Lisandro López

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Not to be confused with Lisandro Ezequiel López.
Lisandro López
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López playing for Lyon in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-03-02) 2 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Rafael Obligado, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Al-Gharafa
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2003 Racing
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Racing 70 (26)
2005–2009 Porto 106 (49)
2009–2013 Lyon 119 (59)
2013– Al-Gharafa 24 (9)
National team
2005–2009 Argentina 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lisandro López (born 2 March 1983), sometimes known as Lisandro, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Al-Gharafa Sports Club. Primarily a striker, he is also capable of playing on the wings.[1]

After starting out at Racing Club in 2003, López spent most of his professional career with Porto in Portugal and Lyon in France, winning eight major titles the two teams combined.

Club career[edit]

Racing Club[edit]

Born in Rafael Obligado, Buenos Aires Province, López started his career at Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine first division, making his first-team debuts at the age of 19.

He was the league's top scorer in the 2004 Apertura tournament, going on to net more than 30 official goals during his three-year spell.

Porto[edit]

In April 2005 Lisandro signed for F.C. Porto for a transfer fee of 2.3 million, moving to Portugal alongside countryman Lucho González. His agents, Global Soccer Agencies (later renamed Rio Football Services),[2] retained 50% of the player's rights[3][4]– in the same transfer window, Luís Fabiano, whose rights were owned by GSA's sister company, "Global Soccer Investments" (75%), left the club. He scored seven top division goals in his first season in 26 games, repeating the feat in the following campaign whilst appearing in one match less; he also found the net in the 1–1 home draw against Rangers in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, adding two against Hamburger SV (also in the UEFA Champions League but in the following season, 4–1 home win[5]).

In 2007–08, as Porto were crowned league champions for the third consecutive time, Lisandro was the competition's top scorer, scoring 24 goals in 27 games and adding three in the season's Champions League. On 20 April 2008, he netted twice – also being booked – in a 2–0 home win against S.L. Benfica; midway through the season Porto rejected an offer from FC Zenit St. Petersburg, and the northerners eventually bought the remaining economic rights of the player, for €4.4 million.[6]

López only scored ten goals in the 2008–09 season, but finished fourth in the scoring list in the Champions League with six, only trailing Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard and Miroslav Klose.[7] Porto wrapped up the campaign with the Portuguese Cup conquest, and he netted the game's only goal in a win against F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

Lyon[edit]

López during a Champions League match for Lyon in April 2010

After the sale of Karim Benzema to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, López replaced him at Olympique Lyonnais, being transferred for a fee of €24 million, plus a €4 million bonus subject to performances.[8] On 8 August, he scored on his Ligue 1 debut from a last-minute free-kick at Le Mans FC, in a 2–2 draw. He added a hat-trick against R.S.C. Anderlecht in the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round, in an eventual 8–2 aggregate win.[1]

On 4 November 2009, López scored a decisive equaliser in a group game against Liverpool to ensure Lyon qualified for the knockout stage. Four days later he netted twice in three minutes in a 5–5 ligue draw against Olympique de Marseille,[9] adding a further three the following month, against Lille OSC: the visitors led it 3–1 at half-time, but were eventually defeated 3–4.[10]

On 30 March 2010, Lisandro scored twice in the 3–1 home victory against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the Champions League quarter-finals (3–2 aggregate win). He continued this good form with a goal in Lyon's 2–1 away win against Stade Rennais FC, four days later.[11]

On the final day of the season, Lisandro assisted Miralem Pjanić in a 2–0 home win against Le Mans, a result which placed Lyon second in the league table, with the subsequent direct Champions League qualification.[12] On 9 May 2010, he was named Ligue 1 Footballer of the Year.[13]

On 2 October 2010 López scored in a 3–2 away win against AS Nancy, in Lyon's second win of the 2010–11 season.[14] He added two in the next ligue fixture – one from a penalty kick – a 3–1 defeat of Lille at the Stade de Gerland.[15] On 20 October he found the net again, against Benfica in a 2–0 Champions League group stage win.[16]

After a one-month spell without a goal, López finally added to his account by grabbing a last-minute goal in a 3–1 away win against RC Lens.[17] He added two in another away fixture, against Montpellier HSC (2–1, the second coming in the fifth minute of stoppage time).[18] Three days later Lyon, needing a point to secure passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League, played host to Hapoel Tel Aviv FC, and he opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, in an eventual 2–2 home draw.[19]

López scored again in the next game for Les Gones in a 2–0 win over Toulouse FC, putting them up to second place in the table.[20] He also found the net in the following game, a 1–1 draw against title holders Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome.[21]

On 6 March 2011, after six scoreless games, Lisandro scored a hat-trick in the 5–0 thrashing of AC Arles-Avignon.[22] In the 27th matchday he continued his run, opening the scoring in a 2–0 away win against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.[23] On 10 April, he netted in the 90th minute in a 3–0 home win over Lens[24] and found the net in the following two home fixtures (both 3–2 wins), against Montpellier[25] and Marseille,[26] with L'OL eventually finishing in third position; on the final day of the campaign he scored a goal in his team's 2–0 win over AS Monaco FC, condemning Les Rouge et Blanc to their first relegation in 35 years.[27]

Lisandro started the 2011–12 campaign in fine form, scoring in Lyon's first two games, his first coming in the early stages of a 3–1 win at OGC Nice.[28] The following weekend, against newly promoted AC Ajaccio, he hit the post twice in the first ten minutes and had several shots saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but was able to salvage a point for new coach Rémi Garde on his home debut with an excellent header in the 83rd minute.[29]

On 8 January 2012, López scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 away win against AS Lyon Duchère for the season's Coupe de France. Three days later he netted the 2–1 winner against Lille in the campaign's Coupe de la Ligue, in the 64th minute; on the 22nd, in his 100th official game for Lyon, he scored against Vendée Luçon Football for the French Cup round-of-32.

