Jefferson Montero

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Jefferson Montero
Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite.jpg
Montero playing with Levante in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite
Date of birth (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Babahoyo, Ecuador
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 20
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Emelec 22 (2)
2008–2009 Independiente 37 (19)
2008 Dorados (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2010 Villarreal B 32 (10)
2010–2012 Villarreal 9 (1)
2011 Levante (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2012 Betis (loan) 32 (1)
2012–2014 Morelia 63 (10)
2014– Swansea City 22 (0)
National team
2007– Ecuador 43 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 4 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Montero and the second or maternal family name is Vite.

Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈʝeferson monˈteɾo]; born 1 September 1989) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Welsh club Swansea City and the Ecuador national team as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Montero started playing professionally with Club Sport Emelec, but first impressed whilst at Club Social y Deportivo Independiente José Terán in the Ecuadorian second division.

Shortly after arriving he was loaned to Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa, which was pushing for promotion to the top level: he signed alongside compatriot José Madrid, and made his official debut for his new team on 11 October 2008 by playing the entire match against Irapuato FC.


On 27 April 2009, Villarreal CF from Spain signed the 20-year-old Montero to a five-year contract, effective from the start of the 2009–10 campaign in La Liga.[2] On 19 July, he contributed with two goals and five assists as the Valencian Community side trounced amateurs Navata 27–0;[3] he spent the vast majority of his first season with the club, however, with the reserves in division two, being one of the most important offensive elements as the club overachieved in its first season in that category, finishing seventh.

Subsequently Montero was definitely promoted to the main squad, as a complement for more experienced Santi Cazorla and Cani. He made his top division debut on 29 August 2010, replacing the latter in a 0–1 loss at Real Sociedad in the season opener.

Montero failed to find a regular first team place at Villarreal, and moved to fellow top-divisioner Levante UD in late January 2011, on a four-month loan. He returned in June but, on the 28th, left in the same predicament to freshly promoted Real Betis.[4]

On 10 March 2012 Montero scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–3 home loss against Real Madrid. He was first-choice throughout most of the campaign for the Pepe Mel-led squad, who managed to retain its league status.


On 15 June 2012 Montero was transferred to Liga MX club Monarcas Morelia, on a three-year contract.[5] The move was made official 11 days later and, on 15 July, he scored his first goal against Club América, also making two assists in the game; on 21 August, in a Copa MX contest against his former team Dorados, he netted a hat-trick in a 6–0 win.[6]

On 4 January 2013, Montero scored the opening and inaugural goal of the Clausura, in a 3–3 home draw against Cruz Azul, assisted by international team-mate Joao Rojas.[7] After the latter left Los Canarios he was given the number 10 shirt, starting off the new campaign on 19 July with a goal in a 3–1 victory over Querétaro FC; the following weekend he netted three past Deportivo Toluca FC, but in a 3–4 home defeat.

Swansea City[edit]

On 24 July 2014, Montero signed for Premier League team Swansea City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[8] He made his competitive debut on 16 August in the opening game of the season at Old Trafford, replacing Nathan Dyer after 67 minutes of an eventual 2–1 win over Manchester United.[9]

International career[edit]

Montero represented Ecuador in the 2007 Pan American Games, scoring in the final match against Jamaica, a 2–1 win which brought the first international trophy in Ecuadorian football history.[10] He received his first senior international call-up from national team coach Luis Fernando Suárez, in an August 2007 friendly with Bolivia.[11]

Montero made his full debut for Ecuador in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Peru, coming on late in the second half in a 5–1 home win.[12] He scored his first goal for the national team on 27 May 2009, in a 1–3 friendly loss with El Salvador. On 7 June he netted his second, in another victory over Peru in the World Cup qualifying campaign, now 2–1 in Lima.

Montero was selected by national coach Reinaldo Rueda for his 2014 World Cup squad,[13] making his debut in the tournament on 15 June in a 1–2 group stage loss against Switzerland, where he started and played 77 minutes.[14]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2009 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  El Salvador 0–1 3–1 Friendly
2 7 June 2009 Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Peru 0–1 1–2 2010 World Cup qualification
3 15 August 2012 Citi Field, New York City, United States  Chile 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4 21 March 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  El Salvador 4–0 5–0 Friendly
5 26 March 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Paraguay 2–1 4–1 2014 World Cup qualification
6 4–1
7 11 October 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Uruguay 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualification
8 17 May 2014 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–0 1–1 Friendly






Ecuador U20


  1. ^ "Player profile". Premier League. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ El Villarreal CF ficha a Jefferson Montero (Villarreal CF signs Jefferson Montero); Villarreal's official website, 27 April 2009 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Villarreal hammer Spanish minnows; BBC Sport, 20 July 2009
  4. ^ "Jefferson Montero ya es verdiblanco" [Jefferson Montero already a verdiblanco] (in Spanish). Real Betis. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Confirma Morelia a Jefferson Montero (Morelia confirms Jefferson Montero); Medio Tiempo, 15 June 2012 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Morelia 6–0 Dorados... Monarcas no tuvo piedad" [Morelia 6–0 Dorados... Monarcas showed no mercy] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Morelia 3–3 Cruz Azul". ESPN FC. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Swans sign World Cup winger Montero". Swansea City A.F.C. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Bevan, Chris (16 August 2014). "Man Utd 1–2 Swansea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Panamerican Games 2007 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); at RSSSF
  11. ^ "Ecuador convoca a ocho internacionales para el amistoso contra Bolivia" [Ecuador calls eight internationals for friendly with Bolivia] (in Spanish). Yahoo! Sports. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Ecuador 5–1 Peru: Ecuador get first qualifying win". ESPN Soccernet. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  13. ^ "Ecuador World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Last-gasp Seferovic snatches Switzerland victory". 15 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Swansea City sign Jefferson Montero". Squawka. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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