Franco Jara

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Franco Jara
Personal information
Full name Franco Daniel Jara
Date of birth (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Villa María, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Pachuca
Number 29
Youth career
Arsenal Sarandí
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Arsenal Sarandí 49 (9)
2010–2015 Benfica 29 (6)
2011–2012 Granada (loan) 31 (3)
2012–2013 San Lorenzo (loan) 26 (2)
2013–2014 Estudiantes (loan) 23 (4)
2015 Olympiacos 12 (3)
2015– Pachuca 58 (31)
National team
2010– Argentina 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2011

Franco Daniel Jara (born 15 July 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Mexican club C.F. Pachuca.

Club career[edit]

Born in Villa María, Córdoba, Jara made his professional debuts with Arsenal de Sarandí, first appearing in the Primera División in a 0–1 home loss against Argentinos Juniors on 23 May 2008. He scored his first goal for the club on 10 April of the following year, in a 1–1 draw at Club Atlético Colón.[1]

On 30 January 2010, Jara signed a five-year deal with Portuguese champions S.L. Benfica for a transfer fee of €5.5 million, effective for the beginning of 2010–11.[2] He scored in his second official game, a 1–2 home loss against Académica de Coimbra on 15 August,[3] and finished his first season with 43 overall appearances (11 goals).

In late August 2011, Jara was loaned to newly promoted La Liga side Granada CF, moving to Andalusia alongside several other Benfica teammates.[4] On 21 July of the following year, still owned by the latter, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro,[5] and the same happened in the 2013–14 campaign, this time with Estudiantes de La Plata.[6]

On 24 January 2015, Jara signed for two-and-a-half years with Olympiacos F.C. in a €1.5 million transfer fee.[7][8] His Superleague Greece debut occurred on 1 February in a 2–0 away win against Veria FC, and he scored his first goal two months later in a 3–1 success at Panthrakikos FC.

On 23 May 2015, Jara intercepted a backward pass inside the area in the last minute of the first half of the final of the Greek Football Cup, helping the Piraeus-based team to a record 27th conquest after defeating Skoda Xanthi F.C. 3–1 at the Olympic Stadium.[9][10] On 9 September, he joined Mexican club C.F. Pachuca on a free transfer.[11]

International career[edit]

On 19 January 2010, Jara was called up to the Argentina national team for a friendly match with Costa Rica on the 27th.[12] The game finished 3–2, and he scored the match-winning goal.[13]

Jara earned his second cap on 10 February 2010, in a 2–1 win against Jamaica.[14]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 January 2010 Ingeniero Hilario Sánchez, San Juan, Argentina  Costa Rica 3–2 3–2 Friendly[13]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 September 2014, Jara suffered a car accident and crashed into a tree, but did not suffer major injuries.[15][16]

Honours[edit]

Benfica
Olympiacos
Pachuca

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El cielo está embrujado" [The sky is falling]. Olé (in Spanish). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Franco Jara confirmado à CMVM" [Franco Jara confirmed to CMVM]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Last-gasp wonder goal sinks Benfica at the Luz". PortuGOAL. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "El Granada obtiene la cesión del argentino Franco Jara" [Granada gets loan of Argentine Franco Jara]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jara regressa à Argentina" [Jara returns to Argentina]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 21 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Estudiantes de La Plata incorporó a Franco Jara a su plantel" [Estudiantes de La Plata added Franco Jara to squad]. El Sol (in Spanish). 10 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jara joins Olympiacos". Olympiacos F.C. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Franco Jara transferido para o Olympiakos" [Franco Jara transferred to Olympiakos] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 24 January 2015. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Olympiakos defeat Xanthi in Greek Cup final". ESPN FC. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Olympiakos beats Xanthi 3–1 in Greek Cup final". Yahoo!. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jara joins Pachuka [sic]". SDNA. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Franco Jara, otro convocado por Maradona" [Franco Jara, another Maradona callup] (in Spanish). Torneos y Competencias. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Puso la Jara" [Jaratastic]. Olé (in Spanish). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Argentina sufre para imponerse a Jamaica" [Argentina suffers to best Jamaica]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 February 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Franco Jara sofre acidente de viação e não apresenta lesões relevantes" [Franco Jara suffers car accident and doesn't show relevant injuries] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Benfica’s Franco Jara crashed his Mustang into a tree. Car totalled, player lucky to be OK [Pictures]". 101 Great Goals. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d e "F. Jara – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "ΕΛΛΑΔΑ – Super League" [Greece – Super League] (in Greek). Sport Data. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 

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