Juan Manuel López (footballer)
|Full name||Juan Manuel López Martinez|
|Date of birth||3 September 1969|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Spain|
|Gold||1992 Barcelona||Team Competition|
López was born in Madrid. During his professional career he played solely for Atlético Madrid, his debut with the first team coming in the dying stages of the 1990–91 season as he was still registered for the club's B-side, and would be during the following campaign.
During 1995–96 López, often dubbed Super López, formed a solid centre-back partnership with another Atlético graduate, Roberto Solozábal, as the capital club achieved an historic double, with the former appearing in 32 La Liga matches with two goals, in home wins against Real Oviedo (3–0) and CD Tenerife (3–1).
From 1997 to 2001 (with the last season being played in the second division), however, consistent injuries limited the often considered over-aggressive player to just 12 games combined, and he eventually retired due to an anterior cruciate ligament ailment from which he never bounced back.
- Qué fue de... Juanma López (Whatever happened to... Juanma López); 20 Minutos, 2 February 2009 (Spanish)
- López será baja seis meses y Antic piensa en fichar en diciembre (López out six months and Antic thinks about signing in December); El Mundo, 19 November 1997 (Spanish)
- Especialistas afirman roturas ligamento cruzado anterior están a nivel normal (Experts find ACL injuries to be at a normal level); Terra, 27 February 2007 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Juanma López at National-Football-Teams.com
- Juanma López – FIFA competition record