José Salomón Rondón
Rondón with Zenit in 2014
|Full name||José Salomón Rondón Giménez|
|Date of birth||16 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|1996–2004||San José de Calasanz|
|2014–2015||Zenit Saint Petersburg||37||(20)|
|2015–||West Bromwich Albion||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 5 October 2015 (UTC).
Born in Caracas, Rondón made his debut in the Venezuelan Primera División at the age of 17, appearing for Aragua FC against Carabobo FC on 8 October 2006. On 8 April of the following year he scored his first goal(s) for the club, in a 2–2 draw against Caracas FC.
In the summer of 2008 Rondón was signed by UD Las Palmas in Spain, and made his official debut on 5 October in a 1–2 away loss against Deportivo Alavés for the Segunda División championship. Almost one year after his arrival, on 2 September 2009, he netted his first goal, in a Copa del Rey match against Cádiz CF – becoming the youngest foreign player to ever score for the club, at the age of 19 years, 11 months and 17 days – and finished the 2009–10 season with ten goals in 36 games, as the Canary Islands side barely avoided relegation.
On 19 July 2010, Málaga CF signed Rondón for a record transfer fee of €3.5 million. He scored his first goal for the Andalusians exactly two months later, in a 1–2 home defeat against Sevilla FC in La Liga. Four days later, he opened the score in a 2–0 win at Getafe CF, adding a third the following week in a 2–3 home loss to Villarreal CF.
On 1 May 2011, Rondón contributed with one goal as Málaga came from behind at home to defeat Hércules CF 3–1. That was his 13th goal of the campaign, with which he surpassed the record of goals from a Venezuelan footballer in the Spanish top flight previously held by Juan Arango; the team finally escaped relegation, with the player finishing as its top scorer.
Rondón started 2011–12 on the substitutes bench. He eventually beat competition from ageing Ruud van Nistelrooy, again finishing as Málaga's best scorer – this included goals in narrow home wins against RCD Espanyol (2–1) and Levante UD (1–0), and a brace against Rayo Vallecano (4–2 success, also at La Rosaleda Stadium).
In August 2012 Rondón signed for Russian Premier League team FC Rubin Kazan, for a reported fee of €10 million which made him the most expensive Venezuelan player in history. He made his league debut on the 12th in a 2–0 home win over FC Dynamo Moscow, and he scored his first goal against FC Terek Grozny on 1 September, albeit in a 1–2 home defeat.
Rondón made his first appearance in the UEFA Europa League against Inter Milan, and he scored once in a 2–2 group stage away draw, also playing the entire match. In the second game between the two sides he netted a brace in the final three minutes, helping his team to a 3–0 win.
On 10 March 2013, following the winter break in the Russian Premier League, Rondón scored the only goal of the game as Rubin claimed a home victory over reigning champions FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. In continental competition, he opened up the scoring in the 100th minute of the round-of-16 clash against Levante UD, latching on to a cross from Bibras Natkho as the hosts won it 2–0 in that game and on aggregate.
On 19 April Rondón opened the scoring for Rubin, who could only manage a 1–1 draw at relegation-threatened FC Amkar Perm. In the club's next league match, against PFC CSKA Moscow, he netted the first goal in a 2–0 victory over the league leaders and eventual champions.
On 31 January 2014, Rondón underwent a medical and joined fellow league club Zenit, signing a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £15.8 million. He played his first game for his new team on 25 February, scoring in an eventual 2–1 away win against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League's round-of-16 second-leg (4–5 aggregate defeat).
On 6 April 2014, again as a second-half substitute, Rondón scored a rare second-half hat-trick in a 6–2 home routing of former team Rubin. On 20 September he added another three, in a 5–0 win at FC Rostov.
West Bromwich Albion
On 10 August 2015, Rondón joined English club West Bromwich Albion on a four-year-deal for a club-record fee of £12 million. He made his debut in the Premier League five days later, replacing Craig Gardner in the 62nd minute of an eventual 0–0 away draw against Watford. On the 23rd he made his first start, at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur-linked Saido Berahino, in a 2–3 home defeat to Chelsea, assisting James Morrison in his first goal and later being brought down by John Terry who received a straight red card.
Rondón appeared for the Venezuelan under-20s in the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Egypt. He scored four times during the competition – as teammate Yonathan del Valle, with both netting hat-tricks in the 8–0 group stage routing of Tahiti – as the South Americans managed to qualify to the round-of-16.
