Lopo with Deportivo in 2015
|Full name||Alberto Lopo García|
|Date of birth||5 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006–2011||Deportivo La Coruña||151||(7)|
|2014–2016||Deportivo La Coruña||56||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2018|
His physical style of play resulted in him being one of the most booked players every season in Spanish football. He spent 16 years of his career – youth years accounted for – at Espanyol, twice winning the Copa del Rey.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Lopo spent the bulk of his professional career at local RCD Espanyol, whose youth system he joined when he was 10. He made his La Liga debut on 11 April 1999 when he played injury time against Real Zaragoza at the age of 18, thus becoming the first player to have represented the club in all categories; his breakthrough came during 2001–02, when he only missed five league matches and scored his first goal (in the first league round and against Zaragoza) but also received his first red card, during a 0–2 away loss against city rivals FC Barcelona.
Lopo would remain a starter at Espanyol under several coaches (Juande Ramos, Javier Clemente, Luis Fernández and Miguel Ángel Lotina) until his departure, gaining in the process a reputation as a superb but excessively rough defender. In 2002–03 he was booked 13 times in 23 games, including two in a 2–5 loss at Racing de Santander. The following season, after agreeing to a three-year extension, he was presented with 14 yellow cards and four red; between 2004 and 2006 he received another 21 yellow cards and two red, although the numbers somewhat decreased in the subsequent years.
With two Copa del Rey trophies conquered, in 2000 and 2006, Lopo rejected an offer to renew his contract and signed for Deportivo de La Coruña. But although he was out of contract, Espanyol eventually started a court case against Deportivo to get financial compensation (an amount of €5.6 million was mentioned) for having educated the player in its youth system. Espanyol's claim was based on an agreement between most Spanish clubs, although the Galician side was not a part of it as their board never confirmed it; when he joined on a free transfer in May 2006, he was considered as one of the best Spanish central defenders available.
In his first season, Lopo continued as always: playing most matches (31) and receiving a mention-worthy total of 11 yellow cards (this included a double one at home against Celta de Vigo – he was also sent off in the cup home match against Real Valladolid). In the first part of the season he formed a stopper partnership with Álvaro Arbeloa but, after the latter was sold to Liverpool, it was Jorge Andrade (recovered from an important injury) who accompanied him at the back: that defence, with Capdevila and Fabrizio Coloccini at the sides and Dudu Aouate as goalkeeper, kept 16 clean sheets in 38 matches, and many of the points won were based on the defensive performance of a team not capable of scoring sufficient goals; in late April 2007, his injury-time header provided a much needed 1–0 home win against CA Osasuna.
During the summer of 2007, Lopo's status at the club increased, significantly, as stoppers Juanma and Andrade both left the club, the former on a free transfer to CD Tenerife whereas the Portuguese was sold to Juventus FC – he himself confirmed that Deportivo rejected a €5 million offer from Real Zaragoza for him. However, he would spend the first five months out of action, due to a recurrent leg injury.
An everpresent fixture throughout 2008–09, Lopo headed in the 2–1 home winner in the league opener against Real Madrid. During the campaign, as Deportivo finished seventh, he collected a total of 13 yellow cards (no ejections).
Lopo continued to be an undisputed starter for Depor in the following two seasons, with relegation befalling in 2010–11. In late June, the 31-year-old free agent signed a three-year contract with Getafe CF.
On 15 August 2016, aged 36, Lopo agreed to a one-year deal with second tier club Gimnàstic de Tarragona. On 19 January 2018, after more than one year of inactivity, he joined Inter Club d'Escaldes of Andorra's Primera Divisió.
In early November 2006, Lopo was picked by Spain coach Luis Aragonés for a friendly against Romania, and said about it: "Every player has to fight hard for his pick and to be part of the national team is a reward. This is probably the most important day in my career, it's a dream coming true”. In the end, he did not play during the 0–1 loss nor was he picked again for the national side.
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