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Iván Zarandona Esono (born 30 August 1980) is a Spanish-born Equatoguinean footballer who plays for Tercera División club CD Tropezón. He was a member of the Equatorial Guinea national team. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as a central defender.

Iván Zarandona
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Personal information
Full name Iván Zarandona Esono
Date of birth (1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Valladolid, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tropezón
Youth career
1997–1998 Valladolid
1998–1999 Extremadura
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Mallorca B 2 (0)
2000–2001 Ferriolense
2001–2002 Mallorca B 27 (1)
2002–2003 Betis B 24 (1)
2003–2004 Caravaca
2004–2005 Valladolid 15 (0)
2005 Rayo Vallecano 9 (2)
2006 Zamora 2 (0)
2006 Murcia B
2006 Los Palacios
2007–2008 Pájara Playas 52 (3)
2008–2010 Leganés 60 (4)
2010–2011 Jaén 32 (4)
2011–2012 Lugo 18 (0)
2012–2013 Noja 43 (2)
2014–2015 Hong Kong Rangers 10 (0)
2015–2016 Burgos 26 (1)
2016–2017 Palencia 14 (0)
2017 Atlético Astorga 14 (1)
2017– Tropezón 34 (10)
National team
1998 Spain U18 1 (1)
2003–2017 Equatorial Guinea 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2017

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Club careerEdit

Born in Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain, Zarandona played the vast majority of his career in the lower leagues of that country, having a second division stint with Real Valladolid in the 2004–05 season where he played in less than half of the games.

Rarely settling with a club, he also represented CF Extremadura, CD Ferriolense, RCD Mallorca B, Real Betis B, Caravaca CF, Rayo Vallecano, Zamora CF, Real Murcia Imperial, UD Los Palacios, UD Pájara Playas de Jandía, CD Leganés, Real Jaén,[1] CD Lugo, SD Noja and Burgos CF. In the third level, he appeared in more than 300 official matches for several teams.[2]

International careerEdit

Zarandona played for the Spanish under-18 team[3] but, in June 2003, FIFA allowed the player to change his nationality. This rule originally applied only for under-21 players not yet capped for the senior sides, but FIFA also allowed overage ones to apply, until December 2004.

Zarandona started representing his "new nation", Equatorial Guinea, in October 2003, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification first round tie loss against Togo.[4]

International goalsEdit

As of 12 June 2016 (Equatorial Guinea score listed first, score column indicates score after each Zarandona goal)[5]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 June 2016 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou, Benin   Benin 1–1 1–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Personal lifeEdit

Zarandona's father is Basque, and his mother was from Equatorial Guinea. His older brother, Benjamín, successfully represented Valladolid, Real Betis and the Spanish under-21s, before switching too to Equatorial Guinea at senior level.[6]

Club statisticsEdit

As of 17 April 2015
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca 2001–02[7] La Liga 0 0 1 0 1 0
Betis B 2002–03[7] Segunda División B 24 1 24 1
Valladolid 2004–05[7] Segunda División 15 0 6 0 21 0
Rayo Vallecano 2005–06[7] Segunda División B 9 2 2 0 11 2
Zamora 2005–06[7] Segunda División B 2 0 0 0 2 0
Pájara Playas 2006–07[7] Segunda División B 19 1 0 0 1[a] 0 20 1
2007–08[7] Segunda División B 33 2 0 0 33 2
Total 52 2 0 0 1 0 53 3
Leganés 2008–09[7] Segunda División B 28 3 0 0 2[b] 0 30 3
2009–10[7] Segunda División B 32 1 1 0 33 1
Total 60 4 1 0 2 0 63 4
Jaén 2010–11[7] Segunda División B 32 4 1 0 33 4
Lugo 2011–12[7] Segunda División B 18 0 1 0 5[b] 0 24 0
Noja 2012–13[7] Segunda División B 29 1 2 0 31 1
2013–14[7] Segunda División B 14 1 0 0 14 1
Total 43 2 2 0 45 2
Hong Kong Rangers 2013–14[8] Hong Kong First Division League 4 0 2 0 6 0
2014–15[8] Hong Kong Premier League 6 0 4 0 10 0
Total 10 0 6 0 16 0
Career total 265 16 20 0 8 0 293 16
  1. ^ Appearance in Relegation play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance in Promotion play-offs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ El vallisoletano Iván Zarandona ficha por el Jaén (Valladolid's Iván Zarandona signs for Jaén); ABC, 15 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Canarias forma grupo (Canarias forms group); El Día, 23 August 2007 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Maldini, tenemos a Zarandona (Maldini, we have Zarandona); Gol en Butarque, 3 March 2009 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Footballers step-out of 'Eel's' shadow; BBC Sport, 8 May 2007
  5. ^ "Iván Zarandona – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  6. ^ La plaza donde Benjamín jugaba al "fútbol banco" (The square where Benjamín played "bench football"); El Día de Valladolid, 26 March 2016 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Zarandona: Iván Zarandona Esono". BDFutbol. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Iván Zarandona". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 March 2015.

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