Antonio López (footballer, born 1981)
López in action for Atlético Madrid in 2007
|Full name||Antonio López Guerrero|
|Date of birth||13 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Benidorm, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1999–2001||Atlético Madrid B||39||(3)|
|2002–2004||→ Osasuna (loan)||71||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He spent most of his professional career with Atlético Madrid, appearing in more than 300 official games and winning four major titles, including two Europa League trophies. Also in La Liga, he played for Osasuna.
A product of Atlético Madrid's youth system, López was born in Benidorm, Province of Alicante. He first appeared for the main side in 2000–01, whilst the Colchoneros were in the second division, and contributed with 20 matches the following season for a La Liga return, after a two-year hiatus.
Subsequently López was loaned for two seasons to fellow top division side CA Osasuna, where he missed only five league games combined. During his Navarre spell he scored twice (both of the goals coming in 2002–03), most notably in a 1–0 home success against RCD Espanyol on 15 December 2002.
In his second spell with Atlético, López quickly gained first-choice status. However, during the 2007–08 campaign, he lost his position to Mariano Pernía, and would end serving more time at right-back due to injuries to teammates Giourkas Seitaridis and Juan Valera; when selected, he was the side's undisputed captain.
On 15 March 2009 López scored the winner through a rare header, as Atlético came from behind 0–2 to beat Villarreal CF at home. After the coach change, with former club player Abel Resino taking over for Javier Aguirre, he was made the starter, but an injury made Pernía finish the season in the starting XI.
Benefitting from a road accident to Pernía in the summer, López played most of 2009–10. On 2 January 2010, again with his head – but in the last minute – he scored against Sevilla FC at home to make it 2–1; on 1 April he scored in the same fashion, making it 2–1 at Valencia CF for the UEFA Europa League (eventually 2–2), a competition which Atlético won in Hamburg with the player playing the entire 120 minutes of the 2–1 win against Fulham, and lifting the trophy as captain.
In late May 2012, after 343 official games in ten senior seasons, López was released by Atlético. The following month he signed for two years with fellow league side RCD Mallorca, with an option for a further season.
López made his debut with Spain on 30 March 2005, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro in Belgrade (0–0). During the successful campaign he scored his first international goal, at San Marino on 12 October (6–0), hitting home from 25 metres in the first minute.
Supposed to back up Asier del Horno during the final stages, López would not benefit from the former's injury days before the tournament started, as Argentine-born Pernía would be promoted to first-choice. He would only appear against Saudi Arabia in Germany, with Spain being eliminated in the round-of-16.
|1.||12 October 2005||Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||0–1||0–6||2006 World Cup qualification|
- Atlético Madrid
- UEFA Europa League: 2009–10, 2011–12
- UEFA Super Cup: 2010
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2007
- Segunda División: 2001–02
- Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2009–10
- "Perea, Jurado, Seitaridis y Valera, bajas frente al Betis" [Perea, Jurado, Seitaridis and Valera, unavailable against Betis] (in Spanish). Terra. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Antonio López es el nuevo capitán del Atlético" [Antonio López is the new Atlético captain] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Antonio López ejerce de Pepe Reina en el colofón de la fiesta colchonera" [Antonio López plays Pepe Reina at the height of colchonera party] (in Spanish). Telecinco. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Atlético Madrid 3–2 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Last gasp Lopez winner". ESPN Soccernet. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Villa keeps Los Che in the tie". ESPN Soccernet. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Atletico Madrid 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
- "Antonio López: "Todo lo que me llevo del Atlético es bueno"" [Antonio López: "I only take good things from Atlético"] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Mallorca snap up Lopez; ESPN Soccernet, 26 June 2012
- Torres towers in Spain win; UEFA.com, 12 October 2005