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Jonathan David
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Christian David[1]
Date of birth (2000-01-14) January 14, 2000 (age 21)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Lille
Number 9
Youth career
2010 Gloucester Dragons
2011–2015 Ottawa Gloucester Hornets
2016–2018 Ottawa Internationals
2018 Gent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2020 Gent 60 (30)
2020– Lille 35 (12)
National team
2017 Canada U17 3 (2)
2018 Canada U23 2 (0)
2018– Canada 12 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 7, 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2019

Jonathan Christian David (born January 14, 2000) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Lille and the Canada national team.

Youth career[edit]

David began playing organized soccer at age ten with Ottawa club Gloucester Dragons SA.[2] A year later he joined Ottawa Gloucester SC, where he would play for the club's Hornets team until 2015.[2][3] In 2016, he joined Ottawa Internationals SC.[2]

Club career[edit]

Gent[edit]

In January 2018, David joined Belgian side Gent.[4] He made his professional debut on August 4, 2018 against Zulte Waregem and scored a goal in stoppage to time to salvage a 1–1 draw.[5] Just five days after his league debut, David came in as a second-half substitute in a Europa League Third Round Qualifier against Jagiellonia Białystok, scoring a goal in the 85th minute to secure a 1–0 win for his team.[6] David continued his scoring streak three days later, coming in as a 71st minute substitute and scoring two late goals to secure a 4–1 league win against Waasland-Beveren.[7] After scoring five goals in his first five games, Gent signed David to a contract extension through 2022.[8] He further extended his contract by a year to 2023 in September 2019.[9] In the January 2020 transfer window, Gent chairman Ivan de Witte indicated there was significant interest in David from bigger clubs, with his value estimated at €20 million.[10][11]

Lille[edit]

On August 11, 2020, Ligue 1 side Lille confirmed the signing of David on a five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2025.[12] The reported fee for David was €30 million, making him the most expensive Canadian transfer to date.[13] He made his competitive debut for Lille on August 22 against Rennes in their Ligue 1 season opener.[14] After a difficult start to the season, David scored his first goal for Lille on November 22 against Lorient, netting the final goal in a 4–0 victory.[15] After going scoreless in his previous seven games,[16] David netted an extra-time winner against Reims to even LOSC on points with PSG at the top of the table.[17] On February 3, 2021, David scored as Lille defeated Bordeaux by a score of 3–0.[18] Continuing his run of form, David netted his first career Ligue 1 brace, scoring two goals on February 7 against Nantes. After only scoring two goals during the first half of the 2020–21 campaign, this brace marked David's fifth goal in as many games. On April 3, 2021, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 away win over Paris Saint-Germain,[19] to be Lille's first away league win against Paris Saint-Germain since April 1996.[20]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

David was first identified by the Canadian youth national team program in 2015 after attending several under-15 camps and was regularly called up to Canada under-17 camps in the lead-up to the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.[2] David subsequently represented Canada at the tournament[21] and scored a brace against Suriname in the final group game.[22] In May 2018, David was called up to the Canadian Under-23 team for the 2018 Toulon Tournament.[23]

David received a call-up to United States under-20 team by Tab Ramos. He declined the invitation to focus on his club career, and because his desire was to represent Canada.[24]

Senior[edit]

David received his first senior call up to Canada on August 30, 2018, for a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against the U.S. Virgin Islands.[25] He made his senior debut in the match on September 9, starting and netting a brace in an 8–0 victory.[26] David was named to the final squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup on May 30, 2019.[27] In Canada's final group game during the tournament against Cuba, he scored a hat-trick in a 7–0 win.[28] Despite Canada's elimination to Haiti in the quarter-finals,[29] David would finish the tournament as the Golden Boot winner with six goals.[30]

After Canada's 6–0 victory over Cuba on September 7, 2019, David set the record for most Canada senior international goals in a single year with eight in 2019.[31] For his efforts, he was named the 2019 Canadian Men's Player of the Year.[32]

