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Diego López Rodríguez (born November 3, 1981 in Paradela, Lugomarker, Galiciamarker) is a Spanishmarker football currently with Villarreal CF, as a goalkeeper.

Club career

A youth graduate from hometown's CD Lugo, López moved to Real Madrid at almost 19. After a loan at another side from the capitalmarker, AD Alcorcón, he eventually moved up to Real's B side, starting in his second season, which ended in a Segunda División promotion.

López served as first-team backup to Iker Casillas in the following two seasons. In the closing stages of 2005–06, he appeared in two back-to-back away wins, against CA Osasuna (as Casillas was sent off) and Racing de Santander, adding a UEFA Champions League contest at Olympiakos FC, in a 1–2 defeat.

In López's second season, he was restricted to cup matches, finally opting to change clubs rather than wait for Casillas to suffer a lack of form; he joined Villarreal CF for a report fee of 6 million, and started the season as second-choice, to Uruguayanmarker Sebastián Viera but, after a string of fine performances (he played in the domestic and UEFA Cups), he was awarded first-team action, finishing the season with 20 appearances.

In 2008–09, López was everpresent, helping Villarreal finish fifth in the league, as he did not miss one minute of action.

International career

López was first called-up by Spain, as the third goalkeeper, for two 2010 World Cup qualifiers - both against Turkey, in late March/early April 2009.

He was named by national side boss Vicente del Bosque for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, in the same predicament (behind Iker Casillas and José Manuel Reina), and did not play any matches there.

On August 12, in a 3–2 friendly win in Macedonia, López made his national team debut, playing the last 30 minutes in the place of Reina, and keeping a clean sheet.


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