Enner Valencia

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valencia and the second or maternal family name is Lastra.
Enner Valencia
Enner Valencia West Ham August 2014.jpg
Valencia with West Ham, August 2014
Personal information
Full name Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra
Date of birth (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 31
Youth career
2005–2008 Caribe Junior
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Emelec 124 (27)
2014 Pachuca 23 (18)
2014– West Ham United 3 (1)
National team
2012– Ecuador 15 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:06, 15 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:47, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra (born 4 November 1989) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a forward for West Ham United and for the Ecuador national team. He is nicknamed "Superman".[1]

Club career[edit]



Valencia came to Guayaquil to try out in Emelec in 2008 from Caribe Junior's youth system, the same team where Ecuador star Antonio Valencia played on his early years. In 2008, he was transferred to Emelec, on a free transfer, where he has played since. From 2008 to early 2010 he received no opportunities in the first team, but with the arrival of the Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli, Valencia started to receive playtime opportunities. Valencia's first professional career goal was on March 10, scoring the only goal to gain an important away win against Ecuadorian giants LDU Quito. Valencia was runner-up champion against LDU Quito, losing 2–1 on aggregate score.


Valencia's first goal of the season was on 26 February, scoring the only goal at home to defeat Imbabura. On 20 March, he scored his second, in a 3–1 home win over Independiente Jose Teran. On 18 May, he scored Emelec's only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Olmedo. Valencia scored two goals in an emphatic 4–1 away win against LDU Loja on 11 June. A week later on 19 June, he scored in a 2–0 home win against ESPOLI. Once again on 28 August, Valencia would score against LDU Loja in a 2–0 away win. On 1 October, Valencia scored against Independiente Jose Teran in a 2–0 away win. His final goal of the 2011 season was on 23 November, in a 1–1 home draw against El Nacional. Once again Valencia became runner-up champion, this time against Deportivo Quito, losing 1–0 on both home and away matches. Valencia scored nine league goals in 30 league matches played.


Valencia's first two goals of the 2012 season would be on 12 February, in a 3–2 home win over Macara. On 24 March, his third goal would come in a 3–0 away win against Deportivo Cuenca. His next goal came on April 18, in Ecuador's Super-Clasico against Emelec's city rivals Barcelona SC, in a 1–1 away draw. A week later against El Nacional, he scored in an emphatic 5–0 home win. A month later against LDU Quito, his next goal came in a 3–0 home win on 23 May. On 5 August, Valencia scored in a 2–1 win over Independiente. Valencia would then score on 28 October, in a 3–0 home win against Macara. In the month of November of the 2012 Serie A season, Valencia would go on to score five goals in five separate matches against El Nacional, LDU Loja, Tecnico Universitario, and twice against Manta in both home and away matches, winning four of the five matches, only drawing against LDU Loja. This brought Valencia's goal tally to 13 goals scored in 40 league matches played, his best season yet. However, once again for a third season in a row, he would become runner-up to league champions and club rivals Barcelona SC.


Valencia began his 2013 season in a 3–0 home win over Macara. He scored his first goal of the season on 13 July, in a 4–1 win over Manta. On 7 August, Valencia scored his first career hat-trick against Peruvian side Sport Huancayo, in a 4–0 2013 Copa Sudamericana First Round match. On 24 August, Valencia scored against Deportivo Cuenca in a 2–0 home win. On 28 August, Valencia scored for Emelec against Chilean club Universidad Católica in a 2–3 home loss. Valencia scored in a 2–0 away win against El Nacional on 22 September. In an emphatic 7–0 home win on 20 October against U Catolica of Quito, Valencia scored once. He finished the season as league champions with Emelec, the club's first since 2002.


2014 Clausura[edit]

After numerous rumors involving the interest of Pachuca for Valencia, both parties came to terms and agreed on a transfer.[2]

On 18 January 2014, Valencia scored his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Tijuana.[3] The following week he scored two goals to in Pachuca's first away win league match against league champions Club León.[4] He finished the regular season as the top goal-scorer with 12 goals, scoring various braces for Pachuca. Valencia scored his first hatrick against UNAM in a 2–4 away win to advance in the Liga MX Apertura 2014 Playoffs.[5] On 15 May, Valencia scored a brace on the first leg of the Liga MX Finals, winning the away match 3–2.

