FC was on trial at AZ Alkmaar, where he was under the special care of Marco Van Basten and the Dutchman was impressed with what he saw of the youngster. Garcia is a versatile player. He’s a left wing by nature, but can perform well anywhere in attack because of his general strength, skill, ball control and improvisation techniques.

Talent beyond his size
Despite his height of 5”9’, Garcia possess strength in possession of the ball, he’s quick and can finish. He’s a real number ten. Garcia made his debut for Alkmaar, wearing the number 28 shirt, against Feyenoord, becoming the youngest player from Trinidad and Tobago to feature in a match in Europe at 18 years and 65 days, taking the record away from well known former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke.

Levi was not done yet though, going on to score a double on his national debut for Trinidad and Tobago against St Vincent and the Grenadines, becoming the youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup qualification match in the process. He was also the youngest to feature in a match for Trinidad and Tobago. These were all records held by Yorke.

Garcia has started his professional life with Alkmaar well debuting at Feyenoord and scoring in only his second match at NEC Nijmegen after coming on as a sub in the 71st minute, gaining instant popularity with the fans. Garcia made eight appearances coming to the end of the 2015/16 season where AZ placed fourth. The 2016 season has started well for the 19-year-old,  already making eight Eredivisie appearances, scoring and assisting one apiece. He’s also spreading his name across Europe, playing in four Europa League qualifying matches and two group games.

This season Levi has progressed and looks well adapted to the Dutch ‘total’ style of play and is coping well with life in Holland. Levi is proving a lot to handle for defenders, as he regularly gets past his marker with his excellent footwork, control and strength.

Alkmaar the right destination
Levi Garcia is definitely one for the future and a good buy for Alkmaar. The Dutch club have a reputation for developing great players going on to play in Europe’s top five leagues. Just ask Vincent Janssen, Alkmaar's top scorer in the Eredivisie last season who was signed by Tottenham over the summer.

Alkmaar continue to grow and constantly breed young talent, now boasting Derick Luckassen and Ridgeciano Haps in their ranks. It’s the perfect environment for Garcia to improve his game.

Alkmaar have already put out dribbling skills of Levi Garcia on youtube so all fans and those who wish to take a look are much welcomed to see this talent of tomorrow shine. Soon his name will be etched in the hearts of Alkmaar fans and engraved in their history but bigger things can also be expected of the Trinidadian as many expect big clubs to come knocking soon.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 08, 2016, 03:21:59 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores the third goal in Jong AZ’s 5-1 win over TEC VV

https://www.youtube.com/v/Wrp3K7I6n8o?start=74
Title: Garcia confident T&T can regain WCQ form
Post by: Tallman on December 18, 2016, 10:30:08 AM
Garcia confident T&T can regain WCQ form
CONCACAF.com


After opening the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with two losses, Trinidad & Tobago sits fifth in the six-team table, leading the United States on goal difference (-4 to -5).

Winger Levi Garcia believes the Soca Warriors can right the ship starting in March, when they resume play in the competition with home matches against Panama (March 24) and Mexico (March 28).

“It is a long campaign,” the 19-year-old told CONCACAF.com.  “We still have eight matches to go to turn things around. We have two games to come in March against Panama and Mexico so this is a grand opportunity to show we are capable of great things in this region and make the fans happy.  We have to target 6 points.”

It has been a long time since T&T hosted either side in a WCQ.  The Caribbean power beat Panama 2-0 in 2005, and drew 2-2 with Mexico four years later.

More recently, T&T faced both in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, battling Mexico to a 4-4 stalemate, while falling 6-5 on penalty kicks to Panama after knotting at 1-1 in a quarterfinal meeting.

“We certainly have the ability and the determination to do well.  It is all about executing now,” stressed Garcia, who joined Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar from Central FC in 2015.  “We have a good record versus Panama and Mexico at home, so we are hoping past results against them can be replicated.”

With AZ this season, Garcia has notched a goal and an assist in eight games.  He credits his European experience with helping him earn a spot on the senior squad despite his relative youth.

“Playing in the Netherlands is quite an adjustment to playing in Trinidad,” Garcia finished.  “The pace of the game is quicker.  It is much more technical, so it took some time to adjust.  However, after a few months, I felt settled and I feel it has prepared me for International football, especially at the senior level.  Scoring a brace on my senior debut (entering as a substitute in a 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win at St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 25, 2016) was a good experience and I feel once I continue improving in Eredivisie it will positively help my country.”
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: kounty on December 18, 2016, 05:26:21 PM
He training with the national team yet? I watch the last AZ game the otherday specifically to see if I spot him, but he wasn't even on the bench. Like he does only get a run out for the youth team orwa?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on December 19, 2016, 05:57:29 AM
He training with the national team yet? I watch the last AZ game the otherday specifically to see if I spot him, but he wasn't even on the bench. Like he does only get a run out for the youth team orwa?
Seems to Be only youth team football, maybe he's not training well. But he played last week in a cup match. In as a sub
Title: CONCACAF Q&A: Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar and Trinidad & Tobago)
Post by: Tallman on December 20, 2016, 05:34:39 PM
CONCACAF Q&A: Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar and Trinidad & Tobago)
CONCACAF.com


From making his Trinidad & Tobago debut in a World Cup Qualifier to playing in the UEFA Europa League with the Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar, Levi Garcia has had a busy 2016. He is a rising prospect and a potential CONCACAF star, who has eyes on a long and rewarding career. The 19-year-old took some time to speak with CONCACAF.com about his young career and his future endeavours.

When did you start to play football?
I started to play football when I was 6 years old. Since I was very young, I always liked football. It is my favorite sport. Growing up, football was on my mind all the time and it was clear that is what I wanted to do with my life.

You made your senior debut earlier this year at just 18-years-old, scoring two goals in a 3-2 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines. How did it feel to be the youngest-ever Trinidadian to play in a World Cup qualifier?
It was a wonderful feeling for me. It is a moment I will never forget. To even score two goals on my debut and help my country secure an important three points in the campaign was the best thing of that day. It gave us the momentum to qualify for the Hexagonal Round of World Cup Qualifying. Not many teenagers get this opportunity, so I was grateful for it.

Are there any footballers to whom you look for inspiration?
I look up to Neymar. He is a world class football player. He works very hard and you can see how his hard work pays off for club and country. He is always committed and is still quite young. As it relates to Trinidad & Tobago, I look up to Ataulla Guerra, who played for Trinidad in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and Dwight Yorke. Yorke put Trinidad & Tobago football on the map by winning English Premier League and Champions League titles with Manchester United. He is a hero for our country.

Do you have any memories of Trinidad & Tobago’s participation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup?
I was about eight-years-old at the time. There was a lot of hype in Trinidad & Tobago. There were smiling faces everywhere. The twin island really united from this tournament. Arguably, it was one of our best sporting memories. As I am a professional now, one of my aims is to help Trinidad & Tobago qualify for the World Cup. I hope it is 2018.

How are you enjoying your football with AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands?
I am thoroughly enjoying my football with AZ Alkmaar. I am learning something new every day and I feel the Netherlands is a good place to develop young talent. I am grateful for this opportunity and I feel it has helped me develop technically, as well as improve on my crosses as a winger.

Your club AZ Alkmaar will play Lyon in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 in February. How do you rate your team’s chances of progressing in this tournament?
I am very confident in my team’s ability to do well in this competition. We have good team chemistry with quality players. We want to go all the way. By finishing fourth in the league last season, we showed we are no pushovers. Now we want to prove that we can do well in Europe.

Would you say the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Jamaica was a turning point in your young career?
It was a turning point as it gave me the opportunity to trial in the Netherlands. Despite not qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, I am happy I did my best in that tournament to land myself a pro deal in Europe. It was one of my dreams to play overseas and to accomplish that was a success for me.

What is your ultimate goal as a professional football player?
My ultimate goal is to be the best footballer I can be, be a good motivator, as well as be a good influence on youths and the younger generation of footballers.

What advice do you have for young players who aspire to become professional football players?
All I can say is to never give up. It doesn’t matter the situation, put God first and go get it. Everything will fall into place in time, so once you work hard you shall reap your rewards.

Outside of football what do you like to do for fun?
Outside of playing football, I enjoy spending time with my family. This is the best thing to do during my down time from football. In addition, I enjoy playing musical instruments. As far as other sports are concerned, I like watching cricket, track and field and basketball.
Title: Levi Garcia on the move ??
Post by: Big Magician on January 04, 2017, 10:21:00 AM
anyone knows ??.. saw Levi post something and had a Spain flag on it ...kinda suggesting like its a move to Spain ??..
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: congo on January 04, 2017, 11:19:15 AM
Doubt AZ will let him go so quickly unless it's for some loan experience. He young still and probably have a 3-4 years before they will start looking at offers for him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on January 04, 2017, 11:44:41 AM
anyone knows ??.. saw Levi post something and had a Spain flag on it ...kinda suggesting like its a move to Spain ??..

Just camping, nothing more.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mose on February 23, 2017, 03:45:13 PM
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on February 23, 2017, 05:14:45 PM
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
he has been their best player in the last 2 or 3 games
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on February 23, 2017, 07:34:34 PM
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
he has been their best player in the last 2 or 3 games

have you seen him play?, does he release the ball more now?, after his debut for TT, every run out he get after, he seemed to want to play hero and do it all by heself and kept gettin shutdown......especially against USA, joevin fall victim to dat shit too
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on February 23, 2017, 07:39:24 PM
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
he has been their best player in the last 2 or 3 games

have you seen him play?, does he release the ball more now?, after his debut for TT, every run out he get after, he seemed to want to play hero and do it all by heself and kept gettin shutdown......especially against USA, joevin fall victim to dat shit too
Yes I've seen him play. And yes he's greedy maybe that's why he has been in and out of AZ first team and running out for the reserves. But in the last three games he has played well and for the team. One off the bench he was their best player and followed up with two starts. He's a work in progress
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on February 23, 2017, 07:51:29 PM
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
he has been their best player in the last 2 or 3 games

have you seen him play?, does he release the ball more now?, after his debut for TT, every run out he get after, he seemed to want to play hero and do it all by heself and kept gettin shutdown......especially against USA, joevin fall victim to dat shit too
Yes I've seen him play. And yes he's greedy maybe that's why he has been in and out of AZ first team and running out for the reserves. But in the last three games he has played well and for the team. One off the bench he was their best player and followed up with two starts. He's a work in progress

cool thanks for the info....if he learn to be more unselfish he might find dat he will make more room for himself and be more effective for the team
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 24, 2017, 07:10:45 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores a brilliant goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 7-1 loss to Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32

https://www.youtube.com/v/BLTEpr1V_w4?start=36
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dynamite Warrior on February 26, 2017, 07:16:53 PM
Very good assist today for the game tying goal. He's becoming a more complete, unselfish player every week.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 14, 2017, 12:57:06 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia talks about the impact God and religion has on his life

https://www.youtube.com/v/aCOlsUpr7FE
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Majestic on March 28, 2017, 12:58:37 PM
Could be a difference maker later...if you know him, link and remind him that he is still important and though stuck in a "super sub" kinda role, to embrace it and put some men on dey back tonight.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on August 14, 2017, 03:28:41 PM
Garcia getting ready to rumble for Honduras.
TTFA Media.


Levi Garcia made his first appearance in the Dutch Erevisie on the weekend, coming on as a substitute for AZ Alkmaar in their 3-2 loss to PSV in their opening game of the Dutch Eredivisie.

It was Garcia’s first appearance in competition after a two-month lay off with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss T&T’s two previous World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and the United States

But the 19-year-old winger is now aiming to force his way back into Dennis Lawrence’s plans for the upcoming back to back World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama on September 1st and 5th.

“It felt great to be back on Saturday. I got in for the last 15 minutes against PSV on the weekend. It was my first game after a two-month injury setback. I am thankful to God that I am fit and able to play the game again,” Garcia told TTFA Media . “It was devastating to be out for so long with the injury especially having to miss the qualifying games. But I am getting back to 100 percent again. My main focus for the preseason was to get fit and playing again,” he added.

Looking ahead to the upcoming programme, Garcia believes he can earn the call from Lawrence.

“This is a really important period for us and I hope I can be part of it. It has been a while since I really did well for the team in terms of scoring and having an impact on the game which was the win over St Vincent last year. Hopefully I can get back to that kind of form and I think there will be no better time than the game against Honduras to make this happen.

“I have been watching on the recent games and I think we were unfortunate not to get some points but things have been looking good. The boys have been putting in good performances and now it’s just down to us to raise the level a bit and finishing off the job in these next two games which will put us a in a much better position for the last two games in October. But firstly, we need to take care of Honduras,” Garcia added.

T&T will host Jamaica in their next international match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday August 24th at 8pm. Tickets are available at all NLCB Lotto Locations at $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered). Early bird tickets for T&T versus Honduras are also on sale at the Lotto outlets at $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered) and those tickets will allow free entry to witness the Soca versus Reggae clash on August 24th.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: andre samuel on August 14, 2017, 06:40:20 PM
I wish Levi well this season.  I think that he is in the final year of his inital 3 year deal.........so it's make or break for him, or else we might be seeing him in the colours of Central FC next year
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on August 14, 2017, 07:06:27 PM
I wish Levi well this season.  I think that he is in the final year of his inital 3 year deal.........so it's make or break for him, or else we might be seeing him in the colours of Central FC next year

 :)

His contract negotiations would likely be initiated in November/December of this year at the latest, but the club would presently have a notion of what his benchmarks would be for this season and beyond.

I think he has lots of sunlight in his favour. His present position is promising.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: congo on August 15, 2017, 06:52:29 PM
I wish Levi well this season.  I think that he is in the final year of his inital 3 year deal.........so it's make or break for him, or else we might be seeing him in the colours of Central FC next year
He's 19, not 29...This isn't a "make or break" year for him. Most likely his contract would be renewed. If not then I'm sure that offers would be incoming. He's not playing in the MLS either so that talk about central fc is rubbish. Push come to shove I am sure he can find a place in Belgium or France. His initial 3 year contract is likely to be extended if not for footballing reasons but to allow for a gain to be made on a future sale.
Title: Garcia: Trinidad and Tobago still believe
Post by: Tallman on August 29, 2017, 02:42:51 PM
Garcia: Trinidad and Tobago still believe
FIFA.com


Debuting in your country’s top flight at the tender age of 15 would be a daunting experience for any player. But then again, Levi Garcia was no ordinary youngster. A lightning-quick winger with pace to burn, Garcia relished the chance to hone his skills against more physically dominant opponents in Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro League, fearlessly dribbling at defenders and getting the better of them.

Garcia’s impressive performances at club and international youth level caught the eye of European sides and the talented teenager eventually signed with Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar. It was in the Netherlands in 2016 that Garcia became the youngest Trinidadian to play and score in Europe, a feat previously held by one of his boyhood footballing heroes, national legend Dwight Yorke.

