Adrián López Álvarez

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Adrián
Adrián López U21 in 2011.jpg
Adrián before a game with Spain under-21s
Personal information
Full name Adrián López Álvarez
Date of birth (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Teverga, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
Covadonga
Oviedo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Oviedo 30 (4)
2006–2011 Deportivo La Coruña 92 (13)
2008 Alavés (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2009 Málaga (loan) 28 (3)
2011– Atlético Madrid 90 (11)
National team
2005 Spain U17 1 (0)
2007 Spain U19 3 (3)
2007 Spain U20 5 (5)
2007–2011 Spain U21 19 (9)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2012– Spain 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Álvarez.

Adrián López Álvarez (born 8 January 1988), simply known as Adrián, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Atlético Madrid as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Oviedo / Deportivo[edit]

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 three goals 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 331,000 compensation by the La Liga club.[1] 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, and although FC Barcelona won it 2–1, he managed to score with a clever touch;[2] it was his only league goal of the campaign, in 15 appearances (six starts).

After receiving few first team opportunities during 2007–08, Adrián was loaned to Segunda División strugglers Deportivo Alavés in April 2008.[3] 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.[4]

On 28 September 2008 Adrián netted his first goal for Málaga, in a 2–1 home win over Real Valladolid,[5] and appeared regularly throughout the campaign albeit only scoring three times. 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.[6]

Adrián continued to appear regularly for Deportivo in the 2010–11 season, again as a starter. In the campaign'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 for a 3–1 win and a spot in the quarterfinals.[7][8] He finished as the team's top scorer at seven in 36 games, but it returned to the second level after 20 years.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Adrián playing for Atlético in 2013

Adrián joined Atlético Madrid on 19 July 2011 as a free agent, signing a four-year deal.[9] 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;[10] in the second leg, he netted the opening goal in a 2–0 success.[11]

In the same competition, on 25 August 2011, Adrián added a brace in a 4–0 away win against Vitória de Guimarães, which ensured Atlético's qualification to the group stage 6–0 on aggregate.[12] His first league goal came in a 4–0 home success over Racing de Santander on 18 September, heading in the closer from an Arda Turan cross.[13]

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, two apiece against Real Zaragoza in the league (3–1 home win) and Udinese Calcio (4–0, also at home) in the Europa League;[14][15] in the latter competition, as the team reached and won the final, he scored 11 goals all rounds comprised.

On 17 December 2013, Adrián extended his link with the Colchoneros until 30 June 2018.[16] On 30 April of the following year he scored his third official goal of the season, starting and netting the opener to help his team win 3–1 at Chelsea and progress to the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1974.[17]

International career[edit]

Juan Mata (left), Adrián and Alberto Botía (right), playing for the U21 team

In the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada, Adrián scored a hat-trick for Spain in the final group stage game against Jordan on 7 July, with all three goals coming in a span of ten minutes late in the first half.[18]

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,[19] adding another in the next match against Ukraine (3–0).[20] 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 triumph;[21] he was awarded the Golden Boot as the highest scorer in the tournament.[22]

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.[23]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 2012 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Serbia 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[24]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oviedo 2004–05 4 1 0 0 4 1
2005–06 26 3 3 0 29 3
Total 30 4 3 0 33 4
Deportivo 2006–07 15 1 6 1 21 2
2007–08 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 22 1 7 1 29 2
Alavés 2007–08 10 3 0 0 10 3
Total 10 3 0 0 10 3
Deportivo 2008–09 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Málaga 28 3 2 0 30 3
Total 28 3 2 0 2 0 32 3
Deportivo 2009–10 34 4 5 0 39 4
2010–11 36 7 4 4 40 11
Total 70 12 9 4 79 15
Atlético Madrid 2011–12 36 7 2 1 19 11 57 19
2012–13 32 3 7 1 9 0 48 4
2013–14 22 1 8 0 8 2 38 3
Total 90 11 17 2 36 13 143 26
Career Total 250 33 38 7 38 13 326 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Oviedo denuncia al Dépor por la alineación de Adrián" [Oviedo takes Dépor to court for playing Adrián] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Barcelona 2–1 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 31 March 2007
  3. ^ "Adrián López del Deportivo se marcha cedido al Alaves" [Deportivo's Adrián López goes on loan to Alaves] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Adrián López jugará cedido en el Málaga" [Adrián López will play on loan to Malaga one season] (in Spanish). Marca. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Málaga se reencuentra con el gol" [Málaga meets goal again] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Deportivo's Euro hopes dented; ESPN Soccernet, 23 March 2010
  7. ^ La Liga trio through in Copa; FIFA.com, 5 January 2011
  8. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 3–1 Cordoba; ESPN Soccernet, 5 January 2011
  9. ^ Adrián signs for Atlético; Atlético's official website, 19 July 2011
  10. ^ El Atlético se inventa otro lío (Atlético in deep water again); Diario AS, 29 July 2011 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "El Atlético evita la sorpresa" [Atlético avoids upset] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ El Atlético se gusta en Guimaraes (Atlético enjoying itself in Guimarães); Marca, 25 August 2011 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Falcao hits hat-trick in romp; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
  14. ^ Atletico get back to winning ways; ESPN Soccernet, 30 October 2011
  15. ^ Atlético ease past Udinese to go joint top; UEFA.com, 3 November 2011
  16. ^ "Adrian extended his contract until 2018". Atlético's official website. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Chelsea 1–3 Atlético Madrid". BBC Sport. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Crónica del España-Jordania, 4–2" [Spain-Jordan match report, 4–2] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Adrián double kick-starts Spain challenge; UEFA.com, 15 June 2011
  20. ^ Spain beat Ukraine to progress as Group B winners; UEFA.com, 19 June 2011
  21. ^ Spain's late redemption breaks Belarus hearts; UEFA.com, 22 June 2011
  22. ^ Adams, Sam (25 June 2011). "Adrián thrilled to win adidas Golden Boot". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Adrián está listo para la Eurocopa" [Adrián is ready for Euro] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "Adrián". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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