David López (footballer, born 1989)

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David López
David López 2015.jpg
López playing for Napoli in 2015
Personal information
Full name David López Silva
Date of birth (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
1997–1999 Sant Cugat
1999–2005 Mercantil
2005–2007 Damm
2007–2008 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Espanyol B 56 (2)
2009–2010 Terrassa (loan) 31 (2)
2010–2014 Espanyol 37 (2)
2011–2012 Leganés (loan) 30 (4)
2012–2013 Huesca (loan) 38 (3)
2014–2016 Napoli 57 (2)
2016– Espanyol 73 (4)
National team
2013– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2013

David López Silva (born 9 October 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for RCD Espanyol as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, López finished his formation with local RCD Espanyol, and made his senior debuts with the reserves in the 2008–09 season, in Tercera División. In August 2009 he was loaned to Terrassa FC in Segunda División B,[1] being a regular starter but suffering team relegation.

López returned to Espanyol in June 2010, and made his main squad – and La Liga – debut on 26 September, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 home win against CA Osasuna.[2] He continued to appear more regularly with the B-side, however.

On 11 August 2011, López was loaned to CD Leganés in the third level.[3] A year later, he joined Segunda División club SD Huesca in the same predicament.[4]

On 16 June 2013, López returned to Espanyol after the Pericos exercised the buyback option on his contract.[5] He scored his first goal in the top flight on 24 August, netting his team's first in a 3–1 home success over Valencia CF.[6]


On 31 August 2014, S.S.C. Napoli confirmed López' signing on a five-year contract.[7] He made his Serie A debut on 21 September, playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 0–1 defeat at Udinese Calcio.[8]

López scored his first competitive goal for the Italians (from 39 appearances) on 7 May 2015, putting his team ahead in an eventual 1–1 home draw against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.[9]

Espanyol return[edit]

On 26 August 2016, López returned to Espanyol on a four-year deal.[10] During most of his second spell he was utilized by manager Quique Sánchez Flores as a central defender[11][12] and, from that position, he scored in a 1–4 away loss to FC Barcelona on 18 December.[13]




  1. ^ El RCD Espanyol cede al jugador del filial David López al Terrassa (RCD Espanyol loan reserve team player David López to Terrassa) Archived 3 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Join Futbol, 31 August 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Espanyol 1–0 Osasuna[permanent dead link]; ESPN FC, 26 September 2010
  3. ^ El Espanyol cede a David López al Leganés (Espanyol loan David López to Leganés); Marca, 11 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Huesca ficha al mediocentro David López Silva (Huesca sign central midfielder David López Silva); Marca, 14 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Espanyol recupera a David López (Espanyol reclaim David López); Marca, 16 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Espanyol battle back for victory Archived 13 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 24 August 2013
  7. ^ David Lopez moves to Napoli; S.S.C. Napoli, 31 August 2014
  8. ^ Udinese 1–0 Napoli; BBC Sport, 21 September 2014
  9. ^ Dnipro deny dominant Napoli; UEFA, 7 May 2015
  10. ^ "David López, welcome home!". RCD Espanyol. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "David López: "No esperaba jugar de central"" [David López: “I did not expect to play as stopper”] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "David López: "Una victoria nos daría mucha confianza"" [David López: "We would grow significantly in confidence with a win"] (in Spanish). Vavel. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "David López: "El gol marcado, un golpe de fe"" [David López: “The goal I scored, a strike of faith”] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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