In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Marañón and the second or maternal family name is Morejón.

Bienvenido Marañón
Bienvenido

Bienve with United City, at a press conference in 2018

Personal information
Full name Bienvenido Marañón Morejón
Date of birth May 15, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information

Current team

United City
Number 7
Youth career
La Salle
Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Rayo Sanluqueño ? (17)
2007–2010 Cádiz B 86 (28)
2007–2008 Cádiz 3 (0)
2010–2011 Villarrubia 37 (21)
2011–2012 Móstoles 14 (1)
2012 Villarrubia 14 (11)
2012–2013 La Hoya Lorca 27 (14)
2013–2015 Socuéllamos 65 (15)
2015– Ceres–Negros / United City (71[a])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:36, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

Bienvenido Marañón Morejón (Spanish pronunciation: [bjem.beˈni.ðo maɾaˈɲon]; born May 15, 1986), commonly known as Bienve, is a professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Philippines Football League (PFL) club United City.

Born in Spain, he only played lower league and amateur football in his country. In 2015, he signed with United City, then Ceres–Negros, remaining several years with the Filipino club. In 2021, he received Filipino citizenship.

Early life[edit]

Bienve was born in El Puerto de Santa María, Province of Cádiz, Andalusia, and grew up in neighbouring Cádiz. He spent his childhood playing football in the streets, as his parents could not afford to send him to an academy.[1]

Club career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Bienve made his senior debut when he was in Spain with local club CD Rayo Sanluqueño in the 2005–06 season. In the third quarter of 2007 he signed with Cádiz CF, being assigned to the reserves in Tercera División.

On December 2, 2007, Bienve appeared in his first game as a professional, coming on as a late substitute in a 3–1 home win against Racing de Ferrol for the Segunda División.[2] He totalled 58 minutes for the first team, who were eventually relegated.

On April 7, 2010, Bienve was released by Cádiz due to indiscipline.[3] He joined fourth-level club Villarrubia CF 14 days later,[4] and scored a career-best 21 goals during the campaign.

Bienve moved to fellow league team CD Móstoles in the 2011 off-season, returning to Villarrubia the following transfer window[5] and subsequently resuming his career in the fourth tier, where he represented La Hoya Lorca CF and UD Socuéllamos.[6] With the latter, he achieved promotion to Segunda División B in 2014.[7][8]

Ceres–Negros / United City[edit]

On May 14, 2015, Bienve moved abroad for the first time in his career, after agreeing a deal with Filipino United Football League side Ceres FC.[9] He was encouraged by former Cádiz teammate Carli de Murga to play for them as early as 2012.[10] After one month at the club, he was not satisfied with his performance and decided to study Chieffy Caligdongs style of play in a bid to improve himself.[11]

Bienve considered retiring in 2016 due to the death of his father, but was encouraged by coach Risto Vidaković to continue playing football.[1] He became the all-time top scorer in the AFC Cup on 11 March 2020, when he scored his 35th goal in the renamed Ceres–Negross 4–0 win against Bali United FC.[10]

Ceres–Negros was taken over by a new management in July 2020, being renamed United City FC. Bienve was among the players retained.[12]

Naturalization[edit]

On March 3, 2020, Philippine Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri sponsored a Senate bill proposing to grant Filipino citizenship to Marañón, which would make him eligible for the Philippines national team.[13] In September, bills were filed in the House of Representatives proposing the same.[14] Those were approved on February 16, 2021,[15] while the corresponding Senate bill was passed by the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights eight days later.[16] In July 2, 2021, Marañón became a Filipino citizen when the bill was signed into law as Republic Act No. 11570. by President Rodrigo Duterte[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Marañón is of Basque ethnicity. His Basque grandfather also had links to the Philippines, having fled from Spain to settle in Western Visayas due to his opposition to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.[19]

Honours[edit]

Ceres–Negros / United City

Individual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Goal count begins in season 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivera, Louie Greg A. (November 15, 2020). In Maranon, a Filipino at heart even with papers still pending. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  2. ^ El Cádiz supera al Racing de Ferrol [Cádiz overcome Racing de Ferrol]. Marca (in Spanish). December 2, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Jiménez, R. (April 7, 2010). El Cádiz B aparta al barreño Tiri [Cádiz B oust barreño Tiri] (in Spanish). Europa Sur. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  4. ^ El fútbol no se termina en Cádiz [Football does not end at Cádiz] (in Spanish). La Voz Digital. April 21, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Vuelven al Villarrubia Bienve y Wuy [Bienve and Wuy return to Villarrubia] (in Spanish). Villarrubia CF. January 28, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  6. ^ De la Cruz, C. (July 8, 2013). El Socuéllamos contará con Bienve la próxima campaña [Socuéllamos will count with Bienve for the following season]. La Tribuna de Ciudad Real (in Spanish). Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Socuéllamos festeja el histórico ascenso del Yugo Unión Deportiva a Segunda B [Socuéllamos celebrates Yugo Unión Deportivas historic promotion to Segunda B]. La Comarca de Puertollano (in Spanish). June 23, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Fernández, Raúl (September 10, 2014). Tengo unas ganas locas de jugar [I want to play like crazy] (in Spanish). Lanza. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Bienve deja el Socuéllamos [Bienve leaves Socuéllamos]. La Tribuna de Ciudad Real (in Spanish). May 14, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Tan, Gabriel (April 19, 2020). Bienvenido Maranon is powering Ceres-Negros FCs evolution into Asian football power. ESPN. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Del Rosario, Paolo (March 1, 2021). Bienvenido Marañon credits Chieffy Caligdong for improvement even if they never met. ESPN. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Terrado, Reuben (August 2, 2020). Prolific Spanish striker Marañon signs with United City FC. Sports Interactive Network. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Stewart Saldajeno, Ivan (March 16, 2020). Senate bills seek to naturalize footballers Mendy, Marañon. Philippine News Agency. Archived from the original on September 10, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  14. ^ Luci-Atienza, Charissa (September 6, 2020). Bills granting Filipino citizenship to football player Bienvenido Marañón Morejón filed. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  15. ^ House OKs bills granting Filipino citizenship to Kouame, Marañon. CNN Philippines. February 16, 2021. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  16. ^ Verzosa, Pauline (February 24, 2021). Senate panel approves bills granting Filipino citizenship to Kouame, Marañon. CNN Philippines. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  17. ^ Lopez, Virgil (July 7, 2021). Duterte signs law granting Filipino citizenship to football player Bienvenido Marañon. GMA News. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  18. ^ del Carmen, Lorenzo (July 7, 2021). Bienvenido Maranon becomes a Filipino citizen. Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  19. ^ Casayuran, Mario (March 9, 2021). Senators warn against naturalization for convenience amid Andray Blatches disappearance. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  20. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (November 16, 2019). Ceres-Negros caps unbeaten season with Copa triumph. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  21. ^ Morales, Luisa (November 11, 2020). PFL champs United City FC sweep individual awards. The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.

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