Personal life[edit]

David was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn to Haitian parents and moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when he was three months old.[2][3] At the age of six he and his parents emigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa.[2] Growing up, David went to the Francophone public school École secondaire publique Louis-Riel. He cites this as a reason for his success: "It helped to always have the ball at my feet when I was at Louis Riel."[33]

Growing up, David never watched soccer in Canada or Major League Soccer. He had no desire to play professionally in North America. Instead, he was singularly focused on playing professionally in Europe.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played May 7, 2021.[35]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gent 2018–19 Belgian First Division A 33 12 6 0 4[b] 2 43 14
2019–20 Belgian First Division A 27 18 0 0 13[b] 5 40 23
Total 60 30 6 0 17 7 83 37
Lille 2020–21 Ligue 1 35 12 3 0 8[b] 0 46 12
Career total 95 42 9 0 25 7 129 49
  1. ^ Includes Belgian Cup and Coupe de France
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of November 15, 2019[36]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2018 3 3
2019 9 8
Total 12 11
Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each David goal.[37]
List of international goals scored by Jonathan David
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 September 9, 2018 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States 1  U.S. Virgin Islands 3–0 8–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
2 4–0
3 October 16, 2018 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 2  Dominica 1–0 5–0
4 March 24, 2019 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada 4  French Guiana 3–1 4–1
5 June 15, 2019 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States 5  Martinique 1–0 4–0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6 2–0
7 June 23, 2019 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States 7  Cuba 1–0 7–0
8 6–0
9 7–0
10 June 29, 2019 NRG Stadium, Houston, United States 8  Haiti 1–0 2–3 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 September 7, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 9 Cuba 2–0 6–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "OISC Youth Player Signs First Pro Contact". January 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Nuyens, Rudy (August 4, 2018). "Gent voorkomt nul op zes in slotseconden: nieuwkomer David scoort late gelijkmaker tegen Zulte Waregem".
  6. ^ "UEFA Europa League - Jagiellonia Białystok-Gent". August 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "JUPILER PRO LEAGUE – MATCHDAY 3". August 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "La Gantoise sécurise son talent Jonathan David en le prolongeant jusqu'en 2022". Lavenir. August 20, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Jonathan David Niet te Koop Voor 20 Miljoen Euro". Voetbal Belgie. January 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jonathan David: "Ik zal altijd voor mijn moeder spelen"". Sporza (in Dutch). January 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jonathan David au LOSC, c'est fait !" (in French). Lille OSC. August 11, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
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  14. ^ Quillan, Ian (August 22, 2020). "Canada's Jonathan David starts in Ligue 1 debut as Lille hold on for draw against Stade Rennes".
  15. ^ "Canada's David scores first goal in Lille win". November 22, 2020.
  16. ^ "Canadian Jonathan David nets winner, Lille beats Reims". tsn.ca. January 17, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  17. ^ Pugmire, Jerome (January 24, 2021). "David scores as Lille wins 1-0 to stay level with leader PSG". AP News. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  18. ^ Pugmire, Jerome (February 3, 2021). "Weah, David score for leader Lille in 3-0 win at Bordeaux". AP News. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Neymar sees red as Lille move top with win over Paris Saint-Germain". ESPN. April 3, 2021.
  20. ^ @OptaJean (April 3, 2021). "Paris n'a perdu aucune de ses 21 dernières réceptions de Lille en Ligue 1 (13 victoires, 8 nuls), son dernier revers à domicile face au LOSC en championnat remontant au 27 avril 1996 (0-1)" (Tweet) (in French) – via Twitter.
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  27. ^ "Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup". canadasoccer.com. May 30, 2019. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020.
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  33. ^ "Jonathan David, la nouvelle coqueluche du soccer Canadien". CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  34. ^ Eliasy, Alain (October 29, 2019). "Jonathan David, goudhaantje van KAA Gent: 'Tijdens mijn puberteit had ik even andere prioriteiten'". Sport Voetbal Magazine.
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