Emilio Nsue

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Nsue and the second or maternal family name is López.
Emilio Nsue
Nsue in training with Real Sociedad in 2010
Personal information
Full name Emilio Nsue López
Date of birth (1989-09-30) 30 September 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Palma, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward / Wingback
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
Atlético Baleares
2004–2006 Mallorca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Mallorca B 55 (26)
2008–2014 Mallorca 142 (13)
2008–2009 Castellón (loan) 38 (7)
2009–2010 Real Sociedad (loan) 33 (5)
2014– Middlesbrough 30 (0)
National team
2005 Spain U16 3 (3)
2005–2006 Spain U17 9 (5)
2006–2008 Spain U19 21 (7)
2009 Spain U20 10 (4)
2009–2011 Spain U21 8 (1)
2013– Equatorial Guinea 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 31 August 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 February 2015

Emilio Nsue López (born 30 September 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for English club Middlesbrough mainly as a forward or right winger.

He began his career at Mallorca, where he appeared in 153 competitive games and four La Liga seasons, also spending time on loan at Real Sociedad and Castellón.

Nsue represented Spain at youth level, winning European championships in 2007 and in 2011. In 2013 he made his senior international debut for Equatorial Guinea, and two years later represented the nation at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]


Nsue was born in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands. An RCD Mallorca youth graduate, he made his professional debut for the club on 3 February 2008, playing injury time in a 1–1 draw at Villarreal CF.[1] He added five more minutes the following week, in a goalless home draw against UD Almería.

For 2008–09, Nsue was loaned to CD Castellón in the second division. Regularly used in a comfortable campaign for the Valencians, he scored twice in a home game against Levante UD on 18 October 2008 (4–1).[2]

On 17 July 2009 Nsue was loaned to Real Sociedad, on a season-long move. Although rarely a starter, he was an important offensive unit as the Basque side ultimately returned to La Liga after a three-year absence.

Nsue returned to Mallorca for 2010–11 and begun the season in the starting XI, the first match being a 0–0 home draw against Real Madrid.[3] On 3 October 2010 he scored his first official goal for the club, heading in from a corner at FC Barcelona in an eventual 1–1 draw;[4] he appeared in all 38 league games and netted four times, with his team narrowly avoiding relegation.

In 2011–12 Nsue played in several matches as an attacking right back, and totalled nearly 2,000 minutes of action (20 starts) to help Mallorca rank eighth. After conversations with manager Joaquín Caparrós during pre-season, it was agreed that he would start the following campaign in that position.[5]


On 1 August 2014, Nsue joined English Football League Championship club Middlesbrough, signing a three-year contract as a free agent – he was signed by Aitor Karanka, who knew him from the Spanish youth set-up.[6] Eight days later he made his official debut, coming on as a substitute for Albert Adomah for the last 23 minutes of a 2–0 win over Birmingham City at the Riverside Stadium.[7] On 12 August he made his first start, playing the entire 3–0 success at Oldham Athletic in the first round of the League Cup.[8]

Boro reached the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 2015, a 0–2 defeat to Norwich City where Nsue played the second half in place of Dean Whitehead after both goals had already been conceded.[9]

International career[edit]


Born to an Equatoguinean father, Nsue rejected during several years the offer to represent the Equatorial Guinea national team at senior level. In 2009, after having appeared for Spain at various youth levels, he started playing with its under-21s.

Three years later, Nsue refused to play the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Equatorial Guinea as he wanted to be a part of the Spanish under-23 team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, but ultimately did not make the final cut.

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

In March 2013, accompanied by Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol president Domingo Mituy and footballer Benjamín Zarandona, he signed a contract with the Federation and committed himself to attend all call-ups in which he was included, with the federation responsible for covering the costs and incentives.[10][11]

Nsue scored on his debut for Equatorial Guinea in an unofficial friendly with Benin on 21 March 2013, being team captain and playing the first 45 minutes. He was again captain on his first official appearance, scoring a hat-trick in a 4–3 win over Cape Verde in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier; both games against the latter opponent would later be considered invalid and FIFA awarded two 0–3 losses to the Nzalang, stating the player was not eligible.[12]

Nsue was Equatorial Guinea's captain as they hosted the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, eventually coming fourth. He scored the tournament's first goal, netting in a 1–1 draw against the Republic of the Congo on 17 January at the Estadio de Bata.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 20 March 2015
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca 2007–08[14] La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11[14] La Liga 38 4 4 2 42 6
2011–12[14] La Liga 30 3 4 1 34 4
2012–13[14] La Liga 32 2 2 0 34 2
2013–14[14] Segunda División 40 4 1 0 41 4
Total 142 13 11 3 153 16
Castellón (loan) 2008–09[14] Segunda División 38 7 3 1 41 8
Real Sociedad (loan) 2009–10[14] Segunda División 33 5 1 0 34 5
Middlesbrough 2014–15[15] Championship 22 0 2 0 24 0
Career total 235 25 17 4 0 0 252 29



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Spain U21


  1. ^ "Emilio Nsue, savia nueva para el ataque mallorquinista" [Emilio Nsue, new blood for mallorquinista offense] (in Spanish). Diarios de Fútbol. 4 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "El Castellón golea en el derbi ante el Levante" [Castellón routs Levante in derby] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Slow start for Mourinho; ESPN Soccernet, 29 August 2010
  4. ^ Nsue shocks Barca; ESPN Soccernet, 3 October 2010
  5. ^ "Nsue: "Empezaré en el lateral"" [Nsue: "I will start as a fullback"] (in Spanish). Mallorca's official website. 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Emilio Nsue: Middlesbrough sign Real Mallorca winger". BBC Sport. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Oldham 0–3 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Shepka, Phil (25 May 2015). "Middlesbrough 0–2 Norwich". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Oficial: Emilio Nsue, nuevo internacional del Nzalang (Official: Emilio Nsue, Nzalang's new international); Football of Equatorial Guinea, 7 March 2013 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Emilio Nsue jugará con el Nzalang Nacional" [Emilio Nsue will play with the Nzalang Nacional] (in Spanish). Guinea Ecuatorial Press. 7 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Equatorial Guinea sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Hughes, Ian (17 January 2015). "Equatorial Guinea 1–1 Congo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Nsue: Emilio Nsue López". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Nsue". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Parejo the hero as Spain reign again; UEFA.com, 27 July 2007
  17. ^ ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0); Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009

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