Elá in training camp with Spain U18
|Full name||Pedro Jacinto Elá Eyene|
|Date of birth||2 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Añisoc, Equatorial Guinea|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1992–1995||Sector Sant Feliu|
|2002–2003||→ Hércules (loan)||17||(0)|
|2008–2010||Levante Las Planas|
|2006–2007||Equatorial Guinea U23||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Añisoc, Elá moved to Barcelona at the age of ten with his parents. He played most of his youth football with RCD Espanyol (five years), being selected to Spain's youth teams whilst with the club and also helping the reserves promote to Segunda División B in 2000; the following year, he won the Copa del Rey Juvenil with the juniors.
On 24 July 1999, Elá made his official debut with Espanyol's first team, appearing in a UEFA Intertoto Cup game against Montpellier HSC in France, as a 70th-minute substitute (1–2 loss). It was his only official appearance for the Catalan club.
In the 2001 summer, Elá signed for Southampton in England, penning a three-year contract after turning down Coventry City. During his spell he never appeared officially with the Premier League side, being limited to reserve team football; additionally, in the 2001–02 season, he suffered a serious knee injury.
In the 2002 off-season, Elá was loaned to Hércules CF in the Spanish third level, under former Sporting de Gijón and CD Tenerife player Felipe Miñambres. In March 2003, in a friendly match with Elche CF, he suffered another severe injury to his knee, after a hard tackle by Raúl Pérez; upon his return to the Saints, he continued to appear exclusively for the second team.
In the 2005 summer, Elá signed for Dundee in the Scottish Football League First Division. His output consisted of two league games, plus two appearances in the Challenge Cup and one in the League Cup, going scoreless in the process; he left the club in late November.
Post-retirement / Personal life
After retiring Elá returned to Barcelona and started his own clothing line, Malabona (a combination of "Malabo" and "Barcelona"), working alongside his wife Esther in the design of T-shirts and all kinds of fashion clothes, which were then sold via the internet.
- "Iba para estrella de fútbol, pero he acabado siendo Rey Mago, que es mejor" ("I was a future football star, i ended up a Magi, i'm better off"); 20 Minutos, 7 January 2010 (in Spanish)
- Con la cabeza bien alta (Head held high); Mundo Deportivo, 25 July 1999 (in Spanish)
- Jacinto Ela confía tener continuidad en el Hércules ("Jacinto Ela hopes to have continuity in Hércules"); Diario Crítico, 13 February 2003 (in Spanish)
- Jacinto resta importancia a la dura entrada de Raúl Pérez que le lesionó ("Jacinto downplays hard tackle by Raúl Pérez who injured him"); Diario Crítico, 5 March 2003 (in Spanish)
- Wednesday's gossip column; BBC Sport, 3 August 2005
- Madaschi and Jacinto leave Dundee; BBC Sport, 25 November 2005
- Ara, no canvia el disseny pel futbol (Right now, he does not trade design for football); Mundo Deportivo, 24 March 2009 (in Catalan)