Vicente Engonga

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Vicente Engonga
Personal information
Full name Vicente Engonga Maté
Date of birth (1965-10-20) 20 October 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Gimnástica
1986–1991 Sporting Mahonés
1991–1992 Valladolid 37 (2)
1992–1994 Celta 72 (0)
1994–1997 Valencia 69 (2)
1997–2002 Mallorca 149 (4)
2002–2003 Oviedo 11 (1)
2003 Coventry City (loan) 8 (0)
National team
1998–2000 Spain 14 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Equatorial Guinea
2011 Mallorca B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Engonga and the second or maternal family name is Maté.

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.

Engonga represented Spain at the Euro 2000, being an international for two years.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia of Equatorial Guinean descent,[1] Engonga spent his childhood in the Cantabria region, where his father was a footballer.[2] 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.[3]

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;[4] at the end of the season he retired, at almost 38, going on to work with Mallorca in several coaching capacities.

International career[edit]

On 23 September 1998, aged nearly 33, Engonga made his debut with the Spanish national team against Russia,[5] 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.

Engonga was the only Spanish-born black player to play for Spain.[6] In August 2008, he was appointed manager of Equatorial Guinea.[7]

During his career, Engonga also represented the unofficial Cantabria autonomous football team.[2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 May 1999 La Cartuja, Seville, Spain  Croatia 1–1 3–1 Friendly



Personal life[edit]

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.

His nephew, Igor, was called by Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.


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