"As a boy, Dwight Yorke was a player that I looked up to,” said Garcia, speaking exclusively to FIFA.com. “Breaking his record is not a matter of competition, but rather it’s a privilege to break a record like that. It also says a lot about where I can go from here.

"It was a big decision to move to the Netherlands but to be honest I was just full of excitement and wanted to fulfil my dreams," he continued. "The second the opportunity came, I said I was going. I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here and I still have a lot more to learn."

Garcia’s records
When Garcia moved from the Caribbean to the Netherlands as a 17-year-old, the agile winger was given a footballing mentorship that most youngsters could only dream of. Marco van Basten, then assistant manager at AZ, took Garcia under his wing, helping the prospect’s development with specialised sessions.

"It was an unbelievable experience," recalled Garcia. "Every time he spoke to me, my confidence went from zero to 100. I just felt happy being in his presence and I was doing things on the pitch that I’d never done before."

Now 19, Garcia is still very much learning the game and at international level can draw on the experience of Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence, a stalwart of the Soca Warriors’ only World Cup venture at Germany 2006, not to mention his assistant; three-time FIFA World Cup star Sol Campbell.

"Sol Campbell is a legend of the game and Dennis Lawrence helped take us to the World Cup," said Garcia. "They are guys that I’ve learned a lot from and I’m hoping that I can continue to learn from them."

World Cup dreams
With Lawrence as head coach, Stern John as one of his assistants, and Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones having played a part of the current World Cup qualifying campaign, shades of the Germany 2006 odyssey are very much visible within the Soca Warriors dressing room. For fresher faces like Garcia, who was only eight years old when Trinidad and Tobago took to the world stage for the first – and to date – only time, their positive presence cannot be overstated.

"When you see the guys that helped take our country to the World Cup, it gives everyone a lot of motivation," he said. "I don’t remember too much about it [Germany 2006] but I remember the country being red – everyone was wearing red. It was amazing to see."

T&T’s remaining World Cup qualifiers
Trinidad and Tobago-Honduras
Panama-Trinidad and Tobago
Mexico-Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago-United States


While the Soca Warriors, currently bottom of CONCACAF’s Hexagonal with just one win from six games, may face an uphill battle to reach Russia 2018, they still have a chance of reaching their second-ever World Cup. Lawrence’s men next face Honduras (1 September) at home in Couva before a trip to fourth-placed Panama four days later.

Garcia, who missed June’s qualifiers with a hamstring injury and will also sit out September’s games, insists T&T’s Russia 2018 dream is still alive.

"We still believe we can get there. You can see it in everyone’s eyes – there’s 100 per cent belief and I think that we can do it," asserted Garcia. "It would mean everything to us to get six points from the next two games."

While Garcia may not be able to remember too much about the last time his country reached the World Cup, he will be hoping to make some fresh memories with the Soca Warriors at the global finals should they get to Russia next year.

https://www.youtube.com/v/OnGLSaUEwck
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: vb on August 29, 2017, 09:38:20 PM
Those record quoted above are wrong.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on August 30, 2017, 04:29:24 AM
Those record quoted above are wrong.

Which records are wrong, and who are the correct record holders?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 30, 2017, 08:06:23 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in Jong AZ’s 2-1 loss to FC Eindhoven

https://www.youtube.com/v/Qfx6QlF05RI?start=32
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on September 30, 2017, 12:15:43 PM
levi with the second string team things eh looking good he missing some sitters there man
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on September 30, 2017, 07:32:24 PM
levi with the second string team things eh looking good he missing some sitters there man
Maybe the coach wants to get him match fit and sharp before he resumes with the first team.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on October 01, 2017, 10:02:47 PM
Maybe the disappointment with the national team is affecting his play at club level. He is still a very young player and may not know how to mange that sort of issue
.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 08, 2017, 07:21:46 AM
Midfielder Levi Garcia ranked at #37 on FourFourTwo Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017 (https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/fourfourtwos-100-best-teenagers-world-2017-40-31)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOG87SNVAAAFG4_.jpg)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on November 08, 2017, 08:19:02 AM
We are patiently waiting for you to perform at the Tokyo Olimpics and Qatar(that is if the Saudi don’t bomb them). Good luck.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ffisback on November 14, 2017, 08:13:14 PM
His team sign him to be a forward but he is a winger I hope the team gives him time to learn to be a forward just like D Yorke was given time to become a forward.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on November 21, 2017, 08:55:13 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia’s strike from 20 yards completes Jong AZ Alkmaar’s 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Jong Ajax. He also assisted on Alkmaar’s first two goals.

https://www.youtube.com/v/kL-EkcEeRxE?start=295
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on November 21, 2017, 10:48:50 AM
sweet flick for 2nd goal!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on November 21, 2017, 11:50:13 AM
This is the U-20 or U-23?? I think Jong means young. So this is not the senior AZ playing senior Ajax?? Anyway, still nice for for him to score goals. No matter what level.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on November 21, 2017, 12:18:11 PM
the second team he has been with a while
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on November 30, 2017, 09:46:38 AM
Levi so fast even USA faster player (DeAndre Yedlin) couldn't catch him.

Watch 32 seconds in.

https://youtu.be/gsJNQLYI3RA?t=34

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini Madness on November 30, 2017, 09:59:18 AM
Levi so fast even USA faster player (DeAndre Yedlin) couldn't catch him.

Watch 32 seconds in.

https://youtu.be/gsJNQLYI3RA?t=34



Nathan Lewis was running all over him as well
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 21, 2017, 07:57:47 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-2 win over Fortuna Sittard in the KNVB Cup.

https://www.youtube.com/v/u4yIew3EvMk?start=280
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on December 21, 2017, 04:37:04 PM
So any contract extension for levi ?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Anbrat on January 02, 2018, 12:24:13 PM
So any contract extension for levi ?
Guess not!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sando prince on January 02, 2018, 07:36:00 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-2 win over Fortuna Sittard in the KNVB Cup.

https://www.youtube.com/v/u4yIew3EvMk?start=280

 :beermug: :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 18, 2018, 09:02:55 AM
AZ Alkmaar midfielder Levi Garcia goes on loan to S.B.V. Excelsior for the remainder of the 2017/18 Eredivisie season (https://www.telegraaf.nl/sport/1557895/az-laat-levi-garcia-naar-excelsior-gaan)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DT1O-1LWsAELlnw.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FF on January 18, 2018, 12:33:30 PM
This is the team that Desevio Payne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desevio_Payne) plays for...

Perhaps Levi can convince him of the merits of suiting up for Trinidad and Tobago....  :-\
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 18, 2018, 01:06:00 PM
This is the team that Desevio Payne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desevio_Payne) plays for...

Perhaps Levi can convince him of the merits of suiting up for Trinidad and Tobago....  :-\

Let see, maybe Levi can persuade him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on January 18, 2018, 03:22:07 PM
Levi better focus on convincing  this  club of signing him permanently with some solid performances ...he is out of contract this season ....
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 19, 2018, 04:23:47 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia speaks to the media after his first training session with S.B.V. Excelsior

https://www.youtube.com/v/CphP7qWTvN8
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 19, 2018, 07:51:11 PM
I remember when Levi was being compared to Leon Bailey..
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on January 19, 2018, 10:53:54 PM
That reporter was annoying with his questions, Levi handled it well.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: elan on January 20, 2018, 11:18:10 AM
I remember when Levi was being compared to Leon Bailey..

Did you see the backheel he scored today?

https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/954734635526713345 (https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/954734635526713345)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: gawd on pitch on January 20, 2018, 01:33:26 PM
I remember when Levi was being compared to Leon Bailey..

Did you see the backheel he scored today?

https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/954734635526713345 (https://twitter.com/FOXSoccer/status/954734635526713345)

That's what makes Leon special. Very creative, not afraid to try new things and has a good football brain.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 09, 2018, 08:52:54 AM
Match Report of Excelsior vs AZ Alkmaar

Match date - March 3, 2018

Quote
Second Half
It took until the hour mark for the game to really get going in the second half, this coincided with the introduction of Levi Garcia, on loan from the visitors. The Trinidadian looked keen, lively and a real threat down the right hand side. Seconds after his arrival, the hosts won a free kick and the tempting delivery found Mattheij at the back post, with Wout Weghorst performing heroics to stop the ball going over the line. It didn’t take much longer for Excelsior to get their goal, after good work from Garcia, who cut the ball back to edge of the box for Messaoud to curl a fine strike past Bizot. Excelsior huffed and puffed but couldn’t find the equaliser that their performance merited.

http://www.football-oranje.com/rotterdam-weekender-thomas-ouwejan-interview/
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: kounty on March 10, 2018, 01:43:05 PM
Scored a nice goal today, and shows up a couple times in the highlight reels.  good! him and Joevin (who played well today too) giving we something to smile about.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 11, 2018, 09:42:48 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia shows control and composure to score his first goal[/url] for SBV Excelsior in their 3-2 win over VVV-Venlo

https://www.youtube.com/v/Dh8lvpIQl0Q?start=109
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on March 16, 2018, 02:51:41 PM
A 2-1 loss tonight although they had a 1-0 first half lead.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 16, 2018, 05:02:26 PM
Midfielder Levi Garcia announces his departure from AZ Alkmaar (https://www.azfanpage.nl/garcia-kondigt-afscheid-aan-het-was-me-een-genoegen/). The option to extend his contract was not taken by the club.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 16, 2018, 07:21:23 PM
According to Israeli Premier League club, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC, they have agreed to sign midfielder Levi Garcia on a free transfer. He is expected in Israel this week where he will undergo medical tests and formally sign a contract.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdXH6BEX0AMf67p.jpg:large)

Kiryat kid: Levi Garcia swaps Dutch Eredivisie for Israeli Premier League.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Twenty-year-old Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia will spend his immediate future in north Israel, after agreeing to swap the Dutch Eredivisie for Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC.

For Garcia, the surprise move ends a two and a half year spell in the Netherlands top flight that brimmed with potential at one point but eventually ended without a contract offer from either of his two employers there.

Garcia scored one goal in each of his first two seasons with AZ Alkmaar and once on loan to SVB Excelsior—for a total of three goals from 45 Eredivisie appearances. He played for 90 minutes in just four of those outings.

And, with his contract with AZ due to expire, there has been no offer of a renewal from that club or Excelsior. Wired868 understands that the Israel Premiership was seen as a chance for Garcia to rebuild his rhythm and confidence—while earning a good wage—before a possible return to a top-flight European club.

Ironi Kriyat Shmona are poised to finish as champions in the eight-team Israeli League, which sees clubs face each other four times during the regular season. Already, they are assured of European football, since Israel became a UEFA member in 1994—as a means of avoiding inevitable conflicts during competitive fixtures against their Arab neighbours.

Israeli Premier Division clubs are allowed six foreigners and Garcia will join Marcus Diniz, Lucas Serafim (both Brazil), Afonso Taira (Portugal), Miloš Radivojević (Serbia) and Nigel Hasselbaink (Suriname/Netherlands) at his new employers.

The 27-year-old Hasselbaink, who was born in the Netherlands but is capped by Suriname, is the nephew of former Netherlands and Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Garcia’s new home town, Kiryat Shmona, is situated near Israel’s border with Lebanon and has been targeted by rocket strikes during times of Hezbollah-led unrest. But it has not faced any such shelling in 12 years.

Otherwise, it is a small town—Kiryat’s population of 23,000 is almost identical to that of Laventille or Tunapuna—whose economy is built on communications, information technology and electronics as well as agriculture and tourism. The residents there are over 93 percent Jewish and mostly of Moroccan extraction.

It is, arguably, the first hiccup in Garcia’s career so far. He was just 17 when he travelled to the Netherlands for trials and so impressed the coaching staff at AZ that they agreed terms even before they could legally sign him on his 18th birthday.

He was 18 years and 65 days old when he became the youngest ever Trinidad and Tobago player to feature in a European top-flight match. The following weekend—on 30 January 2016—Garcia became his country’s youngest ever scorer at that level too, as he struck within three minutes of coming off the bench in a 3-0 win away to NEC.

Both records were previously held by Trinidad and Tobago’s most celebrated export, Dwight Yorke.

Garcia made a storming debut to his senior international career too, as he came on as a substitute to score twice in Arnos Vale when the Soca Warriors recovered from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier. In the process, he also became T&T’s youngest scorer in a senior FIFA contest.

Garcia has played 15 times for Trinidad and Tobago since, 11 of those caps coming with him on the starting XI. But he is yet to score again in red, white and black strip.

In 2017, reputable British football magazine Four Four Two named Garcia as the 37th best teenager in the world:

“Garcia has already been tipped for greatness by Marco van Basten, and broken a couple of Dwight Yorke records. The Trinidadian packs sprinter’s pace, hypnotic trickery and, unlike several wingers, is hard to knock off the ball. He can’t half whack a ball, too, according to Van Basten—an apt judge of a venomous shot.”

One place behind Garcia in Four Four Two’s 2017 ranking was Ajax attacker Justin Kluivert, son of former Netherlands star Patrick Kluivert. But, just a year later, Kluivert is the subject of enquiries from England powerhouse Manchester United and flirting with Spanish champions, Barcelona.

Garcia, on the other hand, is off to Israel where he hopes to regain his mojo.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Big Magician on May 18, 2018, 06:24:30 PM
play de fitball kid

JUST DONT COME HOME...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on May 26, 2018, 04:59:19 AM
Dam, we future star drop bad... that club get relegated.