On 28 April 2012, López helped Lyon grab victory in the French Cup final, scoring the game's only goal against US Quevilly.[30] In late April of the following year he announced he was leaving the club in the summer transfer window,[31] with Garde commenting:

Al-Gharafa[edit]

On 8 August 2013 López signed for Qatari club Al-Gharafa Sports Club, for a fee of €7.2 million.[33]

International career[edit]

In 2005 López was called up to the Argentine national team by José Pekerman, and he made his debut against Mexico on 10 March, in a 1–1 friendly draw. After fantastic Porto performances, he was summoned three years later by Alfio Basile for friendly games against Egypt, Mexico, United States,[34] and Belarus.

On 12 August 2009, Lisandro scored one goal in Argentina's 3–2 victory over Russia at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.[35] Nine days later he was called by national team boss Diego Maradona for the decisive encounters against Brazil and Paraguay for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, but was overlooked for the final stages in South Africa.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 August 2009 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Russia 2–1 3–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto
Lyon

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2014[36]
Club Season League Domestic cup League cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing 2002–03 3 0 3 0
2003–04 31 8 31 8
2004–05 37 18 37 18
Total 71 26 71 26
Porto 2005–06 26 7 1 0 2 1 29 8
2006–07 25 8 0 0 8 3 33 11
2007–08 27 24 4 0 0 0 8 3 39 27
2008–09 28 10 4 1 0 0 10 6 42 17
Total 106 49 9 1 0 0 28 13 143 63
Lyon 2009–10 33 15 2 0 2 2 12 7 49 24
2010–11 27 17 2 0 1 0 5 2 35 19
2011–12 28 16 6 7 3 1 6 1 43 25
2012–13 31 11 1 1 1 0 6 2 39 14
Total 119 59 11 8 7 3 27 12 166 82
Al-Gharafa 2013–14 23 9 3 1 5 2 0 0 31 12
Total 23 9 3 1 5 2 0 0 31 12
Career total 319 143 23 10 12 5 55 25 411 183

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lisandro fills Benzema void". ESPN Soccernet. 26 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Relatório e contas consolidado 1º Semestre 2007/2008; CMVM (Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Porto look forward with López". UEFA.com. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Facto relevante (Relevant fact); Porto's official website, 15 April 2005 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ "The UEFA Champions League 2006/07 – Hamburger SV (GER)". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Comunicado (Announcement); Porto's official website, 18 January 2008 (Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Messi sweeps up goalscoring honours". UEFA.com. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Acordo com o Lyon para a transferência de Lisandro" [Agreement with Lyon for Lisandro transfer] (in Portuguese). Porto's official website. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  9. ^ Olympique Lyon 5–5 Marseille: OM and OL share ten goals in all-time classic; Goal.com, 8 November 2009
  10. ^ Lille down Lyon in seven-goal thriller; ESPN Soccernet, 6 December 2009
  11. ^ Lyon profit from Bordeaux slip; ESPN Soccernet, 3 April 2010
  12. ^ Pjanic takes Lyon into Champions League; ESPN Soccernet, 15 May 2010
  13. ^ "Lisandro honoured by Ligue 1 peers". UEFA.com. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  14. ^ AS Nancy Lorraine 2–3 Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2010
  15. ^ Two wins in a row for Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 17 October 2010
  16. ^ Lyon cruise to victory against ten-man Benfica; UEFA.com, 20 October 2010
  17. ^ Lens 1–3 Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 21 November 2010
  18. ^ Lisandro double fires Lyon to win; ESPN Soccernet, 4 December 2010
  19. ^ Lacazette's Lyon leveller denies Hapoel; UEFA.com, 7 December 2010
  20. ^ Lyon move up to third; ESPN Soccernet, 12 December 2010
  21. ^ Lyon miss big chance; ESPN Soccernet, 19 December 2010
  22. ^ Lisandro hat-trick inspires Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 6 March 2011
  23. ^ FC Sochaux 0 vs 2 O. Lyon; Goal.com, 12 March 2011
  24. ^ Lyon back in the race for the title; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
  25. ^ Lyon 3–2 Montpellier; ESPN Soccernet, 27 April 2011
  26. ^ Lyon 3–2 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2011
  27. ^ First XI: Fall from grace; ESPN Soccernet, 7 July 2011
  28. ^ Garde starts Lyon reign with impressive win; ESPN Soccernet, 6 August 2011
  29. ^ Lyon 1–1 AC Ajaccio; ESPN Soccernet, 13 August 2011
  30. ^ Lyon edge third-tier minnows to lift Cup; ESPN Soccernet, 28 April 2012
  31. ^ "Lisandro Lopez set for Spurs transfer after revealing desire to quit Lyon". Metro. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  32. ^ "Garde pays tribute to Lisandro Lopez". Goal.com. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  33. ^ Transfer of Argentinian international striker Lisandro Lopez; Actus News, 8 August 2013
  34. ^ "U.S. Men draw 0–0 in epic contest with Argentina in final match at Giants Stadium". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  35. ^ Russia 2–3 Argentina; Football.co, 12 August 2009
  36. ^ "L. López". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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