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Vicente Engonga
Personal information
Full name Vicente Engonga Maté
Date of birth October 20, 1965 (1965-10-20) (age 44)
Place of birth    Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sporting Mahonés
Celta Vigo
Coventry City (loan)
- (-)
- (-)
37 (2)
72 (0)
69 (2)
149 (4)
11 (1)
8 (0)   
National team
1998–2000  Spain 14 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Equatorial Guinea

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Vicente Engonga Maté (born October 20, 1965 in Barcelona, Catalonia) is a former Spanish football player of Equatorial Guinean descent.[1]

A central midfielder who on occasion filled in at sweeper, he also played for Spain, and was a participant at the 2000 European Championship. He is the older brother of another former footballer, Óscar Engonga.


Football career

Engonga spent his childhood in the Cantabria region, where his father was a footballer. He started his senior career with local lower league club RS Gimnástica de Torrelavega, and then played for CF Sporting Mahonés.

In 1991, Engonga moved to Real Valladolid in the Spanish first division championship. In his first year, the club was relegated to the second division, and Engonga left to Celta de Vigo, with whom he was finalist of the 1994 Spanish Cup.[2]

In the summer 1994, Engonga was bought by league powerhouse Valencia CF, where he played three seasons. After a shaky start, he appeared in 35 contests in 1996–97, although the Che finished 10th. Subsequently, he moved to RCD Mallorca, under Héctor Cúper's supervision.

With Mallorca, Engonga displayed his best football, helping the Balearic Islands outfit win the 1998 Spanish Supercup, beating FC Barcelona 3–1 on aggregate. On September 23, 1998, he made his debut with the Spanish national team, against Russia, and scored his first and only goal in May 1999, against Croatia. Also that year, Engonga reached the final of the Cup Winners' Cup, losing 1–2 to Italian team S.S. Lazio.

In 2000, Engonga was picked by Spain for the UEFA Euro 2000. He played one match at the tournament, against Slovenia, which was the last game of his national team career, where he collected 14 caps. Engonga was also a part of the Mallorca team which qualified for the 2001–02 Champions League, the first participation in club history. During the previous league season, he netted twice in 31 league contests, and Mallorca finished third.

In 2002, Engonga's contract with Mallorca expired, and he moved to second division's Real Oviedo where he played for six months, before moving abroad in January 2003, signing a six-month loan deal with English club Coventry City FC, in the country's second level. At the end of the season, he retired, almost 38.

During his career, Engonga also represented the unofficial Cantabria autonomous football team.After retiring, he joined the coaching staff at Real Mallorca. In August 2008, he was appointed manager of Equatorial Guinea.[3]



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