Title: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: Storeboy on September 05, 2018, 09:58:19 AM
An opinion:
After moving to Europe and appearing to be the most promising young Trinidad and Tobago player since Dwight Yorke, Levi Garcia appears to be heading down the path of many of our young players - the path of disfavor, anonymity, and disvalue. There was such bright hope that he would slowly climb the ladder of respectability as a quality, sought-after, excellent football player among the higher European leagues. His brilliant two-goal performance in his TT debut has never been duplicated.  Sadly, his appearance in the Israeli League seems more like one seeking refuge than attaining acclaim.  It is sad that such a promising player appears to be entering a career as a football nomad.  One option could be to return close to home and attempt to regain his footing in the MLS. And this is only my opinion.
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: Tallman on September 05, 2018, 11:42:45 AM
I've been told that he has gone to the Israeli Premier League to get playing time, work on his game, and regain confidence. There were other offers, but it didn't make sense to take any of them to just sit on the bench.
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: lefty on September 06, 2018, 10:06:45 PM
I think his weaknesses were exposed against the USA, he has speed and dribbling, but the dribbling is pretty one dimensional so a player well drilled in the art of keeping yuh "outside" would have an easy time with him because u watch him long enough and you know just how and when to take d ball.........remember our culture does put dribblers on ah pedestal and teach defender to be self conscious bout getting "shake" so he benefited from ah fear factor, I think he has just been figured out and easily corralled by skilled defenders who understand to not give space and not show him their weak side in the tackle

I feel he would be useful more as ah inside forward probing between CB and FB or straddling d FB shouldler to run onto balls played in behind d lines.....d biggest problem this  is that I have only ever seen  Joevin consistently making incisive line breaking passes in this current generation and struggle to identify others that can ping or thread pass consistently accurate.

long story short, find a way to use he speed and shooting forget about d dribbling

Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: palos on September 07, 2018, 07:09:23 AM
Quote
forget about d dribbling
Totally disagree
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: Marcos on September 07, 2018, 07:49:08 AM
Quote
forget about d dribbling
Totally disagree

Agree with Palos.
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: trini_stallion on September 07, 2018, 10:26:27 AM
Wasn’t he nursing an injury went he got called up when he initially went to AZ ...same thing happen now he in Israel. Idk if it’s coincidence...in the IG I see he’s enjoying by the tours of the dessert, climbing sand banks, swimming at the Dead Sea or whatever it’s called...I wish him all success and hope her gets his stuff back together, he’ll be a very important part of the team if he can.
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: lefty on September 07, 2018, 11:08:15 AM
Quote
forget about d dribbling
Totally disagree

I imagine you were very entertained by old man bocanegra, I think ??? ???, consistently shuttling levi wide into uselessness, all I trying to say is would be more useful playing more direct and getting on the end of things from out wide and behind the line, I jus don't think he has the "variety" to break ah class or at best well drilled line CONSISTENTLY with he dribbling, allowing him to focus MORE on dropping behind dat line on d otherhand and creating some chaos........now imagine if we did hold d ball against d US a bit more and kept trying to drop behind boca for Levi to chase
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: FF on September 07, 2018, 11:49:42 AM
Bocanegra retire from USMNT in 2012  :D

Just FYI lol
Title: Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
Post by: lefty on September 07, 2018, 12:26:14 PM
Bocanegra retire from USMNT in 2012  :D

Just FYI lol

um  "I think ??? ???"
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 17, 2018, 12:14:35 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia announces himself to the Israeli Premier League in spectacular fashion with a vicious long range left-footed shot into the upper right corner of the net (https://twitter.com/socawarriors/status/1041715064741474305). Gives Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC a 1-0 win over Maccabi Netanya FC.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on September 17, 2018, 12:42:55 PM
Looks like a deliberate sabotage of our football players who are at the national level, especially after how well they performed under hart

From there on and his firing has been deliberate sabotage and the players have been derailed

It’s sad that most don’t see this and Levi has not drop in form, when given the freedom to play freely he is a very dangerous player
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ZANDOLIE on September 17, 2018, 06:40:19 PM
Looks like a deliberate sabotage of our football players who are at the national level, especially after how well they performed under hart

From there on and his firing has been deliberate sabotage and the players have been derailed

It’s sad that most don’t see this and Levi has not drop in form, when given the freedom to play freely he is a very dangerous player

no conspiracy here contro. sometimes a drop in form is just a drop in form. looks like he is getting his act together now.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on September 17, 2018, 08:29:18 PM
What position is he playing, it almost look like right midfield or right back
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on September 18, 2018, 07:43:54 AM
Looks like a deliberate sabotage of our football players who are at the national level, especially after how well they performed under hart

From there on and his firing has been deliberate sabotage and the players have been derailed

It’s sad that most don’t see this and Levi has not drop in form, when given the freedom to play freely he is a very dangerous player

no conspiracy here contro. sometimes a drop in form is just a drop in form. looks like he is getting his act together now.
Lol, I trying to understand how this conspiracy play out. DJW have contacts at AZ Alkmaar that bend to his will, eh? Or maybe Excelsior hate Hart so they fight down the youth? The answers are out there.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on September 18, 2018, 08:24:48 AM
i just  hope this yuteman eh get thrown under the bus with the current TTFA admin. He is only about 23.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 11, 2018, 08:30:46 AM
WATCH: 2018/19 Levi Garcia Highlights from the Israeli Premier League with Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC

https://www.youtube.com/v/AQfQux9L8l8
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Rastaman on December 11, 2018, 09:01:18 AM
He looking good there
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on December 11, 2018, 02:36:28 PM
Real Good. Looks like he has freedom to play his game. Almost too fast and skillful for his teamates. His passing has improved too. He needs to play at a higher level with better coaches.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on December 11, 2018, 04:05:03 PM
he seems to be more direct, and his movement actually seems thoughtful and shows good situational awareness......I have to be honest was never sold on him in those departments...d lack of dat was nakedly exposed against d U.S.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 11, 2018, 04:05:23 PM
Good luck to this yute!!!!!!
Title: Levi Garcia urges young SSFL players to balance football and schoolwork
Post by: Tallman on May 29, 2019, 02:59:02 PM
Levi Garcia urges young SSFL players to balance football and schoolwork
SSFL Media


Trinidad and Tobago’s 21-year-old winger Levi Garcia is urging players currently involved in schools football heading into the 2019 season to use the avenue to propel their careers if they intend to make a better life for themselves through the game.

Garcia is currently in training with the National Senior Men’s Team for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. While the rest of the local football is at a standstill with none of the top tier domestic leagues running, the SSFL has already released its fixtures for the 2019 season schedule to kick off in September.

“It was an amazing part of my career,” was how Garcia described his time playing in the SSFL with Shiva Boys Hindu College.

“I was groomed by one of my older brothers Daniel at the time. It was the highest level of football I could play at that age and it was a great experience for me. School football is something special. It motivated me at the time. You can develop yourself in schools football but don’t stay too long…try to move on from there as soon as you get an opportunity.

“Players have to use the Schools League as a stepping stone. I got the opportunity to play club football because of how well I progressed at 16 and 17 while playing for my school and also representing Trinidad and Tobago at the youth level,” Garcia added.

In 2012 Garcia guided Shiva Boys to the South Zone League title. He was part of the T&T Under 17 Men’s Team that narrowly missed out on qualification for the FIFA Under 17 Men’s World Cup in 2013, losing to hosts Panama 4-2 in a match where a win would have secured qualification.

“It is a good balance being in school and playing football,” Garcia continued.

“If a teacher pushes you to do work, it shows on the field. You tend to feel more comfortable as a player if you do your school work well. It really helps you develop as an individual.

“Playing in the SSFL is also a good scouting platform for young players because it gives you the chance to be seen by local coaches and earn a pick on the national youth teams like I was able to do a few years ago. Today I have moved up and I am now a proud member of the National Senior men’s team under Dennis Lawrence and alongside some of the best players in the country preparing to go to my first Gold Cup,” Garcia said.

The Santa Flora-born player is currently playing in Israel with Ironi Kiryat Shmona. He secured his first contract in Europe with AZ Almaar in the Dutch Eredivisie in February 2015. Levi was born to parents Carl and Judith, he has two sisters Adanna and Carla and three brothers Daniel, Nathaniel and Judah, the latter two also having worn national colours. Judah is also currently in the T&T Gold Cup provisional squad.

“Stay in School and try to use sport and football as a vehicle to better your life. Football can take you to great places and put you in a position to be comfortable in life,” Garcia concluded.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 30, 2019, 04:07:40 PM
21-year old midfielder Levi Garcia has signed a three-year contract with Israeli Premier League club, Beitar Jerusalem FC. General Manager Yossi Benayoun, widely regarded as Israel's best ever player, describes Levi as a very talented young player with great skill and potential.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D72KxYVW4AADg3I?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: kounty on May 30, 2019, 07:04:14 PM
Best of luck! Hopefully I get to see more of your games.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Jefferz on June 17, 2019, 11:20:37 PM
I believe that Levi Garcia may have more potential than any T&T footballer that there has ever been. Why? He has Dwight's athleticism and more, he has the skill of Russel, has a shot like Stern, and has vision like Dwarika. I honestly do find that his biggest issue is mental. He's determined and convicted and I love that. I think he shows more determination and conviction than any other Trini footballer that I've seen. Somehow though, I think there is a small lack of self belief. For instance, he will do all the hard work and then when he's in a good position to score, whether he's one or one or has a single defender runnin with him and a good sight on goal I feel like he doesn't believe enough that he'll score and he sort of hits and hopes. Too often at least.

His decision making is holding him back. Very creative, but too often his creativity is not economical enough. There is a time to beats, and a time to pass, and a time to make the obvious pass and a time to make the less obvious pass. I see him mixing all of these up too often, and because he has a lot of skill, strength and pace he either gets away with it mostly or half.

Levi could be a lot more like Leon Bailey, but his decision making has to get better and his self belief has to improve. That's just my opinion. I think even if he doesnt sort this out, it's not unlikely that he'll find himself in top form and have a great career.

Problem for me is, i truly believe he can be one of the best in the world, not just great for a Trini. Digressing, I typically love seeing him play, though I'd love to see his performances for T&T swing back into a more confident, marauding tone.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 18, 2019, 03:35:10 AM
I believe that Levi Garcia may have more potential than any T&T footballer that there has ever been. Why? He has Dwight's athleticism and more, he has the skill of Russel, has a shot like Stern, and has vision like Dwarika. I honestly do find that his biggest issue is mental. He's determined and convicted and I love that. I think he shows more determination and conviction than any other Trini footballer that I've seen. Somehow though, I think there is a small lack of self belief. For instance, he will do all the hard work and then when he's in a good position to score, whether he's one or one or has a single defender runnin with him and a good sight on goal I feel like he doesn't believe enough that he'll score and he sort of hits and hopes. Too often at least.

His decision making is holding him back. Very creative, but too often his creativity is not economical enough. There is a time to beats, and a time to pass, and a time to make the obvious pass and a time to make the less obvious pass. I see him mixing all of these up too often, and because he has a lot of skill, strength and pace he either gets away with it mostly or half.

Levi could be a lot more like Leon Bailey, but his decision making has to get better and his self belief has to improve. That's just my opinion. I think even if he doesnt sort this out, it's not unlikely that he'll find himself in top form and have a great career.

Problem for me is, i truly believe he can be one of the best in the world, not just great for a Trini. Digressing, I typically love seeing him play, though I'd love to see his performances for T&T swing back into a more confident, marauding tone.

As I read this, two words came to mind: "Raheem" and "Sterling". Reserving commenting on the substance of your post, I would say Pep extracted what others could not and saw beyond what others could not see. Without Pep even Sterling wouldn't have appreciated what fruits could emerge from his own labour.

Free Levi!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 18, 2019, 06:15:37 AM
I believe that Levi Garcia may have more potential than any T&T footballer that there has ever been. Why? He has Dwight's athleticism and more, he has the skill of Russel, has a shot like Stern, and has vision like Dwarika. I honestly do find that his biggest issue is mental. He's determined and convicted and I love that. I think he shows more determination and conviction than any other Trini footballer that I've seen. Somehow though, I think there is a small lack of self belief. For instance, he will do all the hard work and then when he's in a good position to score, whether he's one or one or has a single defender runnin with him and a good sight on goal I feel like he doesn't believe enough that he'll score and he sort of hits and hopes. Too often at least.

His decision making is holding him back. Very creative, but too often his creativity is not economical enough. There is a time to beats, and a time to pass, and a time to make the obvious pass and a time to make the less obvious pass. I see him mixing all of these up too often, and because he has a lot of skill, strength and pace he either gets away with it mostly or half.

Levi could be a lot more like Leon Bailey, but his decision making has to get better and his self belief has to improve. That's just my opinion. I think even if he doesnt sort this out, it's not unlikely that he'll find himself in top form and have a great career.

Problem for me is, i truly believe he can be one of the best in the world, not just great for a Trini. Digressing, I typically love seeing him play, though I'd love to see his performances for T&T swing back into a more confident, marauding tone.

In my opinion, Levi is more athletic than Dwight, but certainly is not as fit. His skill set in no way, shape or form even approaches Latapy. He has a powerful shot, but is often not in any scoring position like Stern, but that is not really his fault. He does not possess vision like Dwarika either. Comparing him against these legends is not fair at this point in time, Leon Bailey would be a better one to compare him with.

In terms of tangible progress, it's hard to pinpoint his improvements since turning professional. For what he has in his toolkit, you would have to say that his journey has been underwhelming so far, but fortunately he has time on his side. And as asylumseeker is alluding to, maybe he just needs the right coaching/mentoring and environment to unlock his vast potential. Or maybe an aha moment.

I still believe he will come good, hopefully sooner rather than later,
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on June 18, 2019, 11:03:24 AM
I believe that Levi Garcia may have more potential than any T&T footballer that there has ever been. Why? He has Dwight's athleticism and more, he has the skill of Russel, has a shot like Stern, and has vision like Dwarika. I honestly do find that his biggest issue is mental. He's determined and convicted and I love that. I think he shows more determination and conviction than any other Trini footballer that I've seen. Somehow though, I think there is a small lack of self belief. For instance, he will do all the hard work and then when he's in a good position to score, whether he's one or one or has a single defender runnin with him and a good sight on goal I feel like he doesn't believe enough that he'll score and he sort of hits and hopes. Too often at least.

His decision making is holding him back. Very creative, but too often his creativity is not economical enough. There is a time to beats, and a time to pass, and a time to make the obvious pass and a time to make the less obvious pass. I see him mixing all of these up too often, and because he has a lot of skill, strength and pace he either gets away with it mostly or half.

Levi could be a lot more like Leon Bailey, but his decision making has to get better and his self belief has to improve. That's just my opinion. I think even if he doesnt sort this out, it's not unlikely that he'll find himself in top form and have a great career.

Problem for me is, i truly believe he can be one of the best in the world, not just great for a Trini. Digressing, I typically love seeing him play, though I'd love to see his performances for T&T swing back into a more confident, marauding tone.

In my opinion, Levi is more athletic than Dwight, but certainly is not as fit. His skill set in no way, shape or form even approaches Latapy. He has a powerful shot, but is often not in any scoring position like Stern, but that is not really his fault. He does not possess vision like Dwarika either. Comparing him against these legends is not fair at this point in time, Leon Bailey would be a better one to compare him with.

In terms of tangible progress, it's hard to pinpoint his improvements since turning professional. For what he has in his toolkit, you would have to say that his journey has been underwhelming so far, but fortunately he has time on his side. And as asylumseeker is alluding to, maybe he just needs the right coaching/mentoring and environment to unlock his vast potential. Or maybe an aha moment.

I still believe he will come good, hopefully sooner rather than later,

It appears to me that Levi's crawl to realizing more of hs potential lies between the ears. He may have had good coaches in Holland. And I know you both are not saying that he didn't; but, that Pep was able to use the right key for Sterling.

Levi appears to me to be over-coached. Not given (or taking) enough freedom. Over-thinking as Jefferz says.

