Javier López Vallejo
Vallejo in action for Zaragoza (2009)
|Date of birth||22 September 1975|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2006–2007||→ Recreativo (loan)||30||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Pamplona, López Vallejo began his career at hometown's CA Osasuna, making his first appearance for the main squad not yet 19 in a 3–0 home win over Sporting de Gijón on 15 May 1994, although the Navarrese had already been relegated from La Liga. He became an undisputed starter from the 1995–96 season onwards.
Vallejo signed for Villarreal CF in 1999, alongside teammate Jesús Unanua (also a goalkeeper), appearing in all the games during the 1999–2000 campaign as the club returned to the top flight after a one-year absence, and maintaining first-choice status the following two years.
With the signing of Pepe Reina in 2002 and the subsequent arrival of imports Sebastián Viera and Mariano Barbosa, however, López Vallejo was consecutively demoted to backup and third-choice. In order to search more playing opportunities he joined fellow top-divisioner Recreativo de Huelva on loan for the 2006–07 season, where he played the majority of the Andalusians' league matches.
In 2007–08 Vallejo signed for Real Zaragoza on a free transfer, where he backed up former Real Madrid player César (two games played). As the latter moved to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2008 he became the starter, with the side now playing in the second division, and was instrumental as the Aragonese immediately returned to the top level.
López Vallejo started the 2009–10 season on the bench, then became first-choice over Juan Pablo Carrizo. However, he lost his position in January 2010 with the arrival of new coach José Aurelio Gay and, on January 19, was released by mutual consent; he immediately found a new team, joining Levadiakos F.C. in Greece alongside compatriot Enrique Sola, from former club Osasuna.
- Spain U16
- Spain U17