Jonathan Ñíguez

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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Ñíguez Esclápez
Date of birth (1985-04-02) 2 April 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Elche, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Valencia C
2004–2005 Valencia B 27 (2)
2005–2007 Real Madrid C
2006 Real Madrid B 1 (0)
2007–2008 Villarreal B 25 (2)
2008–2010 Ontinyent 71 (2)
2010–2011 Las Palmas 0 (0)
2010–2011 Mirandés (loan) 37 (2)
2011–2013 Guadalajara 72 (2)
2013–2014 Alcorcón 19 (0)
2014–2015 Rio Ave 1 (0)
2015–2016 Feirense 0 (0)
2016 Koper 5 (0)
2016–2017 Alcoyano 37 (11)
2017 Mallorca 0 (0)
2017–2018 UCAM Murcia 15 (3)
2018– Elche 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018

Jonathan Ñíguez Esclápez (born 2 April 1985), commonly known as Jony, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Elche CF.

Having begun his career in the reserve teams of Valencia, Real Madrid and Villarreal, he later became a journeyman.

Football career[edit]

Jony was born in Elche, Valencian Community. With the exception of one Segunda División game with Real Madrid Castilla he played until the age of 26 in lower league football, representing mainly Real Madrid C and Ontinyent CF.

In the summer of 2011, Jony returned to the second level with CD Guadalajara,[1] playing 33 games (26 starts) as his new team went on to retain their newly acquired league status. He scored his first goal during the following season, but in a 1–5 home loss against Girona FC on 25 August 2012.[2]

On 2 August 2013, following Guadalajara's relegation due to financial irregularities, Jony stayed in division two by signing for two years with AD Alcorcón.[3] He made 25 competitive appearances over the campaign, being sent off in the penultimate fixture on 3 May 2014, a 1–0 win over Sporting de Gijón at the Estadio Santo Domingo.[4]

Jony moved abroad for the first time on 4 July 2014, signing a two-year deal at Portuguese club Rio Ave FC.[5] He was not included in their squad for that year's Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, nor did he feature at all in the UEFA Europa League, his input eventually consisting of three official matches; his sole Primeira Liga appearance came on 17 May 2015 in the penultimate game of the season, coming on as a substitute for Diego Lopes for the final two minutes of a 0–4 loss at C.S. Marítimo.[6]

Jony then joined CD Feirense,[7] making one Taça da Liga appearance and two unused substitute roles in the Segunda Liga before he and Otávio Guariente had the contracts cancelled.[8] He resumed his career on 10 February 2016, in Slovenia at FC Koper,[9] and turned down an approach by CD Alcoyano in June.[10]

On 8 June 2016, Jony's contract with Koper was mutually terminated.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jony comes from a football family: his father, José Antonio, played several years with Elche CF – including the 1984–85 season in La Liga – as a striker.

His younger brother, Aarón (another midfielder), was also brought up at Valencia, spending his entire senior career in the lower leagues. The youngest, Saúl, was brought up at Atlético Madrid.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Jony, nuevo fichaje del Dépor" [Jony, new Dépor signing] (in Spanish). CD Guadalajara. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jandro reescribe la historia ante el Guadalajara" [Jandro rewrites history against Guadalajara]. Marca (in Spanish). 25 August 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Alcorcón ficha a Jony Ñíguez" [Alcorcón sign Jony Ñíguez]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 August 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Alcorcón se acerca a la salvación y ahonda en la crisis del Sporting" [Alcorcón near safety and deepen Sporting's crisis]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 May 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jony reforça o plantel" [Jony bolsters the squad] (in Portuguese). Rio Ave F.C. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Marítimo 4–0 Rio Ave" (in Portuguese). SAPO. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Dele Alampasu e Jonathan Ñíguez, são os novos reforços do CDFeirense [sic]" [Dele Alampasu and Jonathan Ñíguez, are the new reinforcements at CD Feirense] (in Portuguese). CD Feirense. 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "CD Feirense revoga contrato com Jonathan Ñíguez e Otávio Guariente" [CD Feirense revoke contracts of Jonathan Ñíguez and Otávio Guariente] (in Portuguese). CD Feirense. 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jony Ñiguez deixa o Feirense e muda-se para a Eslovénia" [Jony Ñiguez leaves Feirense and moves to Slovenia] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Devesa medita la renovación con el Alcoyano tras recibir una oferta a la baja" [Devesa ponders renewing with Alcoyano after receiving subpar offer]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Dediću pogodba, peterici slovo" [Contracts end, goodbye to five] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Los Ñiguez, familia de futbolistas" [The Ñiguezes, footballing family] (in Spanish). Colgados por el Fútbol. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Saúl, Aarón y Jony, los hermanos Ñíguez marcan un 'triplete' histórico" [Saúl, Aarón and Jony, the Ñíguez brothers score historic 'triple']. La Información (in Spanish). 18 December 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Los hermanos Ñíguez, unidos y luchando contra la esclerosis" [The Ñíguez brothers, united and fighting against sclerosis]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 December 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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