Salomón Rondón

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Salomón Rondón
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Rondón holding the 2015 Russian Super Cup
Personal information
Full name José Salomón Rondón Giménez[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 9
Youth career
1996–2004 San José de Calasanz
2004–2005 Deportivo Gulima
2005–2006 Aragua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Aragua 49 (15)
2008–2010 Las Palmas 46 (10)
2010–2012 Málaga 67 (25)
2012–2014 Rubin Kazan 36 (13)
2014–2015 Zenit Saint Petersburg 37 (20)
2015– West Bromwich Albion 108 (24)
2018–Newcastle United (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2009 Venezuela U20 11 (7)
2008– Venezuela 68 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:13, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2018

José Salomón Rondón Giménez (Spanish pronunciation: [saloˈmon ronˈdon]; born 16 September 1989) is a Venezuelan professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Newcastle United on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and the Venezuela national team.

After starting out at Aragua, he went on to spend most of his career in Europe, appearing in La Liga with Málaga, the Russian Premier League with Rubin Kazan and Zenit Saint Petersburg (winning the 2015 national championship with the latter club) and the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.

A Venezuela international since 2008, Rondón represented his country in three Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Caracas, Rondón's sporting idols growing up were Ronaldo and Michael Jordan.[3] He 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.

Las Palmas[edit]

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.[4] 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[5]– and finished the season with ten goals in 36 games, as the Canary Islands side barely avoided relegation.[6]

Málaga[edit]

Rondón says farewell to Málaga, a week before joining Rubin Kazan

On 19 July 2010, Málaga CF signed Rondón for a record 3.5 million transfer fee.[7] He scored his first goal for the Andalusians exactly two months later, in a 1–2 home defeat against Sevilla FC in La Liga.[8] Four days later, he opened the score in a 2–0 win at Getafe CF,[9] adding a third the following week in a 2–3 home loss to Villarreal CF.[10]

On 1 May 2011, Rondón contributed with one goal as Málaga came from behind at home to defeat Hércules CF 3–1.[11] 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;[12] the team finally escaped relegation, with the player finishing as their top scorer.[13]

Rondón started 2011–12 on the substitutes bench. He eventually beat competition from ageing Ruud van Nistelrooy,[14] again finishing as Málaga's best scorer – this included goals in narrow home wins against RCD Espanyol (2–1)[15] and Levante UD (1–0),[16] and a brace against Rayo Vallecano (4–2 success, also at La Rosaleda Stadium).[17]

Rubin Kazan[edit]

Rondón before a Europa League match against Chelsea

In August 2012, Rondón signed for Russian Premier League team FC Rubin Kazan, for a reported fee of €10 million[18] which made him the most expensive Venezuelan player in history.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] In the second match between the two sides he netted a brace in the final three minutes, helping his team to a 3–0 win.[22]

On 10 March 2013, following the winter break in the Russian Premier League, Rondón scored the only goal of the match as Rubin claimed a home victory over reigning champions FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[23] In continental competition, he opened up the scoring in the 100th minute of the round-of-16 clash against Levante, latching on to a cross from Bibras Natkho as the hosts won it 2–0 in that leg and on aggregate.[24]

On 19 April 2013, Rondón opened the scoring for Rubin, who could only manage a 1–1 draw at relegation-threatened FC Amkar Perm.[25] 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.[26]

On 1 September 2013, Rondón scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win against recently promoted FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast.[27]

Zenit[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Rondón underwent a medical and joined fellow league club Zenit Saint Petersburg, signing a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £15.8 million.[28] 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).[29]

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.[30] On 20 September he added another three, in a 5–0 win at FC Rostov.[31]

On 26 February 2015, Rondón scored a brace at home against PSV Eindhoven, being essential in a 3–0 home victory for the Europa League round-of-32 and a 4–0 aggregate triumph.[32]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Rondón (left) playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2017

On 10 August 2015, Rondón joined English club West Bromwich Albion on a four-year-deal for a club-record fee of £12 million.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35]

Rondón scored his first goal for the Baggies on 29 August 2015, netting the game's only in stoppage time of the first half of the away fixture against nine-man Stoke City.[36] On 19 December, he was sent off at the end of a 1–2 home loss to Bournemouth for thrusting his head at Dan Gosling, with teammate James McClean also dismissed in the first half;[37] he finished his first season in English football with ten goals.[38]

