Ray Anthony Jónsson

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Ray Jónsson
Personal information
Full name Ray Anthony Pepito Jónsson[1]
Date of birth (1979-02-03) 3 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Liloan, Cebu, Philippines
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Full back, wide midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Youth career
0000–1997 Grindavik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2013 Grindavik 202 (5)
1997–1998 → GG (loan) ? (?)
1999 Völsungur (loan) ? (?)
2013–2014 Keflavík 16 (0)
2015 Global 2 (0)
2016– Grindavik
National team
2001 Iceland U21 2 (0)
2010–2013 Philippines 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:40, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Ray Anthony Pepito Jónsson (born 3 February 1979) is a Filipino footballer who previously played for Icelandic Premier League club Keflavík. In January 2015 he was signed by Global to reinforce the team for the upcoming United Football League season. A former Iceland under-21 international, he has since switched allegiance to the Philippines, making his debut in 2010. He plays mainly as a left back but has also played as a winger and even as a forward early in his career.[3]

Club career[edit]

He signed a new three-year contract for Grindavik in March 2010.[4][5] He has played in 146 Premier League matches as of September 2010,[6] and also in some domestic and European Cup matches.[4]

In 2015, Jónsson played for Global FC of the United Football League in the Philippines and later returned to Iceland by 2016 to serve as a playing coach for Grindavik.[7]

International career[edit]

His father is Icelandic and his mother is a Filipina making him eligible to represent either country at international level. In 2001, he played two games with the Icelandic under-21 team,[8] but since he has not played for the senior national team, he is eligible to play for the Philippines.[9] This is after FIFA removed the age limit on players changing national teams in June 2009.[10] In September 2010 he was called up to play for the Philippines national team in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification.[6]

Jónsson was initially planning on going to Asia on holiday but was tipped about possibly trying out for the Philippines national team. He eventually got in touch with the people involved with the national team and he was able to join the team in time for the 2010 Long Teng Cup.[11] He then made his full international debut in their final match against Macau on 12 October 2010, playing the full 90 minutes in a 5–0 win.[12]

During the Suzuki Cup qualifiers, he played in all three matches and was instrumental in keeping two clean sheets against Timor-Leste and Cambodia. This helped the Philippines stay undefeated with one win and two draws and clinch qualification for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.[13][14][15] His good form would continue at the Suzuki Cup with the Philippines conceding only a single goal in the group stage, in the 1–1 draw with Singapore.[16] Thus, the Philippines qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time ever. They faced Indonesia in the semi-finals and in the first-leg, the Philippines lost 1–0 with the goal coming from a mix up between Jónsson and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.[17] The Philippines eventually lost 2–0 on aggregate.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Jónsson was born and raised in Liloan, Cebu before moving to Iceland when he was eight years old.[19] He has a younger brother named Michael, who is also a footballer and a former teammate at Grindavik.[20]

Jónsson is married and has three children, two daughters and a son, as of November 2016.[7]


  1. ^ "Philippines roster - 2012 AFC Challenge qualification". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Ray Anthony Jónsson profile". Football Database. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  3. ^ Einarsson, Magnús Már (2004-03-18). "Hin Hliðin - Ray Anthony Jónsson, Grindavík" (in Icelandic). Fótbolti. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ a b Einarsson, Magnús Már (2010-03-08). "Ray Anthony Jónsson gerir nýjan samning við Grindavík" (in Icelandic). Fótbolti. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Ray gerir nýjan samning við Grindavík". VF.is (in Icelandic). Víkurfréttir. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b Jónsson, Óskar Ófeigur (2010-09-27). "Ray Anthony Jónsson valinn í A-landslið Filippseyja". Visir.is (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  7. ^ a b Olivares, Rick (29 November 2016). "Catching up with former Azkal Ray Jonsson". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ray Anthony Jónsson - Landsleikir". KSI.is (in Icelandic). Football Association of Iceland. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Ray valinn í landslið Filipseyja". UMFG.is (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnudeild UMFG. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  10. ^ "FIFA removes age limits on players switching nationality". IMScouting. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  11. ^ Lomas, Mark (2010-10-13). "Brits Abroad: McMenemy hoping football can thrill the Manilans". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  12. ^ "2010 龍騰盃國際足球賽技術分析表". CTFA.com.tw (in Chinese). Chinese Taipei Football Association. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Ian hattrick seals Filipino rout". AseanFootball.org. ASEAN Football Federation. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  14. ^ "Younghusbands propel Philippines to the top". AseanFootball.org. ASEAN Football Federation. 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  15. ^ "Philippines squeeze through to final round". AseanFootball.org. ASEAN Football Federation. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  16. ^ "Fili steal a point from Lions". AseanFootball.org. ASEAN Football Federation. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Indonesia take semi-final advantage". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  18. ^ "Christian scores again to lead Indonesia into the final". AseanFootball.org. ASEAN Football Federation. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  19. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (2011-03-20). "Pressure to deliver high for azkals". Inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  20. ^ Jónsson, Hörður Snævar (2008-05-27). "Ray Anthony Jónsson tognaður aftan í læri" (in Icelandic). Fótbolti. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 

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