Jonathan Zongo

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Jonathan Zongo
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Sundy Zongo
Date of birth (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Almería
Number 19
Youth career
Ouagadougou
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Ouagadougou
2010–2013 Almería B 52 (11)
2011– Almería 102 (6)
National team
2013– Burkina Faso 24 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2017

Jonathan Sundy Zongo (born 6 April 1989) is a Burkinabé professional footballer who plays for Spanish club UD Almería as a winger or forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ouagadougou, Zongo began his career with hometown club US Ouagadougou. In October 2010, he moved to Spain and joined UD Almería, being initially assigned to the reserve team in the third division. One month after arriving he suffered a knee injury, going on to miss several weeks.[1]

Zongo made his official debut with the Andalusians' main squad on 13 January 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Kalu Uche in a 1–0 home win against Deportivo de La Coruña for the season's Copa del Rey.[2] He played his first game in the second level on 29 January of the following year, against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[3]

Again coming from the bench, Zongo scored his first goals for Almería on 19 May, netting a late brace in a 2–0 home success over AD Alcorcón.[4] For the 2012–13 season he was promoted to the first team and appeared mostly from the bench in early games; however, in January, after the departures of Aarón Ñíguez and Leonardo Ulloa, he began being more utilized in manager Javi Gracia's starting XI as a winger.

On 28 June 2013, Zongo was definitely promoted to Almería's main squad, with the club in La Liga.[5] In August, however, he declined a first-team contract, being again demoted to the reserves;[6] on 12 November he finally agreed to a deal, and extended his link until 2017.[7]

On 4 January 2013, Zongo played his first match in the Spanish top flight, featuring the last 19 minutes in a 3–0 home success over Granada CF[8] and becoming the first Burkinabé footballer to appear in the competition.[9] He scored his first league goal late in the month, netting the game's only in a win against Getafe CF also at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.[10]

On 16 December 2014, in a 2–1 home win against Real Betis for the Spanish Cup, Zongo scored a goal from 50 metres which lobbed goalkeeper Dani Giménez.[11]

International career[edit]

On 7 August 2013, Zongo was called up to the Burkina Faso national team for a friendly match with Morocco.[12] He made his debut seven days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win;[13] on 21 May of the following year he scored his first international goal, the equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Senegal.[14]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 June 2016[15][16]
Club Season Competition League Cup Other[i] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Almería B 2010–11 Segunda División B 18 6 18 6
2011–12 22 5 22 5
2012–13 2 0 2 0
2013–14 10 0 10 0
Total 52 11 52 11
Almería 2010–11 La Liga 0 0 2 0 2 0
2011–12 Segunda División 14 2 1 0 15 2
2012–13 25 1 3 1 3 0 31 2
2013–14 La Liga 18 1 1 0 19 1
2014–15 27 2 1 1 28 3
2015–16 Segunda División 12 0 1 0 13 0
Total 96 6 9 2 3 0 108 7
Career totals 148 17 9 2 3 0 160 19

International[edit]

As of 18 January 2017
Burkina Faso
Year Apps Goals
2013 4 0
2014 8 1
2015 5 2
2016 4 0
2017 3 1
Total 24 4

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 May 2014 Stade du 4-Août, Burkina Faso  Senegal 1–1 1–1 Friendly[14]
2 10 January 2015 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit  Swaziland 1–1 5–1 Friendly[17]
3 13 January 2015 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit  Botswana 1–0 2–0 Friendly[18]
4 13 June 2015 Stade du 4-Août, Burkina Faso  Comoros 2–0 2–0 2017 ACN qualifiers[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan, operado por Ripoll, baja para ocho semanas en el Almería B (Jonathan, operated by Ripoll, out for eight weeks in Almería B); Ideal, 5 November 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Crónica del Almería-Deportivo de La Coruña, 1–0 (Almería-Deportivo de La Coruña match report, 1–0); Europa Press, 13 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ La fortuna del Almería mete en la UVI al Nàstic (Almería's luck sends Nàstic to Intensive Care); Marca, 29 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Jonathan mete otra vez al Almería en la lucha (Jonathan puts Almería back in the hunt); Marca, 19 May 2012 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Dieciséis jugadores tienen actualmente contrato en vigor con la primera plantilla de la UD Almería (Sixteen players actually have a contract with Almería's first team); UD Almería, 28 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Jonathan se incorpora al filial (Jonathan added to reserves) Archived 19 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 18 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Jonathan se incorpora a la primera plantilla de la UD Almería (Jonathan added to UD Almería's first team) Archived 16 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.; UD Almería, 12 November 2013 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Almeria in cruise control Archived 18 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; ESPN FC, 4 January 2014
  9. ^ Zongo, primer jugador de Burkina Faso en Primera (Zongo, first Burkina Faso player in Primera); Diario AS, 7 January 2014 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Almeria 1 Getafe 0; ESPN FC, 26 January 2014
  11. ^ 2–1: El Almería sella su pase con un golazo de Zongo (2–1: Almería goes through with a great goal from Zongo); Mundo Deportivo, 16 December 2014 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Jonathan, convocado por la selección absoluta de su país (Jonathan, called up by his country's full side); UD Almería, 7 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Amical: Le Burkina Faso surprend le Maroc (Friendly: Burkina Faso surprises Morocco); Afrik Foot, 15 August 2013 (in French)
  14. ^ a b Match Amical International, Burkina Faso # Sénégal: 1–1 – Manque de réalisme des Etalons (International friendly, Burkina Faso # Senegal: 1–1 – Unrealistic Etalons); AOuaga, 22 May 2014 (in French)
  15. ^ "Jonathan Zongo". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Jonathan Zongo at ESPN FC
  17. ^ "Burkina Faso/Swaziland: Burkina Faso Rally to Trounce Swazis". All Africa. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Burkina Faso/Gabon: Burkinabe in the Running for Afcon Finalists". All Africa. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Burkina leave it late to break down Comoros". African Football. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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