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Player Profile: Lisandro Lopez  

Lisandro LopezFull name: Lisandro Lopez

Position: Forward

Date of Birth: 2 March 1983

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Lisandro Lopez is a forward that is the very embodiment of determination. His never-say-die attitude quickly earned him popularity among FC Porto fans when he was brought to the club in 2005. But even they would surely not have predicted his remarkable ascension that has turned him into one of the club’s key players, every bit as important as more heralded stars Ricardo Quaresma and Lucho Gonzalez.

Known simply as Lisandro, the forward started his career at Racing Club in his native Argentina. He was the league’s top scorer in the Apertura tournament in 2004, persuading FC Porto to snap up 50% ownership of the player for a fee of 2.5 million euros.

He quickly showed his value to the Dragons, making himself an increasingly important part of the team that won back to back championships in 2005/06 and 2006/07. His ability to play in any of the forward positions was especially appreciated and taken advantage of first by Co Adriaanse, then Jesualdo Ferreira, both of whom often used the player as a goalscoring winger.

Goal explosion

However, it is in 2007/2008, playing as a central striker, that Lisandro has truly exploded onto the scene. Consistently playing at the very highest level, he was a major factor in Porto’s magnificent first half of the season that saw the Dragons race away as runaway leaders of the Bwin Liga and also finish top of their Champions League group. The outstanding Lisandro scored 11 goals in 14 matches in the league.

As the goals continued to flow immediately after the winter break, with Lisandro scoring a masterful brace against Braga, Porto shelled out another 4.4m euros to purchase the remaining half of his sporting rights and ensure outright ownership of the striker.

So what is the secret behind this footballer who has hit heights seemingly out of bounds for a player not endowed with an abundance of natural talent and possessor of apparently banal physical attributes.

He is not particularly fast, but makes up for that shortfall with a marvellous sense of anticipation and clever running into spaces, so as to steal a march on his marker, as asset especially noticeable in his telepathic understanding with Porto team-mate and compatriot Lucho Gonzalez. The intelligence of his runs maximises the expenditure of his inexhaustible energy levels.

Shoot-on-sight policy

He does not possess particularly strong dribbling skills, but dispenses with the need for such adornment with an ability to shoot on sight with both feet, almost always firing the ball towards goal with power and accuracy. He is not physically intimidating but is a supreme competitor, with no let-up throughout the 90 minutes.

Lastly, but perhaps most crucially, the striker has never lacked confidence in his own abilities. Indeed, should Lisandro – still only 24 years of age – maintain his current form, he could well yet force himself into Argentina’s extravagantly talented squad.

by Tom Kundert (31/01/2008)


Racing Club7126
FC Porto**9344

* League appearances only

** Up to 18 February 2009

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