Enrique de Lucas

Enrique de Lucas
Personal information
Full name Enrique de Lucas Martínez
Date of birth (1978-08-17) 17 August 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Ferrán Martorell
Barcelona
1995–1996 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Espanyol B 67 (25)
1998–2002 Espanyol 92 (16)
2001 Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2003 Chelsea 25 (0)
2003–2007 Alavés 127 (19)
2007–2009 Murcia 57 (7)
2009–2010 Cartagena 38 (11)
2010–2013 Celta 98 (21)
2013–2014 Hércules 24 (4)
2015 Biggleswade United 3 (0)
Total 535 (103)
National team
1995 Spain U16 7 (1)
1998–1999 Spain U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Enrique "Quique" de Lucas Martínez (born 17 August 1978) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as an attacking midfielder.

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.

De Lucas had two spells abroad, including the 2002–03 campaign with Chelsea.

Club career

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, [1] 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. [2]

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, [3] 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, [4] alongside Will Haining and Ishmel Demontagnac. [5] However, he signed with FC Cartagenafreshly returned to the second division – shortly after; [6] he scored the first goal of the new campaign, a 1–0 success at Girona FC. [7]

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. [8] [9]

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. [10]

In September 2017 De Lucas came out of retirement at the age of 39 to join FC Deportivo Galicia playing in the Combined Counties Football League making his debut on the 21st October against F.C. Bedfont & Feltham as a 70th-minute substitute in a 2-1 victory.