Arango with Borussia M'gladbach 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|
|1996–1999||Nueva Cádiz 2nda|
|2016||New York Cosmos||29||(15)|
|2017||New York Cosmos||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent the better part of his professional career in La Liga with Mallorca, appearing in 196 official games, and also played several years with Borussia Mönchengladbach for which he signed at the age of 29.
Arango was Venezuela's record holder in international caps and goals for several years, scoring 22 times in 129 matches between 1999 and 2015. He represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.
Early years / Mallorca
Arango's parents hailed from Colombia, having immigrated to Venezuela before he was born, in the city of Maracay. He started playing as a professional at the age of sixteen with Nueva Cádiz FC, which ascended to the Venezuelan Primera División the following season under the name Zulia FC.
The following year, Arango joined Caracas FC but, after six months playing with the team he was bought by Mexico's C.F. Monterrey. He represented two other clubs in the latter country, 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 collision with Sevilla FC's 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 the following season, 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 Dani Güiza – who finished as the campaign's Pichichi – adding two; he only missed one league game from 2005 to 2008 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 €3.6 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 1. FSV Mainz 05 the previous day. In the following year, he was ranked as the most popular footballer in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
Arango scored his first goal of the 2013–14 campaign on 24 August 2013, but in a 2–4 away defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He also found the net in his team's next league fixture, opening the scoring in a 4–1 home success over SV Werder Bremen.
Arango returned to Mexico at the age of 34, signing with Club Tijuana on 22 May 2014. In April of the following year, he was handed a two-match ban by the Mexican Football Federation after footage showed him biting Monterrey player Jesús Zavala in an action that eluded the referee.
Arango then had another spell with the Cosmos, leaving in January 2018.
At the 2004 Copa América, Arango appeared in all three group stage matches for Venezuela. 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 to a best-ever fourth-place finish in the continental competition, scoring in the third-place match, a 1–4 loss against Peru for what was his 100th cap.
In his 116th international appearance, Arango levelled the record for the most goals scored for Venezuela with 22 goals, scoring in the 56th minute against Bolivia in a 1–1 draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on 7 June 2013.
Style of player
A left-footed playmaker, who was known for his technical skills, leadership, and ability both to score and create goals, courtesy of his striking ability, crossing, and passing, Arango was a classic number ten, who was capable of playing both as an attacking midfielder and as a winger. Nicknamed Arangol, he was also a dead ball specialist, who was highly regarded by pundits for his exceptional accuracy from free kicks, and his ability to bend the ball. He is considered by some in the sport as the greatest Venezuelan footballer of all time.
|1.||24 April 2001||Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Colombia||2–1||2–2||2002 World Cup qualification|
|2.||4 September 2001||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Chile||0–2||0–2||2002 World Cup qualification|
|3.||30 April 2003||Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|4.||30 April 2003||Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|5.||7 June 2003||Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States||Honduras||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|6.||15 November 2003||Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||0–1||0–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|7.||18 November 2003||José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Bolivia||2–1||2–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|8.||19 February 2004||Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela||Australia||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|9.||3 March 2004||Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||0–3||0–3||2006 World Cup qualification|
|10.||28 April 2004||Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica||Jamaica||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|11.||23 September 2005||José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Peru||2–1||2–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|12.||24 March 2007||Metropolitano, Mérida, Venezuela||Cuba||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|13.||7 July 2007||Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Uruguay||1–1||1–4||2007 Copa América|
|14.||19 June 2008||Estadio Olímpico, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Chile||2–2||2–3||2010 World Cup qualification|
|15.||15 October 2008||Estadio Olímpico, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Ecuador||3–1||3–1||2010 World Cup qualification|
|16.||31 March 2009||Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela||Colombia||2–0||2–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|17.||13 October 2010||Olímpico Benito Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico||Mexico||0–1||2–2||Friendly|
|18.||13 October 2010||Olímpico Benito Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico||Mexico||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|19.||23 July 2011||Ciudad de la Plata, La Plata, Argentina||Peru||2–1||4–1||2011 Copa América|
|20.||7 September 2012||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Peru||0–1||2–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|21.||16 October 2012||Estadio Olímpico, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela||Ecuador||1–0||1–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|22.||7 June 2013||Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||0–1||1–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
New York Cosmos
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