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Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira (born 1 April 1984), known as Jonas (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʒõːnas]), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. A Brazilian international on twelve occasions, he could also play as an attacking midfielder.

Jonas
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Jonas with Benfica in 2016
Personal information
Full name Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira
Date of birth (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Bebedouro, São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2004 Guarani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Guarani 25 (12)
2006–2007 Santos 20 (1)
2007–2011 Grêmio 74 (40)
2008Portuguesa (loan) 25 (10)
2011–2014 Valencia 113 (36)
2014–2019 Benfica 132 (110)
Total 389 (209)
National team
2011–2016 Brazil 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jonas started his career in Brazil with Guarani, later joining Santos, Grêmio (Bola de Prata in 2010) and Portuguesa before moving to Spanish side Valencia in 2011. Three years later, he joined Benfica in Portugal, collecting several individual awards since, most notably the Primeira Liga Player of the Year (2015, 2016) and the Bola de Prata (2016, 2018). Moreover, collectively, he won four Primeira Liga titles, one Taça de Portugal, two Taça da Liga and two Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

Contents

Club careerEdit

GuaraniEdit

Jonas started his senior career at Guarani in 2005.[1] He made his debut against Santo André. While playing for Guarani, Jonas scored 13 goals, 12 of them [1] in 25 league matches.

SantosEdit

In 2006, Jonas transferred to Santos,[2] where he won the 2006 Campeonato Paulista scoring five goals in six matches. However, he had a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for six months.[3] In 2007, he returned to the pitch and scored four goals in the Paulista, helping Santos win the tournament for the second time in a row.[4] After spending only one year at Santos, Jonas transferred to Grêmio in 2007.

GrêmioEdit

On 12 September 2007, Grêmio signed a four-year deal which transferred 50% of Jonas' rights.[5] He made his debut in the Gre–Nal derby, leaving injured early in the second half.[6]

After the arrival of more forwards in 2008, Jonas lost his place, sometimes even failing to make the reserves list. The most consistent criticism from the press was his lack of physical strength when playing up front against powerful defenders. By July, he decided to leave the club.[7]

Portuguesa (loan)Edit

Despite not being able to avoid relegation to the Série B in 2008, Jonas was one of the best players in the team, scoring 18 goals during his stay, nine in the Campeonato Brasileiro, ahead of teammate Edno's eight.[8]

Return to GrêmioEdit

After the end of the loan, Jonas returned to Grêmio for the 2009 season. He played in the 2009 Copa Libertadores, and after playing his worst game in the tournament (incredibly missing three chances to score in the same attack) against Boyacá Chicó he was dubbed "the worst forward of the world" ("el peor delantero del mundo") by Spanish magazine Mundo Deportivo.[9][10][11]

Jonas, however, scored 14 goals in the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and was amongst the top goal scorers. He enjoyed further success throughout the 2010 season: he was top-scorer for Grêmio in the 2010 Campeonato Gaúcho and finished the top goal scorer in the Série A with 23 goals.[8][12]

ValenciaEdit

 
Jonas with Valencia in 2011

Due to a low release fee (€1.25 million), Jonas rescinded his contract with Grêmio,[13] where he was finally transferred to Spanish club Valencia on 24 January 2011.[14] His first goal for Los Che came on 27 February, scoring a late winner in a 2–1 away victory for Valencia against Athletic Bilbao.[15] He scored his second goal in a match against Real Madrid on 24 April, which ended 3–6.[16]

On 1 November 2011, Jonas scored the second fastest goal in UEFA Champions League history by netting inside 10.5 seconds to give Valencia a 1–0 lead over Bayer Leverkusen.[17] He fell just short of former Bayern Munich and Dutch national team striker Roy Makaay's record of 10.13 seconds that he set against Real Madrid in the 2006–07 edition of the tournament. Valencia won the match 3–1.[18]

