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Personal information
Full name Gabriel Francisco García de la Torre
Date of birth 10 February 1979 (1979-02-10) (age 30)
Place of birth Sallent, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Ajax
Number 18
Youth career
1993–1997 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Barcelona B 54 (7)
1999–2006 Barcelona 128 (8)
2006– Ajax 78 (7)
National team
1996–1998 Spain U18 10 (1)
1999 Spain U20 7 (3)
1999–2001 Spain U21 16 (0)
2000 Spain U23 6 (3)
2003– Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2009

Gabriel Francisco García de la Torre, (born 10 February 1979 in Sallent de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia), aka Gabri, is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for AFC Ajax in the Dutch first division.

Mainly a midfielder who can play in the right or the middle, he can also appear as an offensive right defender, tackling and passing skills being his main assets.


Club career

Gabri started his professional career at FC Barcelona's B team, where he made his first appearances in the 1997–98 season, with the club then in Segunda División B. Soon he became a key player in the team and was promoted to the main squad for 1999–2000. In the following four years, he was a first team regular but, subsequently and during the team's conquests in 2005–06 (two leagues, one Spanish Supercup and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League), would feature less significantly. He was also severely injured during 2004–05, after a 4–1 home win against Real Zaragoza.[1]

Gabri's contract at Barcelona was not renewed,[2] and he joined AFC Ajax on a free transfer on June 6, 2006,[3] alongside former teammate Roger García. There, he immediately won the Dutch Supercup in a 3–1 win over PSV Eindhoven in August. He was also a key element in a side that lost the 2007 league on the last matchday, to precisely PSV.

In May 2007, Gabri he won the Dutch Cup on penalties against AZ Alkmaar, in a match where he received a red card in the 79th minute. In August, Ajax successfully defended their Supercup title, again beating PSV, with Gabri as the only goalscorer in the match.[4]

International career

Gabri was a key element in Spain's squad at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring three times to become World Champion of the category. He was also a member of the national squad at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

After making his full debut on April 30, 2003, in a friendly match against Ecuador, Gabri went on to represent the nation during UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, not leaving the bench.





Spain U20

Club statistics

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1997/98 Barcelona B Spain Segunda División 22 2
1998/99 Barcelona B Spain Segunda División 32 5
1999/00 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 16 2
2000/01 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 25 2
2001/02 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 29 3
2002/03 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 27 0
2003/04 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 16 1
2004/05 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 4 0
2005/06 FC Barcelona Spain La Liga 11 0
2006/07 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 31 5
2007/08 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 26 1
2008/09 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 16 1
Total 255 22


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