I agree Free Levi
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 18, 2019, 11:25:09 AM
Ok, so the new official hashtag is #FreeLevi
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on June 18, 2019, 12:04:02 PM
I still believe droppin him behind the line from wide will yield btetter results than relying souly on his dribbling to create  opportunities a fine example is sterling as mentioned above...we should be playing to draw attention away from him not making him the focal point of our attacking impetus... he may have skill but bluntly put he lacks the football intelligence to be a creative outlet in the mould of a Hazard and such the like....he is for the most part quite predictable....we does condition defenders to 'fraid shake... hell we doh even look like does coach individual or team defending especially in d SSFL, so he prolly never face ah proper defender before leaving these shores.

All things considered...he have speed he have a shot..play to get him in on goal without too much fuss and leaving d creatin to a joevin or such on d other side

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 19, 2019, 01:39:29 AM
He needs match experience. It's easy to forget how little he has actually played - the fact of the matter is that he doesn't have the match experience that other players have.

At 21 he has played 80 league matches, 49 at top flight between Holland (29) and Israel (20).

Leon Bailey has played 123 games, all top flight in Belgium and Germany.

From what little I saw, Leon was the better player at 18 and perhaps this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the experience he could accrue. If Levi gets that match experience at a higher level he will come good, but he will need to engineer a move from the Israeli league at some point in the next couple years.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on June 19, 2019, 07:13:19 AM
He needs match experience. It's easy to forget how little he has actually played - the fact of the matter is that he doesn't have the match experience that other players have.

At 21 he has played 80 league matches, 49 at top flight between Holland (29) and Israel (20).

Leon Bailey has played 123 games, all top flight in Belgium and Germany.

From what little I saw, Leon was the better player at 18 and perhaps this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the experience he could accrue. If Levi gets that match experience at a higher level he will come good, but he will need to engineer a move from the Israeli league at some point in the next couple years.
:beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 19, 2019, 08:17:22 AM
He needs match experience. It's easy to forget how little he has actually played - the fact of the matter is that he doesn't have the match experience that other players have.

At 21 he has played 80 league matches, 49 at top flight between Holland (29) and Israel (20).

Leon Bailey has played 123 games, all top flight in Belgium and Germany.

From what little I saw, Leon was the better player at 18 and perhaps this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the experience he could accrue. If Levi gets that match experience at a higher level he will come good, but he will need to engineer a move from the Israeli league at some point in the next couple years.
theres no comparison between him and Leon Bailey. Leon is a skilled thinking man who plays with purpose and poise while levi is untamed and runs wild with no direction, and I’m not saying this because of the loss last night it’s just the plain truth.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 22, 2019, 02:50:53 AM
He needs match experience. It's easy to forget how little he has actually played - the fact of the matter is that he doesn't have the match experience that other players have.

At 21 he has played 80 league matches, 49 at top flight between Holland (29) and Israel (20).

Leon Bailey has played 123 games, all top flight in Belgium and Germany.

From what little I saw, Leon was the better player at 18 and perhaps this has had a knock-on effect in terms of the experience he could accrue. If Levi gets that match experience at a higher level he will come good, but he will need to engineer a move from the Israeli league at some point in the next couple years.
theres no comparison between him and Leon Bailey. Leon is a skilled thinking man who plays with purpose and poise while levi is untamed and runs wild with no direction, and I’m not saying this because of the loss last night it’s just the plain truth.

Seems like you're backing up my point! It's rare that a player is "born" a skilled thinking man - these are traits acquired through practice at a higher level and/or top quality tactical coaching. Levi is doing what has always brought him success in youth football and smaller teams - if you're good enough you can simply drive a match forward without tactical awareness as those around you suffer the same deficit. When you play at a higher level though, you're easily nullified and your teammates at a higher level simply don't have the incentive to constantly look for you - you're no longer the stand-out and thus no longer the default option for passes.

This is why the SSFL is a blessing and curse for T&T - it's a blessing that such well-respected youth football exists as it gives the students an incentive to train hard and receive praise and a degree of fame/respect. The problem is that the quality of coaching is necessarily going to be lower than the adult's game, as your opposition is never tactically astute or mature in their approach to football. What "works" at football is very different to the adult game - I say that as a youth coach myself for a school team.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on June 22, 2019, 09:34:26 AM
This is why the SSFL is a blessing and curse for T&T - it's a blessing that such well-respected youth football exists as it gives the students an incentive to train hard and receive praise and a degree of fame/respect. The problem is that the quality of coaching is necessarily going to be lower than the adult's game, as your opposition is never tactically astute or mature in their approach to football. What "works" at football is very different to the adult game - I say that as a youth coach myself for a school team.

Agree 100% with this...what bothers me is Levy's apparent lack of evolution given that his SSFL play style is still very much his play style.....his movement often gives away his unwillingness to play off his teammates or even straight up pass when an opportunity presents, that is why I feel he might be more useful being a direct goal threat jus not false 9...he lacks the attributes for it or if we must persist direct him to sit between CB and FB, move a lot more, drop deep, drift inside every now and then (to easy to shepherd) always going outside when he running with d ball mix it up , find spaces, make d back line actually work to keep track of you and for god sake use yuh damn teammates more.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on June 22, 2019, 01:17:51 PM
This is why the SSFL is a blessing and curse for T&T - it's a blessing that such well-respected youth football exists as it gives the students an incentive to train hard and receive praise and a degree of fame/respect. The problem is that the quality of coaching is necessarily going to be lower than the adult's game, as your opposition is never tactically astute or mature in their approach to football. What "works" at football is very different to the adult game - I say that as a youth coach myself for a school team.

Agree 100% with this...what bothers me is Levy's apparent lack of evolution given that his SSFL play style is still very much his play style.....his movement often gives away his unwillingness to play off his teammates or even straight up pass when an opportunity presents, that is why I feel he might be more useful being a direct goal threat jus not false 9...he lacks the attributes for it or if we must persist direct him to sit between CB and FB, move a lot more, drop deep, drift inside every now and then (to easy to shepherd) always going outside when he running with d ball mix it up , find spaces, make d back line actually work to keep track of you and for god sake use yuh damn teammates more.
Lil discussion on Levi in 2016, other than position, has anything changed ? He's still decent, yet ...I think he need a new input from his old TT coach, cause maybe the foreign teams played him as is, that was what THEY required..TT warriors need a little different or something/someone else

https://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=64728.msg960310#msg960310
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on June 22, 2019, 05:40:18 PM
This is why the SSFL is a blessing and curse for T&T - it's a blessing that such well-respected youth football exists as it gives the students an incentive to train hard and receive praise and a degree of fame/respect. The problem is that the quality of coaching is necessarily going to be lower than the adult's game, as your opposition is never tactically astute or mature in their approach to football. What "works" at football is very different to the adult game - I say that as a youth coach myself for a school team.

Agree 100% with this...what bothers me is Levy's apparent lack of evolution given that his SSFL play style is still very much his play style.....his movement often gives away his unwillingness to play off his teammates or even straight up pass when an opportunity presents, that is why I feel he might be more useful being a direct goal threat jus not false 9...he lacks the attributes for it or if we must persist direct him to sit between CB and FB, move a lot more, drop deep, drift inside every now and then (to easy to shepherd) always going outside when he running with d ball mix it up , find spaces, make d back line actually work to keep track of you and for god sake use yuh damn teammates more.
Lil discussion on Levi in 2016, other than position, has anything changed ? He's still decent, yet ...I think he need a new input from his old TT coach, cause maybe the foreign teams played him as is, that was what THEY required..TT warriors need a little different or something/someone else

https://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=64728.msg960310#msg960310

yeah remember dat.... Cameron (did mistake he name in this thread) was d fella dat had him under manners mostly because of his largely predictable movement patterns....always straight dong d flank never tried to push in early to make ah channel for d FB....not dat he would pass anyway >:( :P :-\ but yeah predictable
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ffisback on June 22, 2019, 08:53:01 PM
When you playing on a team that you not getting the ball you're going to have to take things into your own hands.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 22, 2019, 09:51:53 PM
Tallest has done his job by neutering Garcia
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 23, 2019, 03:32:41 AM
Tallest has done his job by neutering Garcia
dont you get tired of spitting rubbish?? Isn’t quite obvious that this lad is overrated and has no idea how to play that position? every ball that came to him either banged off his leg or went to the defenders. the lad needs a lot of work, he’s no star in fact he’s quite ordinary with very little quality.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on June 23, 2019, 04:02:09 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 23, 2019, 05:09:22 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Do you think Shahdon Winchester should be there?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini Madness on June 23, 2019, 05:41:17 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Do you think Shahdon Winchester should be there?

Honestly yea, I think he should be there. If you look at some of the games we actually did score, his name was there. Garcia is a left winger who will drive into the box, give you that nice low cross to tap in, he is no striker.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 23, 2019, 06:03:54 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Do you think Shahdon Winchester should be there?

Honestly yea, I think he should be there. If you look at some of the games we actually did score, his name was there. Garcia is a left winger who will drive into the box, give you that nice low cross to tap in, he is no striker.

I don't even want to see him versus Guyana.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on June 23, 2019, 06:07:52 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Do you think Shahdon Winchester should be there?

No however he is a striker and the best we have at this level it seems :( .. so play him and use levi on the wing thats what i would do ...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 23, 2019, 06:19:17 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Do you think Shahdon Winchester should be there?

No however he is a striker and the best we have at this level it seems :( .. so play him and use levi on the wing thats what i would do ...

Understand completely and it says a lot that precisely this did not happen ... which in no insignificant way points to Winchester's perceived value.

If he buss 6 versus Guyana, some will feel vindicated. Ah think we know better.

(And he might not get a sniff before Peltier.)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 23, 2019, 10:32:05 AM
When did garcia play as a stricker in any of the last few games? the guy played on the flanks, it was Lewis who played the striker role last night and vs panama jamol Williams was in the striker position, Cato alternated with garcia from time to time but Lewis and molino was in a more advanced position IMO. as I said previously garcia is no Dwight yorke in fact he very ordinary for this level and quite selfish.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 23, 2019, 02:41:42 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 23, 2019, 03:03:43 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 23, 2019, 03:26:47 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?

FIFA is paying Lawrence a big salary as an allocation

CONCACAF has limited spots for the wc, Trinidad and even Jamaica can’t be contenders because it threatens the big three hegemony in the region, it’s revenues, and so many other things come with making the wc. This is economic and political, it goes way beyond football
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 23, 2019, 06:51:36 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?

FIFA is paying Lawrence a big salary as an allocation

CONCACAF has limited spots for the wc, Trinidad and even Jamaica can’t be contenders because it threatens the big three hegemony in the region, it’s revenues, and so many other things come with making the wc. This is economic and political, it goes way beyond football
hogwash. a man will have to be a total clunk to believe such nonsense. fifa don’t care much about concacaf except for the voting power it holds which lies greater with CFU rather than the north or central american influence in concacaf.

so if anything they would be clamoring to make us happy by manipulating things to ensure that a CFU team always feature in the World Cup and not the other way around. remember it was CFU that brought down blatter warner and web. concacaf is nothing without CFU and had jack warner really cared about his confederation there would have been a split where there were two spots for CFU teams and two spots for central and North America knowing that they have better resources and out classed everyday of the week.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 23, 2019, 07:16:21 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?

FIFA is paying Lawrence a big salary as an allocation

CONCACAF has limited spots for the wc, Trinidad and even Jamaica can’t be contenders because it threatens the big three hegemony in the region, it’s revenues, and so many other things come with making the wc. This is economic and political, it goes way beyond football
hogwash. a man will have to be a total clunk to believe such nonsense. fifa don’t care much about concacaf except for the voting power it holds which lies greater with CFU rather than the north or central american influence in concacaf.

so if anything they would be clamoring to make us happy by manipulating things to ensure that a CFU team always feature in the World Cup and not the other way around. remember it was CFU that brought down blatter warner and web. concacaf is nothing without CFU and had jack warner really cared about his confederation there would have been a split where there were two spots for CFU teams and two spots for central and North America knowing that they have better resources and out classed everyday of the week.

The cfu has the second most votes in fifa, how does that mean nothing?

TT and ja have consistently produced world class footballers and sporting talent even ex pats kids, of course we are a threat to bigger nations

My friends son, just got selected 3rd in the nba draft, RJ is Jamaican bg, that’s one example, plenty of those talents in our countries... the media and many will fool the Caribbean nations into thinking they aren’t talented... BS
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 23, 2019, 10:41:15 PM
contro is back with his conspiracy theory. Bring back Hart to cool him down.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 23, 2019, 11:14:04 PM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?

FIFA is paying Lawrence a big salary as an allocation

CONCACAF has limited spots for the wc, Trinidad and even Jamaica can’t be contenders because it threatens the big three hegemony in the region, it’s revenues, and so many other things come with making the wc. This is economic and political, it goes way beyond football
hogwash. a man will have to be a total clunk to believe such nonsense. fifa don’t care much about concacaf except for the voting power it holds which lies greater with CFU rather than the north or central american influence in concacaf.

so if anything they would be clamoring to make us happy by manipulating things to ensure that a CFU team always feature in the World Cup and not the other way around. remember it was CFU that brought down blatter warner and web. concacaf is nothing without CFU and had jack warner really cared about his confederation there would have been a split where there were two spots for CFU teams and two spots for central and North America knowing that they have better resources and out classed everyday of the week.

The cfu has the second most votes in fifa, how does that mean nothing?

TT and ja have consistently produced world class footballers and sporting talent even ex pats kids, of course we are a threat to bigger nations

My friends son, just got selected 3rd in the nba draft, RJ is Jamaican bg, that’s one example, plenty of those talents in our countries... the media and many will fool the Caribbean nations into thinking they aren’t talented... BS

Yea, no we haven't. I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.

Your conspiracy just doesn't make sense - don't attribute to conspiracy that can be attributed to ignorance and stupidity. What'#s more likely, Trinidad get found out with a novice coach on his first manager job with a weaker team, or a wide-arching conspiracy involving the USA, Mexico and whatever other nations you believe driving the appointment of DL and then paying him to tank it?

Next it'll be "9/11 was an inside job" and "Princess Diana was assassinated"
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 24, 2019, 12:21:21 AM
levi is a left winger not a striker ... DL using him out of position look at levi  old vid clips  we have  shahdon winchester there and he is on the bench

Tallest doing that on purpose... it’s done deliberately, a coach who has worked with Belgium and top flight football, making those school boy errors?

That’s sabotage...
ok I’m willing to listen just tell me why would anyone want to sabotage TT football? we’re not Brazil or mexico that anyone should fear us, so why? I’m willing to give you lawrence as a clueless bastard like latapy which is the reason for the drastic decline in the quality of play, but what would he gain by doing this, the man just turned down a Lucrative coaching job in england......why?

