Diogo Jota

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Diogo Jota
Personal information
Full name Diogo José Teixeira da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2013 Gondomar
2013–2015 Paços Ferreira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Paços Ferreira 41 (14)
2016–2018 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2016–2017Porto (loan) 27 (8)
2017–2018Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 44 (17)
2018–2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 67 (16)
2020– Liverpool 1 (1)
National team
2014–2015 Portugal U19 9 (5)
2015–2018 Portugal U21 20 (8)
2016 Portugal U23 1 (1)
2019– Portugal 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:54, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2020

Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (born 4 December 1996), known as Diogo Jota (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔtɐ]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Portugal national team.

He started playing with Paços de Ferreira, signing with Atlético Madrid after two seasons in the Primeira Liga and being consecutively loaned to Porto and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2018, he moved to the latter club on a permanent deal. He signed with Liverpool in 2020.[2]

Jota played for Portugal at under-19, under-21 and under-23 levels.[3][4] He made his senior debut in 2019.

Club career[edit]

Paços de Ferreira[edit]

Born in Massarelos, Porto, Jota joined F.C. Paços de Ferreira's youth setup in 2013, from Gondomar SC. He was promoted to the main squad at the start of the 2014–15 season, and made his senior debut on 19 October 2014 by starting in a 4–0 home win against Atlético S.C. for the Taça de Portugal.[5]

Jota first appeared in the Primeira Liga on 20 February 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Diogo Rosado in a 2–2 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães.[6] He scored his first goals in the competition on 17 May, netting a brace in a 3–2 home success over Académica de Coimbra[7] and becoming the youngest player to score for the club in the top tier in the process.[8]

On 30 May 2015, Jota signed a new five-year deal with Paços, keeping him tied up until 2020.[9] In the first game of the campaign, a 1–0 win over Académica at the Estádio da Mata Real on 17 August, he was sent off at the end for pushing Hugo Seco; Ricardo Nascimento was also sent off for retaliating on his teammate's behalf.[10]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 14 March 2016, Jota agreed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid effective as of 1 July.[11] On 26 August, however, he returned to his country and joined FC Porto on a one-year loan.[12] On 1 October he scored a first-half hat-trick in a 4–0 away victory against C.D. Nacional.[13]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 25 July 2017, Jota moved to English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan.[14] He scored his first goal on 15 August, in a 3–2 away win over Hull City.[15]

On 30 January 2018, it was announced that a permanent deal with Jota had been agreed for a reported €14 million, being made effective on 1 July.[16][17] He scored a career-best 17 goals in his first year, ranking fifth in the individual charts in a Premier League promotion as champions;[18] due to English Football League regulations, he wore his legal surname on his jersey in the Championship but was able to change it to "Diogo J" after the feat.[19]

Jota made his debut in the English top division on 11 August 2018, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Everton.[20] He scored his first goal in the competition on 5 December, helping the hosts come from behind to beat Chelsea 2–1.[21] His second came four days later, in a win at Newcastle United by the same scoreline.[22]

On 19 January 2019, Jota netted three times in the 4–3 home defeat of Leicester City – his second career hat-trick.[23] In the process, he became only the second Portuguese player to achieve the feat in the Premier League after Cristiano Ronaldo 11 years earlier.[24] This was a first-ever for the club in the competition and a first for the club in the top flight of English football since John Richards, against the same opposition, in the Football League First Division in October 1977.[25] On 16 March 2019, Jota scored a goal in a 2–1 win against Manchester United in the 2018–19 FA Cup, to help Wolves reach their first semi-final in the competition since 1997–98.[26]

On 25 July 2019, Jota scored in a 2–0 win over Northern Irish club Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round, Wolves' first European goal since October 1980,[27] and in the next round on 15 August, he scored an overhead kick to conclude a 4–0 (8–0 aggregate) victory over Pyunik.[28]

In the final Europa League group stage game at home to Beşiktaş on 12 December 2019, Jota replaced compatriot Rúben Neves as a 56th-minute substitute with the game goalless, scored after 72 seconds and completed a hat-trick within twelve minutes as Wolves ran out 4–0 victors.[29] The following 20 February, he netted another treble in a win by the same score over Espanyol in the first leg of the last 32 of the tournament.[30] His 131st and last appearance for Wolves was as a second-half substitute in their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla on 11 August 2020.[31]

Liverpool[edit]

On 19 September 2020, Jota joined Liverpool in a long-term deal,[2] reportedly for a £41 million transfer fee, rising to £45 million in potential add ons.[32][33] He made his debut in the EFL Cup five days later, coming on as a second-half substitute against Lincoln City in a 7–2 win.[34] On 28 September he scored on his Premier League debut for the club, with the third in a 3–1 win against Arsenal at Anfield.[35]

