Diego Lopes

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Diego Lopes
Personal information
Full name Diego Hipólito da Silva Lopes
Date of birth (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Panetolikos
(on loan from Benfica)
Number 30
Youth career
2008 Palmeiras
2008–2012 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Benfica 0 (0)
2012–2013 Rio Ave (loan) 21 (0)
2013–2015 Rio Ave 59 (5)
2015– Benfica 0 (0)
2015–2016 Kayserispor (loan) 22 (0)
2016 América Mineiro (loan) 5 (0)
2017– Panetolikos (loan) 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 3 April 2017 (UTC).

Diego Hipólito da Silva Lopes (born 3 May 1994), known as Diego Lopes, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greek club Panetolikos, on loan from Benfica.

Career[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Lopes arrived in Portugal in December 2008, after a short spell at Palmeiras and joined Benfica.[1] Rated by Rui Costa, as a top prospect, he helped the Lisbon-side, win the first Under-15 Championship since 1988–89.[2]

On 10 June 2012, Lopes joined Rio Ave in Primeira Liga,[3] and made his debut on 2 September 2012 in a draw against Académica.[4] His first goal arriving twenty-four days later in a 2012–13 Taça da Liga match against Freamunde.[5] A year later, on 3 August 2013, Lopes signed a permanent deal with Rio Ave for five seasons.[6] After good performances in his third year in Vila do Conde, which included a career best, nine goals, he was touted for a return to Benfica.[7]

The move was confirmed days later, when he rejoined Benfica on a five-year deal.[8][9] However, he was not included in the first-team and was subsequently loaned to Turkish team Kayserispor alongside Derley.[10] He scored his only goal for them in a Turkish Cup match against İnegölspor on 26 January, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 win.[11][12] Lopes did not stay with the Turkish team, being loaned for six-months to América Mineiro in July 2016.[12][13] After three months, América Mineiro terminated the loan deal ahead of time and returned him to Benfica.[14]

In January 2017, Lopes was loaned for a third time, joining Panetolikos in the Superleague Greece for 18 months.[15]

Club statistics[edit]

As of end of the 2014–15 season
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rio Ave (loan) 2012–13 21 0 1 0 4 1 - 26 1
Rio Ave 2013–14 27 0 6 0 5 0 - 38 0
2014–15 32 5 7 2 2 0 8 2 49 9
Career Total 80 5 14 2 11 1 8 2 113 10

Honours[edit]

Rio Ave

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diego Lopes: "Aimar é um ídolo, tenho a camisola dele"" [Diego Lopes: "Aimar is my idol, I have his shirt"]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 3 December 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Diego, o diamante de Rui Costa virou ameaça vilacondense" [Diego, Rui Costa's diamond, that turned threat]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 30 November 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ex-benfiquista Diego Lopes no Rio Ave" [Diego Lopes loaned to Rio Ave]. Record. 10 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rio Ave 0-0 Académica". Zerozero. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Freamunde 2-3 Rio Ave". Zerozero. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Roderick assinou por 5 épocas" [Roderick signed for five seasons]. Rioave-fc.pt. 3 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-07. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diego Lopes sob avaliação" [Diego Lopes under consideration]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 2 May 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Ruela, João (27 June 2015). "Conheça os 10 novos reforços do Benfica" [Meet the 10 new Benfica players] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ederson, Diego Lopes e Hassan já assinaram" [Ederson, Diego Lopes and Hassan have already signed with Benfica]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 26 May 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Derley e Diego Lopes confirmados no Kayserispor" [Derley and Diego Lopes confirmed in Kayserispor]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 22 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Diego Lopes marcou pelo Kayserispor" [Diego Lopes scored for Kayserispor]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 26 January 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Diego Lopes emprestado pelo Benfica ao América MG" [Diego Lopes loaned by Benfica to América MG]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 18 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "América apresenta cinco reforços nesta quarta-feira" [América presents five new players this Wednesday]. América Mineiro (in Portuguese). 19 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Diego Lopes de regresso após dispensa do América Mineiro" [Diego Lopes released by América Mineiro]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Στην ομάδα μας ο Ντιέγκο Λόπες" [Diego Lopes joins our team]. Panetolikos.gr (in Greek). 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

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