KAS Eupen captain Luis Garcia has announced his departure from the club. At a press conference on Friday, the former Spanish international announced that for family reasons he will not play another season for KAS Eupen. Luis Garcia will continue his training as UEFA Pro coach in Spain at the end of April. Before that, he will play for KAS Eupen in the first Play-Off-2 matches. KAS Eupen is planning a farewell game for Luis Garcia in mid-April as part of these play-offs.
At the end of a very emotional press conference, the journalists thanked Luis Garcia with applause for the good cooperation and for his honest statements at all times. The management, some team colleagues and many employees of KAS Eupen had gathered in the pressroom to witness his speech to say goodbye to KAS Eupen.
Luis Garcia: “Football is my profession, but above all my passion.”
Luis Garcia reviewed the time at KAS Eupen once again and described the deciding match in March 2018 with the 4-0 victory over Mouscron as the craziest moment of his 5 years with the club. “That you can turn everything upside down with 4 goals in the last 20 minutes of a championship is only possible in football. That’s why I love this sport,” Luis Garcia said. The captain thanked all those who supported him at KAS Eupen and spoke of an exciting chapter in his career with a unique Aspire project in which he was able to share his experience with young players from Africa and Qatar. From the bottom of his heart Luis Garcia thanked his family, living in Spain, and made it possible for him to realize his profession and his passion for football at KAS Eupen.
Five years with KAS Eupen
Luis Garcia joined KAS Eupen from Real Saragossa in summer 2014. In the 1st and 2nd league he played 176 games, scored 36 goals and gave 26 assists during 5 years for KAS Eupen.
Christoph Henkel: “We are sad, but above all grateful.”
It is with regret but above all enormous gratitude that KAS Eupen is facing Luis Garcia’s farewell. KAS General Director Christoph Henkel said: “Of course we are sad that Luis will not be playing for us next season and we know that a player like him can never be replaced as such. But in the whole club the enormous gratitude we show to Luis Garcia prevails these days. The fact that we made it to the top league and were able to secure our place in the Pro League for the third time in a row is largely thanks to Luis Garcia. On the pitch, during training and in many conversations, he led the team and carried his fellow players along. He is a real role model, a sportsman that everyone looks up to. We would like to thank Luis Garcia for all this from the bottom of our hearts. We wish him all the best for the future.”