Aritz López Garai

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Aritz López Garai
Aritz López Garai, Celta de Vigo 2009.jpg
López Garai as a Celta player (2009)
Personal information
Full name Aritz López Garai
Date of birth (1980-11-06) 6 November 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Barakaldo, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reus
Number 22
Youth career
1997–1998 Indartsu
1998–1999 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Basconia 68 (5)
2001–2002 Gernika (loan) 33 (0)
2002–2005 Conquense 107 (2)
2005–2007 Salamanca 77 (4)
2007–2009 Castellón 75 (4)
2009–2011 Celta 78 (1)
2011–2013 Córdoba 82 (6)
2013–2014 Sporting Gijón 14 (0)
2014 Córdoba (loan) 9 (0)
2014 Córdoba 6 (0)
2015 Rapid București 17 (0)
2015 Doxa 13 (0)
2016– Reus 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Garai.

Aritz López Garai (born 6 November 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CF Reus Deportiu as a central midfielder.

Football career[edit]

López Garai was born in Barakaldo, Biscay. An unsuccessful youth graduate of Athletic Bilbao, he spent the vast majority of his professional career in second and third divisions.

López Garai represented CD Basconia (Bilbao's farm team), Gernika Club, UB Conquense, UD Salamanca, CD Castellón, Celta de Vigo, Córdoba CF – two spells – and Sporting de Gijón, rarely settling with a team but being always first-choice. He signed with Andalusia's Córdoba for the second time in the 2014 summer, following a short loan spell with the same club from Gijón, and made his La Liga debut on 25 August 2014 at the age of 33, starting in a 0–2 away loss against Real Madrid.[1]

On 28 January 2015, López Garai terminated his contract with the Blanquiverdes.[2] Less than one month later he moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Romania's FC Rapid București.[3]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 29 September 2015
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gernika 2001–02[4] Segunda División B 33 0 33 0
Conquense 2002–03[4] Segunda División B 34 1 34 1
2003–04[4] Segunda División B 32 1 3 0 35 1
2004–05[4] Segunda División B 37 0 3 0 4[a] 0 44 0
Total 103 2 6 0 4 0 113 2
Salamanca 2005–06[4] Segunda División B 36 2 1 0 4[a] 0 41 2
2006–07[4] Segunda División 37 2 1 0 38 2
Total 73 4 2 0 4 0 79 4
Castellón 2007–08[4] Segunda División 39 4 0 0 39 2
2008–09[4] Segunda División 36 0 1 0 37 0
Total 75 4 1 0 76 4
Celta 2009–10[4] Segunda División 40 1 6 0 46 1
2010–11[4] Segunda División 36 0 1 0 2[a] 0 39 0
Total 76 1 7 0 2 0 85 1
Córdoba 2011–12[4] Segunda División 39 0 4 0 2[a] 0 45 0
2012–13[4] Segunda División 41 6 6 0 47 6
Total 80 6 10 0 2 0 92 6
Sporting Gijón 2013–14[4] Segunda División 14 0 0 0 14 0
Córdoba (loan) 2013–14[4] Segunda División 6 0 0 0 3[a] 0 9 0
Córdoba (loan) 2014–15[5] La Liga 6 0 2 0 8 0
Total 12 0 2 0 3 0 17 0
Rapid București 2014–15[5] Liga I 17 0 0 0 17 0
Doxa 2015–16[5] Cypriot First Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 488 17 28 0 15 0 531 32
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Promotion Play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slow start from Real Madrid". ESPN FC. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "López Garai se desvincula del Córdoba C.F." [López Garai cuts ties with Córdoba C.F.] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Artist nou în Teatrul Giuleşti. Cine e Aritz Lopez Garai, al patrulea spaniol de la Rapid" [New artist at Giuleşti Theater. Who is Aritz Lopez Garai, Rapid's fourth Spaniard] (in Romanian). ProSport. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "López Garai: Aritz López Garai". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "López Garai". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

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