Franco Daniel Jara (born 15 July 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club FC Dallas.

Franco Jara
Franco Jara (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Franco Daniel Jara
Date of birth (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Villa María, Argentina[1]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Dallas
Number 29
Youth career
Arsenal Sarandí
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Arsenal Sarandí 49 (9)
2010–2015 Benfica 29 (6)
2011–2012Granada (loan) 31 (3)
2012–2013San Lorenzo (loan) 26 (2)
2013–2014Estudiantes (loan) 23 (4)
2015 Olympiacos 12 (3)
2015–2020 Pachuca 130 (63)
2020– FC Dallas 48 (14)
National team
2010–2011 Argentina 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2021

Club careerEdit

Born in Villa María, Córdoba, Jara made his professional debut with Arsenal de Sarandí, first appearing in the Primera División in a 0–1 home loss against Argentinos Juniors on 23 May 2008. He scored his first goal for the club on 10 April of the following year, in a 1–1 draw at Club Atlético Colón.[2]

On 30 January 2010, Jara signed a five-year deal with Portuguese champions S.L. Benfica for a transfer fee of €5.5 million, effective for the beginning of 2010–11.[3] He scored in his second official game, a 1–2 home loss to Académica de Coimbra on 15 August,[4] and finished his first season with 43 competitive appearances (11 goals).[5]

Jara was loaned to newly promoted La Liga side Granada CF in late August 2011, moving to Andalusia alongside several other Benfica teammates.[6] On 21 July of the following year, still owned by the latter, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro,[7] and the same happened in the 2013–14 campaign, this time with Estudiantes de La Plata.[8]

On 24 January 2015, Jara signed for two and a half years with Olympiacos F.C. in a €1.5 million transfer fee.[9][10] His Super League Greece debut occurred on 1 February in a 2–0 away win over Veria FC. He scored his first goal two months later, in a 3–1 victory at Panthrakikos FC.[11]

On 23 May 2015, Jara intercepted a backward pass inside the area in the last minute of the first half of the final of the Greek Football Cup, helping the Piraeus-based team to a record 27th conquest after defeating Skoda Xanthi F.C. 3–1 at the Olympic Stadium.[12][13] On 9 September, he joined Mexican club C.F. Pachuca on a free transfer.[14] He scored a career-best 17 times while at the service of the latter side in 2015–16's Liga MX, helping them win the Clausura tournament,[15] adding six in eight matches for the champions of the following season's CONCACAF Champions League and being voted the competition's best player.[16]

Jara signed for FC Dallas of the Major League Soccer on 21 January 2020, with the deal being made effective in July.[17]

International careerEdit

On 19 January 2010, Jara was called up to the Argentina national team for a friendly match with Costa Rica on the 27th.[18] The game finished 3–2, and he scored the match-winning goal.[19]

Jara earned his second cap on 10 February 2010, in a 2–1 win against Jamaica.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

On 10 September 2014, Jara suffered a car accident and crashed into a tree, but did not suffer major injuries.[21][22]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 2 December 2020[23][24][25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal Sarandí 2007–08 Primera División 2 0 2 0
2008–09 13 2 2[a] 0 15 0
2009–10 34 7 34 7
Total 49 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 51 7
Benfica 2010–11 Primeira Liga 26 6 2 0 5 3 9[b] 2 1[c] 0 43 11
2011–12 1 0 1[d] 0 2 0
2014–15 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 29 6 2 0 6 3 9 2 1 0 47 11
Granada (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 31 3 2 0 33 3
San Lorenzo (loan) 2012–13 Primera División 26 2 1 0 27 2
Estudiantes (loan) 2013–14 Primera División 23 4 1 0 24 4
Olympiacos 2014–15 Super League 10 3 5 3 15 6
2015–16 2 0 2 0
Total 12 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
Pachuca 2015–16 Liga MX 25 14 5 1 7[e] 3 37 18
2016–17 25 14 8[f] 6 2[g] 0 35 20
2017–18 22 4 7 3 3[h] 1 32 8
2018–19 32 16 4 5 1[g] 0 37 21
2019–20 26 15 2 1 28 16
Total 130 63 18 10 0 0 11 5 10 3 169 83
FC Dallas 2020 MLS 19 7 2[i] 0 21 7
Career total 319 97 28 10 6 3 22 7 13 3 388 120
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League and three appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Six Appearances and three goals in Liga MX Playoffs and one appearance in Copa Campeón de Campeones
  6. ^ Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League
  7. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Liga MX Playoffs
  8. ^ Appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup
  9. ^ Appearance(s) in MLS Cup Playoffs