West Ham United[edit]

On 29 July 2014, English Premier League club West Ham United completed the transfer of Valencia, on a five-year contract for a fee estimated at £12 million.[6] He made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur coming on as an 81st minute substitute for Carlton Cole.[7] On 27 August, he had his penalty saved by Mark Howard as West Ham were knocked out at home in the second round of the Football League Cup by Sheffield United.[8]

Valencia's debut goal for West Ham came in his full league debut, against Hull City on 15 September 2014, in a 2-2 draw.[9] The 25 yards (23 m) strike, timed at 61 miles per hour (98 km/h), was described by journalist Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph as an "exceptional goal".[10]

International career[edit]

After playing for the nation's under-22 team at the 2011 Pan American Games, Valencia made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on 12 February 2012 in a friendly match against Honduras.[11]

Valencia initially began his career as a winger, but was converted to play as a striker by Emelec coach Gustavo Quinteros. Reinaldo Rueda started experimenting with Valencia as a striker after the untimely death of Christian Benítez.

After making three appearances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, he scored his first international goal in a 2–2 draw against Honduras on 19 November 2013. He continued his good form in 2014, scoring in three of Ecuador's four pre-tournament friendlies. On 5 March, he scored, assisted a goal and won a penalty kick as La Tri came from 3–0 down to defeat Australia 4–3.[11] He then scored the team's only goal in a 3–1 loss against Mexico, and gave them an early lead in a 2–2 draw with England in Miami.[12]

In June 2014, Valencia was named in Ecuador's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13] On 15 June, he made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's opening match against Switzerland at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília, opening the scoring with a header in a 2–1 defeat.[14] In Ecuador's second match, Valencia scored both goals to defeat Honduras 2–1 in Curitiba.[15] He continued his good form after the FIFA World Cup, scoring the third goal of a 4-0 victory against Bolivia.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 19 November 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas, United States  Honduras
2. 5 March 2014 The Den, London, England  Australia
3. 31 May 2014 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States  Mexico
4. 4 June 2014 Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, United States  England
5. 15 June 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia, Brazil  Switzerland
2014 FIFA World Cup
6. 20 June 2014 Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil  Honduras
2014 FIFA World Cup
8 6 September 2014 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States  Bolivia



CS Emelec


Personal life[edit]

Valencia hails from Esmeraldas Province and is of Afro-Ecuadorian descent. Valencia came from a poor family and when he came to Emelec he had to sleep in rudimentary lodgings in the club's George Capwell stadium as he had no money to stay anywhere else and, at times, struggled to buy enough to eat.[21]


  1. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ – Enner VALENCIA – Player Profile – FIFA.com
  2. ^ Ya hay acuerdo del Pachuca por Enner Valencia – Goal.com
  3. ^ Pachuca 2–1 Xolos: Tijuana Xolos give away the win – Noticias – SanDiegoRed
  4. ^ Liga MX Clausura 2014: Pachuca derrota 3–1 a León y liga dos triunfos – Terra Colombia
  5. ^ Ecuagol
  6. ^ "West Ham sign Ecuador striker Enner Valencia in £12m deal". BBC Sport. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  7. ^ BBC Sport - West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  8. ^ "West Ham 1-1 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  9. ^ By Neil Johnston. "BBC Sport — Hull City 2-2 West Ham United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hull City 2 West Ham United 2: Enner Valencia lights up KC Stadium in lively Premier League stalemate - Telegraph". Telegraph.co.uk. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Enner VALENCIA". FIFA. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ecuador 2–2 England". BBC. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "World Cup 2014: Antonio Valencia is named in Ecuador squad". BBC. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Switzerland 2–1 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Honduras 1–2 Ecuador". BBC. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Campeonato 2013 – Club Sport Emelec – Sitio Oficial del Club Sport Emelec de Ecuador
  17. ^ Campeonato 2013 – Tabla de Posiciones | Club Sport Emelec – Sitio Oficial del Club Sport Emelec de Ecuador
  18. ^ Goleadores Torneo – Copa Sudamericana 2013 – Fútbol – Futbolargentino.com
  19. ^ Enner Valencia, Campeón de Goleo del Clausura 2014 – Futbol – México – mediotiempo.com
  20. ^ El Universal – Deportes – Enner Valencia, campeĂłn de goleo del Clausura 2014
  21. ^ Tim Vickery (25 June 2014). "The surprise success of Enner Valencia". ESPN. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 

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