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ISL 2017: Former Getafe defender Rafael Lopez Gomez joins FC Pune City

The Spanish central defender, who played top-flight football in Spain and Germany, will fortify the defence line of the Antonio Habas-managed side.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, Pune [ Published on: August 23, 2017 16:10 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Getafe's Rafael Lopes heads the ball away from a Barcelona's player.

Spanish defender Rafael Lopez Gomez, who had a stint with top La Liga club Getafe, will play for Indian Super League (ISL) club, FC Pune City, in the 2017-18 season. 

The Spanish central defender, who played top-flight football in Spain and Germany, will fortify the defence line of the Antonio Habas-managed side. 

Rafa, a product of the Real Valladolid's youth system, represented club's main team as well as B team before moving on to SD Eibar in the second division. 

In 2008, the defender joined Getafe CF, where finishing sixth to qualify for the UEFA Europa League in 2009-10 season was the highlight of his stint. 

The Spaniard joined newly-promoted German club SC Paderborn in 2014 to ply his trade in Bundesliga before reuniting with Valladolid in 2016.

The Getafe defender has made vital tackles for his club in La Liga including taking on the forwards from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

(With PTI Inputs).

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