Walter Alberto López

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Gasco.
Walter López
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López at West Ham United in 2009
Personal information
Full name Walter Alberto López Gasco
Date of birth (1985-10-15) 15 October 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Lecce
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Racing Club
2004 San Martín de Tucumán
2005–2006 River Plate Montevideo 50 (5)
2007 Xerez (loan) 11 (0)
2007 Tecos (loan) 3 (0)
2008–2009 West Ham United 5 (0)
2009–2011 Cerro 0 (0)
2009–2010 Brescia (loan) 29 (1)
2010 Universitatea Craiova (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Universitatea Craiova 4 (0)
2011–2013 Peñarol 16 (2)
2012 Cerro Porteño (loan) 28 (4)
2013– Lecce 24 (2)
National team
2006 Uruguay 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2011

Walter Alberto López Gasco (born 15 October 1985 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Italian club Lecce in defence or midfield. He also holds a Spanish passport.[1]

Career[edit]

Beginning[edit]

López began his career at hometown club Racing Club and also spent time in Spain and Mexico.

West Ham United[edit]

He signed for West Ham United on 5 September 2008.[2] On joining West Ham he was described by Kevin Keen (caretaker manager) as "a very attacking full-back" and "another West Ham type player" referring to his fluent attacking style of play reminiscent of former West Ham players such as Paolo Di Canio. He made his debut for West Ham United in a League Cup third round tie away defeat at Watford on 23 September 2008.[3] He made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in West Ham's 1–0 win over Manchester City on 1 March 2009.[4]

However, López failed to cement a place in the first team due to the presence of Congolese international Hérita Ilunga and was subsequently released by West Ham at the end of the 2008–09 season[5] He returned to Uruguay and signed for Primera División side Cerro. He was then loaned to Italian side Brescia in the Serie B.[6]

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Walter López was loaned to the Liga 1 side, FC Universitatea Craiova.

After 6 months of loan, at the start of 2011 the Romanian club decided to buy the player, so López signed a new contract for three years.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lopez si allena con la prima squadra" (in Italian). bresciaonline.it. 5 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Lopez becomes latest recruit
  3. ^ Watford 1–0 West Ham
  4. ^ West Ham 1–0 Man City BBC.co.uk
  5. ^ Summer squad latest www.whufc.com
  6. ^ Dal West Ham arriva l'uruguaiano Lopez
  7. ^ "Walter Lopez, DEFINITIV la Craiova (Romanian)". digisport.ro. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 

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