Ibán Cuadrado

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Ibán Cuadrado
Personal information
Full name Ibán Javier Cuadrado Alonso
Date of birth (1979-02-21) 21 February 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Salamanca, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Shanghai East Asia
Number 21
Youth career
1996–1997 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Barcelona C 31 (5)
1997–2001 Barcelona B 101 (9)
2001–2008 Murcia 217 (4)
2008–2010 Málaga 19 (0)
2010 Rayo Vallecano 6 (0)
2010–2011 Ponferradina 31 (0)
2011–2012 Salamanca 31 (0)
2013– Shanghai East Asia 57 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cuadrado and the second or maternal family name is Alonso.

Ibán Javier Cuadrado Alonso (born 21 February 1979) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Shanghai East Asia F.C. in China as a central defender.

He amassed Segunda División totals of 248 games and five goals over the course of eight seasons, namely in representation of Real Murcia. He also spent four years in La Liga, two apiece with that club and Málaga for a total of 62 matches.

Football career[edit]

A product of La Liga giants FC Barcelona, Cuadrado was born in Salamanca, Castile and León, but would only play almost exclusively for the B-side, in both the second and third divisions. Courtesy of Louis van Gaal he appeared in one UEFA Champions League game with the main squad, featuring one minute in a 2–0 group stage away win against Brøndby IF on 9 December 1998.[1]

Released by the Catalans in 2001, Cuadrado joined Real Murcia in the second level, where he would be an indispensable element throughout seven seasons, helping the side to two promotions (although he only appeared in ten matches in the 2007–08 campaign, which ended in La Liga relegation).

Subsequently Cuadrado joined Málaga CF, freshly promoted to the top flight, where he was used mostly as third or fourth-choice centre-back. On 14 January 2010 he moved to Rayo Vallecano, signing with the second division outfit until the end of the season and the next.[2] He made his debut three days later, starting in a 4–4 home draw against Hércules CF and scoring an own goal.

After one unsuccessful season with Rayo individually, 31-year-old Cuadrado switched to SD Ponferradina in the second level, reuniting with former Málaga teammates Javi López, Daniel Toribio and Miguel Ángel.[3] In the 2011 summer, following his team's relegation, he returned to his hometown and signed with UD Salamanca in division three.

At the age of 34, Cuadrado moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Chinese Super League's Shanghai East Asia FC.[4]


  1. ^ Un respiro muy oportuno (Timely breather); El Mundo Deportivo, 10 December 1998 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Cuadrado, nuevo jugador del Rayo (Cuadrado, new Rayo player); Rayo Herald, 14 January 2010 (Spanish)
  3. ^ 2 nuevas incorporaciones al equipo (2 new signings for the team); Ponferradina's official website, 24 August 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ 上港队敲定首名外援 西中卫已以正式球员身份合练; Shanghai EA's official website, 30 January 2013 (Chinese)

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