Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gonçalves and the second or paternal family name is Oliveira.
Jonas
Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira.jpg
Jonas with Brazil in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira
Date of birth (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Bebedouro, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2004 Guarani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Guarani 25 (12)
2006–2007 Santos 20 (1)
2007–2011 Grêmio 74 (40)
2008–2009 Portuguesa (loan) 25 (10)
2011–2014 Valencia 112 (36)
2014– Benfica 24 (17)
National team
2011– Brazil 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2012

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira (born 1 April 1984), known simply as Jonas (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʒõːnais]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica as a forward. He can also play as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Guarani[edit]

Jonas started his career at Guarani in 2005. He made his debut against Esporte Clube Santo André. While playing for Guarani, Jonas scored 12 goals in 25 matches.

Santos[edit]

In 2006, Jonas transferred to Santos,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] After spending only one year at Santos, Jonas transferred to Grêmio in 2007.

Grêmio[edit]

On 12 September 2007, Grêmio signed a four-year deal which transferred 50% of Jonas' rights.[4] He made his debut in the Gre–Nal derby, leaving injured early in the second half.[5]

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 he decided to leave the club.[6]

Portuguesa (loan)[edit]

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.[7]

Return to Grêmio[edit]

After the end of the loan Jonas 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.[8][9][10]

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.[7][11]

Valencia[edit]

Due to a low release fee (€1.25 million), Jonas rescinded his contract with Grêmio.[12] He was finally transferred to Spanish club Valencia on 24 January 2011.[13] He got his first goal for Los Che on 27 February, scoring a late winner in a 2–1 away victory for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao.[14] He scored his second goal in an 24 April game against Real Madrid, which ended 3–6.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18][19] In the season of 2012–13 he scored a personal season high with the Spanish club of 13 goals in league.[20]

On 1 December 2013, Jonas hit an eight minute hat-trick as Valencia defeated 10-man Osasuna in a home league match.[21] On 1 September, he rescinded his link with the club.[22]

Benfica[edit]

On 12 September 2014, Jonas signed for Portuguese champions Benfica on a two-year deal.[23][24]

On 5 October, Jonas debuted for Benfica in a 4–0 win against Arouca, scoring the fourth goal.[25] On 18 October, he scored a hat-trick as Benfica defeated S.C. Covilhã (2–3) in the third round of Taça de Portugal.[26] On 22 November, he scored twice against Moreirense (4–1) in the Portuguese Cup.[27] On 30 December, Jonas scored the only goal in a home win against Nacional in the third round of League Cup,[28] thus scoring in every competition.[29]

On 21 January 2015, Jonas scored at Moreirense in the league cup and became the Brazilian with the best average number of goals in Europe (0.81), surpassing Neymar (0.74) and Luiz Adriano (0.70), with 13 goals in 16 matches.[30] On 28 February, Jonas scored twice in the thrashing of Estoril (6–0) in the league.[31] On 14 March, Jonas scored his 20th goal for Benfica (in 25 matches) and set his season goal record in Europe, as the Eagles beat Braga (2–0) in Primeira Liga.[32] On 4 April, he scored twice against Nacional in the league.[33] On 11 April, he scored twice against Académica (5–1) in the league.[34] On 18 April, he scored twice for a third consecutive league match, in a win at Belenenses (0–2), and became the second best top scorer in Primeira Liga with 16 goals in 22 matches.[35]

International career[edit]

Jonas was called up for the Brazil national team for the first time and made his debut in a friendly against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium on 27 March 2011.[36] He came on as a substitute for Leandro Damião in the 78th minute, and Brazil went on to win the match 2–0.[37]

Jonas scored his first goals with the Seleção in a friendly against Egypt on 14 November 2011, netting a brace in a 2–0 victory.[38]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015[39]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guarani 2006 25 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 12
Santos 2006 15 1 0 0 4 0 5 4 24 5
2007 5 0 0 0 8 1 4 13 5
Total 20 1 0 0 12 1 5 8 37 10
Portuguesa 2008 25 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 10
Grêmio 2007 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
2008 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009 26 14 0 0 8 2 15 8 49 24
2010 33 23 9 8 2 0 21 11 65 42
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 3
Total 74 40 9 8 10 2 38 22 131 72
Valencia 2010–11 13 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 3
2011–12 33 10 7 4 13 5 0 0 53 19
2012–13 35 13 6 1 8 5 0 0 49 19
2013–14 31 10 1 0 8 0 0 0 40 10
Total 112 36 14 5 30 10 0 0 156 51
Benfica 2014–15 24 17 3 6 4 4 31 27
Career total 279 113 27 19 52 13 47 34 404 179

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grêmio
Santos

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Jonas sofreu lesão nos ligamentos do joelho esquerdo" [Jonas suffers injury in left knee ligaments] (in Portuguese). Santos FC Official Website. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Santos vence São Caetano e conquista o bi do Campeonato Paulista". Folha de São Paulo. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Grêmio contrata atacante Jonas, ex-Santos" [Grêmio signs Jonas, former Santos' player] (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Lusa contrata o atacante Jonas". globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 7 July 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Chegou discreto, saiu com 78 gols: a trajetória de Jonas no Grêmio". ZH Grémio. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "O ex pior do mundo" (in Portuguese). A Notícia. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "El delantero del Gremio Jonas vive su peor noche en la Libertadores" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "La cláusula del millón de euros lleva al 'Detonador' a Mestalla" (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Dirigente do Valencia: Jonas será um novo Nilmar" (in Portuguese). Click RBS. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jonas marca o gol da vitória do Valencia sobre o Bilbao". QI Esportivo. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "El Real Madrid vuelve a gozar en Mestalla, al contragolpe". RTVE. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "Jonas sets Valencia on way to Leverkusen win". UEFA.com. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jonas doubles up to give Valencia hope and finish off wasteful Lille". The Guardian. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Jonas delivers as Valencia see off LOSC". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Pellegrino pleased with improving Valencia". UEFA.com. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jonas treble sinks Osasuna". ESPNFC. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Comunicado Oficial - Jonas Gonçalves" [Official announcement - Jonas Gonçalves] (in Spanish). Valencia's official website. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jonas assina por duas épocas" [Jonas signs for two seasons] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
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  30. ^ "Jonas supera números de Neymar e Luiz Adriano na Europa" [Jonas surpasses numbers of Neymar and Luiz Adriano in Europe]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 23 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  31. ^ "Benfica - Estoril (Jornada 23 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  32. ^ "O melhor Jonas na Europa" [The best Jonas in Europe] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  33. ^ "Benfica - Nacional (Jornada 27 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  34. ^ "Benfica - Académica (Jornada 28 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  35. ^ "Belenenses - Benfica (Jornada 29 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  36. ^ "Valencia's Jonas Goncalves delighted with 'unforgettable' Brazil debut". Goal.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  37. ^ "Scotland v Brazil - as it happened!". The Guardian. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  38. ^ "Jonas brace eases Brazil past Egypt". FIFA.com. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
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  40. ^ "Jonas eleito melhor jogador de fevereiro da Liga NOS" [Jonas elected best player of February in Liga NOS] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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