FIFA is paying Lawrence a big salary as an allocation

CONCACAF has limited spots for the wc, Trinidad and even Jamaica can’t be contenders because it threatens the big three hegemony in the region, it’s revenues, and so many other things come with making the wc. This is economic and political, it goes way beyond football
hogwash. a man will have to be a total clunk to believe such nonsense. fifa don’t care much about concacaf except for the voting power it holds which lies greater with CFU rather than the north or central american influence in concacaf.

so if anything they would be clamoring to make us happy by manipulating things to ensure that a CFU team always feature in the World Cup and not the other way around. remember it was CFU that brought down blatter warner and web. concacaf is nothing without CFU and had jack warner really cared about his confederation there would have been a split where there were two spots for CFU teams and two spots for central and North America knowing that they have better resources and out classed everyday of the week.

The cfu has the second most votes in fifa, how does that mean nothing?

TT and ja have consistently produced world class footballers and sporting talent even ex pats kids, of course we are a threat to bigger nations

My friends son, just got selected 3rd in the nba draft, RJ is Jamaican bg, that’s one example, plenty of those talents in our countries... the media and many will fool the Caribbean nations into thinking they aren’t talented... BS

Yea, no we haven't. I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.

Your conspiracy just doesn't make sense - don't attribute to conspiracy that can be attributed to ignorance and stupidity. What'#s more likely, Trinidad get found out with a novice coach on his first manager job with a weaker team, or a wide-arching conspiracy involving the USA, Mexico and whatever other nations you believe driving the appointment of DL and then paying him to tank it?

Next it'll be "9/11 was an inside job" and "Princess Diana was assassinated"

What’s the point arguing with someone who says TT hasn’t produced a World class footballer or footballers ... :bs:

Just because some of our most talented footballers haven’t played at European top flight football doesn’t mean they are not talented or world class..

Firstly that has a lot to do with ranking, if you have a corrupt federation that is sabotaging our football, your ranking won’t be high enough to get work permits to the uk and Europe...

Secondly that’s done on purpose in order to oppress players from the Caribbean and Caribbean teams. We are only good for votes to elect corrupt presidents and sell outs are happy to oblige that and follow through with it, like the dictator

Thirdly, the last time I checked, Africa basically won the World Cup for France, Suriname propped up that Dutch team for decades, so what will you say next, Africa doesn’t have talented players? My uncle watched the World Cup with us in Germany, the first thing he pointed out was the talent of the TT team, especially Latas, my uncle grew up with Gullit, David’s, know seedorf and his family, played with them, so I think he knows talent when he sees it, like myself and many others who actually believe in local talent

If you put those same trini players on England or a European team or allow them to play on bigger teams, you would be singing a different tune, because that’s a part of the brainwashing; similarly the English county system cut the majority of West Indian players out of county cricket bc West Indian players were getting the finishing skills and experience, training etc needed to be world beaters ... talent was always there

Lastly, why fire a better coach? Why is fifa paying Lawrence, and if Lawrence was such a novice, how the hell was he on the coaching staff for Belgium?

Is Belgium a core of novices in the coaching dept?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 24, 2019, 12:40:07 PM
I notice a lack of names from Jamaica and Trinidad - "World Class" for me is quite an elite group, if you just mean "international quality players" that's a much wider net. "World Class" are the types of players who make a team - Viera, Henry, Messi, CRonaldo, Maldini etc. Jamaica and Trinidad have produced good players, but I just can't accept your proposition that they've "consistently produced world class players". I don't know how you can claim a person is "world class" without them producing it on the world stage - if Messi played his days on the Savannah it'd be hard to say he was world class because he wouldn't have faced "world class" opposition, barring Jackula pulling a World Cup off.

Again, if you had said Suriname/French Antilles I'd have been more likely to agree if we stretch "consistent" - as you note half that French team in 98 were of French Caribbean decent or indeed Caribbean born, and Suriname propped up the Dutch national team for a decade in the 90s/early 2000s. French Guiana and Suriname have more pedigree in creating world class players sadly, but as you note that is likely due to the difficulty of playing in Europe - these players easily crossed the pond as they faced no visa restriction in moving to France (although they are not EU citizens if born in the French/Dutch Caribbean, notably). Again if you had said Africa there's no argument there - George Weah was one of my all-time favourite players and the net can be cast wide across a whole continent.

But your proposition that the world wants to "oppress" Caribbean players for the purposes of ranking is farcical without evidence. What evidence do you have of corruption exactly? And what evidence would convince you of the contrary? Your evidence bar seems mighty low. It seems far more likely that a combination of farcical management from the FA meaning an unsustainable and poor quality domestic competition, combined with legislation changes in Europe that were decidedly anti-migrant from non-EU sources, and topped with the difficulty of scouting players in the region combined make a much more likely explanation. On that vein - if you're a talented sportsman in Trinidad then cricket is a very competitive option - we may be losing some talent to other sports we're good at. But ultimately, we're drawing from a very narrow pool compared to other nations.

None of what I say undermines my belief that Trinidad has a huge untapped talent. If we had an FA that cared more about the local game than their own petty vanity projects we'd be much more competitive. But to look abroad for conspiracies seems excessive when a perfectly incompetent person sits at the helm.

The firing of Hart seems purely an ego thing from DJW, Hart didn't play ball with his stupid demands, and a man with petty dictator traits exercised the power given to him by a servile and cowardly board with only their own interests at heart. Occum's Razor would surely cut your complex web of conspiracy out when there are far more simply and likely explanations at hand. Dennis Lawrence was a competent coach as evidenced by his coaching background at Belgium and Everton, but coaching isn't management and the step up is steep.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 24, 2019, 12:48:31 PM
contro is back with his conspiracy theory. Bring back Hart to cool him down.

No I’m preaching facts, just bc you can’t see the complex manipulation going on with our football and the sabotage, doesn’t mean my statements are conspiracy theories...

That’s just a way for people undermining what I’m saying bc they only see these issues as surface level issues and not what they really are behind closed doors

You’ve watched so much corruption in TT in general and with our football over the decades and have the audacity to say it’s conspiracy?

Come on, I thought you were smarter than that deeks, don’t be naive
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 24, 2019, 12:51:43 PM
@Tiresais

As between management and coaching, Lawrence's deficiency is not management.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 24, 2019, 12:58:32 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on June 24, 2019, 01:28:12 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.
I would argue that Yorke was world class. He may have one played in 1 WC but he was a household name and still is known worldwide for being a prominent player in Europe. He had a few seasons scoring 25+ goals and he won a Champions League as a top contributor for his team.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 24, 2019, 01:56:59 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.
I would argue that Yorke was world class. He may have one played in 1 WC but he was a household name and still is known worldwide for being a prominent player in Europe. He had a few seasons scoring 25+ goals and he won a Champions League as a top contributor for his team.

I wouldn't even "argue". Even John Barnes wouldn't argue.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 24, 2019, 02:02:14 PM
I notice a lack of names from Jamaica and Trinidad - "World Class" for me is quite an elite group, if you just mean "international quality players" that's a much wider net. "World Class" are the types of players who make a team - Viera, Henry, Messi, CRonaldo, Maldini etc. Jamaica and Trinidad have produced good players, but I just can't accept your proposition that they've "consistently produced world class players". I don't know how you can claim a person is "world class" without them producing it on the world stage - if Messi played his days on the Savannah it'd be hard to say he was world class because he wouldn't have faced "world class" opposition, barring Jackula pulling a World Cup off.

so in other wards, if a European panel says they are world class, then that’s gospel? Or in order to be world class you absolutely need to play in Europe and on a European team? That’s the only validation in world football? I beg to differ, I don’t buy into media brainwashing, and old ideals and beliefs, that’s mental oppression, I’m not myopic, nor do I ignore work visa rules and how that affects talented players from the Caribbean, and Europe’s and the uks ability to control players free movement bc of a convoluted ranking system I believe is a farce... not to mention the continuous oppression by not allowing the Caribbean to have 2 automatic spots despite holding the second most votes in the world to Africa... so an African player must play in Europe to be deemed world class? I’ve seen better players locally in Brazil than those In Europe but of course they are playing in South America and chose not to go to Europe, so are they too deemed not world class? Africa also has faced a similar fate mind you... my cousin Clinton played for Ajax and the Dutch national team, he watches Caribbean football and TT, he also subscribes to my statements and it has nothing to do with being family...Trinidad has had and has world class talent, which is being undermined both locally and abroad

Again, if you had said Suriname/French Antilles I'd have been more likely to agree if we stretch "consistent" - as you note half that French team in 98 were of French Caribbean decent or indeed Caribbean born, and Suriname propped up the Dutch national team for a decade in the 90s/early 2000s. French Guiana and Suriname have more pedigree in creating world class players sadly, but as you note that is likely due to the difficulty of playing in Europe - these players easily crossed the pond as they faced no visa restriction in moving to France (although they are not EU citizens if born in the French/Dutch Caribbean, notably). Again if you had said Africa there's no argument there - George Weah was one of my all-time favourite players and the net can be cast wide across a whole continent.

consistently world class, that’s what you should write, my cousins had access to that Dutch entry, TT players don’t have that, and yet we still have talent that could beat big teams if we have a coach that actually coaches and prep without interference from admin, our players in Trinidad and Tobago are not that different than the French Antilles and Suriname btw, same talent

But your proposition that the world wants to "oppress" Caribbean players for the purposes of ranking is farcical without evidence. What evidence do you have of corruption exactly? And what evidence would convince you of the contrary? Your evidence bar seems mighty low. It seems far more likely that a combination of farcical management from the FA meaning an unsustainable and poor quality domestic competition, combined with legislation changes in Europe that were decidedly anti-migrant from non-EU sources, and topped with the difficulty of scouting players in the region combined make a much more likely explanation. On that vein - if you're a talented sportsman in Trinidad then cricket is a very competitive option - we may be losing some talent to other sports we're good at. But ultimately, we're drawing from a very narrow pool compared to other nations.

are you in denial that there is institutional racism and discrimination in world football? Plenty of evidence to show that, up to now, not one African president of fifa, and many other debates, articles to back up what I’m saying... difference between me and you is I get my evidence from multiple sources, first hand, reporters, news and inside sources, where do you get your evidence to prove me wrong? We don’t have a narrow pool, locally they can’t identify talent, that’s been shown for decades, they also don’t like picking ex pats which is what we are seeing with Lawrence currently

None of what I say undermines my belief that Trinidad has a huge untapped talent. If we had an FA that cared more about the local game than their own petty vanity projects we'd be much more competitive. But to look abroad for conspiracies seems excessive when a perfectly incompetent person sits at the helm.

its not incompetence it’s sabotage, deliberate, the dictator isn’t a fool, he’s just appearing to be, that throws people off of what is really going on

The firing of Hart seems purely an ego thing from DJW, Hart didn't play ball with his stupid demands, and a man with petty dictator traits exercised the power given to him by a servile and cowardly board with only their own interests at heart. Occum's Razor would surely cut your complex web of conspiracy out when there are far more simply and likely explanations at hand. Dennis Lawrence was a competent coach as evidenced by his coaching background at Belgium and Everton, but coaching isn't management and the step up is steep.

all the evidence points to deliberate actions of sabotage, nothing was done by coincidence, making it look like incompetence will throw you off the trail, that’s manipulation

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 24, 2019, 02:05:07 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.

 :D

Intriguing or just straight stupidity by the person questioning the class of Dwight as a footballer
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on June 24, 2019, 02:05:55 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.
I would argue that Yorke was world class. He may have one played in 1 WC but he was a household name and still is known worldwide for being a prominent player in Europe. He had a few seasons scoring 25+ goals and he won a Champions League as a top contributor for his team.

I wouldn't even "argue". Even John Barnes wouldn't argue.

 :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 24, 2019, 08:48:26 PM
I'm not sure even Dwight Yorke is "World Class". The only potentially "world class" player to be of Jamaican or Trini descent for me is John Barnes.



Intriguing.
I would argue that Yorke was world class. He may have one played in 1 WC but he was a household name and still is known worldwide for being a prominent player in Europe. He had a few seasons scoring 25+ goals and he won a Champions League as a top contributor for his team.

I wouldn't even "argue". Even John Barnes wouldn't argue.

 :beermug:

Dwight York was not world class. Really dude. You can't be serious. Maybe the current team performance has everyone angry. This is good in a way, because the forum was friggin dead.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ffisback on June 24, 2019, 10:12:13 PM
World class is a player who can perform good on the highest level there are many players that are World class a team like Brazil has dozens of World class players a team like TT only has about 2 or 3 Yorke, Latapy and S Hislop from 2006 then you have players that are above World class they are in the elite bracket Ronaldo ,Zidane, Ronaldino etc.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 25, 2019, 01:03:13 AM
World class is a player who can perform good on the highest level there are many players that are World class a team like Brazil has dozens of World class players a team like TT only has about 2 or 3 Yorke, Latapy and S Hislop from 2006 then you have players that are above World class they are in the elite bracket Ronaldo ,Zidane, Ronaldino etc.
jamal why are you here looking for small talk about a team that has very little to do with you, don’t you have your latest project/experiment st Lucia to worry about?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on October 21, 2019, 02:17:09 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores on a classic counter attack during Beitar Jerusalem FC's 4-0 victory over Sektzia Nes Tziona

https://www.youtube.com/v/Aj1sTfezhDQ?start=169
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on October 21, 2019, 02:43:29 PM
Running in behind dat fella could be real weapon.....for all his skill, his MOVEMENT on the ball often takes him unnecessarily wide because he always tries to do everything himself......why aren't we doing that more....all d available data on him says it have goals there....wait we coaches doh use data......riiight
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on October 21, 2019, 02:47:30 PM
Running in behind dat fella could be real weapon.....for all his skill, his MOVEMENT on the ball often takes him unnecessarily wide because he always tries to do everything himself......why aren't we doing that more....all d available data on him says it have goals there....wait we coaches doh use data......riiight
Is Levi placed in a position and surrounded by a couple players on the NT that can get the best out of him? As seeker mentioned in another thread a few months ago, it's what USA does to make Pulisic successful.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on October 21, 2019, 02:57:37 PM
Running in behind dat fella could be real weapon.....for all his skill, his MOVEMENT on the ball often takes him unnecessarily wide because he always tries to do everything himself......why aren't we doing that more....all d available data on him says it have goals there....wait we coaches doh use data......riiight
Is Levi placed in a position and surrounded by a couple players on the NT that can get the best out of him? As seeker mentioned in another thread a few months ago, it's what USA does to make Pulisic successful.

we have joevin and molino......Dennis have issues with Joevin and Molino don't get to be more useful because we pivot and defense can't measure or aim passes....apparently......is ah complete mess that can be fixed by coaches dat actually know how to develop and improve players on an individual level......yes ah know National coach not suppose to have to do dat, but it clear as day dat dat is needed on some level.......we players need corrective work especially dem boys from pro league and india...again apparently and we NEED ah system bad

