Roberto López Ufarte

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Roberto López Ufarte
Roberto López Ufarte.jpg
López Ufarte as a Real Sociedad player
Personal information
Full name Roberto López Ufarte
Date of birth (1958-04-19) 19 April 1958 (age 57)
Place of birth Fes, Morocco
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Real Unión
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Real Unión
1975–1976 San Sebastián
1975–1987 Real Sociedad 363 (101)
1987–1988 Atlético Madrid 27 (8)
1988–1989 Betis 28 (3)
National team
1975–1976 Spain U18 10 (4)
1976–1977 Spain U21 3 (0)
1977–1982 Spain 15 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Ufarte.

Roberto López Ufarte (born 19 April 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

Nicknamed The little devil, most of his 14-year career was spent at Real Sociedad, where he played for 12 seasons, winning four major titles including two La Liga championships. He also represented in the competition Atlético Madrid and Betis, amassing totals of 418 games and 112 goals.

Ufarte appeared for Spain at the 1982 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

López Ufarte was born in Fes, Morocco. His parents, from Andalusia and Catalonia, moved abroad in search of work, and returned to Irun (Basque Country) when their son was eight. After making his early footballing efforts at neighbouring Real Unión he signed for Real Sociedad, making his La Liga debuts in the 1975–76 season, playing his first game in the competition on 30 November 1975 in a 0–2 derby away loss against Athletic Bilbao, aged only 17; from then on he became an essential first-team member, scoring 16 goals in 63 matches in the side's back-to-back league titles combined.

Ufarte left the Txuriurdin in 1987, after another solid season: 33 games and ten goals in the league, and the conquest of the Copa del Rey. He netted 129 goals in 474 official games during his spell.

After one season with Atlético Madrid (third-place), López Ufarte closed his career at Real Betis at the age of 31, after struggling with knee injuries and seeing his club relegate to the second division. He then acted as assistant manager to several coaches at his first professional club, following which he returned to Real Unión as director of football.

International career[edit]

López Ufarte gained 15 caps for Spain, during five years. His debut came on 21 September 1977, scoring in 2–1 friendly win in Switzerland.

Ufarte appeared for the nation at the 1982 FIFA World Cup which was held on home ground, playing his last match in a 1–2 second group stage loss against West Germany.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 September 1977 Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2. 14 October 1981 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Luxembourg 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 14 October 1981 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4. 18 November 1981 Stadion ŁKS, Łódź, Poland  Poland 0–1 2–3 Friendly
5. 16 June 1982 Luis Casanova, Valencia, Spain  Honduras 1–1 1–1 1982 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Real Sociedad

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Cup 1982 finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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