Ángel Mena

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Ángel Mena
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Mena with Ecuador in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ángel Israel Mena Delgado
Date of birth (1988-01-21) January 21, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
León
Number 13
Youth career
2004–2007 Emelec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2016 Emelec 249 (59)
2010Deportivo Cuenca (loan) 30 (5)
2017–2018 Cruz Azul 52 (8)
2019– León 27 (16)
National team
2015– Ecuador 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2019

Ángel Israel Mena Delgado (born January 21, 1988 in Guayaquil)[1] is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Liga MX club León.

Club career[edit]

Emelec[edit]

Mena had extended his contract until 2017 with Club Sport Emelec. He played in 129 games for the national championship and scored 25 goals, according to records of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF).[2]

He debuted in the first division in 2007. He scored his first official goal on March 16, 2008 at the Técnico Universitario.[citation needed]

In 2010, he was loaned to Deportivo Cuenca. In 2011, he returns to Club Sport Emelec, and was champion in 2013 and 2014.[citation needed]

After scoring 14 goals as Emelec won the 2014 championship, Mena extended his contract with the club for two years in February 2015.[3] Mena scored the first goal in the 2014 Ecuadorian Serie A season final match against Barcelona SC, winning 3–0.

Cruz Azul[edit]

In 2017 Mena joined Mexican side Cruz Azul. On 12 February Mena scored an impressive free-kick goal against Santos Laguna which earned Cruz Azul a 2–2 draw.[4]

International career[edit]

In April 2014, being in Emelec, Mena was first called up to the Ecuador national football team, led by coach Reinaldo Rueda, for a microcycle. Mena was called for Ecuador's provisional 30-man squad for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.[5]

Later in 2014, the interim coach of the Ecuadorian national team, Sixto Vizuete called up Mena to play friendly matches against Bolivia and Brazil.[6] However, Mena suffered an injury that prevented him playing with the national team.[citation needed]

Mena made his debut on March 28, 2015 in a match against Mexico, coming in as a sub for Jefferson Montero.

Career statistics[edit]

Mena playing for Emelec in 2014

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 May 2019[7]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Emelec 2007 Serie A 4 0 0 0 4 0
2008 Serie A 18 2 0 0 18 2
2009 Serie A 24 2 1 0 25 2
2010 Serie A 0 0 2 0 2 0
2011 Serie A 36 6 6 0 42 6
2012 Serie A 21 2 7 1 28 3
2013 Serie A 31 3 4 1 35 4
2014 Serie A 41 14 14 4 55 18
2015 Serie A 38 13 14 3 52 16
2016 Serie A 36 16 9 3 45 19
Total 249 58 57 12 306 70
Deportivo Cuenca (loan) 2010 Serie A 30 5 0 0 30 5
Total 30 5 0 0 30 5
Cruz Azul 2016–17 Liga MX 16 5 4 2 0 0 20 7
2017–18 Liga MX 27 3 6 0 0 0 33 3
2018–19 Liga MX 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Total 52 8 12 2 0 0 64 10
León 2018–19 Liga MX 21 14 3 1 0 0 24 15
Career total 352 85 15 3 57 12 422 101

National team[edit]

As of 13 October 2019
Ecuador national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 4 0
2016 4 1
2017 4 0
2018 0 0
2019 6 3
Total 18 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ecuador's goal tally first.[8]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2016 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Paraguay 2–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 9 June 2019 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States  Mexico 1–1 2–3 Friendly
3. 24 June 2019 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Japan 1–1 1–1 2019 Copa América
4. 13 October 2019 Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Alicante, Spain  Argentina 1–3 1–6 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Emelec

Cruz Azul

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Mena is married to Shirley Posligua with whom he has two daughters. He and his family are devout Christians. Mena is good friends with fellow footballer Joao Rojas with whom he shared a locker while at Emelec, the fact that Rojas played for Cruz Azul was a significant factor in motivating Mena to join the club.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ángel Mena: "Quiero conquistar más cosas importantes con Emelec"". El Comercio (in Spanish). Jan 15, 2014. Retrieved Mar 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Universo, El (Feb 24, 2015). "Ángel Mena seguirá en Emelec hasta el 2017". El Universo (in Spanish). Retrieved Mar 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "El 'Ángel' se queda en Emelec" (in Spanish). El Telegrafo. 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Golazo de Ángel Mena con el Cruz Azul". El Universo. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Valencia named in Ecuador World Cup squad". ITV – Player, TV Guide, ITV, ITV2, catchup, X Factor, Vera, Coronation Street, Emmerdale. May 14, 2014. Retrieved Mar 7, 2015.
  6. ^ juarango, Juan Arango – (Aug 22, 2014). "Ecuador makes callup for Bolivia and Brazil friendlies". Soccerly. Retrieved Mar 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Ángel Mena at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Ángel Mena". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Ángel Mena alista su viaje a México" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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