Add: by his very nature Levi is not a creator so attempting to directly involve him in chance creation for anyone but him isn't really useful mostly due to his temperament 
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on October 22, 2019, 01:26:30 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores on a classic counter attack during Beitar Jerusalem FC's 4-0 victory over Sektzia Nes Tziona

https://www.youtube.com/v/Aj1sTfezhDQ?start=169
goal keeper is an idiot, all three goals were savable.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 08, 2019, 09:09:10 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores a late equalizer to earn Beitar Jerusalem a 2-2 draw against FC Ashdod.

https://www.youtube.com/v/FznbZd6uP0E?start=430
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 08, 2019, 10:27:46 PM
It's been six months since he's been at his new club and no one has mentioned the shadow in the room. I wonder what it's like playing at one of the most politically charged clubs in the world.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on December 08, 2019, 11:15:22 PM
It's been six months since he's been at his new club and no one has mentioned the shadow in the room. I wonder what it's like playing at one of the most politically charged clubs in the world.
Wasn’t aware.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/videos/sports/2019/12/05/beitar-jerusalem-racism-ali-mohamed-la-familia-football-israel-spt-intl.cnn
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 09, 2019, 05:31:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/GJOV_cN-JP8

... why the owner has his work cut out for him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on December 09, 2019, 12:03:32 PM
I guess this is a good time as any to say hail hitler! if you didn’t know any better, by their behavior you would think they were affiliate some neo nazi hate group. these people are very scary. IMO they are no better than the hateful nazis they love to hate.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 16, 2020, 05:02:33 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia blasts a left-footer into the roof of the net during Beitar Jerusalem FC's 3-1 win over Maccabi Bnei Raina

https://www.youtube.com/v/1dUD9N464pM?start=180
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on January 17, 2020, 05:11:19 AM
In behind no set ah dribbling goal, why we cyah do dat more with him
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 17, 2020, 07:58:28 PM
2nd goal was nice.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 21, 2020, 09:09:51 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia's lethal left-foot is on show as his brace guides Beitar Jerusalem to a 3-1 win over Maccabi Netanya in the Israeli Premier League. This is Levi's third goal in his last two games.

https://www.youtube.com/v/aJPfFaGVrjI?start=70
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on January 21, 2020, 09:33:40 AM
Cutting directly inside goal..."meh" dribbler, but great wide/inside forward...doh have d temperament for false 9 doh know where DL did pull dat from
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on January 21, 2020, 12:15:24 PM
Is it just me or is it that all T&T boys scoring since the new Admin take over? :whistling:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: 100% Barataria on January 21, 2020, 12:29:15 PM
hopefully this gets him to the next level.  Keep bussin de net Levi
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on January 21, 2020, 01:41:50 PM
Great news, the Israeli league is of a good standard and will prep him well.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 21, 2020, 04:51:46 PM
Cutting directly inside goal..."meh" dribbler, but great wide/inside forward...doh have d temperament for false 9 doh know where DL did pull dat from

False 9 or "9" conventional  ... no "9" was wukkin for DL. Yuh might be surprised: I read that Club Sando used Hughton Hector as a false 9 last week. I thought that was intriguing, if accurate in assessment. 
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on January 21, 2020, 07:41:39 PM
Cutting directly inside goal..."meh" dribbler, but great wide/inside forward...doh have d temperament for false 9 doh know where DL did pull dat from

False 9 or "9" conventional  ... no "9" was wukkin for DL. Yuh might be surprised: I read that Club Sando used Hughton Hector as a false 9 last week. I thought that was intriguing, if accurate in assessment. 

I assumed false 9 because even though Levi has goals in his locker, doh tink he works as a conventional 9, maybe if dey feed ah diet ah Sergio Aguero footage to take een because he good running in behind on blind side runs. but den we need players to consistently get d ball through for him and for him to play off of his teammates when he can't shoot in the moment
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on March 15, 2020, 09:29:49 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia, talented Beitar Jerusalem midfielder

https://www.youtube.com/v/WGQIP9MTeAE
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on March 15, 2020, 10:12:40 AM
Very Nice display of Offense, will most certainly help in attack. This was always evident, although I thought with our team, he should have had more passes when he was not as successful in penetration. Now how is his defense, has that improved. Cause our Ntl team seem to also have a major problem there. We obviously need players who can play both sides of the field.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on March 15, 2020, 10:41:33 AM
Very Nice display of Offense, will most certainly help in attack. This was always evident, although I thought with our team, he should have had more passes when he was not as successful in penetration. Now how is his defense, has that improved. Cause our Ntl team seem to also have a major problem there. We obviously need players who can play both sides of the field.
he game lookin more refined and physicality he displaying is impressive, but what impress me the most is dat he recognize he in ah TEAM when playin with he club he need to recognize dat for we too
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 15, 2020, 12:18:00 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia, talented Beitar Jerusalem midfielder

https://www.youtube.com/v/WGQIP9MTeAE

Lawrence killed that creativity and skill as coach of the national team..

Let’s see what Fenwick does...
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on March 15, 2020, 03:14:46 PM
Allyuh mad ah wot. I never see Levi destroy defenses so intelligently and skillfully. He has certainly improved. Now with tighter defenses he will have to up his game. Exciting! Looking forward to his run under Fensic!

Wow! Made my day!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on March 15, 2020, 04:22:22 PM
Allyuh mad ah wot. I never see Levi destroy defenses so intelligently and skillfully. He has certainly improved. Now with tighter defenses he will have to up his game. Exciting! Looking forward to his run under Fensic!

Wow! Made my day!

It was dey to be extracted yes, but jus was not this good, he movement was definitely more thoughtful and I strait up called him dumb more than ah few times and selfish, I more than happy to eat my words if this continues and improves
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on March 16, 2020, 06:40:05 AM
It nice to see this. If he can replicate those movements with the national team, that will be a site to behold. But unfortunately, spending 5 days practice with Fenwick will not cut it when playing against big teams. Maybe against Caribbean teams. But allyuh see what has been happening lately with that. Unless the rest of the players playing at his level, we eh going no where. I spoke to Mike Grayson recently, and he has been to 4 pro league games,  he said that there is some talented players out there. So we will see.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on March 16, 2020, 07:40:10 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia, talented Beitar Jerusalem midfielder

https://www.youtube.com/v/WGQIP9MTeAE

Lawrence killed that creativity and skill as coach of the national team..

Let’s see what Fenwick does...

DL used levi  as a foward   in most games
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on March 16, 2020, 02:54:57 PM

DL used levi  as a  in most games

 :D
The only other person I see play that (blank) position is (blank) himself.   :devil:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on March 16, 2020, 03:38:16 PM

DL used levi  as a  in most games

 :D
The only other person I see play that (blank) position is (blank) himself.   :devil:

i meant to say forward lol
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on March 16, 2020, 05:06:18 PM

DL used levi  as a  in most games

 :D
The only other person I see play that (blank) position is (blank) himself.   :devil:

i meant to say forward lol
:beermug: :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: frico on March 18, 2020, 10:07:55 AM
The Israelis should know that the country given the name Israel was always Palestine.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on March 18, 2020, 04:05:37 PM
The Israelis should know that the country given the name Israel was always Palestine.
?????==> America ;  ?????==> Africa ; ?????==> Trinidad and Tobago.

Anyway, we have we own issues to deal with before we can work out/discuss other ppl issues. This thread is a son of the soil one. Not a foreign Politico-Ethical thread. just saying. ;D
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Controversial on March 20, 2020, 02:11:05 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia, talented Beitar Jerusalem midfielder

https://www.youtube.com/v/WGQIP9MTeAE

Lawrence killed that creativity and skill as coach of the national team..

Let’s see what Fenwick does...

DL used levi  as a foward   in most games

He didn’t have freedom like with Hart and didn’t DL bench him as well..

He wasn’t playing anything close to those highlights for the national team
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 30, 2020, 10:30:06 PM
WATCH: On the resumption of the Israeli Premier League, Levi Garcia scores the equalizer for Beitar Jerusalem in their 1-1 draw with Be'er Sheva.

https://www.youtube.com/v/7zv56iu_a-0?start=113
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on May 30, 2020, 11:11:21 PM
Levi with the KJ celebration :beermug:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Trini _2022 on May 31, 2020, 03:04:21 AM
I hope levi to moves to a stronger league  next season
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 31, 2020, 11:29:03 PM
The left wing on the other team looked damn good also.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on June 03, 2020, 12:06:59 PM
I received a whatsapp fwd with a racist message, guess it's circulating, it's an Instagram msg from a fan in Jerusalem towards Levi Garcia. If it's true it's really disturbing the type of abuse these guys put up with out there.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 03, 2020, 12:50:36 PM
Wouldn't be surprised.

On an unrelated note, scouts report he's good but inconsistent - if he can prove consistency he can move up to bigger and better in the future, if that's what he wants!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on June 03, 2020, 03:04:22 PM
I received a whatsapp fwd with a racist message, guess it's circulating, it's an Instagram msg from a fan in Jerusalem towards Levi Garcia. If it's true it's really disturbing the type of abuse these guys put up with out there.
https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50842424
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 03, 2020, 07:16:28 PM
I received a whatsapp fwd with a racist message, guess it's circulating, it's an Instagram msg from a fan in Jerusalem towards Levi Garcia. If it's true it's really disturbing the type of abuse these guys put up with out there.

(https://scontent-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/102402252_2632868940289371_5526188747357421568_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_sid=2d5d41&_nc_ohc=oDtjodnVMPEAX_7PsF3&_nc_ht=scontent-mia3-1.xx&oh=db82555f0a1a0515113707d5d65988b6&oe=5EFC6F0D)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 03, 2020, 08:39:53 PM
You ever wonder that maybe hitler knew something about these people we don’t? there’s something about racism that really boils my piss, it’s so unnecessary and moronic, to even claim it serve no good purpose is a gross misrepresentation.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on June 05, 2020, 07:50:51 AM
You ever wonder that maybe hitler knew something about these people we don’t?
You hate racism so much it make you racist?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 05, 2020, 10:19:52 AM
You ever wonder that maybe hitler knew something about these people we don’t?
You hate racism so much it make you racist?
thats a heavy piece of criticism without knowing a person wouldn’t you think? FYI I’m tri racial mate and a product of 4 races, so racist accusations towards me is quite ridiculous. my point is that Jews cry the most about being marginalized yet they take the most liberties with other ethnic groups, but be careful not to fart in the direction of a Jew where they would be quick to cry anti semitism and racism, while they get to call you goyum without recourse.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Dinner Mints on June 05, 2020, 02:47:44 PM
So, yes?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on June 05, 2020, 03:29:19 PM
Coming away from casual antisemitism...

Levi Garcia was ranked as one of the best players in the Israeli league by Instant, a football analytics company. I got s copy of the report (but can't repost here), and notes his direct dribbling and good pressing.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on June 05, 2020, 05:22:45 PM
Funny thing, Garcia and his brother or cousin has biblical Jewish names. Levi means "joining". Judah means "praised". Well, so much for Religion and the real world.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on June 05, 2020, 07:02:38 PM
Take a  read:

https://www.haaretz.com/amp/israel-news/.premium-hundreds-protest-in-front-of-u-s-embassy-building-in-tv-over-george-floyd-murder-1.8891644
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: pull stones on June 06, 2020, 02:00:05 AM
So, yes?
whatever mate, knock yourself out if it makes you happy.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on June 18, 2020, 11:33:56 AM
Beitar Jerusalem's Levi Garcia rated as one of the best midfielders in the Israeli Premier League by sports performance analysis company, InStat.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EazVrYFWAAEVFsR?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on June 18, 2020, 12:47:42 PM
That is a good analysis of him (Para.2) which has spoken to our detriment in National colours. Maybe he needs to slow down the pace a bit to increase/focus on increasing control and possession. He's still young, i'm sure he'll continue to improve.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 14, 2020, 08:07:26 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia is expected to sign with popular Greek club AEK Athens in the next 24-48 hours. This is what he will bring to the club.

https://www.youtube.com/v/PCZGsB5BLrc
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 14, 2020, 04:18:52 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia gives his reactions to taking up a 5-year contract with Greek powerhouse AEK Athens.

https://www.youtube.com/v/9N-ABEJKd3g
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 14, 2020, 06:20:34 PM
Bravo, Levi! :applause:

Special request: Rinse PAOK when the time comes.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on September 14, 2020, 07:05:06 PM
Yes, nice move dey, Levi.

Actually, I was expecting something like this. You have certainly improved. Mostly in the area of confidence which affects everything else. Your skill was always there.

Lash dem, bredda.

Congrats to you and family.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 15, 2020, 12:50:18 AM
Levi Garcia joins AEK Athens for €2.2m.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TT midfielder/winger Levi Garcia has joined AEK Athens in Greece after a 15-month stint with Beitar Jerusalem in Israel.

The 22-year-old Garcia moved to the 96-year-old Greek club on a five-year deal after a transfer fee of €2.2 million and €400,000 in bonus was accepted.

Garcia, who has 27 international caps for TT, was a former national Under-17 and Under-20 representative.

He made his local club debut with TTEC and was a member of Central FC before making the move to the Netherlands in February 2015 to play for AZ Alkmaar.

Garcia struggled to make an impact at AZ Alkmaar, owing to injuries and inconsistent form, and had loan spells at Jong AZ and SBV Excelsior. He went to Israel to join Ironi Kiryat Shmona in May 2018 and, a year later, signed for Beitar Jerusalem.

Now Garcia will be starting a new chapter in his professional career, in Greece.

Video - Levi Garcia reactions after completing move to AEK Athens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N-ABEJKd3g&feature=emb_title)

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on September 15, 2020, 05:26:34 AM
Wow!!! That is real cool. Perseverance!!!! Good Going Levi. Blessings. This is kind of like when they make the announcement that  Dwight was moving to UTD from Villa. Persevere, Persevere, Persevere !!!!!!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on September 15, 2020, 07:26:37 AM
Excellent news - I really hope he avoids some of the problems that Greek football has had as of late, but a 5 year contract and a hefty transfer fee suggest they'll be ok to pay him!

Greece is a competitive league with the possibility of Champions League, so lets hope it really pushes his game on
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Sam on September 15, 2020, 08:45:20 AM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on September 15, 2020, 01:23:20 PM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.


It only takes one really good season with this new club.

And it looks to me like he has what it takes to produce the consistency.

Either way real happy for him and by extension team T&T.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: trini supporter on September 15, 2020, 04:13:24 PM
Congrats to the young man! ...big move the best thing to happen in local football for some time.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 15, 2020, 06:55:20 PM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.


It only takes one really good season with this new club.

And it looks to me like he has what it takes to produce the consistency.

Either way real happy for him and by extension team T&T.

