Arango with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012.
|Full name||Juan Fernando Arango Sáenz|
|Date of birth||16 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Maracay, Venezuela|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Juan Fernando Arango Sáenz (born 16 May 1980) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, as an attacking midfielder and side midfielder. He is well known for his lethal free kick ability, long passing and powerful shot.
Having played more than 100 times for Venezuela, he is one of the few Venezuelan players ever to play for a first division team in any of the major European leagues – he spent the better part of his career in La Liga with Mallorca, appearing in more than 200 official games – and is widely regarded as the best player the country has ever produced.
He started playing as a professional at the age of sixteen with Nueva Cádiz FC, which ascended to the Venezuelan first division the following season under the name Zulianos FC.
Arango played for two other Mexican clubs, C.F. Pachuca and Puebla FC, until 2004, when he joined La Liga side RCD Mallorca in Spain (coached by Benito Floro, also his boss at Monterrey) on a one-year link, with an option for a further three.
On 20 March 2005, Arango suffered a serious injury after a brutal elbow from Sevilla FC's defender Javi Navarro. He fell unconscious, broke his cheekbone, swallowed his tongue and got serious cuts in his face; he returned to play a month later and, in 2005–06, was the team's top scorer with 11 league goals.
In 2006, EFE chose Arango as the third best Latin American player in the Spanish league, with the first place taken by Pablo Aimar. The following year, he also obtained a Spanish passport, in March. On 9 March 2008 he scored his first hat-trick for Mallorca, in a 7–1 home thrashing of Recreativo de Huelva, with teammate Daniel Güiza – who finished as the season's Pichichi – adding two; he only missed one league game from 2005–08 combined.
On 26 June 2009, as his contract was due to expire at the end of 2009–10, Arango was sold to Borussia Mönchengladbach for €6.3 million, penning a three-year contract. In his third season in the Bundesliga he netted six goals in 34 games and also provided 12 assists, as his team finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
On 10 December 2012, Gladbach manager Lucien Favre hailed Arango as one of the best left-footed players in the world after the Venezuelan scored a 48-yard stunner in a 2–0 defeat of Mainz the previous day. In 2013, Arango was ranked as the most popular footballer in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, IFFHS. Juan Arango was voted by readers of www.bundesliga.com as the best veteran player of the season 2012-2013.
On 24 August 2013, Arango scored his first goal of the Bundesliga campaign, scoring Gladbach's second goal in a thrilling 4-2 away defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. He also scored in Gladbach's next Bundesliga game, opening the scoring in a 4-1 home thumping of Werder Bremen on 31 August.
Arango appeared for Venezuela in five Copa América tournaments. In 2004, he appeared in all three group stage matches during the Copa América. In the 2007 edition held in his country, he helped the national team finish first in the group stage, and scored in the quarterfinals against Uruguay, but in a 1–4 defeat.
Also in that year, Arango was chosen national team captain by newly appointed coach César Farías. In the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, he helped the Vinotinto finish a best-ever fourth in the continental competition, scoring in the last match, a 1–4 loss against Peru, in what was his 100th international cap.
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- "Gladbach's Midfield Maestro". Bundesliga. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Arango wings his way to Mallorca". UEFA.com. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Un codazo de Javi Navarro mandó a Arango a la UCI" [An elbow by Javi Navarro sends Arango to Intensive Care] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Navarro assaults Arango". YouTube. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Barça lose ground with Villarreal loss". UEFA.com. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Arango ya es jugador del Borussia M’Gladbach" [Arango a Borussia M'Gladbach player] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
- "Hoilett blow for Blackburn with winger poised for cut-price switch to Germany". Daily Mail. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Ten things about Juan Arango". Bundesliga. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Gladbach down Mainz". Sky Sports. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Arango "one of the best left-footed players in the world"". Bundesliga. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "The World's Most Popular Footballer Amongst Currently Active Players in 2012". IFFHS. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "GOALS GALORE ON DRAMA-FILLED BUNDESLIGA SATURDAY". Bundesliga.de. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- "Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen". ESPNFC. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- "Sonó el despertador para la Celeste" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Peru 4 Venezuela 1: Three and easy for Guerrero as Peru win third-place play-off". Daily Mail. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Venezuela denied as Bolivia snatch draw". Bangkok Post. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "UEFA Europa League 2012/13 - History - Juan Arango". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "Juan Arango". transfermarkt. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- Official website (Spanish)
- Real Mallorca bio (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Juan Arango at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Juan Arango at National-Football-Teams.com
- Juan Arango – FIFA competition record
- International appearances at RSSSF