Isma López

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Isma López
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López warming up for Sporting Gijón
Personal information
Full name Ismael López Blanco
Date of birth (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back / Winger
Club information
Current team
Sporting Gijón
Number 18
Youth career
1995–2000 San Agustín
2000–2005 Osasuna
2005–2007 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Bilbao Athletic 81 (15)
2010–2011 Zaragoza B 35 (13)
2011–2012 Lugo 40 (7)
2012–2013 Athletic Bilbao 8 (0)
2013– Sporting Gijón 77 (8)
National team
2006–2007 Spain U17 18 (4)
2008 Spain U19 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

Ismael 'Isma' López Blanco (born 29 January 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Sporting de Gijón. Mainly a left back, he can also play as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, López signed for Athletic Bilbao in 2005 at the age of 15, going on to spend three full seasons with the reserve side in the third division. He continued to play in the lower leagues in the following years, with Real Zaragoza B (fourth level) and CD Lugo (third), helping the latter promote to division two after an absence of twenty years in his only season.

López returned to the Lions – who had retained a buyback option on the player – in the summer of 2012, being offered a two-year contract with a 30 million clause.[1] He scored twice on his official debut, helping to a 3–1 home win against NK Slaven Belupo in the UEFA Europa League's third qualifying round, on 8 August 2012 (4–3 aggregate success).[2]

In July 2013, López cut ties with Athletic and signed a three-year deal with Sporting de Gijón.[3] During the 2014–15 campaign, he was converted into a left back by manager Abelardo Fernández,[4] appearing in 25 matches and scoring five goals as his team returned to La Liga after a three-year absence.



Spain U17


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