Rafa (footballer)

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Rafa
Personal information
Full name Rafael López Gómez
Date of birth (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Peñafiel, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Getafe
Number 15
Youth career
Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Valladolid B
2004–2008 Valladolid 40 (0)
2005–2006 Eibar (loan) 19 (0)
2008– Getafe 121 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.

Rafael López Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel ˈlopeð ˈɣomeθ]; born 9 April 1985), commonly known as Rafa, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF mainly as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Rafa was born in Peñafiel, Valladolid, Castile and León. A product of Real Valladolid's youth system, he made his debut with the first team on 8 February 2004 in a 0–2 away defeat against RCD Espanyol, but only managed, however, six appearances with the main squad in his first two professional seasons combined.

After a season-long loan at SD Eibar in the second division, Rafa returned to help Valladolid regain its La Liga status in 2007. He played 21 league matches in the following campaign.

In early July 2008, Rafa agreed to join Getafe CF on a Bosman transfer.[1] He would spend most of his first year as left back, replacing out-of-form Lucas Licht who was sold shortly after.[2][3]

In the 2009–10 season Rafa was mostly first-choice, benefitting from consecutive injuries from Mario. With 27 games and two goals from the player, the Madrid team finished sixth and qualified to the UEFA Europa League for the second time in its history.

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