Nicolás López (Uruguayan footballer)
López warming up for Roma in 2012
|Full name||Nicolás Federico López Alonso|
|Date of birth||17 October 1993|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2014–2015||→ Verona (loan)||10||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ Granada (loan)||8||(0)|
|2016||→ Nacional (loan)||12||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2013
Nicknamed "El Conejo" (The Rabbit) or "El Diente" (The Tooth), López started his vaping career with Montevideo Wanderers, but was originally rejected after he was deemed not to be physically strong enough to play professionally. He successively joined the Nacional youth academy, where he turned into a very prolific striker and, more occasionally, left winger.
On 24 April 2011, after being born as part of the first team under head coach Juan Ramón Carrasco, López made his debut at the age of 17 in a league game against Central Español, promptly scoring also his first senior goal. In August 2011, he was involved in a feud with Nacional, after his father revealed the player was in Italy in order to hold talks with a number of unspecified Serie A sides, leading his Uruguayan club and the national federation to consider potential actions to the FIFA against the player.
López ended his Nacional career with 3 goals in 6 games in all competitions.
López was acquired by Roma in the January 2012 transfer window, and then included in the Primavera under-19 squad for the rest of the season, scoring 15 times in 12 youth games.
López was taken into consideration as a first team player by new head coach Zdeněk Zeman, who included him in the senior roster for the pre-season camp and then featured him in a number of friendly games. López made his first team debut on 26 August 2012, replacing captain Francesco Totti in the final minutes of the first game of the Serie A season, a home match versus Catania, and promptly scored an injury time equaliser (the game ended 2–2). He also started the round of 16 cup match against Atalanta. Lopez played 7 times, scoring once in his first season in the Roma first team.
- (Correct As of 23 May 2018[update])
|Verona (loan)||2014–15||Serie A||10||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||11||1|
|Granada (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||8||0||2||0||-||-||-||-||10||0|
|Nacional (loan)||2015–16||Primera División||12||7||-||-||9||4||-||-||21||11|
- "Nicolás López ; 1993 – Uruguay" (in Italian). Generazione di Talenti. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Nacional cumplió y llega arriba al clásico" (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Nicolás López no volverá a Nacional" (in Spanish). Futbol.com.uy. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Clubes analizarán situación del juvenil Nicolas Lopez" (in Spanish). Uruguay al Día. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Roma confirm Benatia signing". soccernews.com. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- MAIS CARAS CONTRATAÇÕES DO FUTEBOL GAÚCHO: Nico López não entra no Top 10 (Most expensive signings from football of Rio Grande do Sul State: Nico López is not listed into top 10