Antonio López (footballer, born 1981)

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Antonio López
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López in action for Atlético Madrid
Personal information
Full name Antonio López Guerrero
Date of birth (1981-09-13) 13 September 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Benidorm, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Mallorca
Number 6
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Atlético B 39 (3)
2000–2012 Atlético Madrid 216 (11)
2002–2004 Osasuna (loan) 71 (2)
2012– Mallorca 17 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Spain U21 6 (0)
2005–2007 Spain 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 2 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Guerrero.

Antonio López Guerrero (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo ˈlopeθ ɣeˈreɾo]; born 13 September 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Mallorca mainly as a left defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Atlético Madrid, appearing in more than 300 official games and winning four major titles, including two UEFA Europa League trophies. Also in La Liga, he played for Osasuna.

López represented Spain at the 2006 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system, López was born in Benidorm, Province of Alicante. He first appeared for the main side in 2000–01, whilst the Colchoneros were in the second division, and contributed with 20 matches the following season for a La Liga return, after a two-year hiatus.

Subsequently López was loaned for two seasons to fellow top division side CA Osasuna, where he missed only five league games combined. During his Navarre spell he scored twice (both of the goals coming in 2002–03), most notably in a 1–0 home success against RCD Espanyol on 15 December 2002.

In his second spell with Atlético, López quickly gained first-choice status. However, during the 2007–08 campaign, he lost his position to Mariano Pernía, and would end serving more time at right-back due to injuries to teammates Giourkas Seitaridis and Juan Valera; when selected, he was the side's undisputed captain.

On 15 March 2009 López scored the winner through a rare header, as Atlético came from behind 0–2 to beat Villarreal CF at home.[1] After the coach change, with former club player Abel Resino taking over for Javier Aguirre, he was made the starter, but an injury made Pernía finish the season in the starting XI.

Benefitting from a road accident to Pernía in the summer, López played most of 2009–10. On 2 January 2010, again with his head – but in the last minute – he scored against Sevilla FC at home to make it 2–1;[2] on 1 April he scored in the same fashion, making it 2–1 at Valencia CF for the UEFA Europa League (eventually 2–2),[3] a competition which Atlético won in Hamburg with the player playing the entire 120 minutes of the 2–1 win against Fulham, and lifting the trophy as captain.[4]

Mallorca[edit]

In late May 2012, after 343 official games in ten senior seasons, López was released by Atlético.[5] The following month he signed for two years with fellow league side RCD Mallorca, with an option for a further season.[6]

International career[edit]

López made his debut with Spain on 30 March 2005, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro in Belgrade (0–0). During the successful campaign he scored his first international goal, at San Marino on 12 October (6–0), hitting home from 25 metres in the first minute.[7]

Supposed to back up Asier del Horno during the final stages, López would not benefit from the former's injury days before the tournament started, as Argentine-born Pernía would be promoted to first-choice. He would only appear against Saudi Arabia in Germany, with Spain being eliminated in the round-of-16.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2005 Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 0–1 0–6 2006 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlético Madrid 3–2 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Last gasp Lopez winner". ESPN Soccernet. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Villa keeps Los Che in the tie". ESPN Soccernet. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Atletico Madrid 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Antonio López: "Todo lo que me llevo del Atlético es bueno"" [Antonio López: "I only take good things from Atlético"] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Mallorca snap up Lopez; ESPN Soccernet, 26 June 2012
  7. ^ Torres towers in Spain win; UEFA.com, 12 October 2005

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maxi Rodríguez
Atlético Madrid Captain
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Gabi