Luis Diego López
|Full name||Luis Diego López Breijo|
|Date of birth||22 August 1974|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1994–1996||River Plate Montevideo||37||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His career was intimately connected with Cagliari in Italy, for which he appeared in nearly 400 official games in 12 years. He later worked with the club as a manager, in several categories.
Born in Montevideo, López started playing professionally with local side Club Atlético River Plate. Two years later he signed with Racing de Santander in Spain, playing in 39 La Liga games in his debut season but receiving nine yellow cards and three red in the process; in Cantabria, he shared teams with compatriots Fernando Correa and José Zalazar.
In 1998 López moved to Italy and joined Cagliari Calcio, freshly promoted to Serie A. During his first seven seasons with the Sardinian side, with the exception of his first year – only one match – he never appeared in less than 26 league contests and spent four years (2000–04) in the second division, also being eventually awarded team captaincy.
On 14 April 2009, following a tunnel brawl with ACF Fiorentina's Felipe Melo in a 1–2 away loss, López received – as the Brazilian – a five-match ban. In July, one month shy of his 35th birthday, he signed a one-year contract with Cagliari. In the 2009–10 season the veteran appeared in 18 league games his team again managed to avoid relegation, after finishing in 16th position.
On 9 September 2010, after not being called up to Cagliari's 2010–11 pre-season camp, López announced his retirement from professional football, having appeared in nearly 400 official games for his main club (12 professional seasons).
In July 2012 López was named at the helm of the Primavera under-19 team of Cagliari and, on 2 October, was unveiled as new assistant coach for the main squad, after the Ivo Pulga-led club parted ways with Massimo Ficcadenti.
López and Pulga swapped roles in July 2013 after the former was admitted to the yearly UEFA Pro Licence course, thus being allowed to serve as head coach in the Italian top flight. The former was sacked from his position on 6 April 2014 by owner Massimo Cellino, this being the 36th manager change he went through in 22 years of tenure.
The following year he represented the nation at the Copa América, with the tournament being held on home soil and won by the hosts, who conceded just four goals in six matches. López was overlooked, however, for the squads which appeared at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, and amassed a total of 32 caps.
- As of 1 July 2014.
|Cagliari||July 2013||April 2014||Serie A||26||6||10||10||23.08||26||35||–9|
|Bologna||July 2014||Serie B||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0|
- "Lengthy bans for Serie A fighters". FIFA.com. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Lopez rinnova" [López renews] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "I convocati per il pre-ritiro" [Players selected to training camp] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- Lopez hangs up his boots; Football Italia, 9 September 2010
- "Nuovo corso" [New path] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Cellino sacks Lopez as Cagliari coach just hours after sealing Leeds takeover". Daily Mail. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "E' Diego Lopez il nuovo allenatore del Bologna" [Diego Lopez the new coach of Bologna] (in Italian). Bologna F.C. 1909 (bolognafc.it). 1 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- Uruguay – International Matches 1991–1995; at RSSSF
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- Diego López at National-Football-Teams.com
- Diego López – FIFA competition record