Narciso Mina

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Narciso Mina
Personal information
Full name Arrinton Narciso Mina Villalba
Date of birth 25 November 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Ecuador
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2002 Deportivo Cuenca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Deportivo Cuenca 19 (4)
2004 LDU Cuenca 19 (0)
2005 Deportivo Cuenca 11 (0)
2006–2007 LDU Loja 58 (4)
2008 Deportivo Azogues 1 (0)
2008 Manta 38 (5)
2009–2010 Barcelona SC 27 (9)
2009 Huracán (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Chornomorets (loan) 11 (0)
2010 Manta 21 (1)
2011 Independiente 37 (28)
2012 Barcelona SC 43 (31)
2013 América 27 (5)
2014– Atlante 13 (3)
National team
2008– Ecuador 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mina and the second or maternal family name is Villalba.

Arrinton Narciso Mina Villalba (born 25 November 1982 in San Lorenzo) is an Ecuadorian football striker who currently plays for Ascenso MX club Atlante.

Club career[edit]

He was transferred to Barcelona from former club Manta Fútbol Club and was a regular starter for his club. On 27 October 2009 Huracán signed Mina on loan from Barcelona Guayaquil for one year.

In March joined Chornomorets Odessa in the Ukrainian Premier League on a 3 month loan until the end of the season with an option to prolong his contract based on his performances.

Barcelona SC[edit]

2012 season[edit]

In 2012, Mina rejoined Barcelona. Mina scored his first two goals in a game against Deportivo Cuenca. He finished the 2012 Ecuadorian Serie A season as top goal-scorer, with thirty goals to his name, the second highest global tally by a South American. His thirty goals was the most scored by a Barcelona player in a single season, which helped Barcelona secure its fourteenth title, not having won a league title since 1997.


2012–13 season[edit]

On 3 December 2012 Narciso Mina was signed by Mexican club América. He finished the Clausura 2013 without any goals scored, mainly appearing as a substitute. He was however the top scorer in the Copa MX tournament with eight goals.

2013–14 season[edit]

Mina scored his first league goal on 3 August in a 3–0 win against Atlas at the Estadio Azteca. He dedicated the goal to former América teammate and national team striker Christian Benítez, who died on 29 July. On 10 August he scored his second goal in three games played against Atlante in a 4–2 win in Cancún. Mina finished the Apertura tournament with five goals, though in his final match against Club León, which was also the league final, he was subbed off after a bad performance in which he missed four goal scoring opportunities. He was booed off the field and replaced by Luis Gabriel Rey.[1]


On 18 December 2013 Mina was sold to Atlante.

Style of play[edit]

Narciso Mina is considered a well rounded striker. He excels at heading and finishing. Due to his lack of speed and mobility, he typically stays up for counter-attacks. As of June 2013 he is considered one of the best Ecuadorian strikers.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. August 15, 2012 Citi Field, New York City, United States  Chile 1–0 3–0 International Friendly



Barcelona SC



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