Jonás Gutiérrez

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Jonás Gutiérrez
Gutiérrez playing for Newcastle United in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jonás Manuel Gutiérrez
Date of birth (1983-07-05) 5 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Sáenz Peña, Argentina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 18
Youth career
1999–2001 Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Vélez Sársfield 99 (2)
2005–2008 Mallorca 96 (5)
2008– Newcastle United 177 (10)
2014 Norwich City (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2007– Argentina 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Jonás Manuel Gutiérrez (locally: [xoˈnaz ɣuˈtjeres] (born 5 July 1983) is an Argentine footballer who plays for English club Newcastle United and the Argentina national team, as a winger. He acquired his nickname "Spider-Man" or "Spider-Mag" (referencing Newcastle's nickname the Magpies) during his time at RCD Mallorca, where he celebrated a goal by putting on a Spider-Man mask. He also calls himself "el galgo", which means "the greyhound" in Spanish.[1]

He was considered a key part of the Argentine national side by former coach Diego Maradona, who stated that his team was "Mascherano, Messi, Jonás, and eight more."[2] He appeared for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Vélez and Mallorca[edit]

Born in Sáenz Peña, Buenos Aires, Gutiérrez played for Vélez Sársfield in Argentina between 2001 and 2005. The highlight of his Vélez career was being part of the team that won the Primera División Argentina Clausura Tournament in 2005.

After winning the title in 2005 he signed with RCD Mallorca.

On 1 July 2008, Gutiérrez unilaterally rescinded his contract with the Spanish side, after invoking FIFA's Article 17 (commonly known as the Webster ruling). As a result, the club was thought to be investigating a €15 million compensation claim against the player and his new club.[3]

Newcastle United[edit]

Jonás receiving the Championship Player of the Month award in April 2010.

Gutiérrez signed for Newcastle United on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 2 July 2008.[4] Gutiérrez told that instead of "Gutiérrez", the former Real Mallorca man would sport "Jonás" above his squad number 18 he said "Because I like my name."[5]

Gutiérrez made his debut for Newcastle United on the opening day of the 2008–09 season on 17 August. In the game he impressed both fans and pundits as he helped his team to a 1–1 draw against title-holders Manchester United. Alan Hansen said on Match of the Day that Gutiérrez "was the most impressive Premier League debutant" on the opening day of the season.

Following a string of impressive performances, Gutiérrez was subsequently sidelined during most of October and November with a shoulder injury. He returned to action as a substitute in the Tyne-Wear derby against local rivals Sunderland,[6] and later started in matches against West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa,[7][8] reclaiming his place in the first team with impressive play. Newcastle's form dipped, however, and Gutiérrez was only on the bench when Newcastle were relegated after defeat to Aston Villa.

He scored his first goal for Newcastle United in their pre-season friendly match against Darlington, which resulted in a 7–2 win for Newcastle. on 18 July 2009.[9] Following the departure of left-sided winger Damien Duff, Gutiérrez switched from his usual right winger to left winger position, forming an effective left flank partnership with fellow Spanish-speaker José Enrique. His first competitive goal for Newcastle was against Peterborough United on 7 November 2009, taking on five players before scoring.[10] After scoring, he did not celebrate with his Spider-Man mask, in protest to the latest quit rumors circulating around. He netted his second goal of the season in the 6–1 drubbing of Barnsley, smashing a right-footed shot into the net via the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards, and celebrating with his trademark Spider-Man mask. The next came at Bristol City, where he punished a defensive error to spark Newcastle's comeback from two goals down to draw 2–2.[11] Following Newcastle's promotion to the Premier League, Gutiérrez stated that he would like to play at Newcastle for many more years.[12]

Jonás playing for Newcastle in 2012.

In 2010, World Footballer of the Year, Lionel Messi, lauded Gutiérrez as one of the finest players in the Premier League.[13]

On Newcastle's return to the Premier League, he started the first four Premier League fixtures of his club in his accustomed left wing role. With the arrival of Hatem Ben Arfa to the club and the Frenchman's impressive displays, Gutiérrez dropped to the bench for Newcastle's clashes with Everton and Stoke City.

Gutiérrez scored his first goal of the 2010–11 campaign against Manchester City in a 2–1 defeat on 3 October 2010. On 3 April, he scored his second for Newcastle in the Premier League, a long shot in a 4–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also scored the equaliser away at Chelsea on 15 May 2011 when a free kick from Ryan Taylor was deflected off his backside.

He signed a new four-year contract at the club on 27 September 2011.[14] Gutiérrez maintained his impressive form in 2011–12, scoring a fine solo goal in the 2–1 away victory against Wolves. He received man of the match in the victory against Stoke City on 31 October. Gutiérrez has been instrumental in Newcastle's fantastic start to the season. He contributed with a fantastic last gasp goal in the 95th minute (injury time) to defeat Blackburn Rovers 2–1 in the third round of the FA Cup on 7 January 2012.[15] He celebrated by donning the famous red Spider-Man mask but was booked shortly afterwards. He went on to score his third goal of the season in the home tie against Wolves with a fantastic 30-yard strike in front of the Sir John Hall Stand at St James' Park; this goal made it three goals in his last three appearances against Wolves. On 2 February 2013, he scored a header in a 3-2 home victory against Chelsea.

Norwich City[edit]

On 13 January 2014, Gutiérrez secured a loan move to Norwich City under the management of his former boss at Newcastle, Chris Hughton, for the rest of the season.

International career[edit]

Jonás on international duty for Argentina in 2009.

Gutiérrez earned his first cap for Argentina against France in February 2007 and later on in the year, earned his second cap versus Australia on 11 September. He earned his third cap on 18 June 2008, away to Brazil as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the match concluding in a 0–0 draw. He scored his first goal for Argentina in the first half of a friendly against France on 11 February 2009. However, due to the presence of other wingers such as Lionel Messi and Maxi Rodríguez in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Gutiérrez has often played at right back for his country.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 February 2009 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  France 0–1 0–2 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]



Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
2000–01 Vélez Sársfield Primera División
2001–02 17 1
2002–03 22 1
2003–04 27 0 5 0
2004–05 33 0
Vélez Sársfield Total 99[19] 2 5 0 104 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2005–06 Mallorca La Liga 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
2006–07 36 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 3
2007–08 30 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
Mallorca Total 96 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 104 5
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Newcastle United Premier League 30 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2009–10 Championship 37 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 41 4
2010–11 Premier League 37 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 39 3
2011–12 37 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 40 3
2012–13 34 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 40 1
2013–14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Newcastle United Total 177 10 7 1 5 0 6 0 194 11
2013–14 Norwich City (loan) Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 376 17 15 1 5 0 11 0 407 18

Stats accurate as of 11 May 2014.


Argentina U-20

Vélez Sársfield

Newcastle United


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