International career[edit]

Jota started playing for Portugal at under-19 level,[36] scoring his first goal on 29 May 2015 in a 6–1 home routing of Turkey for the UEFA European Championship qualifying phase.[37] He won his first cap for the under-21 team on 17 November of the same year at not yet 19, playing 15 minutes in the 3–0 away defeat of Israel in another qualifier.[38] On 25 May 2018, he netted a brace for the under-21s in their 3–2 friendly win over Italy held in Estoril.[39]

In March 2019, Jota was called up to the senior side for the first time, ahead of the opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Ukraine and Serbia.[40] Still uncapped, he was part of the squad that won the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals on home soil in June but did not make an appearance.[41] On 14 November that year he made his debut by coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo in a 6–0 win against Lithuania in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier.[42] He scored his first international goal on 5 September 2020 in a 4–1 home win over Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 28 September 2020[44]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paços de Ferreira 2014–15 Primeira Liga 10 2 1 1 0 0 11 3
2015–16 31 12 1 0 2 0 34 12
Total 41 14 2 1 2 0 0 0 45 15
Atlético Madrid 2016–17 La Liga 0 0 0 0
Porto (loan) 2016–17 Primeira Liga 27 8 1 0 1 0 8[c] 1 37 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18 Championship 44 17 1 1 1 0 46 18
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2018–19 Premier League 33 9 3 1 1 0 37 10
2019–20[45] 34 7 0 0 0 0 14[d] 9 48 16
Total 111 33 4 2 2 0 14 9 131 44
Liverpool 2020–21 Premier League 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Career total 180 56 7 3 6 0 22 10 215 69
  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes Taça da Liga, EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 8 September 2020[46]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2019 2 0
2020 2 1
Total 4 1

International goals[edit]

As of 5 September 2020. Scores and results list Portugal's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Jota goal.
List of international goals scored by Diogo Jota
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2020 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Croatia 2–0 4–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

International[edit]

Portugal

References[edit]

International appearances

  • "Jogador: Diogo Jota" [Player: Diogo Jota] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. Retrieved 11 June 2018.

General

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  4. ^ "Portugal-México, 4–0" [Portugal-Mexico, 4–0]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Jota terá mais oportunidades" [Jota will have more opportunities]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 January 2015. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Paços e Vitória empatam (2–2) em relvado encharcado" [Paços and Vitória draw (2–2) in waterlogged pitch] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços Ferreira. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Paços vence Académica e deixa sonho a um ponto" [Paços defeat Académica and keep dream a point away] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços Ferreira. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
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  12. ^ "Diogo Jota no Dragão para reforçar o ataque" [Diogo Jota to the Dragão to bolster the attack] (in Portuguese). FC Porto. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ "FC Porto goleia Nacional com 'hat-trick' de Diogo Jota" [FC Porto rout Nacional with Diogo Jota 'hat-trick']. Sábado (in Portuguese). 1 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
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  26. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 16 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Wolves make winning return to European competition with victory over Crusaders". Evening Express. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Wolves maintain perfect record in Europe with four goal victory over Pyunik". The Daily Telegraph. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  29. ^ Jurejko, Jonathan (12 December 2019). "Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 Besiktas: Diogo Jota hat-trick earns Europa League win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  30. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 Espanyol". BBC Sport. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Wolves 0-1 Sevilla: Ocampos heads late winner". UEFA. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  32. ^ "Liverpool confirm £41m signing of Wolves star Jota | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
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  35. ^ "Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Champions fight back to maintain perfect start". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  36. ^ "Sub-19: Yuri Ribeiro, Rui Silva e Jota chamados" [Under-19: Yuri Ribeiro, Rui Silva and Jota called]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 22 September 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  37. ^ "Sub-19: Portugal começa qualificação com goleada" [Under-19: Portugal start qualification with routing] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  38. ^ "Sub-21: Israel-Portugal, 0–3 (crónica)" [Under-21: Israel-Portugal, 0–3 (match report)] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  39. ^ "Seleção portuguesa de sub-21 vence Itália por 3–2 em jogo de preparação" [Under-21 Portuguese national team beat Italy 3–2 in friendly match]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 25 May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  40. ^ "Jota earns senior Portugal call-up". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 19 March 2019.
  41. ^ "Ronaldo heads Portugal squad for Nations League". Reuters. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  42. ^ "Wolves International round-up: Jota makes Portugal debut". Express & Star. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  43. ^ "Portugal 4-1 Croatia: Holders ease to emphatic victory". UEFA. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  44. ^ "Diogo Jota". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  45. ^ "Games played by Diogo Jota in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  46. ^ "Diogo Jota". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  47. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 386–387. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.
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