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Diego López
23
Milan
Diego
López

Goalkeeper

Date of Birth
Nov 03, 1981
Place of Birth
Paradela, Spain
Nationality
Spain
Height
196 cm
Weight
88 kg
Debut
17 August 2014

Bio

Diego López Rodríguez, typically known by the shortened name of Diego López, was born in Paradela, Galicia on 3 November 1981. A Spanish international goalkeeper, he is known for his excellent reflexes, which make him a superb shot stopper, as well as for his impressive concentration levels, which mean he is always alert to danger.

As a youngster, López spent several years playing for local side CD Lugo, before moving to Real Madrid's youth academy as an 18 year old in 2000. Between 2000 and 2005, he competed for Real Madrid's 'C' and 'B' teams, before joining the senior team for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. After serving as backup for first choice goalkeeper Iker Casillas during those campaigns, López completed a move to Villarreal in the summer of 2007.

Initially starting as the club's second choice goalkeeper, López demonstrated fine form when provided with opportunities and eventually overtook Sebastián Viera to become the team's number one. During 2008-09, he played every minute for the side, as they finished the season in fifth place and his form continued in the seasons that followed. However, after making a total of 171 league appearances for Villarreal, the club suffered relegation at the end of the 2011–12 campaign.

Ahead of the 2012-13 season, López moved to Sevilla, where he shared goalkeeping responsibilites with Andrés Palop. However, during the January transfer window, Real Madrid re-signed López in order to provide cover for the injured Iker Casillas. He quickly impressed manager José Mourinho, who decided to stick with López even after Casillas returned to fitness, in part due to a falling out between Casillas and Mourinho. Yet, when Carlo Ancelotti replaced Mourinho as manager prior to the 2013-14 season, he too opted to play Diego López as his first choice goalkeeper.

López made his debut for Spain's senior national team in 2009 and was part of his country's 2009 Confederations Cup squad. However, he has found it difficult to break into the team on a regular basis, due to the presence of Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and Víctor Valdés. In addition to playing for Spain, since 2005, he has played occasional friendly matches for the Galicia national team, who are not officially recognised by either FIFA or UEFA.

Headlines

Diego Lopez a doubt for Milan derby

Diego Lopez a doubt for Milan derby

by Football News

Diego Lopez will undergo a late fitness test as Milan sweat on the condition of their first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Sunday's derby with Inter. The city rivals meet at San Siro ninth and 10th in the table after respective seasons of struggle... Read more

10 Best Goalkeepers in World Football

10 Best Goalkeepers in World Football

by Neil Leverett

With the mid-season European break almost at an end, both the business end of proceedings in the Champions League and Europa League swing back into action... Read more

Capello: Wenger shunned Lopez advice

Capello: Wenger shunned Lopez advice

by Football News

Fabio Capello revealed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the Italian's advice to sign Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Serie A
2153 24 24 0 0 3 0 2 0 1
2014/2015
Primera Division
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013/2014
Primera Division
3240 36 36 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
Primera Division
1440 16 16 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
Primera Division
664 8 8 0 0 11 0 0 0 1
2011/2012
Primera Division
3262 37 37 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
2010/2011
Primera Division
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2009/2010
Primera Division
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
2008/2009
Primera Division
3420 38 38 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2007/2008
Primera Division
1726 20 20 0 0 17 0 2 0 1
2006/2007
Primera Division
0 0 0 0 0 38 0 0 0 0
2005/2006
Primera Division
99 2 1 1 0 28 0 0 0 0
2004/2005
Primera Division
0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
2004/2005
Segunda B
0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003/2004
Primera Division
0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2003/2004
Segunda B
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 22844 290 289 1 0 109 0 18 0 4

Transfers & Loans

2014
12 Aug
Free Transfer
2013
24 Jan
€ 3,500,000
2012
30 Jun
€ 3,500,000
2007
30 Jun
€ 7,000,000

Games Played

Date Match  
25 Apr 2015 2 1 0 0 0
19 Apr 2015 0 0 0 0 0
12 Apr 2015 1 1 0 0 0
4 Apr 2015 1 2 0 0 0
21 Mar 2015 3 1 0 0 0
16 Mar 2015 2 1 0 1 0
7 Mar 2015 2 2 0 0 0
28 Feb 2015 0 0 0 0 0
15 Feb 2015 1 1 0 0 1
7 Feb 2015 3 1 0 0 0
1 Feb 2015 3 1 0 0 0
24 Jan 2015 3 1 0 0 0
18 Jan 2015 0 1 0 0 0
10 Jan 2015 1 1 0 0 0
6 Jan 2015 1 2 0 0 0
20 Dec 2014 0 0 0 0 0
14 Dec 2014 2 0 0 0 0
7 Dec 2014 1 0 0 0 0
30 Nov 2014 2 0 0 0 0
23 Nov 2014 1 1 0 0 0
8 Nov 2014 2 2 0 0 0
2 Nov 2014 0 2 0 0 0
29 Oct 2014 1 1 0 0 0
26 Oct 2014 1 1 0 0 0
19 Oct 2014 1 3 0 0 0
14 Sep 2014 4 5 0 0 0
31 Aug 2014 3 1 0 1 0