Luis López Rekarte
|Full name||Luis María López Rekarte|
|Date of birth||26 March 1962|
|Place of birth||Mondragón, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1991–1996||Deportivo La Coruña||149||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Over the course of 11 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 300 games and seven goals, representing in the competition Deportivo (five years), Real Sociedad and Barcelona (three apiece) and winning six major titles all teams combined.
Born in Mondragón, Basque Country, López Rekarte made his professional debuts with Deportivo Alavés, amidst the massive financial difficulties the club endured, culminating with the relegation to the third division in 1983. Two years later, he signed with neighbouring Real Sociedad.
Forming a defensive quarter with legendary Alberto Górriz, Agustín Gajate and Juan Antonio Larrañaga, López Rekarte was an undisputed starter in a side that won the Copa del Rey in 1987. The following year, they emerged runner-up in both domestic competitions.
After losing the 1988 Spanish cup final to FC Barcelona, López Rekarte moved to the La Liga giants alongside José Mari Bakero and Txiki Begiristain. Relatively used in his first two seasons he appeared rarely in Barça's 1991 league conquest, playing in all but one of his 13 games as a used substitute; his greatest moment with the Catalans came in the 1988–89 Cup Winners' Cup final: brought in from the bench, he scored the decisive 2–0 to seal the win.
Being a crucial member of a rising Deportivo de La Coruña side soon dubbed Super Depor (he never played less than 25 matches during a five-year stay), López Rekarte retired in 1997 after another spell in the second level, now with RCD Mallorca.
- Real Sociedad
- 1988/89: Hat-trick for Barcelona; UEFA.com, 1 June 1989
- Muchos altibajos y poco "punch" (Too many highs and lows and little punch); Mundo Deportivo, 28 January 1988 (in Spanish)
- Mondragón, una 'fábrica' de defensas txuriurdines (Mondragón, a 'factory' of txuriurdin defenders); Marca, 22 September 2017 (in Spanish)