Walter Alberto López
López at West Ham United in 2009
|Full name||Walter Alberto López Gasco|
|Date of birth||15 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2004||San Martín de Tucumán|
|2005–2006||River Plate Montevideo||50||(5)|
|2007||→ Xerez (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007||→ Tecos (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008–2009||West Ham United||5||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Brescia (loan)||29||(1)|
|2010||→ Universitatea Craiova (loan)||0||(0)|
|2012||→ Cerro Porteño (loan)||28||(4)|
|2015||Sol de América||20||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2011
López began his career at hometown club Racing Club and also spent time in Spain and Mexico.
West Ham United
He signed for West Ham United on 5 September 2008. On joining West Ham he was described by Kevin Keen (caretaker manager) as "a very attacking full-back" and "another West Ham type player" referring to his fluent attacking style of play reminiscent of former West Ham players such as Paolo Di Canio. He made his debut for West Ham United in a League Cup third round tie away defeat at Watford on 23 September 2008. He made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in West Ham's 1–0 win over Manchester City on 1 March 2009.
However, López failed to cement a place in the first team due to the presence of Congolese international Hérita Ilunga and was subsequently released by West Ham at the end of the 2008–09 season He returned to Uruguay and signed for Primera División side Cerro. He was then loaned to Italian side Brescia in the Serie B.
- "Lopez si allena con la prima squadra" (in Italian). bresciaonline.it. 5 August 2009.
- "Lopez becomes latest recruit". West Ham United FC.
- "Watford 1-0 West Ham". BBC Sport.
- "West Ham 1-0 Man City". BBC Sport.
- "Summer squad latest". West Ham United FC.
- "Dal West Ham arriva l'uruguaiano Lopez".
- "Walter Lopez, DEFINITIV la Craiova (Romanian)". digisport.ro. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
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