Spot on. If I'm looking at it that way, I think his ambition should be to move on within two seasons. The main thing is that he enjoys his football, continues to improve, keep a competitive edge and eventually outgrow this new environment. Exciting times for him and us. Just don't bank there!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on September 15, 2020, 11:39:08 PM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.


It only takes one really good season with this new club.

And it looks to me like he has what it takes to produce the consistency.

Either way real happy for him and by extension team T&T.

Spot on. If I'm looking at it that way, I think his ambition should be to move on within two seasons. The main thing is that he enjoys his football, continues to improve, keep a competitive edge and eventually outgrow this new environment. Exciting times for him and us. Just don't bank there!
That will totally be up to his play and further development, and even then he may be ignored. Depend on how big the truck with the money is, cause if he get even better, the club may not release him for nothing less than they pay for him.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 16, 2020, 03:15:15 AM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.



He can't get into the EPL. T&T's FIFA ranking/ban is too low. Unless, he becomes a European citizen, that might help his case?

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on September 16, 2020, 06:39:29 AM
Good team, glad for de youth, woulda like to see him in de EPL though.

De man already play for 8 clubs and he only 22, like he is another John Bostock.



He can't get into the EPL. T&T's FIFA ranking/ban is too low. Unless, he becomes a European citizen, that might help his case?

Indeed, for now though. Post-Brexit rules might well be very different and give a silver lining for T&T football.

EU citizenship wouldn't help him post-Brexit, but it's looking like there will be routes for us post Brexit.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 16, 2020, 01:18:27 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiDyLRjWoAAsRtD?format=jpg&name=large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiDyMulXsAEccl2?format=jpg&name=large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiDyP0uXsAA5TF6?format=jpg&name=large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiDqmJQWsAMx3gU?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on September 16, 2020, 02:22:34 PM
Wah, No. 9 too. Well, well. Sweet.   :applause: They have high hopes and lots of faith in him. Hope he delivers as I know he can.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 16, 2020, 05:29:22 PM
21-year old midfielder Levi Garcia has signed a three-year contract with Israeli Premier League club, Beitar Jerusalem FC. General Manager Yossi Benayoun, widely regarded as Israel's best ever player, describes Levi as a very talented young player with great skill and potential.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D72KxYVW4AADg3I?format=jpg&name=large)

Israel’s Beitar for sale with buyer reportedly from UAE
By Samindra Kuunti (insideworldfootball).


Beitar Jerusalem have confirmed they are in talks with a potential investor from the United Arab Emirates following days of speculation.

“This is an opportunity to turn Beitar Jerusalem into a dominant club … that will represent, in addition to football, a concrete symbol of the new winds of peace that are blowing in the Middle East,” wrote Beitar in a statement.

On Tuesday, the Abraham Accords were signed at the White House in Washington DC to mark normalisation agreements between Israel and the both the UAE and Bahrain.

The Israeli top flight clubs didn’t provide any detail on the prospective deal or investors, but reports suggest Sulaiman Al-Fahim, a UAE businessman with interests in real estate, could be involved in the negotiations.

Beitar’s club owner Moshe Hogeg will fly to the Abu Dhabi to pursue the negotiations, the Beitar statement said.

Beitar are controversially the only club in the Israeli Premier League never to have signed an arab player. Their fans have traditionally aligned themselves with extreme right wing politics in the country.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 16, 2020, 07:18:14 PM
More evidence that 2020 is a brewing storm from start to finish. Guaranteed trouble.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on September 17, 2020, 01:21:18 AM
More evidence that 2020 is a brewing storm from start to finish. Guaranteed trouble.
Geezanages..Wisemen better start checking the skies again for ah star.  Even more glad for Levi.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on September 17, 2020, 08:33:31 AM
Garcia hopes for ‘many achievements ‘ in Greece.
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


T&T midfielder Levi Garcia says he feels optimistic towards playing with his new team AEK Athens. He said he is thankful to God for the opportunity.

The 22-year-old was signed by the Greek club on a five-year deal for a transfer fee of €2.2 million and will now compete in the Greek Super League.

He previously played in Israel for Ironi Kiryat Shmona FC (2018-2019) and Beitar Jerusalem 2019-2020).

Speaking with Newsday on Wednesday afternoon, after his official signing ceremony, he said the club first alerted him of their interest in early July.

“I (had) already started preparing myself to move along once it was serious,” he said.

But he added, “My time in Israel was well-spent. I had a difficult start with Shmona in the first year but in the second year, I think things went pretty well.”

For the 2018-2019 season of the Israeli Premier League, Shmona finished ninth on the table out of 14 teams. And in the 2019-2020 season, Beitar finished third.

He said despite not getting as many goals as he would have liked, the 2019-2020 season was a wonderful one.

Since the news broke of his new deal, he said his phone has not stopped buzzing as family and friends are reaching out to congratulate him.

“It’s a great feeling for me and my family, and T&T, in fact. It’s not that I can’t believe it but it’s just that emotions are all over the place and I have to try and calm them before I step forward.”

He said he is ready to work hard and urged his colleagues at home not to give up on their dreams.

He has 27 international caps for T&T, was a former national Under-17 and Under-20 representative.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 17, 2020, 09:56:30 AM
WATCH: Follow Levi Garcia as he makes his way from his hotel to Athens Olympic Stadium where he is given a tour and finishes up his medical before finally heading to the offices of AEK Athens to sign his contract.

https://www.youtube.com/v/v2PRH5kjr7U
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 18, 2020, 01:36:45 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia during his first training session with AEK Athens

https://www.youtube.com/v/ksMzW6ZqOW0
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 18, 2020, 03:56:05 PM
WATCH: Former Manchester City and AEK Athens defender Joleon Lescott offers some advice to Levi Garcia

https://www.youtube.com/v/TbQxo7O1o_g
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 24, 2020, 06:05:00 PM
Levi Garcia made his debut for AEK Athens today when he replaced Karim Ansarifard in the 68th minute of a Europa League 3rd Round Qualifying match against Swiss club FC St. Gallen. AEK won the game 1-0 and in so doing have advanced to the Europa League playoffs where they will meet Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on October 1st.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eit__BxXgAILmDj?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: rotatopoti3 on September 25, 2020, 10:23:05 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAueJ5deePE
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on September 27, 2020, 11:37:33 AM
Levi starting in the right attacking wing position, they playing 3 up front.
He just got played into the box but took a bad first touch.

Well look ting
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: chelsealife on September 27, 2020, 11:42:58 AM
Levi starting in the right attacking wing position, they playing 3 up front.
He just got played into the box but took a bad first touch.
he just scored
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on September 27, 2020, 12:37:14 PM
They took him off at the half. Good job scoring his first goal.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 27, 2020, 12:47:28 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ei8IArUWoAE7lzz?format=jpg&name=medium)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ei8KjepXYAIUgal?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 27, 2020, 03:55:28 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia makes his first start and scores his first goal for AEK Athens when he opens the scoring in the 14th minute during their 2-0 win over PAS Lamia 1964.

https://www.youtube.com/v/Q3RfmmIZYXs?start=76

Garcia scores winner for AEK Athens.
By Stephon Nicholas (Newsday).


Trinidad and Tobago's Levi Garcia scored the winner in his first start for AEK Athens on Sunday in the Greece Super League. Garcia opened the scoring in a 3-0 rout of bottom-placed Lamia in the 14th minute.

The 22-year-old slotted in a loose ball in the penalty area with a right-footed shot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3RfmmIZYXs&feature=emb_title). Garcia was substituted in the 46th minute as his team scored two more in the second half to make the three points certain.

Garcia joined AEK Athens two weeks ago on a €2.2 million transfer from Beitar Jerusalem in Israel.

The victory saw AEK Athens move to second in the standings with two wins from two matches.

Garcia made his debut for the club last week, coming off the bench in a 1-0 win over St Gallen in a UEFA Europa League qualifying match.

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Garcia to 'give everything' in Europa League playoff
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


T&T’s Levi Garcia recently made his debut in the Greece Super League with his new team AEK Athens, and the 22-year-old midfielder is ready to help his team reach the UEFA Europa League group stage. He and his teammates will take on VlF Wolfsburg in the play-offs on Thursday.

Garcia shared these aspirations in an interview on Nova Sports after a 3-0 win against Lamia on Sunday. He opened the scoreboard in the 14th minute, his first goal since joining the club two weeks ago on a €2.2 million transfer from Beitar Jerusalem in Israel.

The speedy attacker made his debut last week, coming off the bench in a 1-0 win over St Gallen in the third qualifying round for the Europa League.

He said, “It’s been a great pleasure to be here. I got a pretty good welcome and so far it’s been great.

“I’m really happy about the goal and most importantly, we got three points.”

Asked if he expected to be included in the starting XI so soon, he said, “I came prepared for anything and I got my opportunity.”

He added, “I like to make defenders unhappy…

“I believe with time I can do a lot more but it was a good start. I feel comfortable with my team, I feel togetherness with my teammates and so far it’s a building process that’s going good.”

On his team's chances against the Bundesliga club, Garcia added, “With the right attitude, hopefully we can get a win. Everyone is going to give their everything and we will get the job done.”

He believes he made the “right decision” by joining his new team.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me, my family, my country. It’s been a great adventure so far.”

The group stage draw for the Europa League is set to take place on Friday.

Garcia had previously played in four Europa League qualifying matches and two group games with Dutch team AZ Alkmaar in 2016/2017.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on September 27, 2020, 05:43:52 PM
Capelli, Capelli, Capelli.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on September 28, 2020, 06:45:04 AM
Wah, No. 9 too. Well, well. Sweet.   :applause: They have high hopes and lots of faith in him. Hope he delivers as I know he can.

Levi would make ah decent "mobile" striker or wide forward option especially running in behind, but he was never really dat good of ah winger, he have d tools but lack d mind or d mindset to be really good at it.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on September 30, 2020, 11:10:11 AM
WATCH: Levi Garcia talks about what AEK Athens must do against Wolfsburg in order to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League. He also talks about the first goal he scored in the game against Lamia, his first impressions in Greece, and the absence of fans at football games.

https://www.youtube.com/v/B2A6WQTBnAE
Title: T&T footballer Garcia to feature in Europa League
Post by: Tallman on October 02, 2020, 09:14:46 AM
T&T footballer Garcia to feature in Europa League
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


T&T footballer Levi Garcia will be involved in the 2020-2021 UEFA Europa League, after his club AEK Athens of Greece edged VfL Wolfsburg of Germany 2-1, in a Europa League play-off match, at the Athens Olympic Stadium on Thursday.

Garcia started the match for the hosts but was replaced by Theodosis Macheras in the 53rd minute.

Admir Mehmedi put Wolfsburg ahead, in the 45th minute, but Athens replied with goals from Andre Simoes, in the 64th, and Karim Ansarifard, in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time, to book their spot in the Europa League group stage.

The draw for the group stage will take place on Friday. The group stage will run from October 22 to December 10.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjUnSmUU4AEOeFf?format=jpg&name=medium)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: FF on October 02, 2020, 10:39:22 AM
He came out in the 81 min.

How hard is it to get the facts?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on October 02, 2020, 05:47:07 PM
I found the entire game at rojadirecta (http://" http://forum.rojadirecta.es/showthread.php?353899-F%DATBOL-UEL-20-21-Play-Off-AEK-Athens-vs-VfL-Wolfsburg-01-10-2020")

He almost gift Wolfsburg a goal in the first few mins. Lose the ball in the box with nobody behind him.  He share some beat though.
Europa go be good exposure for him especially if he play the games against Leicester City.
I see his old club AZ in it too.
Title: Garcia: ‘It’s a good look for T&T’
Post by: Tallman on October 02, 2020, 06:06:22 PM
Garcia: ‘It’s a good look for T&T’
T&T Express


T&T footballer Levi Garcia is taking pride in his nationality as he is set to compete in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League with AEK Athens. He believes it is a great step for his team and “a good look for T&T.”

The Greek team edged Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg 2-1, in a final play-off match at the Athens Olympic Stadium on Thursday.

Garcia started the match, playing 80 minutes of football – in what he called a difficult game – and was then replaced by Theodosis Macheras.

Admir Mehmedi put Wolfsburg ahead in the 45th minute, but Athens fired back with goals from Andre Simoes in the 64th, and Karim Ansarifard, in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

It could have also ended 3-1 had Petros Mantalos not missed a penalty in the 20th minute.

Speaking with Newsday on Friday morning, Garcia said being included in the starting XI – for the second time since joining the club two weeks ago – “felt great".

Garcia said, “It was a difficult game and we had to dig deep to get the win. The guys fought for each other, so overall I think it was a good performance and I tried my best to do my part.”

AEK Athens were placed in group on Friday, along with Portuguese team Braga, Leicester City FC of England, and Ukrainian team Zorya Luhansk.

Garcia said, “It looks like a tough group – great games, great opponents and hopefully it will be a nice atmosphere and hopefully we can get as many points as possible and move on from there.

“It’s a great step for us and a good look for the country as well.”

The group stage will run from October 22 to December 10.

Garcia had previously played in four Europa League qualifying matches and two group games with Dutch team AZ Alkmaar in 2016-2017.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on October 02, 2020, 06:21:10 PM
Yuh sure he doh mean is a good look for Greece?  Seems like the quote later in the article was not the same as the headline.
I eh mean to be negative, just that he might be talking about the Greek league having multiple representatives in the group stage.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Flex on October 04, 2020, 12:54:39 AM
Garcia to face Premiership side Leicester City in ‘Europa’
By Ian Prescott (Express).


Having spent the last two seasons with clubs in Israel, Trinidad and Tobago’s Levi Garcia will get the exposure of playing against an English Premier League contender when his Greek Club AEK Athens face Leicester City in the group stage of the 2020-2021 Europa League.

Leicester City is currently among the early Premiership front-runners and were also the 2015-2016 English champions. The Foxes are unbeaten after three matches ahead of their match today against West Ham United. Already Leicester City has beaten star-studded former champions Manchester City (5-2), newly-promoted West Brom (3-0), and Burnley (4-2).

Trinidad and Tobago left-winger Garcia was in action for Greek club Athens in a 2-1 Europa League playoff victory over Germany’s Wolfsburg on Thursday, which sent them to the group stage along with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Napoli, Nice, and Villarreal. Garcia, 22, played for 80 minutes before being substituted. Having signed a five-year contract with Athens recently, Garcia was playing just his third match for his new club, who have now moved to the lucrative group stages of the Europa League.

AEK Athens was placed in Group G along with the English team, Braga (Portugal) and Zorya Lunaska (Ukraine) when the draw was held in Switzerland on Friday. The group stage begins on October 22. Meanwhile, English giants Arsenal will play Rapid Vienna in the group stage. Coach Mikel Arteta’s side will also come up against Molde from Norway and Dundalk from Ireland and will be the favourites to progress from group B to the knockout phase.

