Emilio Nsue

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Emilio Nsue
Emilio Nsue (2017).jpg
Emilio Nsue in 2017
Personal information
Full name Emilio Nsue López[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-30) 30 September 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Palma, Majorca, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[2]
Playing position Wing back, Forward
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 2
Youth career
Atlético Baleares
2004–2006 Mallorca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Mallorca B 55 (26)
2008–2014 Mallorca 142 (13)
2008–2009Castellón (loan) 38 (7)
2009–2010Real Sociedad (loan) 33 (5)
2014–2017 Middlesbrough 70 (3)
2017–2018 Birmingham City 36 (1)
2018– APOEL 17 (7)
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 16 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2018

Emilio Nsue López (born 30 September 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for APOEL of the Cypriot First Division. A versatile player, he can operate as a right back, winger and forward.

He began his career at Mallorca, where he appeared in 153 competitive games and four La Liga seasons, and spent time on loan at Real Sociedad and Castellón. In 2014, he joined English club Middlesbrough, and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2016. He signed for Birmingham City in January 2017, and a year later signed for APOEL.

Nsue represented Spain, the country of his birth, at youth level, winning European championships at under-19 level in 2007 and under-21 level in 2011. In 2013, he made his senior international debut for Equatorial Guinea, his father's country, and two years later represented the nation at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Mallorca[edit]

Nsue was born in Palma, Majorca, in the Balearic Islands, and began his football career as a forward in the youth system of RCD Mallorca. He made his professional debut for the club on 3 February 2008, playing the last few minutes of a 1–1 draw at Villarreal.[3] He added a few more minutes the following week, in a goalless home draw with Almería.[4]

Nsue in training with Real Sociedad in 2010

For 2008–09, Nsue was loaned to Castellón of the Segunda División.[5] Regularly used in a comfortable campaign[clarification needed] for the Valencians, he scored twice in a 4–1 win at home to Levante on 18 October 2008.[6]

Nsue joined another second-tier club, Real Sociedad, on loan for the 2009–10 season.[7] Although rarely a starter, he was an important member of the attack as the Basque team returned to La Liga after a three-year absence.[citation needed]

Nsue returned to Mallorca for 2010–11 and began the season in the starting eleven, the first match being a 0–0 home draw with Real Madrid.[8] On 3 October 2010 he scored his first competitive goal for the club, heading in from a corner in a 1–1 draw at Barcelona.[9] He appeared in all 38 league games and netted four times as his team narrowly avoided relegation.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] After conversations with manager Joaquín Caparrós during pre-season, it was agreed that he would start the following campaign in that position.[10]

Middlesbrough[edit]

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,[11] who knew him from the Spanish youth set-up.[citation needed] Eight days later he made his 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.[12] On 12 August he made his first start, playing the whole of a 3–0 win at Oldham Athletic in the first round of the 2014–15 League Cup.[13]

Boro reached the play-off final at Wembley on 25 May 2015. They lost 2–0 to Norwich City, and Nsue played the second half in place of Dean Whitehead after both goals had already been conceded.[14] Despite Karanka's insistence that the player would only be used in defence as an emergency procedure,[15] he played much of his second season at right back.[16] On 28 November 2015, he scored his first goal in English football to complete a 2–0 win at Huddersfield Town.[17] On 15 December, he netted the only goal of a home win over Burnley that put Middlesbrough top of the table.[18]

Birmingham City[edit]

Nsue signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Birmingham City of the Championship on 18 January 2017;[19] the fee, officially undisclosed, was believed by the Birmingham Mail to be £1m with a further £1m in add-ons.[20] He made his debut in the starting eleven for the league visit to Norwich City on 28 January, playing at right back; Birmingham lost 2–0.[21][22] He was an unused substitute for the next match, but appeared in every match thereafter, and "single-handedly tred to drag Blues up the pitch"[23] in the final fixture of the season, away to Bristol City, which his team needed to win to avoid relegation.[24] His only goal of the campaign came against Queens Park Rangers on 18 February in stoppage time in a 4–1 home defeat.[21][25] Changes of management and personnel, and the need to stabilise a struggling team, meant Nsue was no longer a first choice in the 2017–18 side. He played regularly under Harry Redknapp's management in the early part of the season, but Steve Cotterill preferred the more defensive Maxime Colin at right back, and in the January 2018 transfer window, Nsue was allowed to leave.[23]

