Gerard as a Recreativo player
|Full name||Gerard López Segú|
|Date of birth||12 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Granollers, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1998–1999||→ Alavés (loan)||29||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Gerard López Segú (born 12 March 1979), usually known as just Gerard, is a Spanish retired footballer and a current coach. An all-around midfielder, he was known for precision passes and ball control skills. During his career he played most notably for Barcelona and Valencia, excelling at the latter and helping it reach one Champions League final.
Born in Granollers, Barcelona, Catalonia, Gerard began his career in the FC Barcelona youth system and, in the 1996–97 season, made his professional debut with its B-team. As a 17-year-old he was signed by Valencia CF, making his La Liga debut on 31 August 1997 in a 1–2 away loss against RCD Mallorca (90 minutes played); for the 1998–99 campaign he was loaned to Deportivo Alavés, which had returned to the top flight after a four-decade absence.
After a breakout season with the Basque side, scoring seven goals, Gerard returned to Valencia, helping the Che reach the UEFA Champions League final. During this time he came to be regarded as one of the top players in Spain and, after receiving interest from several top clubs in Europe, including Inter Milan, A.C. Milan and Manchester United, he decided to join his former club Barcelona in July 2000, in a deal worth €22 million (£15 million).
After leaving Barça with the 2005 national championship, Gerard moved abroad, playing two unassuming seasons with France's AS Monaco FC (also being severely injured) and returning to Spain for 2007–08 with top-divisioner Recreativo de Huelva.
After rejecting some moves, notably to PAOK FC, he trained for a few months with lowly EC Granollers, in Preferent Territorial de Catalunya. In mid-February 2009, Gerard moved back to Catalonia, joining Girona FC until the end of the second division campaign; shortly after arriving he got injured again, but managed to net four times in the league in only six games.
After a spectacular 1999–00 season with Valencia, on both fronts, Gerard received his first cap for Spain on 3 June 2000, in a 1–1 friendly with Sweden in Gothenburg. He went on to play in a further five internationals, being selected for UEFA Euro 2000.
|1.||2 September 2000||Koševo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–1||1–2||2002 World Cup qualification|
|2.||7 October 2000||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||Israel||1–0||2–0||2002 World Cup qualification|
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- "Gerard thwarted by injury". UEFA.com. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Gerard goes under the knife". UEFA.com. 27 November 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Monaco make double swoop". UEFA.com. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Gerard ruled out for six months". UEFA.com. 7 November 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Gerard se entrena con el Granollers" [Gerard trains with Granollers] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Gerard López to play with Girona FC" (in Catalan). Girona FC.[dead link]
- "Spanish squad unveiled". BBC Sport. 28 May 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Iker y Gerard, las sorpresas" [Iker and Gerard, the surprises] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 May 2000. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- "Fallece Sergi López, ex futbolista y hermano de Gerard, arrollado por un tren" [Sergi López, ex-footballer and brother of Gerard, dies, run over by train] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Juli: Julià López Segú". BDFutbol. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Tomàs, Manel; Clos, Jordi (29 October 2009). "Barça brothers". Barcelona's official website. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Girona official profile (Catalan)
- Gerard López French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Gerard López at National-Football-Teams.com
- Gerard López – FIFA competition record