López playing for Lyon in 2013
|Date of birth||2 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Rafael Obligado, Argentina|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2019|
Lisandro López (born 2 March 1983), sometimes known as simply Lisandro, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Racing Club de Avellaneda. Primarily a striker, he is also capable of playing on the wings.
After starting out at Racing Club in 2003, he spent most of his career with Porto in Portugal and Lyon in France, winning eight major titles between the two teams. He also played professionally in Qatar and Brazil.
López was born born in the small town of Rafael Obligado, in Buenos Aires Province's vast agricultural interior region. He arrived at Racing Club de Avellaneda at the age of 18 and, just two years later, made his Argentine Primera División debut in the 2003 Clausura; also in the side was a young Diego Milito leading the attack, and his subsequent exit to Genoa C.F.C. opened the doors to a regular first-team spot which López made his own in 2004.
López was crowned top scorer in the 2004 Apertura tournament, going on to score 26 goals in 71 league appearances and over 30 across all competitions. During his spell at the Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón, he was nicknamed Licha.
In April 2005, López signed for FC Porto for a transfer fee of €2.3 million, at the same time of compatriot Lucho González. His agents, Global Soccer Agencies (later renamed Rio Football Services), retained 50% of the player's rights– in the same transfer window, Luís Fabiano, whose rights were owned by GSA's sister company, "Global Soccer Investments" (75%), left. He scored seven Primeira Liga goals in his first season in 26 games, repeating the feat the following campaign while appearing in one match less; he also found the net in the 1–1 home draw against Rangers in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, adding two to help defeat Hamburger SV (also in that competition but in the following edition, 4–1 home win).
In 2007–08, as Porto were crowned league champions for the third consecutive time, López was the competition's top scorer, scoring 24 goals in 27 games and adding three in the season's Champions League. On 20 April 2008, he netted twice – also being booked – in a 2–0 home win against S.L. Benfica; an offer from FC Zenit St. Petersburg was rejected midway through the campaign, and the Portuguese club eventually bought the remaining economic rights of the player for €4.4 million.
López only scored ten goals in 2008–09, but finished fourth in the scoring list in the Champions League with six, only trailing Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard and Miroslav Klose. Porto wrapped up the season with the conquest of the Taça de Portugal, and he netted the game's only goal in a victory over F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
After the sale of Karim Benzema to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, López replaced him at Olympique Lyonnais, being transferred for a fee of €24 million, plus a €4 million bonus subject to performances. On 8 August, he scored on his Ligue 1 debut from a last-minute free-kick at Le Mans FC, in a 2–2 draw. He added a hat-trick against R.S.C. Anderlecht in the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round, in an eventual 8–2 aggregate win.
On 4 November 2009, López scored a late and decisive equaliser in a group game against Liverpool to ensure Lyon qualified for the knockout stage. Four days later he netted twice in three minutes in a 5–5 league draw to Olympique de Marseille, adding a further three the following month, against Lille OSC – the visitors led 3–1 at half-time, but were eventually defeated 3–4.
On 30 March 2010, López scored twice in the 3–1 home victory against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the Champions League quarter-finals (3–2 aggregate win), but missed the second leg due to suspension. He continued this good form with a goal in Lyon's 2–1 away defeat of Stade Rennais FC, four days later.
On the final day of the season, López assisted Miralem Pjanić in a 2–0 home win against Le Mans, a result which placed Lyon second in the league table, with the subsequent direct Champions League qualification. On 9 May 2010, he was named Ligue 1 Footballer of the Year.
On 2 October 2010, López scored in a 3–2 away win over AS Nancy for Lyon's second win of the campaign. He added two in the next ligue fixture – one from a penalty kick – a 3–1 defeat of Lille at the Stade de Gerland. On 20 October he found the net again, against Benfica in a 2–0 Champions League group stage win.
After a one-month spell without a goal, López finally added to his account by grabbing a last-minute goal in a 3–1 away win against RC Lens. He added two in another away fixture, against Montpellier HSC (2–1, the second coming in the fifth minute of stoppage time). Three days later Lyon, needing a point to secure passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League, played host to Hapoel Tel Aviv FC, and he opened the scoring in the 62nd minute of an eventual 2–2 home draw.
López scored again in the next match for L'OL in a 2–0 win over Toulouse FC, putting them up to second place in the table. He also found the net in the following game, a 1–1 draw against title holders Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome.
