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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #300 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?

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #301 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

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CONCACAF Q&A: Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar and Trinidad & Tobago)
« Reply #302 on: December 20, 2016, 05:34:39 PM »
CONCACAF Q&A: Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar and Trinidad & Tobago)
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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.
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Levi Garcia on the move ??
« Reply #303 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 ??..
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #304 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #305 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 ??..

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #306 on: February 23, 2017, 03:45:13 PM »
I see Levi scored today but AZ taking real licks!
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #307 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

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #308 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
I pity the fool....

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #309 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

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #310 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
I pity the fool....

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #311 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

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #312 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #313 on: March 14, 2017, 12:57:06 PM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia talks about the impact God and religion has on his life

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #314 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.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #315 on: August 14, 2017, 03:28:41 PM »
Garcia getting ready to rumble for Honduras.
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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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #316 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
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #317 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

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I think he has lots of sunlight in his favour. His present position is promising.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #318 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.

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Garcia: Trinidad and Tobago still believe
« Reply #319 on: August 29, 2017, 02:42:51 PM »
Garcia: Trinidad and Tobago still believe
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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
  • Youngest Trinidadian to play in Europe: 18 years and 65 days
  • Youngest Trinidadian to score in Europe: 18 years and 71 days
  • T&T’s youngest player and scorer in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying: 18 years and 127 days
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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #320 on: August 29, 2017, 09:38:20 PM »
Those record quoted above are wrong.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #321 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?
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #322 on: September 30, 2017, 08:06:23 AM »
WATCH: Levi Garcia scores in Jong AZ’s 2-1 loss to FC Eindhoven

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #323 on: September 30, 2017, 12:15:43 PM »
levi with the second string team things eh looking good he missing some sitters there man
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #324 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #325 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
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #327 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #328 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.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #329 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.

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