David López Moreno

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David López
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López playing with Athletic Bilbao
Personal information
Full name David López Moreno
Date of birth (1982-09-10) 10 September 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lugo
Number 15
Youth career
2000–2001 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Osasuna B 81 (7)
2004–2007 Osasuna 78 (11)
2007–2012 Athletic Bilbao 118 (12)
2012–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 65 (12)
2014– Lugo 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:33, 18 April 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 Moreno.

David López Moreno (born 10 September 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Lugo as a midfielder.

Over the course of eight seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 196 games and 23 goals, for Osasuna (four years) and Athletic Bilbao (five).

Career[edit]

Osasuna[edit]

López was born in Logroño, La Rioja. A product of CA Osasuna's youth ranks he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut on 17 October 2004 in a 3–2 home win against Albacete Balompié, and finished his first season with 13 games and one goal, scored in his first match.[1]

The following campaign López was an undisputed starter as the Navarrese club achieved a first ever qualification to the UEFA Champions League, with the player contributing with six goals, including a crucial one in the last matchday, a 2–1 home success against Valencia CF.[2]

As Osasuna was "demoted" to the UEFA Cup, López appeared 11 in matches in the team's semifinals run, netting in 3–0 away successes against Parma FC (twice)[3] and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[4]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

In the 2007 summer López signed with neighbours Athletic de Bilbao, for around 6 million.[5] His official club debut was on 28 August in a 0–0 home draw against his former team, and he was automatic first-choice in his first two years, appearing in 61 league games combined; in his second he helped the Basque narrowly avoid relegation, scoring at Recreativo de Huelva (1–1),[6] and at home against Sporting de Gijón (3–0)[7] and Racing de Santander (2–1, through a penalty).[8]

López scored a career-best – joint – six goals in 28 contests in 2010–11, but became a fringe player for the Lions after the arrival of Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as club manager. On 31 August 2012, his contract with Athletic was rescinded by mutual consent.[9]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

Immediately after being released, López transferred to English side Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship, signing a one-year contract.[10] During his spell at the club, he was nicknamed 'Spanish Dave'.[11]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ajustada victoria de Osasuna ante el 'Alba' en El Sadar" [Narrow Osasuna win against 'Alba' at El Sadar] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 17 October 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Osasuna 2–1 Valencia; ESPN Soccernet, 16 May 2006
  3. ^ Osasuna complete Italian job
  4. ^ Ruthless Osasuna stun Leverkusen
  5. ^ David López has Athletic ambition; UEFA.com, 27 June 2007
  6. ^ Recreativo Huelva 1–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 25 September 2008
  7. ^ Athletic Bilbao 3–0 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 14 December 2008
  8. ^ Athletic Bilbao 2–1 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 26 April 2009
  9. ^ David Lopez’ contract terminated; Athletic's official website, 31 August 2012
  10. ^ "Lopez joins Albion". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Brighton 1, Burnley 0 – Spanish Dave strikes again". Express Sport. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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