Fermín López Marín (born 11 May 2003) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or winger for La Liga club Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Fermín López
Personal information
Full name Fermín López Marín
Date of birth (2003-05-11) 11 May 2003 (age 21)
Place of birth El Campillo, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 16
Youth career
2010–2011 El Campillo
2011–2012 Recreativo
2012–2016 Betis
2016–2022 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2022–2023 Barcelona B 1 (0)
2022–2023Linares (loan) 37 (12)
2023– Barcelona 31 (8)
International career
2023– Spain U21 6 (1)
2024– Spain 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:10, 26 May 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 5 June 2024 (UTC)

Club career

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Early career

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Born in El Campillo, Huelva, Andalusia, López began playing football with his local club CD FB El Campillo, and followed that with a stint at Recreativo de Huelva before moving to Real Betis in 2012.[1] In the summer of 2016, he moved to the youth academy of Barcelona.[2]

Barcelona

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2022–23 season: Loan to Linares

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On 19 August 2022, López signed a professional contract with Barcelona Atlètic for two years until 2024, and immediately went on loan with Linares Deportivo in the Primera Federación for the 2022–23 season.[3] He made his senior debut nine days later, starting in a 2–0 home win over Mérida AD.

López scored his first senior goal on 30 October 2022, in a 2–1 away success over Rayo Majadahonda. He finished the campaign with 12 goals in 40 appearances overall, being an undisputed starter for Linares.

2023–24 season: First team debut

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After strong performances in training with Barcelona before the preseason, López was called up to their senior preseason squad in July 2023. He received international recognition after a strong performance for Barcelona, as he scored a goal and provided an assist in a friendly 3–0 win over their rivals Real Madrid on 29 July 2023.[4] After the game, Xavi confirmed that López was to stay with their senior side for the 2023–24 season.[5]

On 27 August 2023, López made his La Liga debut for Barcelona in a 4–3 away win over Villarreal.[6] Two days later, he signed a new contract at the club until 30 June 2027, with a buyout clause of €400 million.[7] The following 10 September, Fermin would make his official debut with Barça Atlètic after receiving Xavi's permission to play for them.[8] He was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in a 1–0 away loss to Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[9] López would later return to the first team setup and made his UEFA Champions League debut on 19 September, coming off the bench to replace Gavi in the 58th minute of a 5–0 home victory over Royal Antwerp in the competition's group stage.[10] A week later, in an away match against Mallorca, he scored his first goal for Barcelona and first La Liga goal: after coming on as a substitute on the 64th minute, with Barça losing 2–1, he scored a 75th minute equalizer, setting the final score at 2–2.[11]

On 25 October 2023, López scored a goal on his first start in the Champions League in a 2–1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk,[12] in which he was also named player of the match.[13]

International career

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On 6 October 2023, López was called up to the Spain under-21 squad; he later made his debut on 13 October in a 0–0 draw against the Uzbekistan under-23 team.[14][15] He then went on to score his first goal for the team in a 4-0 away win over Kazakhstan in a qualifying match for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship on 17 October.[16]

On 27 May 2024, López was selected in the Spanish senior 29-man preliminary squad for the UEFA Euro 2024.[17] On 5 June, he debuted in a 5–0 friendly victory against Andorra at the Estadio Nuevo Vivero in Badajoz, coming on as a substitute to Barcelona teammate Pedri in the 62nd minute and assisting on the last goal of the game by another Barcelona player Ferran Torres.[18]

Style of play

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Fermín is an energetic, right-footed central midfielder, who also has the versatility to play as an attacking midfielder. He is technically proficient, has great movement off the ball, is adept at exploiting space, and is productive with goals and assists.[19]

Career statistics

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Club

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As of match played 26 May 2024[20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2022–23 Primera Federación 0 0 0 0
2023–24 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Linares (loan) 2022–23 Primera Federación 37 12 3 0 40 12
Barcelona 2023–24 La Liga 31 8 2 1 8[a] 2 1[b] 0 42 11
Career total 69 20 5 1 8 2 1 0 83 23
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de España

International

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As of match played 5 June 2024[21]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2024 1 0
Total 1 0

References

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  1. ^ "One for the Future : Fermín López from Juvenil A". Barça Buzz. 23 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Who is Fermin Lopez? The surprise star of Barcelona's preseason tour". sport. 30 July 2023.
  3. ^ "El Barça Atlètic cede a Fermín López al Linares". Mundo Deportivo. 19 August 2022.
  4. ^ Sanderson, Tom (29 July 2023). "Fermin Lopez Dazzles For FC Barcelona With Screamer And Assist Vs. Real Madrid In El Clasico Thrashing (VIDEO)". Forbes.
  5. ^ König, Kosta (29 July 2023). "Xavi reveals what's next for El Clasico starboy Fermin Lopez". Tribuna.com.
  6. ^ "Fermín López makes official first team debut". FC Barcelona. 27 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Fermín López, blaugrana until 2027". FC Barcelona. 29 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Humilde Fermín: pidió él a Xavi jugar con el Barça Atlètic" [Humble Fermín: He asked Xavi to play with Barça Atlètic]. Sport. 10 September 2023. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Casadó: "Fermín estaba llorando después del partido"" [Casadó: "Fermín was crying after the game".]. Mundo Deportivo. 11 September 2023. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  10. ^ Quiroz, Andrés (20 September 2023). "Fermín López made his debut in the Champions League in the win against Antwerp". FCBN. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  11. ^ Baynes, Ciaran (26 September 2023). "Mallorca 2-2 Barcelona: Youngster Fermin Lopez comes off bench to rescue a point for Xavi Hernandez's side". Eurosport. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk: Fermin Lopez stars in Champions League win". sport.es. 25 October 2023.
  13. ^ "Fermin Lopez talks after Man of the Match performance during Barcelona 2–1 Shakhtar". OneFootball. 25 October 2023.
  14. ^ "Oficial | Lista de convocados para los partidos frente a Uzbekistán y Kazajistán" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 6 October 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  15. ^ "Crónica | Empate sin goles en el amistoso frente a Uzbekistán (0-0)" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 13 October 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  16. ^ "Crónica | Goleada para seguir en lo más alto (0-4)" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 17 October 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  17. ^ "Euro 2024 provisional squad". Royal Spanish Football Federation. 27 May 2024. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  18. ^ "Fermín debutó con una precisa asistencia a Ferran" [Fermín debuted with a precise assist to Ferran]. sport.es (in Spanish). 5 June 2024.
  19. ^ "Fermin Lopez impressing Barcelona management on pre-season tour of the USA". 25 July 2023.
  20. ^ Fermín López at Soccerway
  21. ^ "Fermín López". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 5 June 2024.
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