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Gonzalo Jara

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jara and the second or maternal family name is Reyes.
Gonzalo Jara
Gonzalo Jara Footballteam of Chile - Spain vs. Chile, 10th September 2013 (cropped).jpg
Jara lining up for Chile in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes
Date of birth (1985-08-29) 29 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Hualpén, Chile
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Mainz 05
Number 2
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Huachipato 69 (1)
2007–2009 Colo-Colo 64 (1)
2009–2013 West Bromwich Albion 56 (2)
2011 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 10 (0)
2013 Nottingham Forest (loan) 16 (0)
2013–2014 Nottingham Forest 32 (0)
2014– Mainz 05 17 (0)
National team
2006– Chile 78 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2015

Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈsalo ˈxaɾa]; born 29 August 1985) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Mainz 05. He is a versatile defender and can play in either a full-back role or as a centre-back.

Formed at Huachipato, he later won three league titles at Colo-Colo. In 2009 he moved to England, where he represented West Bromwich Albion, Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest, joining Mainz in 2014.

Jara has played for the Chile national team since 2006, earning over 75 caps. He participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups as well as the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Copa América tournaments.

Club career

Born in Hualpén, Jara made his professional debut in 2003 for Huachipato, where he played until his 2007 transfer to Colo-Colo.

Colo-Colo agreed to transfer him to English Championship team West Bromwich Albion for a fee of $3 million in August 2009,[2] but the buying club chose not to proceed with the deal.[3] However, they later resurrected the deal and Jara signed for Albion for a fee of £1.4 million on a three-year contract on 25 August 2009.[4] He scored his first goal for West Brom in a 2–1 away win against Leicester City on 7 November 2009.[5] His second came against Arsenal on 25 September 2010, scoring in a 3–2 victory for West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.[6]

On 21 October 2011, Jara joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a loan deal initially lasting until January 2012.[7] However on 20 December 2011, West Brom recalled him and two other players also on loan at other clubs due to an injury crisis.[8] Jara returned to Brighton & Hove Albion on a loan deal lasting until the end of the season on 31 January 2012.[9]

He joined another Championship side, Nottingham Forest, on loan until the end of the season on 10 January 2013.[10] On 19 June, after his release from West Bromwich, he joined Forest on a permanent one-year deal.[11] He was one of seven players released from the club on 27 May 2014.[12]

On 16 July 2014, he was given a two-year contract with an option for a third year by 1. FSV Mainz 05.[13]

International career

Youth teams

In 2005, Jara represented Chile at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, scoring a goal in Chile's 7–0 victory over Honduras. Jara was Chile's captain in the prestigious 2008 Under-23 Toulon Tournament, where he has played in the 5–3 victory against France, as well as the 2–0 victories against the Netherlands and Japan. He missed the semi-final match versus Côte d'Ivoire due to yellow cards.

Senior team

Jara competing for the ball against Brazil's Dani Alves at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

He was chosen by coach Nelson Acosta to play for Chile during their 2006 tour through Europe where they played the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, Côte d'Ivoire in Toulon and Sweden in Stockholm.

He also played for Chile in the 2007 Copa América against Ecuador, Brazil, and Mexico. He scored his first international goal for Chile against Venezuela during the CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup qualifiers, and also played at the final tournament.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he was the fifth and final Chilean player used in a penalty shoot-out against Brazil in the Round of 16 in Belo Horizonte. His shot missed, rebounding off the right-hand goal post, which eliminated his team from the competition.[14]


In 2012, during a 2014 World Cup Qualifier Jara attempted and failed to provoke Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina by, according to replays, appearing to insert his finger into Higuain's anus.[15]

In 2013, during a 2014 World Cup qualifier he provoked Uruguayan Luis Suárez by holding/pinching him around the waist with one hand and grabbing his crotch with the other. Suárez subsequently punched Jara.[16]

In the 2015 Copa América quarter-finals match against Uruguay he provoked Uruguayan Edinson Cavani into a second yellow card and expulsion by slapping Cavani and, according to replays, appeared to insert his finger into Cavani's anus. Cavani then slapped him, and Jara fell to the floor.[17]

The incident received almost immediate and prominent international coverage from newspapers and the internet, mostly condemning Jara. Massive coverage included articles, columns, blogs, memes, and cartoons accusing Jara of inappropriately touching Cavani and then diving theatrically.[17] Press in Australia likened the incident to the infamous on-field, anus-poking tactics of rugby league player John Hopoate in 2001.[17][18] Other massive international coverage of the incident came from China,[19] the United Kingdom,[20][21] France,[22] and the United States.[23] The resulting controversy led his club Mainz to offer his contract for immediate transfer.[24]

International goals

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
19 June 2008 Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–2 2–3 FIFA World Cup qualifier
10 September 2008 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile  Colombia 1–0 4–0 FIFA World Cup qualifier
17 November 2009 Stadium Pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia 0–1 1–2 International Friendly


Season Club Title
Apertura 2007 Chile Colo-Colo Primera Division Chile Champion
Clausura 2007 Chile Colo-Colo Primera Division Chile Champion
Clausura 2008 Chile Colo-Colo Primera Division Chile Champion


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  3. ^ Lepkowski, Chris (5 August 2009). "West Bromwich Albion drop interest in Gonzalo Jara". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Nottingham Forest release seven including Greening and Moussi". BBC Sport. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "MAINZ SNAP UP CHILE'S WORLD CUP STAR JARA". Bundesliga. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Ornstein, David (28 June 2014). "Brazil 1-1 Chile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gonzalo Jara: Before Edinson Cavani the defender poked Gonzalo Higuain in the bum during World Cup qualifier in 2012". The Independent. 
  16. ^ David Maddock (27 March 2013). "Luis Suarez punch: New video shows clearer view of clash with Chile defender Gonzalo Jara in World Cup qualifier - Mirror Online". mirror. 
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  18. ^ "Chile star gives Uruguay rival a ‘Hopoate’ poke". wwos. 
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  21. ^ Liam Prenderville (25 June 2015). "Watch Gonzalo Jara stick his finger up Edinson Cavani's BACKSIDE during unsavoury Copa America clash". mirror. 
  22. ^ "Flash - Coaches, players slam Jara over Cavani assault - France 24". France 24. 
  23. ^ Des Bieler and Marissa Payne (25 June 2015). "Edinson Cavani could get redemption as officials investigate Gonzalo Jara’s Copa America rear poke". Washington Post. 
  24. ^ "Mainz unhappy with Gonzalo Jara conduct at Copa America. -". 

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