Diego López Rodríguez

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Diego López, see Diego López.
Diego López
Diego Lopez autograph signing, Wigan Athletic v Villarreal CF, 7 August 2011.jpg
López signing autographs with Villarreal
Personal information
Full name Diego López Rodríguez
Date of birth (1981-11-03) 3 November 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Paradela, Spain
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 23
Youth career
1994–1999 Lugo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Lugo 2 (0)
2000–2003 Real Madrid C 41 (0)
2001–2002 Alcorcón (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2005 Real Madrid B 33 (0)
2005–2007 Real Madrid 2 (0)
2007–2012 Villarreal 171 (0)
2012–2013 Sevilla 8 (0)
2013–2014 Real Madrid 52 (0)
2014– Milan 9 (0)
National team
2009 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:15, 28 November 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 Rodríguez.

Diego López Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo ˈlopeθ]; born 3 November 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club A.C. Milan as a goalkeeper.

After spending seven years under contract with Real Madrid, in representation of its various teams, he made a name for himself in La Liga with Villarreal, appearing in 230 official games over the course of five seasons. In 2013 he returned to Real Madrid.

López represented Spain at the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

López was born in Paradela, Lugo, Galicia. A youth graduate from hometown's CD Lugo he moved to Real Madrid at almost 19 and, after a loan at another side from the capital, AD Alcorcón, he eventually moved up to Real's B-team, starting in his second season, which ended in Segunda División promotion.

López served as first-team backup to Iker Casillas in the following two La Liga campaigns: in the closing stages of 2005–06 he appeared in back-to-back away wins, against CA Osasuna (as Casillas was sent off)[1] and Racing de Santander,[2] adding a UEFA Champions League group stage game at Olympiakos FC, a 1–2 defeat.[3]

Villarreal[edit]

In late June 2007 López signed for Villarreal CF for a reported fee of 6 million,[4] and started the season as second-choice to Uruguayan Sebastián Viera but, after a string of fine performances – he played in the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup – he was awarded first-team action, finishing the season with 21 appearances.

In 2008–09 López was everpresent, helping Villarreal finish fifth in the league as he did not miss one minute of action. More of the same in the following season, but the team could only rank seventh, thus out of the European zone; however, as fifth-placed RCD Mallorca was expelled from European competition due to bankruptcy, the Valencian took its place in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

López featured in all but one league games in 2011–12, being ejected against Sevilla FC in a 2–2 home draw, in the second game of the campaign.[5] The Yellow Submarine would eventually be relegated after a twelve-year stay, with the player conceding 50 goals in his appearances.

Sevilla[edit]

On 22 May 2012, López signed with Sevilla FC on a five year contract, for a reported fee of €3.5 million.[6] He split first-choice status with Andrés Palop during his spell.

Return to Real Madrid[edit]

López playing for Real Madrid in 2013

On 25 January 2013, López returned to Real Madrid after Casillas suffered a hand injury which ruled him out for 12 weeks, signing for €3.5 million until June 2017.[7] Shortly upon arriving, he stated he had always dreamed of coming back to the club.[8]

López played his first game in his second spell on 30 January 2013, in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona for the season's Spanish Cup semifinals.[9] On 5 March, he made a string of saves as Real beat Manchester United 2–1 at Old Trafford to qualify for the last-eight in the Champions League (3–2 on aggregate). After the match, coach José Mourinho said: "Diego López was the best player in my team";[10] he retained his position until the end of the campaign, even though Casillas had already returned to full fitness.

López retained his number one position at the start of the following season, when Carlo Ancelotti had replaced Mourinho. Casillas was played in both the Champions League and the domestic cup, however.[11]

Milan[edit]

On 13 August 2014, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan reached an agreement over the transfer of López.[12] He made his competitive debut on 31 August in the first matchday of the new season in Serie A, saving a late penalty from Antonio Candreva in an eventual 3–1 win over S.S. Lazio.[13]

On 14 September López suffered a right thigh injury against Parma FC, being sidelined for almost a month.[14]

International career[edit]

As third goalkeeper, López was first called up by Spain for two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in late March/early April 2009, both against Turkey. He was named by national side boss Vicente del Bosque for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, in the same predicament (behind Casillas and Pepe Reina), and did not play any matches there.

López made his debut on 12 August 2009, playing the last 30 minutes of the 3–2 friendly win in Macedonia replacing Reina and keeping a clean sheet.[15]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 28 November 2014[16]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other1 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2003–04 Segunda División B 6 0 6 0
2004–05 Segunda División B 35 0 35 0
Total 41 0 41 0
Real Madrid 2005–06 La Liga 2 0 3 0 1 0 6 0
2006–07 La Liga 0 0 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 2 0 7 0 2 0 11 0
Villarreal 2007–08 La Liga 20 0 6 0 8 0 34 0
2008–09 La Liga 38 0 0 0 9 0 47 0
2009–10 La Liga 38 0 2 0 9 0 49 0
2010–11 La Liga 38 0 2 0 15 0 55 0
2011–12 La Liga 37 0 0 0 8 0 45 0
Total 171 0 4 0 41 0 216 0
Sevilla 2012–13 La Liga 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Real Madrid 2012–13 La Liga 16 0 3 0 6 0 25 0
2013–14 La Liga 36 0 0 0 1 0 37 0
Total 52 0 3 0 7 0 62 0
Milan 2014–15 Serie A 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 5 0
Career totals 279 0 23 0 58 0 0 0 360 0

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Osasuna 0–1 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Racing Santander 2–3 Real Madrid". ESPN Soccernet. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Olympiakos 2–1 Real Madrid: Second-string". ESPN Soccernet. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Diego López signs at Villarreal". UEFA.com. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Villarreal claim battling draw". ESPN Soccernet. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "El Sevilla ficha a Diego López, un portero de altura para el nuevo proyecto" [Sevilla signs Diego López, tall goalkeeper for new project] (in Spanish). Sevilla's official website. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Diego López, nuevo jugador del Real Madrid" [Diego López, new Real Madrid player] (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Diego López: "Volver al club de mi corazón es algo muy especial"" [Diego López: "Returning to the club of my heart is quite special"] (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Varane keeps Real hopes alive". ESPN FC. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Mourinho can't recall Casillas with Diego Lopez in such fantastic form". Goal.com. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ancelotti’s bizarre solution to keeper issue: Lopez plays Liga, Casillas plays Europe [Marca]". 101 Great Goals. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official statement: Diego López". Real Madrid's official website. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "AC Milan 3–1 Lazio: Inzaghi era starts with a bang". Goal.com. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Diego Lopez injury: Updates on AC Milan star's thigh and return". Bleacher Report. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Crónica del Macedonia-España: 2–3." [Macedonia-Spain match report: 2–3.] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Diego López". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

External links[edit]