Jô playing for CSKA Moscow in 2008
|Full name||João Alves de Assis Silva|
|Date of birth||20 March 1987|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|2009||→ Everton (loan)||12||(5)|
|2009–2010||→ Everton (loan)||15||(0)|
|2010||→ Galatasaray (loan)||13||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He has previously played for Corinthians, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Everton, Galatasaray and Internacional. Jô made his full international debut for Brazil in 2007, and was in the squads which took bronze at the 2008 Olympics and won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and also played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Jô scored 14 goals in his first 18 appearances for CSKA Moscow. In the UEFA Champions League, Jô scored two goals in the matches against Inter Milan, one being in a dramatic 4–2 loss at the San Siro. Altogether Jô appeared in 77 games for CSKA Moscow, scoring 44 goals.
On 31 July 2008, Manchester City signed Jô for an undisclosed value thought to be worth about £19 million, a club record transfer for the club at the time. He scored just one league goal in 4 matches for Manchester City against Portsmouth, and also scored a brace in the UEFA Cup against Omonia Nicosia. Jô found it difficult to establish himself in the City team and featured in just 6 games at the start of the 2008–09 season.
Jô joined Everton on loan in February 2009, until the end of the 2008–09 season. He made his debut at Goodison Park against Bolton Wanderers, scoring twice in a 3–0 win. He finished the season with five goals from twelve league appearances, though missed out on Everton’s run to the 2009 FA Cup Final as he was cup-tied after playing the last 20 minutes of Manchester City's third round defeat to Nottingham Forest.
He returned to Manchester City at the end of the season, but re-joined Everton on a season-long loan for 2009–10, with the option of a permanent move at the end of that period. His first competitive goal in the loan spell was scored against AEK Athens in a Europa League group game, which Everton went on to win 4–0. After returning to Brazil without permission over the Christmas period, Everton manager David Moyes suspended him for a breach of conduct.
He returned to Manchester City after his loan spell at Galatasaray expired. Jô scored in his first game back against Portland Timbers and was also successful in further pre-season friendlies against New York Red Bulls, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia CF respectively. He then went on to score in the Europa League win against Salzburg and in the League Cup loss to West Bromwich Albion, his fourth and fifth goals for the club.
On 21 November 2010 Jô made a rare start for Manchester City in his team's 4–1 win over Fulham. Jô also featured in Manchester City's 3–1 win away to West Ham before Christmas and scored City's only goal in a 1–1 draw with Juventus in the UEFA Europa League.
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In May 2012, Jô signed with fellow Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro, where he formed a striking partnership with Ronaldinho. He won the Campeonato Mineiro and helped the club win its first Copa Libertadores title in 2013.
Jô received his first call-up to the Brazil national football team in May 2007 and was in the squad to play against England, but did not play. He then made his international debut in a friendly against Turkey, in June 2007 aged 20.
Jô was named in the Brazilian squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He scored a goal in the 3–0 win over Singapore, a pre-Olympic friendly. After gaining a handful of mostly substitute appearances in the Olympics, he then went on to score two goals in the Bronze medal playoff in a 3–0 victory over Belgium. He has not been included in any further squads.
On 7 June 2013, Jô was called to replace Leandro Damião for 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, who was withdrawn from the original squad due to an injury. In the opening match on 15 June 2013, he scored his first international goal in a 3–0 victory over Japan. He then scored his second goal for Brazil against Mexico on 19 June 2013.
Jô was selected in the Brazilian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his first appearance in the competition in the second group game, coming on for the last 22 minutes in place of Fred in a goalless draw with Mexico. He made another substitute appearance for the same player in the Last 16 against Chile, and played the full 90 minutes of the third-place play-off defeat to the Netherlands.
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- "Everton 3–0 Bolton". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
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- "Manchester City Loan Jô Back To Everton For Next Season – Report". Goal.com. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- Everton (7 July 2009). "Everton likely to re-sign Jô on loan from Manchester City". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Everton Agree Jô Loan Deal With Manchester City". Goal.com. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- Standley, James (17 September 2009). "Everton 4–0 AEK Athens". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- Everton manager Moyes unhappy with additional officials[dead link]
- "Pienaar fires for Everton". Dispatch.co.za. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Moyes suspends Jo over Brazil trip – The Irish Times – Fri, Jan 01, 2010". The Irish Times. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Jô seals loan move to Galatasaray". BBC News. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "Red Bull Salzburg 0 – 2 Man City". BBC Sport. 16 September 2010.
- "West Brom 2 – 1 Man City". BBC Sport. 22 September 2010.
- Tim Vickery (29 July 2013). "Veron and Jo prove success in England is not the only test". BBC Sport.
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