A legend for those who support River Plate, with 12 years of unparalleled service, Juan Jose Lopez has settled himself into the history books. In his 12 years, Lopez won an incredible 7 league titles and was part of over 450 games for the club. One of the most decorated players in the history of the team, Lopez lies fourth in the list of the longest serving players for River Plate. After 12 prosperous seasons where he scored 84 goals, Lopez decided to move onto Talleres, another major club in the country.
After just a single, uneventful season at Talleres, Lopez moved to River’s arch nemesis, Boca Juniors. He stayed for just one season at Boca Juniors before deciding to move on to Argentinos Juniors, the club where he again won major titles. In his three years at the club, Lopez helped bring home the first ever Primera Division title for Argentinos Juniors, as well as another metropolitan title. But the most significant of his contributions was aimed at winning the 1985 Copa Libertadores and the 1986 Copa Interamericana. Having won almost everything there was to be won at the club level, Lopez decided to end his career at Belgrano de Cordoba, where he decided to slowly settle as a player, to take on the role of a coach in smaller clubs in the region.
As a manager at the sport, he led Talleres to a third place in the 2004 Clausura, his second spell with the club. However, losing the playoff led to relegation. Other than this wonderful season with Talleres, his other coaching tenures were with Racing de Cordoba, Instituto de Cordoba, Union de Santa Fe, Rosario Central and Olimpo de Bahia Blanca. In 2005, Lopez moved to Paraguay to coach one of the top clubs in the league, Libertad.