Vonlanthen playing for Switzerland in 2006
|Full name||Johan Jarlín Vonlanthen Benavídez|
|Date of birth||1 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right winger|
|2005||→ Brescia (loan)||9||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ NAC Breda (loan)||32||(6)|
|2006–2011||Red Bull Salzburg||85||(11)|
|2009–2010||→ Zürich (loan)||27||(10)|
|2014||→ Schaffhausen (loan)||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez (born 1 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a former Swiss footballer who played as a winger. His stepfather is a Swiss national, giving him the right to play for that country.
He announced the end of his active career after playing for Itagüí of the Colombian Primera División. However, he came back out of retirement on May 2013 and signed on June for Grasshoppers. He retired in August 2018 after two years with FC Wil.
Vonlanthen played as a junior for BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. In the 2001–02 season, he made his debut as a 16-year-old in the Swiss Super League starting eight games and appearing once as a substitute. In the summer of 2003, he was transferred to the Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven. On June 21, 2004, Vonlanthen became the youngest goalscorer when he scored for Switzerland vs France in Coimbra, Portugal at the age of 18 years and 141 days old. He made a good initial impression and helped PSV qualified for the UEFA Champions League. After a good first season, he began to lose form and as a consequence was loaned out to Italian side Brescia Calcio for the last six months of the 2004–05 season. He was again loaned out to NAC Breda for the 2005–06 season.
At the start of the 2006–07 season, Vonlanthen transferred to Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. On 13 July 2009, FC Zürich signed the Swiss forward on a season long loan deal. The move was not made permanent, and Vonlanthen returned to Salzburg for the start of the 2010–11 season.
Retirement and return
On 30 May 2012, Vonlanthen announced his retirement at age 26. According to him, he 'could not face the prospect of undergoing a knee operation'.
On 6 June 2004, Vonlanthen made his senior debut for the Swiss National Team against Liechtenstein. He came on as a substitute in the 81st minute to replace Alexander Frei. Switzerland went on to beat Liechtenstein 1–0.
At Euro 2004, Vonlanthen became the second youngest player to play in the tournament when he came on as a substitute against England. On 21 June 2004, Vonlanthen became the youngest scorer ever in the European Championships when he equalised against France, beating Wayne Rooney's record – which had only been set four days before – by three months.
Since the European Championships in Portugal, Vonlanthen has managed to hold a regular position in the national team and as well as playing frequently in the under 21s side. He was part of the squad that very narrowly lost out to Spain on a place in the 2009 European Championships. He had scored the equaliser in the first leg in a 2–1 win but the Spanish came back to win 3–1 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2001–02||Young Boys||Super League||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|2006–07||Red Bull Salzburg||Bundesliga||35||5||3||0||0||0||3||1||41||6|
|2010–11||Red Bull Salzburg||Bundesliga||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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- "Darum tritt Johan Vonlanthen jetzt zurück". Blick.ch. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
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- "Youngest Euros scorer Vonlanthen retires at 26". FourFourTwo. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "Vonlanthen to resume career with Grasshoppers". UEFA.com. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Vonlanthen wechselt zu Schaffhausen" [Vonlanthen moves to Schaffhausen] (in German). Blick. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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