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João Alves de Assis Silva (born 20 March 1987), known as (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒo]) or João Alves,[4][5][6] is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Japanese club Nagoya Grampus.

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Jô playing for CSKA Moscow in 2008
Personal information
Full name João Alves de Assis Silva[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-20) 20 March 1987 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Nagoya Grampus
Number 7
Youth career
1994–2003 Corinthians
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Corinthians 81 (17)
2005–2008 CSKA Moscow 53 (30)
2008–2011 Manchester City 21 (1)
2009Everton (loan) 12 (5)
2009–2010Everton (loan) 15 (0)
2010Galatasaray (loan) 13 (3)
2011–2012 Internacional 16 (2)
2012–2015 Atlético Mineiro 69 (17)
2015–2016 Al Shabab 13 (8)
2016 Jiangsu Suning 17 (6)
2017 Corinthians 34 (18)
2018– Nagoya Grampus 50 (29)
National team
2008 Brazil U23 7 (3)
2007–2014 Brazil 20 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:02 16 July 2019 (UTC)

He has previously played for Corinthians, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Everton, Galatasaray, Internacional and Atlético Mineiro. Jô made his full international debut for Brazil in 2007, and was in the squads which took bronze at the 2008 Olympics and won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and also played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Club careerEdit

CorinthiansEdit

Born in São Paulo, Jô played for Brazilian side Corinthians during the years of 2003–2005. He made 54 appearances scoring 23 goals. In 2005, he was transferred to Russian club CSKA Moscow.

CSKA MoscowEdit

 
Jô with CSKA Moscow in 2007.

Jô scored 14 goals in his first 18 appearances for CSKA Moscow. In the UEFA Champions League, Jô scored two goals in the matches against Inter Milan, one being in a dramatic 4–2 loss at the San Siro. Altogether Jô appeared in 77 games for CSKA Moscow, scoring 44 goals.

Manchester CityEdit

On 31 July 2008, Manchester City signed Jô for an undisclosed value thought to be worth about £19 million, a club record at the time.[7] He scored just one league goal in 4 matches for Manchester City, against Portsmouth,[8] and also scored a brace in the UEFA Cup against Omonia Nicosia.[9] Jô found it difficult to establish himself in the City team and featured in just 6 games at the start of the 2008–09 season.

 
Jô warming up for Everton, before a friendly game against Bury on 10 July 2009.

Jô joined Everton on loan in February 2009, until the end of the 2008–09 season.[10] He made his debut at Goodison Park against Bolton Wanderers, scoring twice in a 3–0 win.[11] He finished the season with five goals from twelve league appearances, though missed out on Everton's run to the 2009 FA Cup Final as he was cup-tied after playing the last 20 minutes of Manchester City's third round defeat to Nottingham Forest.[12]

He returned to Manchester City at the end of the season,[13][14] but re-joined Everton on a season-long loan for 2009–10,[15] with the option of a permanent move at the end of that period.[16][17] His first competitive goal in the loan spell was scored against AEK Athens in a Europa League group game, which Everton went on to win 4–0.[18][19][20] After returning to Brazil without permission over the Christmas period, Everton manager David Moyes suspended him for a breach of conduct.[21]

After the breach of conduct at Everton, he returned to Manchester City and was loaned to Galatasaray on the very same day.[22] He scored three goals during his loan spell at Galatasaray.

He returned to Manchester City after his loan spell at Galatasaray expired. Jô scored in his first game back against Portland Timbers and was also successful in further pre-season friendlies against New York Red Bulls, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia CF respectively. He then went on to score in the Europa League win against Salzburg[23] and in the League Cup loss to West Bromwich Albion,[24] his fourth and fifth goals for the club.

On 21 November 2010 Jô made a rare start for Manchester City in his team's 4–1 win over Fulham. Jô also featured in Manchester City's 3–1 win away to West Ham before Christmas and scored City's only goal in a 1–1 draw with Juventus in the UEFA Europa League. City won the 2010–11 FA Cup, and despite being left out of the squad for the final, he contributed five appearances earlier in the cup run.[25]

Sport Club InternacionalEdit

On 20 July 2011, following a disappointing spell at Manchester City, only scoring six goals in 41 appearances, Jô decided to return to Brazil and join Sport Club Internacional.

Atlético MineiroEdit

In May 2012, Jô signed with fellow Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro, where he formed a striking partnership with Ronaldinho. He won the Campeonato Mineiro and helped the club win its first Copa Libertadores title in 2013, scoring in the final game at Mineirão against Olimpia and finishing as the top scorer in the competition with 7 goals.[26] He also played in both games of Atlético's Recopa Sudamericana win in 2014.

