|Full name||Vicente Engonga Maté|
|Date of birth||20 October 1965|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2003||→ Coventry City (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vicente Engonga Maté (born 20 October 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer.
A central midfielder who on occasion filled in at sweeper, he played for six different professional clubs in his career. He had his longest and most successful spell at Mallorca, in spite of arriving at the club at the age of 32. In total, he appeared in 327 La Liga games and scored eight goals over the course of 11 seasons.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia of Equatorial Guinean descent, Engonga spent his childhood in the Cantabria region, where his father was a footballer. He started his senior career with local lower league club Gimnástica de Torrelavega, and then played for CF Sporting Mahonés.
In 1991, Engonga moved to Real Valladolid in La Liga. In his first year the club were relegated to Segunda División and he left to Celta de Vigo, with whom he was a finalist in the 1994 Copa del Rey.
In the 1994 summer Engonga was bought by league powerhouse Valencia CF, where he played three seasons: after a shaky start he appeared in 35 games in 1996–97, although the Che finished tenth. Subsequently he moved to RCD Mallorca under Héctor Cúper's supervision, alongside other five former teammates – namely Iván Campo.
At the Balearic Islands side Engonga displayed his best football, helping the team win the 1998 Spanish Supercup after beating FC Barcelona 3–1 on aggregate. also that year, Mallorca reached the final of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, losing 1–2 to S.S. Lazio.
During the 2000–01 campaign, Engonga scored twice in 31 league matches as his team earnt a third-place finish, qualifying to the UEFA Champions League for the first time. In 2002 his contract expired, and he joined second level's Real Oviedo where he played for six months before moving abroad in late January 2003, signing a six-month loan deal with English club Coventry City, in the Football League Division One; at the end of the season he retired, at almost 38, going on to work with Mallorca in several coaching capacities.
On 23 September 1998, aged nearly 33, Engonga made his debut with the Spanish national team against Russia, and scored his first and only goal in May 1999 against Croatia. He was picked for the nation's UEFA Euro 2000 squad, featuring in the tournament against Slovenia, which was the last game of his international career, where he collected 14 caps.
|1.||5 May 1999||La Cartuja, Seville, Spain||Croatia||1–1||3–1||Friendly|
Engonga's younger brother, Óscar, was also a professional midfielder. He played most of his career in the lower leagues of Spain, but was at Valladolid at the same time as Vicente. Óscar has also managed the Equatorial Guinea national team.
- Footballers step-out of 'Eel's' shadow; BBC Sport, 8 May 2007
- Qué fue de… Engonga (What happened to… Engonga); 20 Minutos, 11 January 2009 (Spanish)
- Copa del Rey (1994 Spanish Cup); at Geocities
- Coventry snap up Engonga; BBC Sport, 13 February 2003
- "Camacho debuta con épica" [Camacho has epic debut] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 September 1998. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Jonas Ramalho helping to dispel longstanding Athletic Bilbao myth; Sports Illustrated, 23 November 2011
- Vicente Engonga deja el Mallorca para dirigir a Guinea Ecuatorial (Vicente Engonga leaves Mallorca to coach Equatorial Guinea); Soitu, 4 August 2008 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- National team data
- Vicente Engonga career statistics at Soccerbase
- Vicente Engonga at National-Football-Teams.com