APOEL[edit]

Nsue signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Cypriot First Division champions APOEL in January 2018; the fee was undisclosed.[26] He went straight into the starting eleven for the visit to Doxa on 14 January; his headed goal after 26 minutes was Apoel's third in an 8–0 win.[27]

International career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Nsue represented his native Spain at all under-age levels. He was a member of the under-17 squad for the 2006 European Championships, but was injured in their opening match and took no further part in the finals.[28] He started all five matches as Spain's under-19s won the 2007 European Championships,[4][29] and was again part of the squad for the following year's tournament. Spain failed to progress past the group stage, losing to both Germany and Hungary – according to UEFA's technical report, "one of the poignant images of the tournament was provided by striker Emilio Nsue who was so upset by missed chances that he played the closing minutes [against Hungary] weeping disconsolately."[30] He scored twice in a 4–0 defeat of Bulgaria in the third group match that meant they still qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[31] Nsue played in two of the three group stage matches, scoring twice in an 8–0 win against Tahiti, and played the whole of the round of 16 match in which Spain were eliminated by Italy.[32] Nsue made his under-21 debut in 2009. He was part of the 2011 European title-winning squad, but appeared only once, as a substitute in the group stages against the Czech Republic.[33][34]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Nsue turned down an invitation to represent his father's native country, Equatorial Guinea, at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as he wanted to be a part of the Spanish team for the Olympics, but he did not make the final cut.[35] In March 2013, he signed a contract with the Ecuatorial Guinea Federation, committing himself to attend all call-ups in which he was included, all expenses paid.[36]

He scored on his debut for Equatorial Guinea in an unofficial friendly with Benin on 21 March 2013; he captained the team and played the first 45 minutes.[37] He was again captain on his first competitive appearance, when he scored a hat-trick in a 4–3 win over Cape Verde in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.[38] FIFA later declared him ineligible for that match and for the return fixture, awarding both games to Cape Verde by a 3–0 scoreline.[39]

Nsue captained Equatorial Guinea's team as they hosted and finished fourth in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored the tournament's opening goal in a 1–1 draw with the Republic of the Congo on 17 January at the Estadio de Bata.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 April 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca 2007–08[41] La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11[41] La Liga 38 4 4 2 42 6
2011–12[41] La Liga 30 3 4 1 34 4
2012–13[41] La Liga 32 2 2 0 34 2
2013–14[41] Segunda División 40 4 1 0 41 4
Total 142 13 11 3 153 16
Castellón (loan) 2008–09[41] Segunda División 38 7 3 1 41 8
Real Sociedad (loan) 2009–10[41] Segunda División 33 5 1 0 34 5
Middlesbrough 2014–15[42] Championship 26 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 29 0
2015–16[43] Championship 40 3 1 0 5 0 46 3
2016–17[21] Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 70 3 1 0 8 0 1 0 80 3
Birmingham City 2016–17[21] Championship 18 1 18 1
2017–18[44] Championship 17 0 0 0 2 0 19 0
Total 36 1 0 0 2 0 38 1
APOEL 2017–18[45] Cypriot First Division 14 6 1 0 15 6
Career total 333 35 17 4 10 0 1 0 361 39
  1. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs

International goals[edit]

Scores and results show Equatorial Guinea's goal tally first. Score column gives score after Nsue's goal.[46]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea  Congo 1–0 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 14 June 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea  Benin 1–1 1–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 4 September 2016 Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  South Sudan 2–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 9 October 2017 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea  Mauritius 1–0 3–1 Friendly
5. 3–1
6. 8 September 2018 Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea  Sudan 1–0 1–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Spain U19

Spain U20

Spain U21

References[edit]

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