Ola John

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Ola John
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John with Twente in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ola John
Date of birth (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Zwedru, Liberia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 15
Youth career
1998–2002 DES Nijverdal
2002–2010 Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Twente 46 (9)
2012– Benfica 53 (3)
2014 Hamburger SV (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2009 Netherlands U17 3 (1)
2010–2011 Netherlands U19 9 (3)
2011–2014 Netherlands U21 13 (1)
2013– Netherlands 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2014

Ola John (born 19 May 1992) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a winger for Portuguese club Benfica.

Club career[edit]

Twente[edit]

The 2011–12 season was the big breakthrough for John at FC Twente, as he got a starting place from Co Adriaanse at the start of the season, and did not lose that even with competition for the left forward position, as Nacer Chadli returned from injury. He also topped the UEFA Europa League group stage assist rankings with six assists.[1][2] In Twente's home match in the Europa League against Odense BK on 3 November, John provided all three assists in a 3–2 win.[3] John was influential in the Eredivisie campaign as well, netting two goals in a 6–2 victory over FC Utrecht on 4 December 2011.[4]

Benfica[edit]

On 24 May 2012, John signed for Portuguese club Benfica for an initial €9 million – eventually rising to €12 million due to clauses – on a five-year deal that includes a €45 million release clause.[5][6] After struggling to find his space in the first team during his initial months in Lisbon, John became a regular starter or used substitute in the second half of Benfica's 2012–13 campaign, which included presences in UEFA Europa League and Portuguese Cup finals.

He was loaned to Hamburg for the remainder of the 2013–14 season on 17 January 2014.[7] He remain in the squad for the new season, scoring his first league goal for Benfica at 12 September 2014, against Vitória Sétubal.[8] On 5 October, he made 2 assists in a 4–0 home win against Arouca in Portuguese league.[9]

On 29 May 2015, John scored the winning goal against Marítimo (2–1) in the league cup final.[10]

International career[edit]

In February 2012, John was called up for the first time by Bert van Marwijk to represent the senior Netherlands football team for the game against England at Wembley.[11] On 7 May 2012, he was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad.[12]

Personal life[edit]

As a two-year-old, John fled with his mother and brothers from Liberia to the Netherlands. His father was killed during the bloody First Liberian Civil War. He did not return to the African continent until the Youth World Championship in Nigeria in 2009. As a child, he played at the amateur club VV DES in Nijverdal. Like his brothers Collins and Paddy, Ola joined the youth academy of FC Twente.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of end of 2014–15 season[14][15]
Club Season League National Cup[16] League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Twente 2010–11 Eredivisie 13 1 3 0 3 0 19 1
2011–12 33 8 3 0 14 1 50 9
Total 46 9 6 0 17 1 69 10
Benfica 2012–13 Primeira Liga 22 0 4 2 4 0 12 2 42 4
2013–14 5 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 9 1
2014–15 26 3 3 0 4 1 2 0 35 4
Total 53 3 8 3 9 1 16 2 86 9
Hamburger SV (loan) 2013–14 Bundesliga 8 0 1 0 9 0
Career total 107 12 15 3 9 1 33 3 164 19

Honours[edit]

Twente
Benfica

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ola John". ESPN FC. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Scholten, Berend (28 November 2011). "John coming on strong at Twente". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "OB make Twente work hard for early progress". UEFA.com. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Report: FC Utrecht v Twente Enschede". ESPN FC. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official: Benfica sign Ola John from Twente". Goal.com. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Tijd. "'Benfica heeft FC Twente-talent John beet'" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official: Hamburgo confirma chegada de Ola John por empréstimo" (in Portuguese). dn.pt. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "V. Setúbal-Benfica, 0-5 (crónica)" [Vitória Setubal- Benfica, 0-5 (chronicle)]. Maisfutebol.iol.pt (in Portuguese). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Benfica - Arouca (Jornada 7 Primeira Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal
  10. ^ Martins, Cláudia (29 May 2015). "Ola Jonas, o suspeito do costume" [Ola Jonas, the usual suspect] (in Portuguese). zerozero. Retrieved 30 May 2015. O suspeito do costume voltou a fazer das suas, mas foi o Ola John, não o Jonas. 
  11. ^ Jackson, Jamie (28 February 2012). "Holland rediscover their old sparkle after that bitter taste of orange". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Euro 2012: Emanuelson misses out". ESPN FC. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Interview Ola John" (in Dutch). OnsOranje.nl. 8 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Ola John". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "John, Ola" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Includes Johan Cruijff-schaal XVI and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.
  17. ^ Da Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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