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Iván Zarandona

Iván Zarandona
Personal information
Full name Iván Zarandona Esono
Date of birth (1980-08-30) 30 August 1980
Place of birth Valladolid, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hong Kong Rangers
Number 24
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 Happy Valley (reserves) 3 (0)
2014– Hong Kong Rangers 1 (0)
2014– HK Rangers (reserves) 1 (1)
National team
1998 Spain U18 1 (1)
2003– Equatorial Guinea[1] 15 (0)
2007– Equatorial Guinea B[1] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2012

Iván Zarandona Esono (born 30 August 1980) is an Equatoguinean footballer who plays for Hong Kong Rangers FC. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as a central defender.

Club career


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,[2] CD Lugo and SD Noja. In the third level, he appeared in nearly 300 official matches for several teams.[3]

Hong Kong

On 9 December 2013 Zarandona moved abroad for the first time, joining several compatriots at Happy Valley AA in the Hong Kong First Division League.[4]

International career

Zarandona played for the Spanish under-18 team[5] 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.[6]

Personal life

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.


  1. ^ a b Minimal amount of matches played
  2. ^ El vallisoletano Iván Zarandona ficha por el Jaén (Valladolid's Iván Zarandona signs for Jaén); ABC, 15 August 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Canarias forma grupo (Canarias forms group); El Día, 23 August 2007 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Iván Zarandona se va a Hong Kong para jugar al fútbol (Iván Zarandona goes to Hong Kong to play football); Diario AS, 9 December 2013 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Maldini, tenemos a Zarandona (Maldini, we have Zarandona); Gol en Butarque, 3 March 2009 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Footballers step-out of 'Eel's' shadow; BBC Sport, 8 May 2007

External links

  • BDFutbol profile
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
  • Stats at FutbolEsta (Spanish)
  • HKFA profile
  • Iván Zarandona at
  • Iván Zarandona – FIFA competition record
  • Soccerway profile
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