Jonathan Mensah

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Jonathan Mensah
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Mensah
Date of birth (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Evian
Number 25
Youth career
2004–2006 Ashanti Gold
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Ashanti Gold 0 (0)
2008–2009 Free State Stars 39 (2)
2010–2011 Udinese 0 (0)
2010–2011 Granada (loan) 15 (1)
2011– Evian 25 (1)
2012–13 Evian II 6 (0)
National team
2009 Ghana U-20[1] 6 (0)
2009– Ghana[2] 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 January 2013

Jonathan Mensah (Akan: /mɛnˈsæh/ men-SAH) (born 13 July 1990), commonly known simply as Jonathan, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Ligue 1 club Evian in France and the Ghana national team.

To avoid confusion with the similarly named but unrelated John Mensah, he is typically known as and plays with the name "Jonathan" on his shirt.

Club career[edit]

Ashanti Gold and Free State Stars[edit]

Mensah joined Free State Stars in the 2008 off-season and was signed from top Ghanaian side Ashanti Gold.[3] In July 2009, there was speculation about a possible move to Greek club Panathinaikos, but Mensah ultimately decided to stay at his South African club.[4]

Udinese and Granada loan[edit]

In January 2010, after joining Udinese,[5] he moved to Spanish club Granada on loan.[6]


On 8 July 2011, Mensah moved to newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Evian, signing a four-year contract for undisclosed fee.[7]

During the 2012-13 season, Mensah struggled with fitness and form. He played six games with the reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur level 2. He returned to the first team in 2013, and featured in the club's opening game of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 campaign, playing the full ninety minutes in the club's 1-1 draw with Sochaux on 10 August 2013.[8]

International career[edit]

In 2009 Mensah was in the Ghana team for the under 20 youth championship[9] in Kigali and helped Ghana claim the prestigious cup.[10] His performances during this competition earned him a call-up to the 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa where he was given the number 8 shirt usually worn by Michael Essien.[11] He established himself as a central defensive partner for John Mensah in the absence, through injury, of first-choice centre back Isaac Vorsah. He played in two out of the three group stage games for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also in the round of 16 win against United States.[12]

International goals[edit]

International appearances[edit]

Titles and honours[edit]



Ghana U-20



*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


  1. ^ Jonathan MENSAH – FIFA Statistics. FIFA.
  2. ^ "Mensah, Jonathan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mensah ploughs back to Bohlokong community – Bethlehem". Free State Stars. Retrieved 27 June 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ South Africa (13 August 2009). "Jonathan Mensah Decides To Stay at Free State Stars". Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Mensah set to join Udinese". 16 November 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Mensah joins Granada". Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jonathan Mensah s’engage avec le club" [Jonathan Mensah agrees to transfer] (in French). Evian TGFC. 8 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Evian Thonon Gaillard 1-1 Sochaux". ESPNFC. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "10 Best Players at Under-20's World Cup 2009 | Just Football". 30 October 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ghana win African Youth Champs". BBC News. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ghana's shirt numbers revealed | Black Stars". 4 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Fletcher, Paul. "USA 1–2 Ghana (aet)". BBC News. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mensah, Jonathan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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