Adrián López Álvarez
Adrián before a game with Spain under-21s
|Full name||Adrián López Álvarez|
|Date of birth||8 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Teverga, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||Atlético Madrid|
|2006–2011||Deportivo La Coruña||92||(13)|
|2008||→ Alavés (loan)||10||(3)|
|2008–2009||→ Málaga (loan)||28||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Oviedo / Deportivo
Born in Teverga, Asturias, Adrián was a product of local Real Oviedo's youth system. He quickly made the transition into the first team, scoring twice in 26 matches while playing in Segunda División B. However, he didn’t have a professional contract because he was a youth player, and the only way to acquire his services for free was to offer him a professional contract.
Deportivo de La Coruña obliged and, in October 2006, Oviedo were given a €330,000 compensation by the La Liga side. Adrián's finest moment of the 2006–07 season arrived when, on 31 March 2007, he entered Deportivo's league match in the Camp Nou in the 61st minute. Although FC Barcelona won it 2–1, he managed to score with a clever touch; it was his only league goal of the campaign, in 15 appearances (six starts, 750 minutes).
After receiving few first team opportunities during 2007–08, Adrián was loaned to Segunda División strugglers Deportivo Alavés, in March 2008. After helping the Basque team avoid relegation with three league goals, he returned to A Coruña to be loaned again on 14 August, now to newly-promoted Málaga CF, on a season-long deal.
On 28 September 2008 Adrián netted his first goal for Málaga, in a 2–1 home win over Real Valladolid, and appeared regularly throughout the season, albeit without a good scoring record (only three goals). For 2009–10 he returned to Deportivo, where he began to feature prominently in the starting XI in various offensive positions. On 23 March 2010 he equalized for 10-men (eventually nine) Depor at Sporting de Gijón, in a final 1–2 loss.
Adrián continued to appear regularly for Deportivo in the 2010–11 campaign, again as a starter. In the season's Copa del Rey, the Galicians faced Córdoba CF in the round-of-16: after a 1–1 draw in Andalusia, he scored the 1–1 in the 90th minute of the second leg, taking the match to extra time, where he netted two more (3–1 win) to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. He finished the season as the team's top scorer at eight (in 36 games), but Deportivo returned to the second division after 20 years.
Adrián was cleared to join Atlético Madrid on a free transfer, after it was ruled he was a free agent. He signed for the club on 19 July 2011, agreeing to a four-year contract. Nine days later, in his official debut, he assisted in both José Antonio Reyes goals in a 2–1 home win against Strømsgodset IF, for the season's UEFA Europa League; in the second leg, he netted the opening goal for in a 2–0 success.
In the same competition, on 25 August 2011, Adrián added a brace in a 4–0 away win against Vitória de Guimarães (6–0 on aggregate), which ensured Atlético's qualification to the group stage. His first league goal came in a 4–0 home win against Racing de Santander on 18 September, heading in the closer from an Arda Turan cross.
As volatile Reyes became increasingly disgruntled with his reserve status at the club, Adrián firmly established himself in the starting eleven. In two games separated by only five days, he scored four goals, netting braces against Real Zaragoza in the league (3–1 home win) and Udinese Calcio (4–0, also at home) in the Europa League; in the latter competition, as the team reached and won the final, he scored 11 goals all rounds comprised.
In the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, Adrián scored a hat-trick for Spain on 7 July, in the final group stage game against Jordan, with all three goals coming in a span of ten minutes late in the first half.
Subsequently, he represented the under-21s in two UEFA European Championships. In the 2011 edition in Denmark, Adrián scored a brace in a 2–0 group stage win against the Czech Republic, adding another in the next match against Ukraine (3–0). In the semifinal against Belarus, he scored the late 1–1 equalizer which took the game into extra time, adding another in that period in an eventual 3–1 success; he was awarded the Golden Boot as the highest scorer in the tournament.
Adrián made his full team debut on 26 May 2012 in a friendly with Serbia: after coming on as a substitute for Roberto Soldado at half-time he scored with a header in the 64th minute, and later gained a penalty kick which resulted in the final 2–0 in St. Gallen.
|1.||26 May 2012||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Serbia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2012
- Copa del Rey: 2012–13
- Supercopa de España: Runner-up 2013
- Spain U21
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Silver Shoe 2007
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: Golden Boot, Team of the Tournament 2011
- (correct as of 20 January 2013)
- Barcelona 2–1 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 31 March 2007
- Deportivo's Euro hopes dented; ESPN Soccernet, 23 March 2010
- La Liga trio through in Copa; FIFA.com, 5 January 2011
- Deportivo La Coruña 3–1 Cordoba; ESPN Soccernet, 5 January 2011
- Adrián signs for Atlético; Atlético Madrid's official website, 19 July 2011
- El Atlético se inventa otro lío (Atlético in deep water again); Diario AS, 29 July 2011 (Spanish)
- El Atlético se gusta en Guimaraes (Atlético loves itself in Guimarães); Marca, 25 August 2011 (Spanish)
- Falcao hits hat-trick in romp; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
- Atletico get back to winning ways; ESPN Soccernet, 30 October 2011
- Atlético ease past Udinese to go joint top; UEFA.com, 3 November 2011
- Adrián López Álvarez – FIFA competition record
- Adrián double kick-starts Spain challenge; UEFA.com, 15 June 2011
- Spain beat Ukraine to progress as Group B winners; UEFA.com, 19 June 2011
- Spain's late redemption breaks Belarus hearts; UEFA.com, 22 June 2011
- Adams, Sam (25 June 2011). "Adrián thrilled to win adidas Golden Boot". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Atlético Madrid official profile
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Deportivo archives
- Adrián López at National-Football-Teams.com
- Adrián López – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile