Enner Valencia

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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 25)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
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 130 (27)
2014 Pachuca 23 (18)
2014– West Ham United 27 (4)
National team
2012– Ecuador 17 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:45, 25 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 02:01, 14 October 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 has previously played for Emelec in Ecuador, winning Serie A and being awarded the Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot in 2013. He also played for Pachuca in Mexico and was also awarded the Liga MX Golden Boot in the 2014 Clausura tournament. He is nicknamed "Superman".[2]

Club career[edit]



Valencia came to Guayaquil to trial for Emelec in 2008 from Caribe Junior's youth system, the same team where Ecuador star Antonio Valencia played in his early years.[3] In 2008, he was transferred to Emelec.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4] Emelec were runners-up to champions LDU Quito, losing 2–1 on aggregate score.[5]


Valencia's first goal of the season was on 26 February, scoring the only goal at home to defeat Imbabura.[6] On 20 March, he scored his second, in a 3–1 home win over Independiente Jose Teran.[6] On 18 May, he scored Emelec's only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Olmedo.[6] Valencia scored two goals in a 4–1 away win against LDU Loja on 11 June.[6] A week later on 19 June, he scored in a 2–0 home win against ESPOLI.[6] Once again on 28 August, Valencia scored 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. Emelec were again runners-up, this time to Deportivo Quito, losing 1–0 on both home and away matches.[6] Valencia scored nine league goals in 30 league matches played.[6]


Valencia's first two goals of the 2012 season would be on 12 February, in a 3–2 home win over Macara.[6] On 24 March, his third goal would come in a 3–0 away win against Deportivo Cuenca.[6] 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.[6] A week later against El Nacional, he scored in a 5–0 home win.[6] A month later against LDU Quito, his next goal came in a 3–0 home win on 23 May.[6] On 5 August, Valencia scored in a 2–1 win over Independiente.[6] Valencia would then score on 28 October, in a 3–0 home win against Macara.[6] 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, Técnico Universitario, and twice against Manta in both home and away matches, winning four of the five matches, only drawing against LDU Loja.[6] This brought Valencia's goal tally to 13 goals scored in 40 league matches played, his best season yet.[6] However, once again for a third season in a row, he would become runner-up to league champions and club rivals Barcelona SC.[6]


Valencia began his 2013 season in a 3–0 home win over Macara.[6] He scored his first goal of the season on 13 July, in a 4–1 win over Manta.[6] 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.[6][7] On 24 August, Valencia scored against Deportivo Cuenca in a 2–0 home win.[6] On 28 August, Valencia scored for Emelec against Chilean club Universidad Católica in a 2–3 home loss.[6] Valencia scored in a 2–0 away win against El Nacional on 22 September.[6] In a 7–0 home win on 20 October against Universidad Católica de Quito, Valencia scored once.[6][8] He finished the season as league champions with Emelec,[6] the club's first since 2002.[9]


2014 Clausura[edit]

After numerous rumors involving the interest of Pachuca for Valencia, both parties came to terms and agreed on a transfer.[10]

On 18 January 2014, Valencia scored his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Tijuana.[11] The following week he scored two goals to in Pachuca's first away win league match against league champions Club León.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] He later confirmed that he knew little about West Ham before signing and that he mainly knew of them having watched hooligan films such as the 2005 release of Green Street starring Elijah Wood.[15] Valencia 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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".[19] Valencia went on to score two more goals for West Ham in the following weeks, including a header in a 3–1 away win at Burnley,[20] and a goal in a 2–2 draw with Stoke City.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23] 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.[22] 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.[24]

In June 2014, Valencia was named in Ecuador's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[25] 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.[26] In Ecuador's second match, Valencia scored both goals to defeat Honduras 2–1 in Curitiba.[27] He continued his good form after the FIFA World Cup, scoring the third goal of a 4–0 victory against Bolivia. On 10 October Valencia again scored for Ecuador, in the 88th minute against United States, in a 1–1 draw . His swerving, right footed shot took a right turn on its way towards the goal making it impossible for goalkeeper Brad Guzan to stop.[28]

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
9. 10 October 2014 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut, United States  United States
10. 14 October 2014 Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, United States  El Salvador

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 April 2015[30][31]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Emelec 2010[30] Serie A 25 1 11 1 36 2
2011[30] Serie A 30 9 5 0 35 9
2012[30] Serie A 40 13 14 0 54 13
2013[30] Serie A 35 4 11 5 46 9
Total 130 27 41 6 171 33
Pachuca 2014 Clausura[30] Liga MX 23 18 2 0 25 18
Total 23 18 2 0 25 18
West Ham United 2014–15[31] Premier League 27 4 4 1 1 0 32 5
Total 27 4 4 1 1 0 32 5
Career total 180 49 6 1 1 0 41 6 228 56
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Ecuador national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 6 1
2014 10 10
Total 17 11



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.[34]


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  32. ^ Campeonato 2013 – Club Sport Emelec – Sitio Oficial del Club Sport Emelec de Ecuador
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