Juan Maldonado Jaimez
|Full name||Juan Maldonado Jaimez Junior|
|Date of birth||6 February 1982|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Attacking midfielder|
|2003||→ Millwall (loan)||3||(0)|
|2012||→ Santos (loan)||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 August 2012
Juan Maldonado Jaimez Junior (born 6 February 1982 in São Paulo), simply known as Juan, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Avaí as either a left back or an attacking midfielder. He also holds an EU passport as a Spanish citizen.
He started his career with São Paulo before being signed by English side Arsenal in 2001. He only made two first-team appearances for Arsenal, his debut coming against Grimsby Town in the League Cup on November 27, 2001. His other appearance came when he started in the 5th Round of the FA Cup against Gillingham on February 16, 2002. Juan was due to play in Arsenal's Third Round League Cup tie against Sunderland but picked up a knee injury ahead of the game. He also scored in a pre-season friendly for Arsenal against Stevenage in 2002. On November 8, 2002 additional diagnosis confirmed an ACL knee injury. This injury essentially ended Juan's Arsenal career.
After being voted one of the best players in the Brazilian Série A 2007, Juan received the second place prize Bola de Prata (Silver Ball) award for best left back awarded by Revista Placar, a prestigious Brazilian football magazine. Juan played well once again in the 2008 season, this time winning the Bola de Prata (Silver Ball) award as the best player in his position.
On August 22, 2008 Juan received his first call up to Brazil National Team to play against Chile and Bolivia in the qualifying round of the World Cup 2010. After this spell with the national team Juan was occasionally referred to as Juan Maldonado to avoid confusion with Juan, another former Flamengo player who had also been called up for Brazil around this time.
In December 2010, as his Flamengo contract was expiring, São Paulo announced interest in signing the player. Juan declared that a return to São Paulo, the club where he played as a youth player before joining Arsenal, would be "like moving home." Juan joined São Paulo at the start of 2011 season. After the finish of his loan for Santos, Juan, that was out of Ney Franco's plans, didn't back to club.
In February 2012 Juan joined Santos FC on a season long loan after São Paulo signed left back Cortês from Botafogo. The move has worked out well with Juan playing regularly and helping his side win the 2012 São Paulo State Championship.
Return to São Paulo
In May 2013, after the reorganisation made by president Juvenal Juvêncio and coach Ney Franco, which got rid of seven players, Juan was reintegrated to Tricolor. In the Juvêncio's words: "O rapaz [Juan] chegou impecável e disposto a jogar" ("The boy [Juan] came with a flawless form and wishing to play"). The next month, Juan made his début against Atlético Mineiro in the Brazilian League. Juan came on from the bench as a substitute for Thiago Carleto, who came off injured. According to Juan: "Estou muito feliz de poder defender o São Paulo novamente."("I am very happy to defend São Paulo again").
On June 5, 2013, Juan made his full début for São Paulo. The game finished 1-0 to Goiás, and the player was criticized by fans. According to Juan he did not understand the claims: "Quando o resultado não vem, sobra para alguém. Mais uma vez, sobrou para mim. Queria entender qual o problema da torcida comigo. Eu me esforço, luto. Sei que não estou 100%, que eu posso render mais, mas time grande é assim, tem pressão" ("When we could not win, somebody always is faulted. One more time, I was the faulted. I would want to understand which the fans' problems with me. I try, I fight. I know I am not 100% conditioned, that I can play better, but in great club the things are this way, under pressure").
On August 30, 2013, Juan was presented in Esporte Clube Vitória. He chose the side from Bahia because of Caio Júnior, with whom he worked at CR Flamengo, a period during which Juan made it into the Brazilian team. Ironically, with Júnior dismissed, Juan would work again with Ney Franco, the coach that, in the start of 2013, did not have Juan in his plans when both of them were at São Paulo FC. Juan scored his first goal on September 4, in the 2-1 loss against Flamengo.
On October 5, 2013, in the 3-2 loss against São Paulo, Juan scored a goal against his former club and was heavily scolded by Tricolor fans. His goal was also criticized by Rogério Ceni, São Paulo's captain, who said Juan kicked the ball with both feet, which is prohibited in football.
Juan debuted in the Brazil National Team on September 7, 2008 as a second-half substitute replacing Ronaldinho Gaúcho in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers 3-0 win over Chile. Three days later, he played his first match as a starter against Bolivia in Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, also for the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.
Brazil career statistics
- (Correct as of[update] October 19, 2008)
|National Football Team||Qualifying matches||Friendly internationals||Total|
- Copa do Brasil: 2006
- Taça Guanabara: 2007, 2008
- Taça Rio: 2009
- Campeonato Carioca: 2007, 2008, 2009
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2009
- In some English reports his name is instead given as Juan Maldonado Duarte
- "Gunners down Grimsby". BBC. November 27, 2001. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- "Arsenal survive Gills scare". BBC. February 16, 2002. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- "Arsenal thrash Stevenage". BBC. 18 July 2002. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- Laterais-esquerdos/Bola de Prata Archived July 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese)
- Dunga mantém base olímpica para jogos das eliminatórias. Juan (Fla) é a novidade (in Portuguese)
- CBF anuncia convocados para Eliminatórias Archived August 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese)
- Juan é suspenso por 30 dias pelo TJD-RJ (in Portuguese)
- Juan Sees Move to São Paulo as ´Return Home´ Report on Globo News Site (in Portuguese)
- Com reforços e nova camisa, São Paulo inicia treinos em Cotia (in Portuguese)
- Santos Sign Juan Terra Esportes (in Portuguese)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- Juan Maldonado Jaimez at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- Flamengo official website (in Portuguese)
- Flaestatística (in Portuguese)
- Brasil põe fim a seca de gols, vence fora de casa e sobe para o segundo lugar (in Portuguese)
- Seleção, enfim, joga bem e atropela o Chile Archived September 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese)
- Chile X Brasil match report (in English)
- Brazil X Bolivia match report (in English)