Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira
Jonas with Brazil in 2011
|Full name||Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira|
|Date of birth||1 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Bebedouro, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Portuguesa (loan)||25||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒõːnais]; born 1 April 1984), known simply as Jonas, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Portuguese club Benfica. He can also play as an attacking midfielder.
In 2006, Jonas transferred to Santos, where he won the 2006 Campeonato Paulista scoring five goals in six matches. However, he had a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for six months.
In 2007 he returned to the pitch and scored four goals in the Paulista, helping Santos won the tournament for the second time in a row. After spending only one year at Santos, Jonas transferred to Grêmio in 2007.
After the arrival of more forwards in 2008, Jonas lost his place, sometimes even failing to make the reserves list. The most consistent criticism from the press was his lack of physical strength when playing up front against powerful defenders. By July Jonas decided to leave the club.
Despite not being able to avoid relegation to Série B, Jonas was one of the best players in the team, scoring 18 goals during his stay, nine in the Campeonato Brasileiro, ahead of teammate Edno's eight.
Return to Grêmio
After the end of the loan he returned to Grêmio for the 2009 season. He played in the 2009 Copa Libertadores, and after playing his worst game in the tournament (incredibly missing three chances to score in the same attack) against Boyacá Chicó F.C. he was dubbed "the worst forward of the world" ("el peor delantero del mundo") by the Spanish magazine Mundo Deportivo.
However, Jonas scored 14 goals in the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and was amongst the top goal scorers. Jonas has enjoyed further success throughout the 2010 season. He was top-scorer for Grêmio in the 2010 Campeonato Gaúcho and finished the top goal scorer in the Série A with 23 goals.
Due to a low release fee (€1.25 million), Jonas rescinded his contract with Grêmio. He was finally transferred to Spanish club Valencia on 24 January 2011. He got his first goal for Los Che on February 27, scoring a late winner in a 2–1 away victory for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao. He scored his second goal in an April 24 game against Real Madrid, which ended 3–6.
On 1 November 2011, Jonas scored the second fastest goal in Champions League history by netting inside 10.5 seconds, to give Valencia a 1–0 lead over Bayer Leverkusen. He just fell short of former FC Bayern Munich and Dutch national team striker, Roy Makaay's record of 10.13 seconds that he set against Real Madrid in the 2006–07 edition of the tournament. Valencia won the match 3–1.
He scored both goals for Valencia in a 2–0 Champions League win against Lille OSC on 2 October 2012. Jonas continued the tournament scoring further goals. In the season of 2012-13 he scored a personal season high with the Spanish club of 13 goals in league.
On 12 September 2014, Jonas signed for S.L. Benfica on a two-year deal. On 5 October 2014, he made his debut in a 4–0 win against Arouca, scoring the fourth goal. On 18 October, he scored a hat-trick as Benfica defeated S.C. Covilhã (2–3) in the third round of Taça de Portugal. On 22 November, he scored twice against Moreirense (4–1) in the Portuguese Cup.
Jonas was called up for the Brazil national team for the first time and made his debut in a friendly against Scotland in March 2011. He came on as a substitute for Leandro Damião in the 78th minute. Brazil went on to win the match 2–0.
- As of match played 22 November 2014.
- "Elenco Paulistão 2006". acervosantista.com.br. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Jonas sofreu lesão nos ligamentos do joelho esquerdo" [Jonas suffers injury in left knee ligaments] (in Portuguese). Santos FC Official Website. February 5, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Santos vence São Caetano e conquista o bi do Campeonato Paulista". Folha de São Paulo. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Grêmio contrata atacante Jonas, ex-Santos" [Grêmio signs Jonas, former Santos' player] (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. September 11, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "O Grêmio bateu o Internacional (1 a 0), no Olímpico, na Fase única do Campeonato Brasileiro 2007. O gol da vitória foi de Léo.". Globo.com (in Portuguese). 16 September 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Lusa contrata o atacante Jonas". globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 7 July 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Chegou discreto, saiu com 78 gols: a trajetória de Jonas no Grêmio". ZH Grémio. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "O ex pior do mundo" (in Portuguese). A Notícia. October 19, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- "El delantero del Gremio Jonas vive su peor noche en la Libertadores" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. January 25, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- "La cláusula del millón de euros lleva al 'Detonador' a Mestalla" (in Spanish). Las Provincias. January 25, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- Jonas, 40 gols no ano, já bateu duas metas na temporada | globoesporte.com. Globoesporte.globo.com (October 11, 2010). Retrieved on 2012-12-31.
- "Valencia paga multa rescisória e tira atacante Jonas do Grêmio". Globoesporte.com. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Dirigente do Valencia: Jonas será um novo Nilmar" (in Portuguese). Click RBS. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Jonas marca o gol da vitória do Valencia sobre o Bilbao". QI Esportivo. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "El Real Madrid vuelve a gozar en Mestalla, al contragolpe". RTVE. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Jonas' 10.5 second strike for Valencia vs. Leverkusen is No.2 on the list of fastest-ever Champions League goals". Goal.com. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Jonas sets Valencia on way to Leverkusen win". UEFA.com. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Jonas doubles up to give Valencia hope and finish off wasteful Lille". The Guardian. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Jonas delivers as Valencia see off LOSC". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Pellegrino pleased with improving Valencia". UEFA.com. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- "Jonas treble sinks Osasuna". ESPNFC. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Comunicado Oficial - Jonas Gonçalves" [Official announcement - Jonas Gonçalves] (in Spanish). Valencia's official website. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "Jonas assina por duas épocas" [Jonas signs for two seasons] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- "Futebol Profissional: Jonas reforça Sport Lisboa e Benfica" [Professional football: Jonas joins Sport Lisboa e Benfica] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "SL Benfica – Arouca, 4-0: Resposta de Campeão consolida liderança!" (in Portuguese). Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Taça de Portugal: Benfica sofre mas segue em frente
- "Valencia's Jonas Goncalves delighted with 'unforgettable' Brazil debut". Goal.com. March 29, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Scotland v Brazil - as it happened!". The Guardian. March 27, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Jonas brace eases Brazil past Egypt". FIFA.com. November 14, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Soccerway Profile". Soccerway.
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