Luisma (Spanish footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Villa and the second or maternal family name is López.
Personal information
Full name Luis Manuel Villa López
Date of birth (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Noja, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Racing B 60 (10)
2007–2010 Racing Santander 3 (0)
2010–2011 Real Unión 18 (1)
2011–2012 Alavés 11 (1)
2012 Amorebieta 15 (2)
2012–2013 Noja 28 (3)
2013–2015 Barnet 61 (17)
2015– Arenas 7 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 9 November 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Luis Manuel Villa López (born 11 August 1989), commonly known as Luisma, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Arenas Club de Getxo as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Born in Noja, Cantabria, Luisma came through the youth system at Racing de Santander. He was mainly registered with the B-team during his three-year spell with the club, appearing in three La Liga matches as a substitute in three different seasons; his debut in the competition came on 1 September 2007, when he played five minutes after replacing Gonzalo Colsa in a 1–1 away draw against Real Zaragoza.[1][2][3]

Released in 2010 Luisma took his game to Segunda División B, where he represented, in quick succession, Real Unión,[4] Deportivo Alavés,[5] SD Amorebieta[6] and SD Noja. He reached the promotion playoffs to Segunda División with the first and third clubs, but consecutively fell short.

In late July 2013 Luisma went on trial at Barnet in the Conference Premier, alongside compatriot Roberto Casabella.[7] Both players had their signings confirmed on 3 August,[8] and the former's first goal came on 2 November 2013 when he scored the game's only in a home win over Kidderminster Harriers, being also later sent off for two bookable offences.[9]

Across his two seasons at Barnet, Luisma scored 17 goals in 62 games in all competitions. In his second season he finished as the club's second top goalscorer, and helped it win promotion to the The Football League as champions.[10][11] On 2 July 2015, he left by mutual consent as he wanted to move back to Spain,[10] writing a farewell letter to fans on his departure.[12]

Luisma joined Arenas Club de Getxo on 15 July 2015.[13]




  1. ^ "El Racing se aplica y saca tajada" [Racing works hard and finds prize] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Contra la depresión y la estadística" [Against depression and statistics] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona 4–0 Racing Santander: Vintage Barca back to winning ways". 20 February 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "El cántabro Luisma, nuevo unionista" [Cantabria's Luisma, new unionista] (in Spanish). Real Unión. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "El fichaje de Luisma completa la plantilla del nuevo Alavés 2011–12" [Luisma signing completes squad of new Alavés 2011–12] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "El Amorebieta ficha al centrocampista del Alavés Luisma" [Amorebieta signs Alavés midfielder Luisma] (in Spanish). El Correo. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Barnet 0–1 Ipswich Town". Barnet F.C. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Luisma & Roberto sign for Barnet". Barnet F.C. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Barnet 1–0 Kidderminster". BBC Sport. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Luisma returns home". Barnet F.C. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Barnet 2–0 Gateshead". BBC Sport. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Luisma's farewell". Barnet F.C. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "El extremo Luisma Villa ficha por el Arenas" [Winger Luisma Villa signs for Arenas] (in Spanish). Arenas Club. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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