Rafael López Gómez
|Full name||Rafael López Gómez|
|Date of birth||9 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Peñafiel, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Eibar (loan)||19||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rafael López Gómez (Spanish pronunciation: [rafaˈel ˈlopeð ˈɣomeθ]; born 9 April 1985 in Peñafiel, Valladolid, Castile and León), commonly known as Rafa, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF in La Liga, mainly a central defender.
A product of Real Valladolid's youth system, Rafa made his debut with the first team on 8 February 2004, in a 0–2 away defeat against RCD Espanyol. He only managed, however, six appearances with the main squad in his first two professional seasons combined.
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.
- Getafe get hold of Rafa; UEFA.com, 3 July 2008
- Rafa: "Me está costando jugar como lateral" (Rafa: "I am having a hard time playing as fullback"); Diario AS, 22 August 2008 (Spanish)
- Víctor confirma que Rafa será el "anti Messi" y que Stojkovic jugará (Víctor confirms that Rafa will be the "anti Messi" and Stojkovic will play); Diario AS, 15 April 2009 (Spanish)