Jonatan Germano

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Jonatan Germano
Personal information
Full name Jonatan Miguel Germano
Date of birth (1988-05-31) 31 May 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth San Nicolás, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
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)
2011–2015 Melbourne City[1] 56 (7)
2016– Avondale FC 20 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2017.

Jonatan Miguel Germano (born 31 May 1988 in San Nicolás) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for National Premier Leagues Victoria club Avondale FC.

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]

Germano was loaned to Primera División Paraguaya club Sportivo Luqueño for the Torneo Apertura of the 2010 season. He featured in 14 games for the club, playing in a variety of positions.[4]

Melbourne Heart / City[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.[5]

Germano was offered a contract and awaited clearance on his visa application.[6] His signing completed Melbourne Heart's squad for the 2011–12 season. He claimed the fifth and final 'Visa spot' for the club. On 5 September 2011, he officially signed with Melbourne Heart and was given the number 13.[7]

On 18 November 2011, Germano scored his first official goal which sealed the win for the game. It was his sixth appearance for the club.[8] 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.[9]

As of October 2014, Germano, along with his manager John van't Schip were the only members of Melbourne City who spoke 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.[10]

Germano was released by Melbourne City at the end of the 2014–15 A-League season.

Avondale FC[edit]

In late 2015, it was confirmed that Germano, along with former Melbourne Victory player Spase Dilevski, would be joining National Premier Leagues Victoria side Avondale for the 2016 NPL Victoria season.[11]

Germano had to sit out the first few rounds of the NPL season, waiting for his Australian Visa to come through. He made his debut in a 3–1 loss at Knights Stadium against reigning champions Bentleigh Greens on 11 March 2016. He then scored his first goal for the club, the fifth in a 5–1 win over South Springvale in Round 5 of the FFA Cup, after coming on as a late substitute.[12] Germano scored both of Avondale's goals in a Round 13 2-2 draw with Richmond SC on 20 May 2016, hitting home a 92nd-minute goal to give his side a point from the game.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ the team was known as Melbourne Heart prior to 2014
  2. ^ "Jonathan Miguel Germano | fútbol punto". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Jonatan Miguel Germano (Jonathan Germano) Melbourne City FC Medio campo,Right midfielder Listado d". futbol-talentos.es. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  4. ^ BDFA. "Ficha Estadistica de JONATHAN GERMANO -jonathan miguel germano- (perfil, ficha, profile, stats)". bdfa.com.ar. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Heart's midfield chase". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Fred won't go straight into the Heart of the action". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  7. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/1071653/Argentine-snapped-up-by-Heart Argentine snapped up by Heart
  8. ^ "Hyundai A-League Home | Hyundai A-League". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Heart inflict more A-League pain on Roar". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Villa's no-fuss A-League arrival". news.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Avondale secure massive double coup – The Corner Flag". cornerflag.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  12. ^ Delmenico, Jackson. "Germano has his eyes on the A-League". MFootball. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  13. ^ http://www.foxsportspulse.com/round_info.cgi?action=MATCH&fixture=65923911&client=0-10178-151208-391979-20439433

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