On 4 November 2014, after a string of acts of indiscipline, Jô was reported released from the club by officials.[27] On 10 January 2015, however, he was reinstated to the squad along with Emerson Conceição and André, who had also been suspended, by manager Levir Culpi.[28] On May 3, 2015, after more than 1 year without scoring a single goal, Jô came up as a substitute in the 2015 Campeonato Mineiro final against Caldense and scored the winning goal of the match from an offside position, as Atlético won 2-1 and were crowned champions of the competition for the 43rd time.[29]

Al ShababEdit

In July 2015, Jô signed a deal with Emirati club Al Shabab.[30]

Jiangsu SuningEdit

On February 5, 2016, Jô Joined Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League.[31]

Return to CorinthiansEdit

Jô signed a three-year deal, on 2 November 2016, to mark his return to his first club Corinthians. Despite of signing for the club in November 2016, he was only permitted to play from 2017 onwards.[32] In 2017, the Brazilian lived a return full of uncertainties augmented by the media putting pressure on Corinth>ians that was mocked as being the "fourth force of São Paulo state" and his recent past of exaggerated festivities.[33] However, he answered as a professional player performing many consistent and some delightful matches during season (2017). Jô became known as "Rei dos Clássicos" that could be translated as king of derbys, after scoring decisive goals against all of Corinthians regional rivals.[34]

On 15 November 2017, Jô scored two goals as Corinthians beat Fluminense 3–1 and helped his team clinch the league title[35] and this way, he confirmed his best league season scoring more than 17 goals in Campeonato Brasileiro.[36] Corinthians obtained its seventh trophy in the competition, one of the most disputed leagues in the world; known by its traditional rivalries, fanatic supporters, athletes formation and frequent presence of its teams in Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.[37] A very curious fact that demonstrates Jô's huge change of conduct was seen after the confirmation of Corinthians 2017 league title when he literally refused a cup of beer on the pitch celebration.[38]

Nagoya GrampusEdit

On 3 January 2018, Nagoya Grampus announced the signing of Jô.[39] On 24 February, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 win over Gamba Osaka.[40] On 5 August 2018, he scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Gamba Osaka.[41] On 26 August, he scored a hat-trick again in a 4-1 win against Urawa Reds.[42] In August 2018, he scored 10 goals in 5 matches.[43]

International careerEdit

 
Jô scoring a goal against Japan at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Jô received his first call-up to the Brazil national football team in May 2007 and was in the squad to play against England, but did not play. He then made his international debut in a friendly against Turkey, in June 2007 aged 20.

On 7 June 2013, Jô was called to replace Leandro Damião for 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, who was withdrawn from the original squad due to an injury.[44] In the opening match on 15 June 2013, he scored his first international goal in a 3–0 victory over Japan. He then scored his second goal for Brazil against Mexico on 19 June 2013.

 
Jô training with Hernanes (left), Ramires, Maxwell and David Luiz before the match against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 11th of June.

Jô was selected in the Brazilian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his first appearance in the competition in the second group game, coming on for the last 22 minutes in place of Fred in a goalless draw with Mexico. He made another substitute appearance for the same player in the Round of 16 match against Chile, and played the full 90 minutes of the third-place play-off defeat to the Netherlands.

After signing of Tite for Brazilian team, Jô believes he can be called up again to Seleção. According to him, it only depends on his working for Corinthians, club where he came back to play for in 2017.[45]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 17 March 2019[46][47][48]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental State League Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Corinthians 2003 Série A 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2004 42 8 3 2 0 0 5 0 50 10
2005 25 4 3 1 2 0 12 1 42 6
Total 81 13 6 3 - - 2 0 17 1 - - 106 17
CSKA Moscow 2006 Russian Premier League 18 14 7 7 3 0 1 1 29 22
2007 27 13 4 1 6 2 1 2 38 18
2008 8 3 2 1 0 0 10 4
Total 53 30 13 9 - - 9 2 - - 2 3 77 44
Manchester City 2008–09 Premier League 9 1 1 0 1 0 7 2 18 3
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 12 0 5 0 1 1 6 2 24 3
Total 21 1 6 0 2 1 13 4 - - - - 42 6
Everton (loan) 2008–09 Premier League 12 5 0 0 0 0 12 5
2009–10 15 0 0 0 2 1 7 1 24 2
Total 27 5 0 0 2 1 7 1 - - - - 36 7
Galatasaray (loan) 2009–10 Süper Lig 13 3 2 0 0 0 15 3
Total 13 3 2 0 - - - - - - - - 15 3
Internacional 2011 Série A 16 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 2
2012 0 0 0 0 5 1 13 3 18 4
Total 16 2 0 0 - - 7 1 13 3 - - 36 6
Atlético Mineiro 2012 Série A 29 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 10
2013 21 6 2 0 14 7 13 6 2 0 52 19
2014 16 0 2 0 10 4 9 4 37 8
2015 3 1 0 0 3 0 3 1 9 2
Total 69 17 4 0 - - 27 11 25 11 2 0 127 39
Al Shabab 2015–16 UAE Pro-League 13 8 6 8 19 16
Total 13 8 6 8 - - - - - - - - 19 16
Jiangsu Suning 2016 Chinese Super League 17 6 3 1 6 4 26 11
Total 17 6 3 1 - - 6 4 - - - - 26 11
Corinthians 2017 Série A 34 18 5 1 5 0 17 6 61 25
Total 34 18 5 1 - - 5 0 17 6 - - 61 25
Nagoya Grampus 2018 J1 League 33 24 1 0 3 1 37 25
2019 4 2 0 0 1 0 5 2
Total 37 26 1 0 4 1 - - - - - - 42 27
Career total 381 129 46 22 8 3 76 23 72 21 4 3 587 201

InternationalEdit

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 2 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 11 5
2014 6 0
Total 20 5

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 July 2014[47]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 June 2013 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil   Japan 3–0 3–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2. 19 June 2013 Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil   Mexico 2–0 2–0
3. 7 September 2013 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil   Australia 1–0 6–0 Friendly
4. 2–0
5. 10 September 2013 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, United States   Portugal 3–1 3–1

HonoursEdit

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