Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the signing of Oscar Garcia as its next coach on
Tuesday, handing the inexperienced Spaniard a two-year contract.
39-year-old Garcia spent the last two years coaching the Barcelona youth team
after a successful playing career which saw him score 21 goals in 69 league
appearances for the Catalans as well as play for the likes of Valencia and
However, Garcia will be guiding a senior team for the first
time with Maccabi after new yellow- and-blue sports director and former Barca
teammate Jordi Cruyff decided to bring in his old acquaintance rather than a
local name like Ran Ben-Shimon, who recently coached Ironi Kiryat Shmona to the
“I am honored to be joining a club with such a great
history,” Oscar Garcia told the club’s official website. “I am looking forward
to all the challenges that lay ahead and I am committed to do my best for the
Following Garcia’s signing, the four most important people at
Maccabi are now all foreigners, with the owner being Canadian Mitch Goldhar, his
representative in Israel the Cypriot Jack Angelides and the sports director a
“Oscar Garcia is a young coach with a great deal of ambition,”
Goldhar said. “Oscar’s winning mentality and philosophy of hard work is in
keeping with the culture we expect to cultivate at Maccabi.”
delighted with his first recruit, although he will know that both he and his
coach will be judged harshly and swiftly considering Maccabi’s lack of success
in recent seasons.
Maccabi hasn’t won a championship since 2002/03, and
despite holding the biggest budget in the league, Tel Aviv only finished the
recent season in sixth place.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to
attract to Maccabi Tel Aviv a coach of Oscar’s caliber. Especially as he had
several other options,” Cruyff said.