Israel López (footballer)

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Israel López
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Personal information
Full name Israel López Hernández
Date of birth (1974-09-29) September 29, 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2001 Pumas UNAM 238 (12)
2001–2002 Guadalajara 35 (4)
2002–2006 Deportivo Toluca 149 (20)
2006–2007 Cruz Azul 56 (3)
2007–2009 Deportivo Toluca 79 (6)
2009 Cruz Azul 13 (0)
2010 Necaxa 11 (0)
2010–2011 Tecos 17 (3)
2011–2012 Querétaro 18 (0)
Total 616 (48)
National team
2000–2007 Mexico 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 25, 2012

Israel López Hernández (born 29 September 1974) is a retired Mexican football player whose last team was Querétaro FC.

Initially a right fullback who converted to the midfield during the prime years of his career, López made his debut at age 19 with UNAM in 1993.[1] By the following year he was a starter in defense alongside players such as Claudio Suárez and went on to make 238[1] appearances for the club, but the middle and late 1990's were generally disappointing for Pumas. In 2001, he moved to Chivas and then joined Toluca in 2002. There he spent the most productive seasons of his career, moving into a three-man central midfield that also included Rafael García and playmaker Antonio Naelson. In his first season at the club, Toluca won the Apertura 2002 championship, and López scored in the final against Monarcas Morelia.[2] He served as team captain in 2004 and won another championship in the Apertura 2005 campaign. In the following season López, a frequent scorer from free kicks, scored a career-high 6 goals.[1] He joined Cruz Azul in 2006 before returning to Toluca for the Clausura 2008 season; he won the Apertura 2008 title, his third, with Toluca, but by now played less frequently. López departed Toluca in 2010 and spent his last top-flight seasons with Cruz Azul, Necaxa, Estudiantes Tecos, and Querétaro.[1]

López also earned 26 caps for the Mexico national team. His first international match came on June 4, 2000 against Ireland in the U.S. Cup, playing in a squad filled mostly with fellow Pumas players.[3] He returned to the team in 2003 on the strength of his performances with Toluca, appearing in four of Mexico's qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[4] López was on the preliminary list of players nominated for the World Cup squad, but he was one of three final cuts announced by coach Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe before the tournament.[5] His final international match came against Ecuador in a 4-2 victory in Oakland, California on March 28, 2007.[6]

He was part of the Mexico 2004 Olympic football team that was eliminated in the first round, having finished third in group A behind group winners Mali and South Korea.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d MedioTiempo. "Israel López - Gallos Blancos." Archived December 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  2. ^ MedioTiempo. "Toluca 4 - 1 Morelia." Archived July 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Owsiański, Jaroslaw. "International Matches 2001 - Intercontinental, April-June." RSSSF, February 2, 2005. Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "FIFA Player Statistics: Israel LOPEZ." Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  5. ^ MedioTiempo. "Fuera López, Huiqui y Lozano de la lista final." May 13, 2006. Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  6. ^ Espinoza Añazco, Fernando. "Ecuador - International Results - 2007 Details." RSSSF, December 14, 2007. Retrieved on January 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Israel López Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2009.

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