Antonio López Habas

Antonio López Habas (born 28 May 1957) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defender, and the manager of Indian club ATK.

Antonio Habas
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Personal information
Full name Antonio López Habas
Date of birth (1957-05-28) 28 May 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Pozoblanco, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
ATK (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Pozoblanco
1977–1978 Sevilla B
1978–1980 Sevilla 8 (0)
1980–1982 Burgos 45 (14)
1982–1985 Murcia 74 (11)
1985–1986 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Atlético Madrileño
1991–1992 Las Rozas
1992–1993 Aranjuez
1993–1994 Bolivia (assistant)
1994–1995 Bolívar
1995–1996 Lleida
1995–1997 Bolivia
1998 Sporting Gijón
2000–2001 Bolívar
2005 Valencia
2005 Tenerife
2007–2008 Celta (assistant)
2008 Celta
2010–2011 Mamelodi Sundowns
2012–2013 Bidvest Wits
2014–2016 ATK
2016–2017 Pune City
2019– ATK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Pozoblanco, Córdoba, López had an unassuming career as a professional footballer, appearing in 48 La Liga matches during four seasons, eight of those for Sevilla FC to where he arrived in 1977 from local amateurs CD Pozoblanco, first being assigned to Sevilla Atlético.

He also represented Real Murcia, Burgos CF and Atlético Madrid (no appearances for the latter), retiring from the game at only 29 years of age. In 1981–82 he scored an astonishing 13 goals in 32 games for Burgos,[1][2][3] which nonetheless suffered Segunda División relegation due to financial irregularities.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

López started coaching in the early 1990s, with Atlético's reserves. After one season apiece in amateur football, also in the Madrid area, he took charge of the Bolivia national team, first as an assistant, and eventually appeared with it them as head coach at two Copa América tournaments. He then returned to club action with Club Bolívar, followed by a spell in his homeland with UE Lleida, in the second division – whilst at the Catalan side, he briefly accumulated with his work as the national coach of the South American country, which he left for good in 1997.[5]

Three years after his last job, with Club Bolívar, López was hired by Valencia CF to help develop its youth sides. However, after the sacking of Italian Claudio Ranieri, he managed the first team for 14 games, as the Che, the previous league champions, eventually finished seventh.[5]

López became CD Tenerife's second head coach of the following campaign in November 2005,[6] being fired himself after only six second level matches. Two years later, he joined Juan Ramón López Caro's staff at RC Celta de Vigo in the same tier. With the Galicians constantly battling relegation until the last month of competition, he was named interim coach for the final three months[5] as the team eventually managed to stay afloat; he was the third manager for the club in approximately one year.

In January 2012, López was appointed director of the Target Football Academy in Bangkok, Thailand. On 13 July he signed for South African club Bidvest Wits FC, agreeing to a two-year contract[7] but leaving on 4 January of the following year.[8]

In August 2014, López was named coach of ATK in the Indian Super League.[9] On 25 October he was given a four-match suspension and fined ₹5,00,000 for his involvement in a spat with FC Goa's Robert Pires,[10] which was reduced to two upon appeal.[11]

After a dip in form from midway through the season, López led his team to the semi-finals by drawing with Goa,[12] meeting the same opponent once again and defeating them on penalties.[13] In the decisive match, against the Kerala Blasters, he benched marquee player Luis García and compatriot Jofre, for which he was praised by critics,[14] and the side won thanks to a goal by Mohammed Rafique in extra time.[15]

On 25 April 2016, López was appointed at fellow league club FC Pune City.[16] On 16 September 2017, after a run-in with the board of directors, he left his position.[17]

In May 2019, López returned to ATK.[18]





Atlético de Kolkata


  1. ^ "3–0: No fue rival el Oviedo para el Burgos" [3–0: Burgos no match for Oviedo]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 12 November 1981. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Burgos 2, – Málaga 0". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 21 December 1981. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "5–3: ¡Como un torrente!" [5–3: Like a tornado!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 5 April 1982. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Burgos, un club al borde de la bancarrota" [Burgos, a club on the verge of bankruptcy]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 12 July 1982. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Un estudioso de la teoría del fútbol con sobrada experiencia en los banquillos como titular" [A scholar of the football theory with head coach experience to spare]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 March 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "LÓPEZ, "aquí y ahora"" [LÓPEZ, "here and now"]. El Día (in Spanish). 15 November 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Wits name Lopez as new coach". Super Sport. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Clive Barker replaces Antonio Lopez Habas at Bidvest Wits". Kick Off. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  9. ^ Bera, Kaustav (1 August 2014). "Atletico de Kolkata hire Deshi Bhaktawer as their goalkeeping coach". Goal. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  10. ^ "ISL announces ruling on incidents from FC Goa vs Atlético de Kolkata fixture". Indian Super League. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ "AIFF reduces ban on Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas". The Indian Express. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  12. ^ "ISL: Atletico de Kolkata sneak into semifinals after Fikru Teferra's equaliser". NDTV. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  13. ^ "ISL: Atletico de Kolkata beat FC Goa on penalties to enter final". India Today. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  14. ^ "আমি হাবাসের সাহস দেখাতে পারতাম না". আনন্দ বাজার পত্রিকা. 21 December 2014: 19. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. ^ "Substitute Mohammed Rafique hands Atlético de Kolkata the title". Indian Super League. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  16. ^ "FC Pune City appoints Habas as head coach". Goalie 365. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  17. ^ "FC Pune City head coach Antonio Habas got suspended: ISL news 2017". Indian Football Fans. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Guess who's back??!!!". Twitter. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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