Arsenal were knocked out by Olympiacos in last season’s round of 32 and will be hoping to go further this season as Mikel Arteta builds momentum on the back of their FA Cup triumph in August, which saw them qualify for Europe. The Gunners have only played Rapid Wien twice and beat the Austrians 6-1 in the first leg of their European Cup tie in 1991, losing the second leg 1-0.

EUROPA LEAGUE GROUPS 2020/21:

A: Roma, Young Boys, Cluj, CSKA Sofia

B: Arsenal, Rapid Vienna, Molde, Dundalk

C: Bayer Leverkusen, Slavia Prague, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Nice

D: Benfica, Standard Liege, Rangers, Lech Poznan

E: PSV, Paok, Granada, Omonoia

F: Napoli, Real Sociedad, AZ, Rijeka

G: Braga, Leicester, AEK Athens, Zorya

H: Celtic, Sparta Prague, AC Milan, Lille

I: Villarreal, Qarabag, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sivasspor

J: Tottenham, Ludogorets, LASK, Royal Antwerp

K: CSKA Moscow, Dinamo, Feyenoord, Wolfsberger

L: Gent, Red Star, Hoffenheim, Slovan Liberec

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on October 05, 2020, 07:48:24 AM
Levi has been sidelined for six to eight weeks following an injury during yesterday's game against Atromitos FC (https://twitter.com/socawarriors/status/1312903061220847623). He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjkPNfmU8AEHsLC?format=jpg&name=900x900)

Garcia out 6-8 weeks with hamstring injury
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).


T&T and AEK Athens winger Levi Garcia may miss the group stage of the UEFA Europa League after suffering a serious hamstring injury on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, signed last month for the Greek club, was injured during a Greek Super League match against Atromitos FCA – just his fourth game for his new team.

He was included in the starting XI but had to be replaced in the 15th minute after going down with no contact. He was carried off on a stretcher by medical staff.

Garcia had collected a pass from teammate Karim Ansarifard on the right flank and eluded Atromitos defender Spyros Natos with a bit of trickery. But racing free, he went to ground visibly in pain clutching his left thigh.

Garcia told Newsday on Monday he suffered a second-degree tear to his hamstring.

He said it is a “difficult situation to be in.”

It was only four days ago AEK Athens defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 to secure a spot in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. The team was placed in group G on Friday, along with former English Premier League champions Leicester City FC, Portugal's Braga and Ukrainian team Zorya Luhansk.

The group stage will run from October 22 to December 10.

Garcia is likely to miss most of these games.

"I can’t even explain the feeling,” he said but added: “I’ll be back stronger.”

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on October 05, 2020, 08:56:08 AM
Levi has been sidelined for six to eight weeks following an injury during yesterday's game against Atromitos FC (https://twitter.com/socawarriors/status/1312903061220847623). He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjkPNfmU8AEHsLC?format=jpg&name=900x900)

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Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on October 05, 2020, 09:34:20 AM
 ??? :banginghead: :worried:  Get well soon. Blessings!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on October 05, 2020, 09:49:35 AM
Daiz pressha!!!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: socalion on October 05, 2020, 11:48:56 AM
Jezanages ! Youth man Levi I pray  for a full and speedy recovery ! God bless you  youth man  .
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on October 05, 2020, 12:51:30 PM
Shit that's the worst.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on October 05, 2020, 11:48:46 PM
Man he really can't catch a break can he?
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ffisback on October 18, 2020, 07:52:06 PM
He is relying way to much on his speed he has to develop other parts to his game.
Title: AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
Post by: Tallman on October 25, 2020, 12:24:30 PM
AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
novasports.gr


Levi Garcia's recovery is progressing quite well and the medical staff of AEK Athens is optimistic that the player will soon return to training with the team.

According to reports, the 22-year-old footballer is expected to be available to Head Coach Massimo Carrera in mid- November, after suffering a thigh injury while chasing a ball during a match against Atromitos FC on October 4th.

If Garcia's recovery goes as expected, there is a chance he will still be able to participate in the latter stages of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on October 26, 2020, 10:18:36 AM
AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
novasports.gr


Levi Garcia's recovery is progressing quite well and the medical staff of AEK Athens is optimistic that the player will soon return to training with the team.

According to reports, the 22-year-old footballer is expected to be available to Head Coach Massimo Carrera in mid- November, after suffering a thigh injury while chasing a ball during a match against Atromitos FC on October 4th.

If Garcia's recovery goes as expected, there is a chance he will still be able to participate in the latter stages of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.

Hopefully this comes true!
Title: Garcia's recovery on track, wants 'power' in leg
Post by: Tallman on November 06, 2020, 02:01:50 PM
Garcia's recovery on track, wants 'power' in leg
By Narissa Fraser (T&T Newsday)


T&T and AEK Athens winger Levi Garcia says he is feeling "much better" and is on the road to recovery after suffering a serious hamstring injury in October.

The 22-year-old, signed in September for the Greek club, was injured during a Greek Super League match against Atromitos FCA on October 5. It was his fourth game for his new team.

He was included in the starting XI but was replaced in the 15th minute after going down with no contact. He was carried off on a stretcher by medical staff. The match ended 1-0 in favour of Atromitos.

Medical tests showed Garcia suffered a second-degree tear to his hamstring.

He told Newsday previously it was a “difficult situation to be in,” especially having just qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

He was ruled out for six to eight weeks.

But as he nears his fifth week since being injured, he told Newsday he is "feeling confident again.

"Recovery has been great so far," he said. "I just need to get fit and some power back into the injured part. I’m running and doing a lot of stuff, just need to get sprinting into it again. And, hopefully, in two weeks I’ll be in full training if all goes well."

AEK Athens are in group G of the Europa League, along with Portuguese team Braga, Leicester City FC of England, and Ukrainian team Zorya Luhansk.

They are currently third in their group with three points after defeating Zorya 4-1.

They lost 3-0 to Braga and 2-1 to Leicester.

Leicester lead with nine points, Braga are second with six and Zorya has zero points.

The team's next Europa League match is against Zorya at 1.55 pm on November 26.
Title: Levi Garcia: Stop discouraging young footballers
Post by: Tallman on November 29, 2020, 07:44:18 PM
Levi Garcia: Stop discouraging young footballers
By Narissa Fraser (T&T Newsday)


TRINIDAD and Tobago and AEK Athens winger Levi Garcia is pleading with the public to “stop discouraging young players.” He said the negative comments help neither the national teams nor the athletes.

Garcia, 23, signed for the Greek club in September and has since made four appearances.

He is also nearing full recovery after suffering a hamstring injury in October.

His brothers Nathaniel and Judah were also recently signed by Indian club Neroca FC.

Speaking with Newsday on Saturday morning, he said very often, many people “don’t have anything good to say” when it comes to young players seizing international opportunities.

He said people often discourage players who go to non-European countries to pursue a professional football career.

“I just want to send a message to young players: Wherever it (the opportunity) comes, go forth and take it. Because the way the football world is made up at the moment, you could go to the strangest places and have good seasons and top clubs and top scouts can see you.

“It’s just a start and an opportunity for a Trini to go there and represent because no scout recently has come from top European clubs to scout Trinis. So what do you want a player to do? Sit down and wait?”

He said though many make such discouraging statements, there are also others who think in a similar manner but do not say anything for fear of backlash.

“The negative comments towards young players doesn’t really help the national team and a youth in any way. Just be happy for somebody, it’s as simple as that.”

Garcia has 27 international caps for TT and was a former national Under-17 and Under-20 representative.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on December 06, 2020, 10:58:57 PM
Garcia played off the bench in the game against Braga. Good to see him out there
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 07, 2020, 06:47:52 AM
Garcia played off the bench in the game against Braga. Good to see him out there
He also played the entire second half yesterday against Panathinaikos.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 07, 2020, 01:23:29 PM
Garcia played off the bench in the game against Braga. Good to see him out there
He also played the entire second half yesterday against Panathinaikos.

How he looking!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Rastaman on December 11, 2020, 07:54:37 AM
How come local media failed to recognize that Levi was playing against Leicester yesterday. And they reported on the game  :banginghead: :banginghead:
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: soccerman on December 11, 2020, 12:23:30 PM
How come local media failed to recognize that Levi was playing against Leicester yesterday. And they reported on the game  :banginghead: :banginghead:
Didn't see the game but checked the line-ups and saw he started as a forward. He came off in the 55th min. Hopefully he caught the eye of Brendan Rodgers and a Leicester scout.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 11, 2020, 12:43:42 PM
How come local media failed to recognize that Levi was playing against Leicester yesterday. And they reported on the game  :banginghead: :banginghead:
Didn't see the game but checked the line-ups and saw he started as a forward. He came off in the 55th min. Hopefully he caught the eye of Brendan Rodgers and a Leicester scout.

He would not have caught anyone's eye, because he didn't have a good game. First of all, he hardly saw any of the ball, and he didn't do much off the ball. He seemed lethargic to me, devoid of energy. I was wondering if he came back to action too soon.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 11, 2020, 03:00:04 PM
How come local media failed to recognize that Levi was playing against Leicester yesterday. And they reported on the game  :banginghead: :banginghead:
Didn't see the game but checked the line-ups and saw he started as a forward. He came off in the 55th min. Hopefully he caught the eye of Brendan Rodgers and a Leicester scout.

He would not have caught anyone's eye, because he didn't have a good game. First of all, he hardly saw any of the ball, and he didn't do much off the ball. He seemed lethargic to me, devoid of energy. I was wondering if he came back to action too soon.

Preview of International Incident "take 2.".  :)
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: davyjenny1 on December 11, 2020, 07:13:38 PM
I notice most of T&T players who playing for international clubs does end coming off during games.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 11, 2020, 07:29:13 PM
I started to watch the game, but did not realized that he was on the field. Leicester was put pressuer from watch I saw. They were on the defensive up the point where I left. Damn!
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 13, 2020, 05:54:40 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores an Olympic (direct from a corner kick) in AEK Athens FC's 4-3 win over Apollon Smyrnis

https://www.youtube.com/v/5zcVYcGDi98?start=69
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on December 13, 2020, 09:31:23 PM
Next time he take a corner the keeper staying home for sure. Nice cheeky goal
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on December 14, 2020, 04:35:36 AM
Excellent stuff. :applause: Noteworthy for me - aside from the obvious quality of the goal - is that he has achieved the responsibility of taking corners.

Aside from the dead ball, how was the knock in open play? It's really a question of when rather than whether.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on December 14, 2020, 10:36:10 AM
That was nice. Actually I experienced something like that before. Essex playing Caroni FA 1/4 final in PSA 1976. Essex leading 2-1 with about 10 mins. to go. Caroni get a corner on the southern goal. Spann took the kick. The goal line jampacked with forwards and defenders jostling for position. He sent a high fast looping in-swinger to the first post. I jumped and missed. Ball ricocheted between the defenders and forwards. Goal in we tail. PSA in ah uproar. We replayed at Gilbert part during the week and won 3-1. Anyway Garcia, keep it up.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 16, 2020, 05:25:40 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia provides the assist to earn AEK Athens a 1-1 draw with league leaders Olympiakos.

https://www.youtube.com/v/fgYcdUubD3I?start=290
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on December 16, 2020, 08:30:12 PM
Keeper get it all wrong. Those fast dipping corners is trouble
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Cocorite on December 16, 2020, 09:05:53 PM
He looking good after the injury . . .excellent
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 14, 2021, 04:00:59 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia's fantastic free kick earns AEK Athens a 1-0 win over Aris Thessaloniki FC and puts them in second place in the Super League Greece.

https://youtube.com/v/_V3_n1GkMHU
Garcia nets winner as AEK Athens edge Aris.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


T&T midfielder Levi Garcia netted the winner on Thursday as AEK Athens edge Aris 1-0 to move to second spot in the Greece Super League.

Garcia converted a freekick (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6is1UadSVhE&feature=emb_title)in the 65th minute, with a left-footed effort which sailed past the right of goalkeeper Zacharie Boucher and into the back of the net.

This goal was Garcia's third for AEK, since he joined the squad in September.

AEK Athens registered their tenth win in 16 matches, and jumped ahead of Aris on goal difference. Both AEK and Aris have 33 points but AEK have a plus-six goal difference, to Aris's minus-two. Olympiacos remain atop the 14-team standings with 42 points.

Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on January 14, 2021, 08:09:56 PM
What a strike! It look like he try to score another corner, I eh too sure though.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 15, 2021, 12:14:24 PM
Solid! Solid Solid! Keep it up. We may see you in CL or Europa.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on January 15, 2021, 02:13:50 PM
Excellent. That will keep the boss happy.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Palmer on January 17, 2021, 01:17:46 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKKDLsIFNfu/?igshid=1ayipg8l58i81 levi starts again game starts 330pm
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: ffisback on January 19, 2021, 12:09:00 PM
Its good to see that he is improving when he left TT he was just a left winger now i see he could now play on the right wing and can now use his right foot that's a good sign.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 20, 2021, 05:54:59 PM
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in AEK Athens FC's 2-0 win over Apollo Smyrnis FC in the third round of the Greek Cup.

https://www.youtube.com/v/Jn1qSO05Kfc?start=210
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on January 21, 2021, 02:46:19 AM
It is genuinely so encouraging to see him developing, scoring, and showing what he can do
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 21, 2021, 09:52:45 AM
Score Levi Score. We want to see you in CL.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Peong on January 21, 2021, 11:49:10 AM
His teammates lookin for him, the fella who make the pass coulda had a shot. He definitely proving himself.
I love his skill on a set-piece as well. Those curling, dipping corners can be valuable.
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on January 21, 2021, 04:49:27 PM
his positioning was so refreshing.....you see him actively being in place to benefit the team, even if he is playing as more of a striker inside forward, for us he would drift away from his team mates trying to do everything
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: maxg on January 21, 2021, 05:39:45 PM
his positioning was so refreshing.....you see him actively being in place to benefit the team, even if he is playing as more of a striker inside forward, for us he would drift away from his team mates trying to do everything
3 years later, more mature, more receptive to coaching, more aware of strategies, playing at a relatively higher and development level. Still room to grow, always is. Let's hope it can be maintained now wearing the RWB.

https://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=64728.msg960310#msg960310
Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: lefty on January 22, 2021, 02:04:36 PM
his positioning was so refreshing.....you see him actively being in place to benefit the team, even if he is playing as more of a striker inside forward, for us he would drift away from his team mates trying to do everything
3 years later, more mature, more receptive to coaching, more aware of strategies, playing at a relatively higher and development level. Still room to grow, always is. Let's hope it can be maintained now wearing the RWB.

https://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=64728.msg960310#msg960310
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Title: Re: Levi Garcia Thread
Post by: Tiresais on January 22, 2021, 04:53:13 PM
Greek scouts are understandable impressed despite his short time there.