Diego López (footballer, born August 1974)
|Full name||Luis Diego López Breijo|
|Date of birth||22 August 1974|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1994–1996||River Plate Montevideo||37||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
His career as a defender was intimately connected with Cagliari in Italy, for which he appeared in over 300 competitive games in 12 years. He later worked with the club as a manager, in several categories.
Born in Montevideo, López started playing professionally with local Club Atlético River Plate. Two years later he signed with Racing de Santander in Spain, playing in 39 La Liga games in his debut season but receiving nine yellow cards and three red in the process; in Cantabria, he shared teams with compatriots Fernando Correa and José Zalazar.
In 1998, López moved to Italy and joined Cagliari Calcio, freshly promoted to Serie A. During his first seven seasons in Sardinia, with the exception of his first year – only one match – he never appeared in less than 26 league contests and spent four years (2000–04) in the second division, also being eventually awarded team captaincy.
On 14 April 2009, following a tunnel brawl with ACF Fiorentina's Felipe Melo in a 1–2 away loss, both López and the Brazilian received a five-match ban. In July, one month shy of his 35th birthday, he signed a one-year contract with Cagliari. In the 2009–10 campaign the veteran contributed with 18 games as his team again managed to avoid relegation, after finishing in 16th position.
On 9 September 2010, after not being called up to Cagliari's 2010–11 pre-season camp, López announced his retirement from professional football, having appeared in 344 official matches for his main club.
López made his debut for Uruguay on 19 October 1994, in a friendly match with Peru in the Estadio Nacional José Díaz in Lima (1–0 win). The following year he represented the nation at the Copa América, with the tournament being held on home soil and won by the hosts, who conceded just four goals in six matches.
In July 2012, López was named at the helm of the Primavera under-19 side of Cagliari and, on 2 October, was unveiled as new assistant coach for the main squad after the Ivo Pulga-led club parted ways with Massimo Ficcadenti. López and Pulga swapped roles in July 2013 after the former was admitted to the yearly UEFA Pro Licence course, thus being allowed to serve as head coach in the Italian top flight; he was sacked from his position on 6 April 2014 by owner Massimo Cellino, this being the 36th manager change he went through in 22 years of tenure.
On 1 July 2014, López was appointed at Bologna F.C. 1909 in the Italian second tier. After a good start to the season, he was removed from his duties on 4 May 2015 following a negative streak.
- As of 11 April 2017
|Cagliari||July 2013||April 2014||Serie A||26||6||10||10||23.08|
|Bologna||July 2014||May 2015||Serie B||39||16||15||8||41.03|
|Palermo||January 2017||April 2017||Serie A||10||1||2||7||10.00|
- "López fa 300" [López reaches 300] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "El Sporting decepciona" [Sporting disappoint]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 September 1996. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Perdona el Racing" [Racing forgive]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 March 1997. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "El Racing sale goleado" [Racing take a beating]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 23 June 1997. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Stuani promete "muchos goles"" [Stuani promises "many goals"]. El Diario Montañés (in Spanish). 10 August 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "Diego Lopez lascia il calcio: "Cagliari è la mia casa"" [Diego Lopez quits football: “Cagliari is my home”] (in Italian). Calcio News 24. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Lengthy bans for Serie A fighters". FIFA. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Lopez rinnova" [López renews] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Ecco i convocati per il pre-ritiro – Mancano Lopez, Barone e Dessena" [Here are the called for pre-season – Lopez, Barone e Dessena missing] (in Italian). Tutto Cagliari. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Presenze assolute – top 20" [All-time appearances – top 20] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 9 July 2014. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- Uruguay – International Matches 1991–1995 Archived 23 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF
- Copa América 1995; at RSSSF
- "Nuovo corso" [New path] (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Cellino sacks Lopez as Cagliari coach just hours after sealing Leeds takeover". Daily Mail. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Diego López, nuevo entrenador del Bolonia" [Diego López, new manager of Bologna]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 July 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Diego López, despedido como DT del Bologna" [Diego López, fired as Bologna HC] (in Spanish). Ovación Digital. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Official: Palermo appoint Diego Lopez". Football Italia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
- "Official: Salerno, Lopez out at Palermo". Football Italia. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Official: Lopez returns to Cagliari". Football Italia. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Official: Lopez to leave Cagliari". Football Italia. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- Savia, Jorge (8 June 2018). "Vida y obra de Diego López, el flamante director técnico aurinegro" [Life and work of Diego López, the brand new yellow-and-black head coach]. Ecos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- Diego López coach profile at Soccerway