Enrique de Lucas
|Full name||Enrique de Lucas Martínez|
|Date of birth||17 August 1978|
|Place of birth||L'Hospitalet, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2001||→ Paris Saint-Germain (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
He started his professional career with Espanyol, going on to amass La Liga totals of 168 games and 25 goals over the course of eight seasons, also representing in the competition Alavés, Murcia and Celta. He added 268/53 in Segunda División, where he played for all the clubs except his first.
Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, de Lucas emerged through the ranks of RCD Espanyol, making his first-team debut on 15 May 1998 away against Real Valladolid (his sole appearance of the season) but being promoted to the main squad immediately afterwards. Subsequently, he became an important offensive element for the Pericos, appearing in 30 La Liga games and scoring four goals in 1999–2000 while helping the club to that year's Copa del Rey.
After his contract expired in 2002, and after an unassuming loan spell at Paris Saint-Germain F.C. the previous year, de Lucas joined Chelsea, being relatively used in his first and only season. His sole goal for the English was a well-executed chip in the UEFA Cup against Viking FK, in a 2–1 home win but 4–5 loss on aggregate.
De Lucas then returned to Spain, having a huge impact at Deportivo Alavés, although most of his stint was spent in the second division. He netted six goals in 40 matches as the Basque side returned to the top flight after two years, being immediately relegated the following campaign.
After another season in the second level, de Lucas became Real Murcia's first signing after it achieved a top flight return in 2007, agreeing on a two-year deal. He featured heavily in his first year, notably scoring in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid, but the club returned to division two.
In August 2009, de Lucas had a trial with Football League Championship's Blackpool after his Murcia link had expired, alongside Will Haining and Ishmel Demontagnac. However, he signed with FC Cartagena – freshly returned to the second division – shortly after; he scored the first goal of the new campaign, a 1–0 success at Girona FC.
In late June 2010, after nearly helping Cartagena to another promotion (fifth place, with chances of promotion until the last two rounds) while scoring a career-best 11 goals, de Lucas moved to Celta de Vigo for two years. He produced the same individual numbers in his first two years – 37 games, nine goals – helping the Galicians promote to the top level in 2012 as runner-up.
After suffering relegation from the second tier, with Hércules CF, de Lucas retired from football at the age of 35. In February 2015, however, he returned to active, joining English amateurs Biggleswade United.
- De Lucas opts for Chelsea; UEFA, 28 May 2002
- "Chelsea edge past Viking". BBC Sport. 19 September 2002. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "De Lucas ficha por el recién ascendido Real Murcia" [De Lucas signs for recently promoted Real Murcia] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
- "El Madrid resbala en suelo pimentonero" [Madrid slip in pimentonero ground] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Team news from Oldham". Blackpool F.C. 1 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
- "Adam switch to Blackpool back on". BBC Sport. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
- Quique de Lucas cambia Murcia por Cartagena (Quique de Lucas changes Murcia for Cartagena); Marca, 7 August 2009 (in Spanish)
- De Lucas abre la lata de los goles en Segunda (De Lucas opens can of goals in Segunda); Marca, 29 August 2009 (in Spanish)
- "Iago Aspas, Oubiña y De Lucas, claves en el ascenso" [Iago Aspas, Oubiña and De Lucas, key to promotion] (in Spanish). Te Interesa. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- "Quique de Lucas" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
- "Ex-Barcelona & Chelsea star joins United". Pitchero. February 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Los Sub-21 logran empatar, pero aburren" [The Under-21s manage to draw, but they are boring] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 18 November 1998. Retrieved 23 June 2016.