- Height 182cm
- Weight 75kg
- D.O.B. 1/3/89
- Born Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Wellington Phoenix signed of 29-year old defensive midfielder, Armando Sosa Peña, after completing his medical in October 2018.
The Santa Lucia born midfielder signed on a one-year contract with the Phoenix.
Peña, also known as Mandi, has arrived from Almeria in the Segunda Division, Spain.
He has enjoyed a stellar career at a high level in Spain, turning out for Real Madrid B between 2010 and 2012.
"I felt like something new and I like New Zealand and what I have seen.
"Not only will I be living in a beautiful country but I will be playing in the A-League which I think will be a big challenge given the quality of the players here."
Mandi believes the Hyundai A-League will be tough this year but having observed the Wellington Phoenix performances so far, Head Coach Mark Rudan’s squad will be tough to breakdown.
"Mark believes in my ability and my style is perfect for how he wants to play.
"I have heard about the positive atmosphere that has been created within the club."
Head Coach Mark Rudan is happy to have secured another defensive midfielder to re-enforce his squad.
"I watched him when I was in Europe and he will complement our defensive structure in the middle of the park.
"He is another player that will work extremely hard for the team and gives their all on the pitch so he will slot in perfectly.
"He is not only a defensive rock but also possesses leadership qualities having captained teams he's played for."
Mandi began his senior career at Vecindario in the Canary Islands before moving on to Villareal B.
He later joined Real Madrid B in 2010 going in to make 47 appearances, scoring two goals during his tenure there.
At a Glance
2008-10 Villarreal C
2008 Villarreal B
2010-12 Real Madrid B - Coaches: Alejandro Menéndez, Alberto Toril
2012-15 Sporting Gijón - Coaches: Javier Clemente, Manolo Sánchez Murias, José Ramón Sandoval, Abelardo Fernández
2015-17 Elche – Coaches: Rubén Baraja, Lucas Alcaraz, Alberto Toril
2017-18 Almeria- Coach: Luis Miguel Ramis, Fran Fernández
Hyundai A-League 2018/19
Wellington Phoenix Outperform Perth Glory In Dramatic Round Six Tie
Mark Rudan’s team came out attacking the Hyundai A-League leaders, Perth Glory on what was a perfect evening for football in Wellington. The Phoenix Head Coach brought in attacking midfield option Sarpreet Singh, partnering him with the pacey attackers, Roy Krishna and Nathan