Edmundo Salomón Zura de Jesús (born 12 January 1983 in Pimampiro, Imbabura), is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays for El Nacional. Zura is a centre forward who is known for his superb heading, powerful shooting and ruthless finishing.
Zura celebrates his goals by donning a blue Spider-Man style wrestling mask as a tribute to Otilino Tenorio who was killed in a car accident. His brother Rommel Zura is also a professional footballer and playing for Emelec.
Zura started out playing with the LDU Quito under-18 side before joining Imbabura SC where he played in the lower divisions. He then moved to El Nacional for six months before rejoining Imbabura SC. He is currently under contract with Imbabura SC until 2011.
Zura was loaned out to Macará for a short period in 2004 where he played in the top division of Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol before returning to play for Imbabura in the Serie B. He helped Imbabura secure its promotion to the Serie A during the 2006 Clausura where he was the league's top scorer with 18 goals.
Following his impressive displays at the 2007 Pan American Games, Zura was again loaned out, this time to Barcelona SC of Guayaquil. He joined the Ecudorian giants in December 2007 but his contract was not extended when it expired on 30 June 2008. He returned to Imbabura after only playing five games for Barcelona SC, having been given only limited opportunities by manager Ever Hugo Almeida. After his return to Imbabura he played several games in the Serie B but made it clear that he intended to leave and play abroad.
On 31 July 2008 Zura joined the reigning Australian champions Newcastle Jets as a marquee player. Zura has joined the Newcastle Jets from Imbabura on a one year loan deal. He had to travel to Santiago, Chile to obtain an Australian tourist visa which was to be converted to a sporting visa before he could make his A-League debut. As with most imports coming to the A-League, he tried to get his fitness levels up to compete in the physical and up-tempo A-League style of play.
On 3 November 2008, Newcastle Jets and the striker parted ways. The Ecuadorean requested a mutual termination of his one-year loan deal, citing personal reasons.
Zura joined Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes via loan on 15 August 2011. The loan was terminated by San Jose on 31 August 2011 due to Zura's lack of fitness.
Zura earned his first cap for the Ecuadorian national team against Brazil on 10 October 2006 after being called up by Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez. He scored his first international goal on 21 January 2007 against Sweden.
Zura captained Ecuador's under-23 side to victory as an overage player at the 2007 Pan American Games. He scored three goals including the match winning penalty in the final as Ecuador won their first international tournament. He was regarded as Ecuador's most impressive player of the tournament.
(Correct as of 7 October 2008) Imbabura
Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol (2ª division) Clausura: 2006
Pan American Games: Gold Medal