Jonathan Caruana

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Jonathan Caruana
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Caruana
Date of birth (1986-07-24) 24 July 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Malta
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Valletta
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2010 Hibernians 72 (3)
2005–2006 Mosta (loan) 17 (0)
2010– Valletta 94 (6)
National team
Malta U17
Malta U19
Malta U21
2008– Malta 31 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012

Jonathan Caruana (born 24 July 1986 in Malta) is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.

Playing career[edit]

Hibernians[edit]

Caruana started his career with Hibernians, and made his debut during the 2003–04 season. Making the transition from youth team to first team, he was only used as a bit part player, and went on to make just one appearance during the season, with Hibernians going on to finish in third position in the Maltese Premier League.

The 2004–05 season, saw Caruana gain a few more first team opportunities. He helped Hibernians to another third-place finish in the[Maltese Premier League, with Caruana going on to make four appearances, without scoring and goals.

Caruana still struggled to make his mark in the Hibernians first team, and went into the 2005–06 season hoping to establish himself. Caruana still failed to mark a first team place his own and up to the January transfer window of 2006, he only made one appearance. He was sent out of loan for the reminder of the season to fellow Maltese Premier League team Mosta, who were struggling against relegation. He made 17 appearances, without scoring, but unfortunately Mosta failed to avoid relegation after finishing in ninth position in the Maltese Premier League. Caruana’s parent club, Hibernians went on to secure a fourth-place finish.

Caruana returned to Hibernians for the 2006–07 season. The loan move had paid off, as Caruana cemented a first team place, making 19 appearances, but failing to score as Hibernians finished in fifth position in the Maltese Premier League. He did gain his first taste of success as Hibernians secured the Maltese Cup for the second consecutive season.

The 2007–08 season turned out to be a very disappointing one for Hibernians, as the club finished the first phase of the season in the relegation pool, before finishing the season in seventh position. Caruana went on to make 21 appearances, but failed to score any goals. However, the club won the Maltese Super Cup. Caruana’s form did however not go unnoticed, as he received his first cap for the Maltese national team during the season.

Hibernians went from one extreme to the other during the 2008–09 season. Under the guidance of new manager Mark Miller, the club shocked the critics and beat Valletta by two points to win the Maltese Premier League title. Caruana made 26 appearances and chipped in with three goals.

Caruana hoped to help Hibernians retain the Maltese Premier League title for the 2009–10, however the quest took some severe setbacks, as Hibernians sold the Maltese Player of the Year, Clayton Failla to Sliema Wanderers, and striker, Terence Scerri joined Valletta.

Honours[edit]

Hibernians
Valletta

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 9 August 2009.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malta League Maltese Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Hibernians Maltese Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06 Mosta (loan) 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2006–07 Hibernians 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2007–08 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 3
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Malta 89 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 89 3
Career total 89 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 89 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Malta's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2012 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 19 November 2013 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Faroe Islands 3–0 3–2 Friendly

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