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Carlos García Cantarero

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Carlos García Cantarero
Personal information
Full name Carlos García Cantarero
Date of birth (1961-11-04) 4 November 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Teams managed
Years Team
1995–1999 SS Reyes
1999–2000 Amorós
2000 Lugo
2000–2001 Atlético Madrid B
2001 Atlético Madrid
2001–2002 Atlético Madrid B
2002–2003 Levante
2003 Elche
2004–2005 Cultural Leonesa
2006–2007 Chorrillo
2008 Torrellano
2009 Alianza
2009 Antequera
2010 Juventud Retalteca
2011–2012 Victoria
2012–2013 Plaza Amador
2014–2015 Chorrillo
2016–2018 Puerto Rico

Carlos García Cantarero (born 4 November 1961) is a Spanish football manager.

García Cantarero managed Atlético Madrid, Levante and Elche in Segunda División, as well as four teams in Segunda División B. Later, he coached extensively in Central America, including two years as national manager of Puerto Rico.


Born in Madrid, García Cantarero began his career with UD San Sebastián de los Reyes, where he helped the side achieve promotion to Segunda División B in 1998. He later managed CP Amorós and fellow league teams CD Lugo and Atlético Madrid B. On 30 April 2001, he succeeded the sacked Marcos Alonso as manager of the latter's first team, who were seven points off the promotion places having been relegated to the Segunda División.[1] He had previously worked as an author and journalist.[2]

García Cantarero was the responsible of giving Fernando Torres his professional debut on 27 May 2001, in a 1–0 home win over neighbours CD Leganés.[3] He won six and drew one of his seven league fixtures, and also oversaw a 2–1 aggregate loss to Real Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.[4]

After the appointment of Luis Aragonés at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, García Cantarero returned to the B-team. He bounced back to the second division on 2 February 2002, taking the helm of Levante UD for the rest of the season.[5] The campaign ended with relegation, but the Valencian team's place was retained due to the administrative relegation of Real Burgos CF; he was dismissed on 19 May 2003 after hopes of promotion were extinguished.[6] He

García Cantarero began the 2003–04 season in the same league with Elche CF, and was ousted by the board on 15 December.[7] For 2004–05, he returned to the third tier with Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa,[8] but was dismissed in February 2005 with the team 11 points off the play-offs, and agreed with the cash-strapped club that his payout be in instalments into the next year.[9]

In 2006, García Cantarero accepted his first foreign job with Chorrillo F.C. in Panama. He returned home in July 2008, in an attempt to get Torrellano CF into the Tercera División.[10]

García Cantarero returned to Central America in March 2009 with Alianza F.C. from El Salvador,[11] and was sacked in May after the team was confined to a relegation play-off.[12] He was appointed at Antequera CF, newly relegated to Spain's fourth tier, in June 2009,[13] but was dismissed before the end of the calendar year for not meeting the aims of challenging for promotion.[14]

In February 2010, García Cantarero crossed the Atlantic again to lead Juventud Retalteca, last-placed in Guatemala's top flight,[15] and the following year took the reins at CD Victoria in Honduras.[16] Following a return to Panama with C.D. Plaza Amador and Chorrillo again, he was appointed as national manager of Puerto Rico in June 2016.[17] After two years in the hotseat, he was replaced by former Honduran international Amado Guevara.[18]


  1. ^ "Cantarero takes over at Atletico". BBC Sport. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Un periodista en el banquillo" [A journalist in the dugout]. ABC (in Spanish). 30 April 2001. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Reliving Torres's debut and first goal for Atlético". Marca. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ Miguelez, José (24 June 2001). "Fernando Torres y Toni se rompen y a Fagiani le despiden" [Fernando Torres and Toni injured and Fagiani dismissed]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ "García Cantarero entrenará al Levante" [García Cantarero will manage Levante]. El País (in Spanish). 2 February 2002. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Levante destituye a Carlos García Cantarero" [Levante dismiss Carlos García Cantarero]. La Nación (in Spanish). 19 May 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  7. ^ "García Cantarero, destituido como entrenador del Elche" [García Cantarero, dismissed as Elche manager] (in Spanish). Libertad Digital. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Cantarero: "Estoy muy a gusto en el club y la ciudad"" [García Cantarero: "I'm really comfortable in the club and the city"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 9 September 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  9. ^ Fraguas, Ángel (23 February 2005). "Cantarero permite que la Cultural le finiquite a plazos hasta el 2006" [Cantarero allows Cultural to pay him out in instalments until 2006]. Diario de León (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  10. ^ Molina, Miguel (16 July 2008). "Carlos García Cantarero toma las riendas del Torrellano CF" [Carlos García Cantarero takes the reins of Torrellano CF] (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ Del Mar, Julia (4 March 2009). "Cantarero ficha por el Alianza de El Salvador" [Cantarero signs for Alianza of El Salvador]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  12. ^ "El Alianza destituye al técnico español Carlos García Cantarero" [Alianza dismiss Spanish manager Carlos García Cantarero]. El Confidencial (in Spanish). 14 May 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  13. ^ Fuentes, Antonio (12 June 2009). "Cantarero, ex entrenador del Atlético, dirigirá al Antequera" [Cantarero, former Atlético manager, will lead Antequera]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  14. ^ "El 2009, un mal año para el Antequera que no mejora como se pretendía" [2009, a bad year for Antequera who did not improve as intened]. El Sol de Antequera (in Spanish). 25 December 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  15. ^ "García Cantarero dirigirá al colista de la liga guatemalteca" [García Cantarero will lead the bottom team in the Guatemalan league]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  16. ^ Castro, Juan (1 November 2011). "Cantarero: "Podría escribir un libro de anécdotas de mi paso por Centroamérica"" [Cantarero: "I could write a book of anecdotes from my spell in Central America"]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  17. ^ "García Cantarero, nuevo seleccionador de Puerto Rico" [García Cantarero, new manager of Puerto Rico]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 July 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  18. ^ Ríos, Juan Carlos (27 July 2018). "Oficial: Amado Guevara es nuevo DT de la selección de Puerto Rico" [Official: Amado Guevara is new manager of Puerto Rico national team]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
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