InternationalEdit

[26]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2010 3 1
2011 1 0
Total 4 1

International goalsEdit

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 26 January 2010 Ingeniero Hilario Sánchez, San Juan, Argentina   Costa Rica 3–2 3–2 Friendly [19]

HonoursEdit

Benfica

Olympiacos

Pachuca

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Franco Jara". Eurosport. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ "El cielo está embrujado" [The sky is falling]. Olé (in Spanish). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Franco Jara confirmado à CMVM" [Franco Jara confirmed to PSMC]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ Kundert, Tom (15 August 2010). "Last-gasp wonder goal sinks Benfica at the Luz". PortuGOAL. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Jara recorda partida pregada no Benfica: "Quem terá sido o filho da puta?"" [Jara remembers prank at Benfica: "Who could have this motherfucker been?"]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 April 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  6. ^ "El Granada obtiene la cesión del argentino Franco Jara" [Granada get loan of Argentine Franco Jara]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Jara regressa à Argentina" [Jara returns to Argentina]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 21 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Estudiantes de La Plata incorporó a Franco Jara a su plantel" [Estudiantes de La Plata added Franco Jara to squad]. El Sol (in Spanish). 10 August 2013. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Jara joins Olympiacos". Olympiacos F.C. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Franco Jara transferido para o Olympiakos" [Franco Jara transferred to Olympiakos] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 24 January 2015. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Panthrakikos – Olympiacos 1–3". Olympiacos F.C. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Olympiakos defeat Xanthi in Greek Cup final". ESPN FC. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Olympiakos beats Xanthi 3–1 in Greek Cup final". Yahoo!. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Jara joins Pachuka [sic]". SDNA. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Franco Jara se convirtió en el goleador histórico de Pachuca" [Franco Jara became Pachuca's historical scorer] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Franco Jara, ganador al Balón de Oro Liga de Camepones" [Franco Jara, Champions League Golden Ball winner] (in Spanish). CONCACAF League. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  17. ^ "FC Dallas signs Liga MX forward Franco Jara". FC Dallas. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Franco Jara, otro convocado por Maradona" [Franco Jara, another Maradona callup] (in Spanish). Torneos y Competencias. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  19. ^ a b "Puso la Jara" [Jaratastic]. Olé (in Spanish). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  20. ^ "Argentina sufre para imponerse a Jamaica" [Argentina suffer to best Jamaica]. Marca (in Spanish). 11 February 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Franco Jara sofre acidente de viação e não apresenta lesões relevantes" [Franco Jara suffers car accident and doesn't show relevant injuries] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Benfica's Franco Jara crashed his Mustang into a tree. Car totalled, player lucky to be OK [Pictures]". 101 Great Goals. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  23. ^ Franco Jara at BDFA (in Spanish)
  24. ^ Franco Jara at Soccerway
  25. ^ Franco JaraUEFA competition record (archive)
  26. ^ Franco Jara at National-Football-Teams.com
  27. ^ 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). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  28. ^ a b c d e "F. Jara – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  29. ^ "ΕΛΛΑΔΑ – Super League" [Greece – Super League] (in Greek). Sport Data. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  30. ^ González, Édgar (26 April 2017). "Pachuca es campeón de la 'Concachampions'" [Pachuca are champions of the 'Concachampions']. Milenio (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  31. ^ "Jara named Scotiabank CCL Golden Ball winner". CONCACAF. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.[permanent dead link]

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