Juan Manuel López (footballer)

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Juanma López
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel López Martinez
Date of birth (1969-09-03) 3 September 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Atlético Madrileño 15 (0)
1991–2001 Atlético Madrid 156 (3)
Total 171 (3)
National team
1992 Spain U23 7 (0)
1992–1997 Spain 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Football
Gold 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Juan Manuel 'Juanma' López Martinez (born 3 September 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a central defender (occasionally he could operate in the flanks).

López was prone to suspensions, often being considered overaggressive in his approach.[1] However, he retired after sustaining a serious knee injury.

Club career[edit]

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.[2][3]

International career[edit]

For Spain, López won the gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and participated at UEFA Euro 1996, receiving 11 full caps in a five-year span.

His international debut came on 9 September 1992 in a friendly 1–0 win against England in Santander, also the first for coach Javier Clemente – both López and Solozábal played the entire match.




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