Eugenio Mena

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Eugenio Mena
Eugenio Mena - Spain vs. Chile, 10th September 2013.jpg
Mena playing for Chile in 2013
Personal information
Full name Eugenio Esteban Mena Reveco
Date of birth (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Viña del Mar, Chile
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Cruzeiro
Number 21
Youth career
Santiago Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Santiago Wanderers 91 (1)
2010–2013 Universidad de Chile 88 (7)
2013–2015 Santos 35 (0)
2015– Cruzeiro 0 (0)
National team
2009–2012 Chile U23 10 (1)
2010– Chile 35 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2014

Eugenio Esteban Mena Reveco (Spanish pronunciation: [euˈxenjo ˈmena]; born 18 July 1988) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Brazilian club Cruzeiro and the Chile national team as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Mena finished his formation in Santiago Wanderers' academy, and made his senior debuts in 2008 Chilean Primera División B. He scored his first professional goal on 11 October 2009, against San Marcos de Arica.[1]

In July 2010, Mena signed with Club Universidad de Chile, for a $500,000 fee for the half of his rights.[2] In his first season, Mena failed to break into a settled squad, appearing rarely. However, after the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli in 2011, Mena was converted into an important player of the La U squad. At the end of the season, he was a part of the squad which won Copa Sudamericana and Chilean Primera División.

On 3 July 2013, Mena signed a one-year loan deal with Brazilian Série A outfit Santos FC, with a buyout clause.[3] He quickly established himself as a starter, and on 5 June of the following year Peixe bought the remaining rights of the player.[4]

On 14 January 2015 Mena rescinded his contract Santos, after winning a court case due to unpaid wages.[5] Ten days later he agreed a deal with fellow league team Cruzeiro.[6]

International career[edit]

Mena represented Chile national football team U-23 on 2009 Toulon Tournament that finished first, and 2010 Toulon Tournament that finished fourth.

On 7 September 2010, he made his debut with the full squad, in a 1–2 defeat against Ukraine. On 21 March 2012, he scored his first goal for La Roja, in a 3–1 win against Peru.

Mena was also one of the 23-men selected by manager Jorge Sampaoli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He appeared in four matches during the tournament, all as a starter.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

(Correct as of 3 November 2014)[7]
Club Season National League Cup Libertadores Sudamericana Other[i] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santiago Wanderers 2008 38 0 2 0 40 0
2009 37 1 3 0 40 1
2010 16 0 1 0 17 0
Subtotal 91 1 6 0 97 1
Universidad de Chile 2010 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2011 40 4 6 0 11 0 57 4
2012 29 3 0 0 12 1 3 0 3 0 37 4
2013 12 0 6 0 2 0 20 0
Subtotal 86 7 12 0 14 1 16 0 3 0 131 8
Santos 2013 20 0 3 0 23 0
2014 15 0 8 0 14 0 37 0
Subtotal 35 0 11 0 14 0 60 0
Total 212 8 29 0 14 1 16 0 17 0 288 9
  1. ^ Including State Leagues, Recopa Sudamericana and Suruga Bank Championship.

International Goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 March 2012 Estadio Carlos Dittborn, Arica, Chile  Peru 3–1 3–1 Friendly
2 11 April 2012 Estadio Jorge Basadre, Tacna, Peru  Peru 1–0 3–0 Friendly
3 14 August 2013 Brøndby Stadium, Brøndby, Denmark  Iraq 1–0 6–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club
Individual
  • Valparaíso UNESCO Medal, World Heritage: 2009
  • South American team of year: 2012[8]
  • Chilean league team of year: 2012
  • Best full back of SIFUP: 2012 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S. Wanderers superó a San Marcos de Arica y alcanzó el liderato del Clausura" [S. Wanderers overcomes San Marcos de Arica and reaches the top of Clausura] (in Spanish). cooperativa.cl. 11 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Eugenio Mena se convirtió en flamante refuerzo de Universidad de Chile" [Eugenio Mena became Universidad de Chile's brilliant signing] (in Spanish). cooperativa.cl. 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Santos FC contrata lateral esquerdo da Seleção Chilena Eugenio Mena" [Santos FC signs Chile national team left back Eugenio Mena] (in Portuguese). Santos FC. 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Santos paga Universidad de Chile e compra Eugenio Mena em definitivo" [Santos pays Universidad de Chile and buys Euguenio Mena outright] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 5 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "TRT concede liminar, e Mena é o primeiro a se desvincular do Santos" [TRT concedes injunction, and Mena is the first to leave Santos] (in Spanish). Globo Esporte. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Laterais têm acerto encaminhado com o Cruzeiro e serão anunciados" [Full-backs have agreement with Cruzeiro and will be announced] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Eugenio Mena profile at Soccerway
  8. ^ Cuatro jugadores de la "U" integran el "Equipo Ideal de América 2012" (Four players of La "U" take part of 2012's America's Best Eleven); La Tercera, 27 December 2012 (Spanish)
  9. ^ Los jugadores de la U se llevaron 9 de los 11 premios del Sifup a los que postulaban (La U players get 9 of the 11 Sifup prizes); Soy Chile, 11 July 2012 (Spanish)

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