On 6 March 2011, after six scoreless appearances, López scored a hat-trick in the 5–0 thrashing of AC Arles-Avignon. In the 27th matchday he continued his run, opening the scoring in a 2–0 away win against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. On 10 April, he netted in the 90th minute in a 3–0 home win over Lens and found the net in the following two home fixtures (both 3–2 wins), against Montpellier and Marseille, with his team eventually finishing in third position; on the final day of the season he scored a goal in the 2–0 win over AS Monaco FC, condemning the opposition to their first relegation in 35 years.
López started 2011–12 in fine form, scoring in the first two games, his first coming in the early stages of a 3–1 win at OGC Nice. The following weekend, against newly promoted AC Ajaccio, he hit the post twice in the first ten minutes and had several shots saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but was able to salvage a point for new coach Rémi Garde on his home debut with an excellent header in the 83rd minute.
On 8 January 2012, López scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win at AS Lyon Duchère for the Coupe de France. Three days later, he netted the 2–1 winner against Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue, in the 64th minute; on the 22nd, in his 100th competitive match for Lyon, he scored against Vendée Luçon Football for the French Cup round-of-32.
On 28 April 2012, López helped Lyon grab victory in the French Cup final, scoring the game's only goal against US Quevilly. In late April of the following year, he announced he was leaving the club in the summer transfer window, with Garde commenting:
I also wanted to make a huge tribute to Licha (López). I will not forget what he did.
Al-Gharafa / Internacional
On 8 August 2013, López signed for Qatari club Al-Gharafa Sports Club, for a fee of €7.2 million. In late February 2015 he changed clubs and countries again, joining Brazil's Sport Club Internacional on a two-year deal.
Return to Racing
On 1 January 2016, two months shy of his 33rd birthday, López returned to Racing Club on a free transfer which had been agreed the previous month. In the 2018–19 season, he scored 17 league goals to lead the scoring charts and help his team win the national championship for the 18th time in their history.
In 2005, López was called up to the Argentina national team by José Pékerman, and he made his debut against Mexico on 10 March in a 1–1 friendly draw. After fantastic Porto performances, he was summoned three years later by Alfio Basile for exhibition games with Egypt, Mexico, the United States and Belarus.
On 12 August 2009, López scored one goal in Argentina's 3–2 victory over Russia at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. Nine days later, he was called by national team boss Diego Maradona for the decisive matches against Brazil and Paraguay for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, but was overlooked for the final stages in South Africa.
- As of 3 August 2019
- As of 12 August 2009 (Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each López goal)
|1||12 August 2009||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Russia||2–1||3–2||Friendly|
- Primeira Liga: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Taça de Portugal: 2005–06, 2008–09
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2006
- Argentine Primera División top scorer: 2004 Apertura, 2018–19
- SJPF Player of the Month: January 2008, February 2008
- Bola de Prata: 2007–08
- LPFP Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2007–08
- CNID Footballer of the Year: 2008
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: August 2009
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2009–10
- UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2009–10
- Argentine Primera División Best Player: 2018–19
- Argentine Primera División Best Forward: 2018–19
- Argentine Primera División Team of the Year: 2018–19
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- AS Nancy Lorraine 2–3 Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2010
- Two wins in a row for Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 17 October 2010
- Lyon cruise to victory against ten-man Benfica; UEFA, 20 October 2010
- Lens 1–3 Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 21 November 2010
- Lisandro double fires Lyon to win; ESPN Soccernet, 4 December 2010
- Lacazette's Lyon leveller denies Hapoel; UEFA, 7 December 2010
- Lyon move up to third; ESPN Soccernet, 12 December 2010
- Lyon miss big chance; ESPN Soccernet, 19 December 2010
- Lisandro hat-trick inspires Lyon; ESPN Soccernet, 6 March 2011
- FC Sochaux 0 vs 2 O. Lyon; Goal, 12 March 2011
- Lyon back in the race for the title; ESPN Soccernet, 10 April 2011
- Lyon 3–2 Montpellier; ESPN Soccernet, 27 April 2011
- Lyon 3–2 Marseille; ESPN Soccernet, 8 May 2011
- First XI: Fall from grace; ESPN Soccernet, 7 July 2011
- Garde starts Lyon reign with impressive win; ESPN Soccernet, 6 August 2011
- Lyon 1–1 AC Ajaccio; ESPN Soccernet, 13 August 2011
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- "Lisandro e Jesualdo receberam prémios do CNID" [Lisandro and Jesualdo received CNID awards]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- "Portugal – Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. 5 August 2019.
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- "Se entregaron los premios SAF 2018–2019" [2018–2019 SAF awards given] (in Spanish). Superliga. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
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