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Yago Yao Alonso-Fueyo Sako (born 19 August 1979), known as Yago Yao, is a former footballer who played as a central defender.

Yago Yao
Personal information
Full name Yago Yao Alonso-Fueyo Sako
Date of birth (1979-08-19) 19 August 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
San Claudio
1996–1997 Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Sporting B 67 (2)
1998–2000 Sporting Gijón 37 (0)
2000–2002 Celta 30 (0)
2002 Recreativo 7 (0)
2003 Oviedo 19 (1)
2003–2004 Sporting Gijón 37 (1)
2004–2007 Celta 13 (1)
2007–2008 Cádiz 7 (0)
2008–2009 Levante 16 (0)
2010 Montañeros 7 (0)
2010–2014 Coruxo 129 (7)
2014–2015 Rápido Bouzas 21 (1)
Total 390 (13)
National team
1998 Spain U18 1 (0)
2007–2011 Equatorial Guinea 7 (0)
2007 Equatorial Guinea B 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Ivory Coast, he was a member, as a naturalized citizen, of the Equatorial Guinea national team.

Early lifeEdit

Yago Yao was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to an Ivorian mother and a Spanish father. Six hours after his birth he was taxed as Spanish and, three months later, he was taken to live in Asturias where his paternal grandfather was from.[1][2]

Club careerEdit

Yago Yao played solely in Spain during his career, representing Sporting de Gijón (two stints),[3] Celta de Vigo (two, being severely injured early into his second),[4][5] Recreativo de Huelva, Real Oviedo,[6] Cádiz CF[7] and Levante UD.[8] In 2000–01 he appeared in 20 games in La Liga as the Galicians finished sixth, but split the 2002–03 season with two teams that met the same fate, relegation (Recre and Oviedo, one in each of the major levels of Spanish football).

After unsuccessful trials at both Aris Thessaloniki F.C. and Hamilton Academical, Yago Yao returned to Spain in January 2010, signing with modest Montañeros CF in Galicia.[9]

International careerEdit

Yago Yao possessed dual nationality,[10] and went on to represent the Equatorial Guinea national team, his first cap coming in 2007 at age 28 against Cameroon.[11] He previously appeared for Spain at youth level.

In December 2007, Yago Yao played B matches against the Region of Murcia[12] and Extremadura.[13]


  1. ^ "Yago defensa del Celta: "Me gustaría volver a Asturias"" [Yago Celta defender: "I would like to return to Asturias"]. La Voz de Asturias (in Spanish). 29 January 2007. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ "El levantinista Yago es nieto de un director del diario Levante" [Levante's Yago is the grandson of the Levante daily director]. Levante-EMV (in Spanish). 11 August 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  3. ^ ""Soy ambicioso y aspiro a lo mejor"" ["I am ambitious and aim for the best"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 August 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Valladolid y Celta deleitan con un aluvión de goles" [Valladolid and Celta delight with goal flood]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 27 November 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Yago Alonso renueva por dos temporadas" [Yago Alonso renews for two seasons]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 July 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Yago ya entrena como carbayón" [Yago already training as carbayón]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 January 2003. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Yago, contento por recalar en "un proyecto ilusionante"" [Yago, happy to join "an enticing project"]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 July 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. ^ "El Levante ficha a Larrea y Yago" [Levante sign Larrea and Yago]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 August 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Yago Alonso, un jugador de Primera para el Montañeros" [Yago Alonso, a Primera player for Montañeros]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 February 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Un defensa de prestigio Yago Yao y un killer del área Carlos Pereira, nuevos Superlinces" [A prestigious defender Yago Yao and a killer of the box Carlos Pereira, new Superbobcats] (in Spanish). Rápido Bouzas. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Nació en Costa de Marfil y se nacionalizó ecuatoguineano por su abuela" [He was born in Ivory Coast and he naturalized Equatoguinean because of his grandmother]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 24 March 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Murcia gana por la mínima a Guinea Ecuatorial" [Murcia get minimal advantage over Guinea Equatorial]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 December 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  13. ^ "La selección extremeña inicia su andadura con una victoria" [Extremadura autonomous team get going with win]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 December 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

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