Rondón began the 2016–17 campaign strongly, scoring the winner goal on the opening match victory against Crystal Palace, then continued his impressive form in September with goals in consecutive matches against West Ham United[39] and Stoke.[40] On 21 November he netted once and provided an assist in a 4–0 victory over Burnley,[41] and on 14 December, against Swansea City, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick after netting three headers in a 3–1 win, which was only the second time this feat was achieved in the history of the competition, the first being Everton's Duncan Ferguson in 1997.[42]

Rondón's goal in 1–1 draw with Tottenham, on 25 November 2017, made him the first Venezuelan to score at either the rebuilt Wembley Stadium or the original facilities,[43] as well as the first Albion player to score at the new ground. The following 20 January, early into the second half of the away fixture against Everton, he accidentally broke James McCarthy's leg, being reduced to tears after realising the outcome.[44]

On 6 August 2018, Rondón joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal, with Dwight Gayle heading in the opposite direction in the same situation.[45]

International career[edit]

Rondón appeared for the Venezuela under-20 side 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 former managed to qualify to the last-16 stage.[46]

Previously, on 3 February 2008, 18-year-old Rondón made his debut for the senior team in a friendly with Haiti, scoring his first 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;[47] later that year, he was among 15 national players who threatened to quit the team after the president of the Venezuelan Football Federation accused them of conspiring to get the manager sacked.[48]

On 5 June 2016, during the Copa América Centenario, Rondón earned his 50th cap, starting in a 1–0 group stage win against Jamaica in Chicago.[49] He scored the only goal of the following game against Uruguay to become the first Venezuelan player to find the net at three tournaments,[50] and repeated the feat in the quarter-finals, a 1–4 defeat to Argentina.[51]

Career statistics[edit]

Rondón with West Bromwich Albion in 2016

Club[edit]

As of 2 September 2018[1]
Club Season League Cups Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aragua 2006–07 21 7 0 0 21 7
2007–08 28 8 9 3 37 11
Total 49 15 9 3 58 18
Las Palmas 2008–09 10 0 0 0 10 0
2009–10 36 10 1 2 37 12
Total 46 10 1 2 47 12
Málaga 2010–11 30 14 2 2 32 16
2011–12 37 11 3 0 40 11
Total 67 25 5 2 72 27
Rubin Kazan 2012–13 25 7 0 0 12 6 37 13
2013–14 11 6 0 0 8 6 19 12
Total 36 13 0 0 20 12 56 25
Zenit 2013–14 10 7 0 0 2 1 12 8
2014–15 26 13 2 1 16 6 44 20
2015–16 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 37 20 3 1 18 7 58 28
West Bromwich Albion 2015–16 34 9 6 1 40 10
2016–17 37 8 1 0 38 8
2017–18 37 7 4 3 39 10
Total 108 24 11 4 0 0 119 28
Newcastle United (loan) 2018–19 3 0 1 1 - 4 1
Career totals 337 106 28 12 38 19 405 137

International[edit]

As of 12 September 2018
Venezuela
Year Apps Goals
2008 3 1
2009 3 1
2010 3 0
2011 11 3
2012 8 5
2013 6 2
2014 2 0
2015 10 2
2016 11 4
2017 9 1
2018 2 2
Total 68 21

International goals[edit]

As of 12 September 2018 (Venezuela score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rondón goal)[52]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 March 2008 José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela 3  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 11 February 2009 Estadio Monumental, Maturín, Venezuela 4  Guatemala 2–1 2–1 Friendly
3 9 February 2011 José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela 10  Costa Rica 1–1 2–2 Friendly
4 2–2
5 13 July 2011 Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina 13  Paraguay 1–0 3–3 2011 Copa América
6 24 May 2012 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela 22  Moldova 2–0 4–0 Friendly
7 4–0
8 2 June 2012 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay 23  Uruguay 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 11 September 2012 Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay 25  Paraguay 1–0 2–0 2014 World Cup qualification
10 2–0
11 26 March 2013 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela 29  Colombia 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 10 September 2013 José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela 33  Peru 1–1 3–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 14 June 2015 El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile]] 38  Colombia 1–0 1–0 2015 Copa América
14 8 September 2015 Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela 43  Panama 1–1 1–1 Friendly
15 27 May 2016 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica 48  Costa Rica 1–0 1–2 Friendly
16 1 June 2016 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States 49  Guatemala 1–1 1–1 Friendly
17 9 June 2016 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States 51  Uruguay 1–0 1–0 Copa América Centenario
18 18 June 2016 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States 53  Argentina 1–3 1–4 Copa America Centenario
19 28 March 2017 Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, Chile 59  Chile 1–3 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 11 September 2018 Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama 68  Panama 1–0 2–0 Friendly
21 2–0

Honours[edit]

Aragua

Zenit

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