Jorge López Montaña
López in training with Zaragoza
|Full name||Jorge López Montaña|
|Date of birth||19 September 1978|
|Place of birth||Logroño, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1998||→ Las Rozas (loan)|
|2004–2005||→ Mallorca (loan)||29||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of hometown CD Logroñés' youth system, López was purchased by Villarreal CF in the summer of 1999, with whom he achieved La Liga promotion at the end of the season. Making his top flight debut on 10 September 2000 in a 1–5 home loss against Rayo Vallecano, he finished the season missing only three league games and scoring eight goals, with the Valencian finishing seventh.
Joining neighbours Valencia CF in 2003–04, López played 26 matches and netted four times as the side was proclaimed national champions. After a loan to fellow league outfit RCD Mallorca, he would only collect 19 league appearances in the next two seasons combined, mainly due to injuries.
López was released by Valencia in summer 2007, and was signed by Racing de Santander on a free transfer, where he was a key element in the team's first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup after a sixth-place finish. On 25 November 2007, he scored the game's only goal in a home triumph against his previous team.
Having already played one game in 2008–09 with Racing, a 1–1 home draw with Sevilla FC, López was sold to second division's Real Zaragoza on 1 September 2008, for €3 million. He scored seven goals in 38 matches as the Aragonese immediately returned to division one, surpassing the 3,000-minute mark, but featured significantly less in the following season, although he began it in the starting XI.
In January 2013 López, who had become a free player due to financial problems in his previous club, moved to Belgium and joined several compatriots (including manager Víctor Fernández) at K.A.A. Gent.
- "Racing leave Valencia standing". UEFA.com. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Jorge López jugará en el Zaragoza" [Jorge López will play in Zaragoza]. Marca. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Real Zaragoza announce surprise departures of Carlos Diogo and Jorge Lopez". A Different League. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Jorge López apuesta por el gran sueño amarillo" [Jorge López bets on big yellow dream]. Marca. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2013.