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Garcia: ‘It’s a good look for T&T’
« Reply #510 on: October 02, 2020, 06:06:22 PM »
Garcia: ‘It’s a good look for T&T’
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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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #511 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #512 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.

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D: Benfica, Standard Liege, Rangers, Lech Poznan

E: PSV, Paok, Granada, Omonoia

F: Napoli, Real Sociedad, AZ, Rijeka

G: Braga, Leicester, AEK Athens, Zorya

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #513 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. He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.



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.”

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #514 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. He is expected to miss most if not all of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage.



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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #515 on: October 05, 2020, 09:34:20 AM »
 ??? :banginghead: :worried:  Get well soon. Blessings!

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #516 on: October 05, 2020, 09:49:35 AM »
Daiz pressha!!!

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #517 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  .

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #518 on: October 05, 2020, 12:51:30 PM »
Shit that's the worst.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #519 on: October 05, 2020, 11:48:46 PM »
Man he really can't catch a break can he?

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #520 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.

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AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
« Reply #521 on: October 25, 2020, 12:24:30 PM »
AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
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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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #522 on: October 26, 2020, 10:18:36 AM »
AEK Athens optimistic for Levi Garcia's return
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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!

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Garcia's recovery on track, wants 'power' in leg
« Reply #523 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.
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Levi Garcia: Stop discouraging young footballers
« Reply #524 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #525 on: December 06, 2020, 10:58:57 PM »
Garcia played off the bench in the game against Braga. Good to see him out there

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #526 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #527 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #528 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:

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #529 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #530 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #531 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #532 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #533 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!

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #534 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

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/5zcVYcGDi98?start=69" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/5zcVYcGDi98?start=69</a>
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #535 on: December 13, 2020, 09:31:23 PM »
Next time he take a corner the keeper staying home for sure. Nice cheeky goal

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #536 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #537 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #538 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #539 on: December 16, 2020, 08:30:12 PM »
Keeper get it all wrong. Those fast dipping corners is trouble