Jorge López Montaña

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Jorge López
Jorge López 2009.jpg
López in training with Zaragoza
Personal information
Full name Jorge López Montaña
Date of birth (1978-09-19) 19 September 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Logroñés B 15 (4)
1997–1999 Logroñés 14 (2)
1998 Las Rozas (loan)
1999–2003 Villarreal 134 (30)
2003–2007 Valencia 45 (4)
2004–2005 Mallorca (loan) 29 (1)
2007–2008 Racing Santander 36 (6)
2008–2011 Zaragoza 94 (9)
2011–2012 OFI 24 (1)
2013 Gent 15 (2)
2014 Cádiz 11 (1)
Total 417 (60)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jorge López Montaña (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxoɾxe ˈlopeθ]; born 19 September 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Over the course of 11 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 271 games and 36 goals, representing Villarreal, Valencia, Mallorca, Racing de Santander and Zaragoza in the competition and winning major titles with the second club, including the 2004 national championship.[1]

Football career[edit]

López was born in Logroño, La Rioja. A product of hometown CD Logroñés' youth system he was purchased by Villarreal CF in the summer of 1999, with whom he achieved La Liga promotion at the end of the season. Making his top flight debut on 10 September 2000 in a 1–5 home loss against Rayo Vallecano,[2] he finished the campaign missing only three league games and scoring eight goals, with the Valencians finishing seventh.

Joining neighbours Valencia CF for 2003–04 in a 4 million deal,[3] López played 26 matches and netted four times as they were proclaimed national champions. After a loan to fellow league side RCD Mallorca, he would only collect 19 league appearances in the next two seasons combined, mainly due to injuries.[4]

López was released by Valencia in 2007, and was signed by Racing de Santander on a free transfer, where he was a key element in the team's first-ever qualification to the UEFA Cup after a sixth-place finish.[5] On 25 November 2007, he scored the game's only goal in a home triumph against his previous club.[6]

Having already played one game in the 2008–09 season with Racing, a 1–1 home draw with Sevilla FC, López was sold to Segunda División's Real Zaragoza on 1 September 2008, for €3 million.[7] He scored seven goals in 38 matches as his new team immediately returned to division one,[8] surpassing the 3,000-minute mark, but featured significantly less in the following campaign although he began it in the starting XI.

López left Zaragoza in July 2011, after failing to negotiate a new contract.[9] He had his first experience abroad at the age of 33, joining OFI Crete F.C. in Greece.[10]

In January 2013 López, who had become a free player due to financial problems in his previous club, moved to Belgium and joined several compatriots (including manager Víctor Fernández) at K.A.A. Gent.[11] After a brief spell in his country's Segunda División B with Cádiz CF,[12] he retired at the age of 36.

Personal life[edit]

López's younger brother, Iñigo, was also a footballer.[13]




  1. ^ a b "Jorge López y Farinós, dos jugadores con Villarreal y Valencia en el corazón" [Jorge López and Farinós, two players with Villarreal and Valencia in their hearts] (in Spanish). Vavel. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "El Rayo vapulea al Villarreal" [Rayo obliterate Villarreal]. El País (in Spanish). 11 September 2000. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "El nuevo oficio de Jorge López" [Jorge López's new line of work]. El País (in Spanish). 4 January 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "ESPECIAL DERBI: Jorge López, de estrella a gran secundario" [DERBY SPECIAL: Jorge López, from star to deluxe sidekick] (in Spanish). Vavel. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "El Racing se mete por primera vez en la UEFA al ganar a Osasuna (1–0)" [Racing reach UEFA for the first time after beating Osasuna (1–0)]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 18 May 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Racing leave Valencia standing". UEFA. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jorge López jugará en el Zaragoza" [Jorge López will play in Zaragoza]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 September 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jorge López da al Zaragoza la victoria en el campo del líder" [Jorge López gives win to Zaragoza in leader's ground]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 28 March 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Real Zaragoza announce surprise departures of Carlos Diogo and Jorge Lopez". A Different League. 16 July 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jorge López: "La liga griega es muy competitiva, pero me gustaría volver a España"" [Jorge López: "The Greek League is very competitive, but I would like to return to Spain"]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 November 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Jorge López se une al 'spanish Gent' de Víctor Fernández" [Jorge López joins Víctor Fernández's Spanish Gent]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Jorge López ficha por el Cádiz a los 35 años" [Jorge López signs for Cádiz at the age of 35]. Marca (in Spanish). 6 February 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "Jorge López apuesta por el gran sueño amarillo" [Jorge López bets on big yellow dream]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 May 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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