Johan Vonlanthen Benavídez (born 1 February 1986) is a Swiss former professional footballer who played as a winger.
|Full name||Johan Jarlín Vonlanthen Benavídez|
|Date of birth||1 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2005||→ Brescia (loan)||9||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ NAC Breda (loan)||32||(6)|
|2006–2011||Red Bull Salzburg||85||(11)|
|2009–2010||→ Zürich (loan)||27||(10)|
|2014||→ Schaffhausen (loan)||17||(2)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Having made his Swiss Super League debut BSC Young Boys at the age of 16, he moved to PSV in 2003.
He initially announced the end of his active career in May 2012. He came back out of retirement in May 2013 and signed for Grasshoppers in June. He retired in August 2018 after two years with FC Wil.
Vonlanthen played as a junior for BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. In the 2001–02 season, he made his debut as a 16-year-old in the Swiss Super League starting eight games and appearing once as a substitute. In the summer of 2003, he was transferred to the Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven. On 21 June 2004, Vonlanthen became the youngest goalscorer when he scored for the Switzerland national team against France in Coimbra, Portugal at the age of 18 years and 141 days old. He made a good initial impression and helped PSV qualify for the UEFA Champions League. After a good first season, he began to lose form and as a consequence was loaned out to Italian side Brescia Calcio for the last six months of the 2004–05 season. He was again loaned out to NAC Breda for the 2005–06 season.
Red Bull SalzburgEdit
At the start of the 2006–07 season, Vonlanthen transferred to Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.
On 13 July 2009, FC Zürich signed the Swiss forward on a season long loan deal. The move was not made permanent, and Vonlanthen returned to Salzburg for the start of the 2010–11 season.
Itagüí, Wohlen and initial retirementEdit
Vonlanthen moved to Colombian Primera División side Itagüí in August 2011.
On 30 May 2012, Vonlanthen announced his retirement at age 26. According to him, he 'could not face the prospect of undergoing a knee operation'.
On 13 June 2013, Vonlanthen came out of retirement to join Grasshoppers, signing a one-year deal with an option for a further two years.
On 27 December 2013, Vonlanthen was loaned out to Swiss second division side Schaffhausen, due to a lack of playtime at Grasshoppers.
Vonlanthen's stepfather is a Swiss national, giving him the right to play for that country.
On 6 June 2004, Vonlanthen made his senior debut for the Switzerland national team against Liechtenstein. He came on as a substitute in the 81st minute to replace Alexander Frei. Switzerland went on to beat Liechtenstein 1–0.
At Euro 2004, Vonlanthen became the second youngest player to play in the tournament when he came on as a substitute against England. On 21 June 2004, Vonlanthen became the youngest scorer ever in the European Championships when he equalised against France, beating Wayne Rooney's record – which had only been set four days before – by three months.
Since the European Championships in Portugal, Vonlanthen has managed to hold a regular position in the national team and as well as playing frequently in the under 21s side. He was part of the squad that very narrowly lost out to Spain on a place in the 2009 European Championships. He had scored the equaliser in the first leg in a 2–1 win but the Spanish came back to win 3–1 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate.
Vonlanthen was called up to the Swiss squad to play in 2006 World Cup, but was unable to participate due to a hamstring injury. He was also called up for Euro 2008.
|Young Boys||2001–02||Nationalliga A /
Swiss Super League
|Brescia (loan)||2004–05||Serie A||9||0||0||0||0||0||–||9||0|||
|NAC Breda (loan)||2005–06||Eredivisie||32||6||7||5||0||0||4[b]||1||43||12|||
|Red Bull Salzburg||2006–07||Austrian Bundesliga||35||5||3||0||4||1||–||41||6|||
|Zürich (loan)||2009–10||Swiss Super League||27||10||2||4||10||3||–||39||17|||
|Grasshoppers||2013–14||Swiss Super League||5||0||0||0||3||0||–||8||0|||
|Schaffhausen (loan)||2013–14||Swiss Challenge League||17||2||0||0||–||–||17||2|||
|Servette||2014–15||Swiss Challenge League||32||10||1||1||–||–||33||11|||
|FC Wil||2015–16||Swiss Challenge League||10||0||0||0||–||–||10||0|||
- ^ a b Appearances in Swiss Super League playoffs
- ^ Appearances in Eredivisie playoffs
- ^ Appearances in Categoría Primera A playoffs
- ^ Glenday, Craig (2013). Guinness World Records 2014. 2013 Guinness World Records Limited. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-908843-15-9.
- ^ "Johan Vonlanthen ya entrena con Itagüí" (in Spanish). Golgolgol.net. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012.
- ^ "Youngest Euros scorer Vonlanthen retires at 26". FourFourTwo. 30 May 2012. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- ^ "Vonlanthen to resume career with Grasshoppers". UEFA. 13 June 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
- ^ "Vonlanthen wechselt zu Schaffhausen" [Vonlanthen moves to Schaffhausen] (in German). Blick. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- ^ "Darum tritt Johan Vonlanthen jetzt zurück". Blick.ch. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- ^ Doyle, Paul (27 May 2008). "Euro 2008 team preview No1: Switzerland". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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- ^ a b c d e f g h i j Johan Vonlanthen at FootballDatabase.eu
- ^ Johan Vonlanthen at National-Football-Teams.com
- www.psvweb.nl profile (in Dutch)