Jonathan Soriano Casas (born 24 September 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays with Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg as a striker.
He spent his early career with
Espanyol and Barcelona, mostly with the respective reserve teams. In January 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, where he won league and cup doubles in 2012 and 2014, also finishing as the Austrian Football Bundesliga's top scorer in the latter season with 31 goals in 28 games.
Soriano gained 25
caps for Spain at youth level, scoring 27 times. He also played for Catalonia.
Club career [ edit ]
Espanyol [ edit ]
El Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort, Barcelona, Catalonia, Soriano emerged through RCD Espanyol's youth ranks. He made his debut with the first team during the 2002–03 season, playing one minute in a 3–1 La Liga home win against Rayo Vallecano while still registered with the B-side; he was not admitted as a full-time member of the main squad until 2005–06. [1 ]
Soriano spent the second halves of that and
the following campaigns serving second division loan stints, after which he returned to the Pericos, scoring twice in 24 appearances during the season, incidentally in both 1–0 wins over Getafe CF. [2 ] [3 ]
In late January 2009 Soriano moved again on loan (and in the second level), joining
Albacete Balompié until the end of the campaign and being released by Espanyol after this spell, his contract not having been renewed. [4 ]
Barcelona [ edit ]
On 30 July 2009, Soriano joined
FC Barcelona's reserves, in division three. He made his official first-team debut on 28 October 2009, playing the dying minutes of the [5 ] 2–0 triumph at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa for the Copa del Rey (7–0 on aggregate); in the league, he ranked amongst the season's top scorers – all four groups combined – as the club [6 ] returned to the second division after an 11-year absence.
Soriano fared even better in
2010–11, surpassing the 30-goal mark as Barcelona B finished in the promotion play-offs zone, being however ineligible for contention. [7 ] [8 ] [9 ]
Red Bull Salzburg [ edit ]
On 19 January 2012, Soriano moved to the
Austrian Football Bundesliga with FC Red Bull Salzburg. In [10 ] his first year, he helped his team win the double. [11 ]
In the summer of 2013, Soriano was appointed Red Bull's new
captain. He scored a [12 ] hat-trick in their UEFA Europa League play-off first leg against VMFD Žalgiris Vilnius, a 5–0 win on 22 August. In his team's first match in the group stage, on 19 September, he added another three to help to a 4–0 home success over [13 ] IF Elfsborg; in the [14 ] round-of-32, he grabbed a brace in a 2–0 win at AFC Ajax. [15 ]
On 10 August 2014, Soriano scored five goals in an 8–0 home league win against
SV Grödig. On 6 November, he netted a hat-trick as Salzburg won 5–1 at [16 ] GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League group stage. [17 ]
Honours [ edit ]
Red Bull Salzburg
Individual [ edit ]
Club statistics [ edit ]
As of 23 November 2014 [18 ]
Appearances and goals in the ^ UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
References [ edit ]
^ Sendoa apunta al 'pichichi' (Sendoa aims for 'pichichi'); El Mundo Deportivo, 20 May 2005 (Spanish)
^ Espanyol 1–0 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 16 September 2007
^ Getafe 0–1 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 3 February 2008
^ El curioso caso de Jonathan Soriano (The curious case of Jonathan Soriano); Notas de Fútbol, 30 July 2009 (Spanish)
^ Jonathan Soriano, ex delantero del Espanyol, ficha por Barcelona Atlètic (Jonathan Soriano, ex-Espanyol forward, signs for Barcelona Atlètic); Diario AS, 30 July 2009 (Spanish)
^ Pedro turns tie in Barça's favour (0–2); Barcelona's official website, 28 October 2009
^ Festival de goles en Soria (Goal festival in Soria); Diario AS, 26 February 2011 (Spanish)
^ Jonathan Soriano se reivindica a ritmo de récord (Jonathan Soriano speaks out with goals); El Mundo, 2 March 2011 (Spanish)
^ Jonathan Soriano ya tiene un hueco en la historia de Segunda (Jonathan Soriano carved niche in ; Segunda history) Marca, 2 June 2011 (Spanish)
^ From Barcelona to Salzburg, and onto Belek; Red Bull Salzburg's official website, 19 January 2012
^ Salzburg holt das Double (Salzburg gets double); UEFA.com, 20 May 2012 (German)
^ Jonathan Soriano ist der neue Kapitän bei Red Bull Salzburg (Jonathan Soriano is Red Bull Salzburg's new captain); Sport Report, 18 July 2013 (German)
^ "Salzburg 5–0 Zalgiris". UEFA.com. 22 August 2013 . Retrieved 7 November 2014.
^ "Soriano helps Salzburg demolish Elfsborg". UEFA.com. 19 September 2013 . Retrieved 6 November 2014.
^ Brookman, Derek (20 February 2014). "Sublime Soriano steers Salzburg to victory". UEFA.com . Retrieved 6 November 2014.
^ "Salzburg 8–0 Grodig". Goal.com. 10 August 2014 . Retrieved 7 November 2014.
^ "Salzburg storm to next phase in Zagreb". UEFA.com. 6 November 2014 . Retrieved 6 November 2014.
^ "Soriano". Soccerway . Retrieved 9 April 2014.
External links [ edit ]