Previously, on 3 February 2008, 18-year-old Rondón made his debut for the senior team in a friendly with Haiti, scoring his first international goal on 23 March against El Salvador (another exhibition match, another 1–0 win). Selected by manager Noel Sanvicente to the 2015 Copa América, he scored in La Vinotinto's first game of the tournament to help defeat Colombia 1–0.
- As of 30 May 2015
- As of 9 October 2015
Scores and results lists Venezuela's goal tally first.
|1.||23 March 2008||José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||El Salvador||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||11 February 2009||Monumental de Maturín, Maturín, Venezuela||Guatemala||2–1||2–1|
|3.||9 February 2011||José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Costa Rica||1–1||2–2|
|5.||13 July 2011||Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina||Paraguay||1–0||3–3||2011 Copa América|
|6.||23 May 2012||Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela||Moldova||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|8.||2 June 2012||Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||1–1||1–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|9.||11 September 2012||Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–0||2–0|
|11.||26 March 2013||Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela||Colombia||1–0||1–0|
|12.||10 September 2013||José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Peru||1–1||3–2|
|13.||14 June 2015||El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile||Colombia||1–0||1–0||2015 Copa América|
|14.||8 September 2015||Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela||Panama||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
- "El Alavés remontó con toda justicia en Mendizorroza" [Alavés came back from behind in Mendizorroza justly] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- El gol extranjero más joven (Youngest foreign goal); La Provincia, 4 September 2009 (Spanish)
- Transfer record for Malaga Football Club; List Andalucia, 20 July 2010
- Report: Malaga vs Sevilla; Goal.com, 20 September 2010
- Primera Liga round-up: Sevilla held at home, Malaga stun Getafe, Villarreal edge past Deportivo La Coruna; Goal.com, 23 September 2010
- First-half thriller; ESPN Soccernet, 27 September 2010
- The Beast boosts Malaga hopes; ESPN Soccernet, 1 May 2011
- Salomón Rondón anotó e hizo historia (Salomón Rondón scored and made history); El Tiempo, 2 May 2011 (Spanish)
- "Rondón, "orgulloso y encantado" de haber aprendido de Van Nistelrooy" [Rondón, "proud and delighted" for having learned from Van Nistelrooy] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- Malaga end losing run; ESPN Soccernet, 30 October 2011
- Rondon boosts Boquerones; ESPN Soccernet, 10 March 2012
- Rondon doubles up in Malaga win; ESPN Soccernet, 22 March 2012
- Rubin lure Rondón from Málaga; UEFA.com, 5 August 2012
- Salomón Rondón es el futbolista venezolano más caro de la historia (Salomón Rondón is Venezuela's most expensive footballer in history); La Nación, 6 August 2012 (Spanish)
- FK Rubin Kazan 1–2 Terek Grozny; ESPN Soccernet, 1 September 2012
- Nagatomo salvages Inter draw against Rubin; UEFA.com, 20 September 2012
- "FK Rubin Kazan 3–0 Internazionale". ESPN FC. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "FK Rubin Kazan 1–0 Zenit St. Petersburg". ESPN FC. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Rubin edge out Levante in extra time". UEFA.com. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Amkar Perm 1–1 Rubin Kazan". Soccerway. 19 April 2013.
- "Rubin Kazan 2–0 CSKA Moskva". Soccerway. 28 April 2013.
- "Ural 0–3 FK Rubin Kazan". ESPN FC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Zenit signs Salomón Rondón". Zenit's official website. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Borussia Dortmund 1–2 Zenit St Petersburg". BBC Sport. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "Rondon hat-trick rocks Rubin". Zenit's official website. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Rostov 0–5 Zenit St Petersburg". ESPN FC. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Salomon Rondon: West Brom sign striker for club record £12m". BBC Sport. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Watford frustrated as West Bromwich Albion share spoils at Vicarage Road". ESPN FC. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Magowan, Alistair (23 August 2015). "West Brom 2–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Stoke 0–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- Salomón Rondón – FIFA competition record
- "Venezuela beat Colombia to cause major Copa América shock". The Guardian. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "S. Rondón". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "S. Rondón – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Málaga official profile
- Salomón Rondón profile at BDFutbol
- Salomón Rondón at National-Football-Teams.com
- Salomón Rondón – FIFA competition record