Jonathas de Jesus

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With Rubin in 2016
Personal information
Full name Jonathas Cristian de Jesus
Date of birth (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Betim, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Rubin Kazan
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2006 Cruzeiro
2008–2009 AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Cruzeiro 8 (0)
2007 Ipatinga (loan) 5 (0)
2008 Villa Nova (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 AZ 15 (4)
2011–2012 Brescia 39 (16)
2012–2013 Pescara 12 (1)
2013 Torino (loan) 11 (2)
2013–2014 Latina 37 (15)
2014–2015 Pescara 0 (0)
2014–2015 Elche (loan) 34 (14)
2015–2016 Real Sociedad 27 (7)
2016– Rubin Kazan 21 (8)
National team
2008 Brazil U19 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Jonathas Cristian de Jesus[1][2] (born 6 March 1989), simply known as Jonathas, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Russian club FC Rubin Kazan as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jonathas has played in Cruzeiro's youth teams and a few times in the senior team. He has also been loaned out to Ipatinga[3] and Villa Nova.[4] In October 2008 he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie-champions, AZ Alkmaar.[1][5] Cruzeiro announced that AZ bought 65% player's rights for €600,000 and the Brazilian club retained the rest.[6]


Jonathas made his debut for AZ on 28 October 2009, in the cup match against Spakenburg. He scored a goal, and AZ eventually won the match with 5–2.[7] On 21 November 2009, Jonathas played his first league match for the club from Alkmaar. It was in the away match against Limburgian side, Roda JC. He also scored a goal in his league debut, and the 2–4 score for AZ. In the 90th minute of that match, Jonathas was sent off after hitting an opponent with his arm.[8]


On 1 February 2011, Jonathas moved teams and countries again, joining Brescia Calcio in a one and a half year contract for and undisclosed fee,[9] rumoured to be €300,000.[10] He appeared in six matches during his debut campaign, as the Biancoazzurri were relegated. Jonathas scored 16 goals in 2011–12, the team's top scorer.

Pescara and loans[edit]

On 31 July 2012, newly promoted Serie A side Pescara announced that they had signed Jonathas for an undisclosed fee.[11] He played his first match for Pescara on 26 August in a 0–3 loss to Inter Milan. Jonathas scored his first goal on 6 January of the following year, in a 2–0 win at Fiorentina.

On 31 January 2013 Jonathas moved to Torino on loan until June, with a buyout clause.[12] On 29 August he joined Latina in a permanent one-year deal.[13]

After scoring 15 goals with Latina (who missed out promotion in the play-offs), Jonathas returned to Pescara,[14] and was immediately loaned to Elche CF in La Liga, for two seasons.[15]

Elche (loan)[edit]

Jonathas made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 24 August 2014, starting in a 0–3 loss at FC Barcelona.[16] He scored his first goal in the category on 14 September, netting his side's second in a 3–2 away win against Rayo Vallecano.[17]

On 2 November, Jonathas scored Elche's all goals in a 2–1 home win against RCD Espanyol, taking his tally up to five.[18] On 20 April 2015, after scoring the winner in a home success against Real Sociedad, he became the first player of the Valencians to score 10 goals in a La Liga campaign since 1977–78.[19]

Real Sociedad[edit]

On 27 July 2015, Jonathas moved to fellow league team Real Sociedad, after agreeing to a five-year deal.[20]

Rubin Kazan[edit]

On 29 July 2016, Rubin Kazan reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Jonathas.[21]

International career[edit]

Jonathas has played for numerous national youth teams for his home country Brazil. He played for Brazilian under-19 team at 2008 Sendai Cup,[22] where he has impressed by scoring three goals in the same number of matches.


  1. ^ a b "AZ contracteert Jonathas" [AZ signs Jonathas]. AZ (in Dutch). 27 October 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "TRANSFERÊNCIAS PARA O EXTERIOR" [Transfers Outward (2008)]. CONFEDERAÇÃO BRASILEIRA DE FUTEBOL (in Portuguese). January 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cruzeiro empresta Jonathas ao Ipatinga" [Cruzeiro loans Jonathas to Ipatinga] (in Portuguese). 4 September 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "BOLETIM INFORMATIVO DIÁRIO ELETRÔNICO (BID-E) RELAÇÃO PELA DATA 22/01/2008". CBF (in Portuguese). 22 January 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Groote, Martijn de (30 October 2008). "Brazil starlet moves to AZ". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Meia Kerlon e atacante Jonathas são negociados com o futebol europeu" [Midfielder Kerlon and forward Jonathas are negotiated with European football]. Cruzeiro EC (in Portuguese). 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 1 June 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  7. ^ VI – AZ v. Spakenburg match report
  8. ^ VI – Roda JC v. AZ match report
  9. ^ Official: Brescia Sign Striker Jonathas From AZ;, 1 February 2011
  10. ^ Brescia Calcio Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  11. ^ Pescara, arrivano Weiss e Jonathas (Pescara, Weiss and Jonathas arrive); Tutto Sport 24 Ore, 31 July 2012 (Italian)
  12. ^ Ufficiale: Jonathas al Torino in prestito con diritto di riscatto (Official: Jonathas to Torino on loan with a buyout option); Tutto Mercato Web, 31 January 2013 (Italian)
  13. ^ Latina Calcio, doppio colpo: arrivano Ghezzal e Jonathas (Latina Calcio, double shot: Ghezzal and Jonathas arrive); Latina 24 Ore, 29 August 2013 (Italian)
  14. ^ Torna Jonathas a Pescara. Ma solo di passaggio (Jonathas returns to Pescara. But only briefly); Il Tempo, 23 May 2014 (Italian)
  15. ^ Jonathas refuerza al Elche C.F. (Jonathas bolsters Elche C.F.); Elche's official website, 29 July 2014 (Spanish)
  16. ^ Enrique off to a winning start; ESPN FC, 24 August 2014
  17. ^ Rayo Vallecano 2–3 Elche; ESPN FC, 14 September 2014
  18. ^ Elche 2–1 Espanyol; ESPN FC, 2 November 2014
  19. ^ Jonathas, el delantero 10 (Jonathas, the forward 10); Marca, 22 April 2015 (Spanish)
  20. ^ Real Sociedad sign Jonathas; Real Sociedad's official website, 27 July 2015
  21. ^ "Acuerdo con el Rubin Kazan para el traspaso de Jonathas" [Agreement with Rubin Kazan for the transfer of Jonathas]. Real Sociedad (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "6º TORNEIO INTERNACIONAL DE SENDAI – Sendai – Japão– De11 a 15.09.08". DEPARTAMENTO DE SELEÇÕES SELEÇÃO BRASILEIRA DE FUTEBOL SUB-19, CBF (in Portuguese). 15 September 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 

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