Jonatan Germano

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Jonatan Germano
Personal information
Full name Jonatan Miguel Germano
Date of birth (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth San Nicolás, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 13
Youth career
2005–2007 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Estudiantes 1 (0)
2009 HNK Rijeka (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2011 Sportivo Luqueño (loan) 14 (0)
2011– Melbourne City[1] 52 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Jonatan Miguel Germano (born 1 January 1988 in San Nicolás) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Melbourne City in the A-League.

Early life[edit]

Germano's odyssey into football began when he joined the Estudiantes youth team.[2] He signed a professional contract in 2007.

Club career[edit]

Estudiantes (2007–2011)[edit]

Germano made his debut for Estudiantes on 9 September 2007 against Racing Club in the Primera División. He came on as a substitute for Juan Manuel Salgueiro in the 66th minute, Estudiantes won the match 2–1. He was released from the club after the 2010–11 season.

Loan to HNK Rijeka[edit]

In 2009 Germano wen't on a season long loan to Croatian club HNK Rijeka. He was unable to cement a place in the first team. He was used sparingly, featuring just four times in the 2009–10 Prva HNL season.[3]

Loan to Sportivo Luqueño[edit]

The following season (2010–11) Germano went on loan to Paraguayan club Sportivo Luqueño. He featured in 14 games for the club, playing in a variety of position.[4]

Melbourne Heart / City (2011–present)[edit]

In July 2011, Germano traveled to Australia for a one-month trial with A-League club Melbourne Heart, where he 'surprised' the team with his talent. He played in two trials for the club, playing a full 90 minutes in both games.[5] At the end of July, he returned to his homeland after impressing coaches John van 't Schip, Ante Milicic and John Aloisi.[6]

Germano has been offered a contract and awaited clearance on his visa application.[7] His signing completed Melbourne Heart's squad for the 2011–12 season, he also claims the fifth and final 'Visa position' for the club. On 5 September 2011 he officially signed with Melbourne Heart and given the number 13 shirt.[8]

On 18 November 2011, Germano scored his first official goal for his new club in what proved to be the winner. It was his sixth appearance for the club.[9] After heading in his second goal for the club, the opener in a 2–1 victory over the Brisbane Roar, Germano celebrated by pulling a Santa Claus hat from his shorts whilst celebrating in front of Roar fans. Later, referee Kris Griffiths-Jones booked Germano for the celebration.[10]

As of October 2014, Germano, along with his manager John van't Schip are the only members of Melbourne City FC who speak Spanish. On March 28 2015, Germano scored the winner against Brisbane Roar in the 4th minute all but ending Brisbanes title defense making it almost impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs.[11]

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