Jonas scored both goals for Valencia in a 2–0 Champions League win against Lille on 2 October 2012.[19][20] In the 2012–13 La Liga, he scored a personal-season high of 13 goals for Valencia.[21] On 1 December 2013, Jonas hit an eight-minute hat-trick as Valencia defeated ten-man Osasuna in a home league match.[22] On 1 September 2014, he rescinded his link with the club.[23]

BenficaEdit

On 12 September 2014, Jonas signed for Portuguese Primeira Liga champions Benfica on a two-year deal.[24][25] On 5 October, he debuted for the club in a 4–0 win against Arouca, scoring his side's fourth goal.[26] On 18 October, he scored a hat-trick as Benfica defeated Covilhã 2–3 in the third round of Taça de Portugal.[27] On 22 November, he scored twice against Moreirense (4–1) in the Portuguese Cup.[28] On 30 December, he scored the only goal in a home win against Nacional in the third round of the Taça da Liga,[29] thus scoring in every domestic competition.[30]

On 21 January 2015, Jonas scored at Moreirense in the league cup and became the Brazilian with the best average number of goals in Europe (0.81), surpassing Neymar (0.74) and Luiz Adriano (0.70), with 13 goals in 16 matches.[31] On 28 February, Jonas scored twice in the thrashing of Estoril (6–0) in the league.[32] On 14 March, Jonas scored his 20th goal for Benfica (in 25 matches) and set his season goal record in Europe, as Benfica beat Braga (2–0) in the Primeira Liga.[33] On 4 April, he scored two goals against Nacional in the league.[34] On 11 April, he scored twice against Académica de Coimbra (5–1) in the league.[35] On 18 April, he netted a brace for a third consecutive league match, in a win at Belenenses (0–2), and became the second best top scorer in Primeira Liga with 16 goals in 22 matches.[36]

On 23 May 2015, after winning the league title, Jonas netted a brace (two goals) in a home win against Marítimo (4–1) in his last league match of the season in which he could have become the league's top scorer with 21 goals, but one of his three goals was wrongly invalidated for offside.[37][38][39] On 29 May, he scored the first goal in a 2–1 win against Marítimo in the Taça da Liga final, being elected as man of the match.[40] In this season, he was the top scorer in the league cup with five goals,[41] and in the Taça de Portugal with six goals.[42] On 4 July, he won the league's Player of the Year award.[43]

In the 2015–16 season, Jonas scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win at Nacional, increasing his tally to 18 goals in 17 league matches.[44] On 5 February 2016, he netted a brace in a league victory at Belenenses (0–5).[45][46] On 16 February, he scored a last-minute goal with a header in the 91st minute to give Benfica a home win against Zenit Saint Petersburg (1–0) in the first leg of UEFA Champions League's round of 16.[47] On 29 February, Jonas netted a brace against União da Madeira (2–0) in the Primeira Liga[48] and equalised Óscar Cardozo's scoring record at Benfica in the 2009–10 season.[49]

On 14 March 2016, Jonas scored twice against Tondela in a 4–1 home league win and became Benfica's top scorer in the 21st century, with 30 goals.[50] Six days later, he scored the winning goal at Boavista (0–1) in the 93rd minute.[51] On 15 May, he scored his 32nd league goal, in a home win against Nacional (4–1) on the final day, and received the Bola de Prata award during the league title celebration.[52][53] Throughout the season, he was a candidate to win the European Golden Shoe, and even lead the race,[54][55][55][56] but ultimately he finished fourth.[57] On 15 July, Jonas was awarded the Top Goalscorer and the Best Player awards in Primeira Liga for the 2015–16 season.[58]

Following his return from injury in the 2018–19 season, Jonas netted a brace that sealed a 10–0 home thrashing of Nacional in the league on 11 February 2019.[59] On 9 July 2019, he announced his retirement.[60]

International careerEdit

 
Jonas with Brazil in 2011

Jonas was called up for the Brazil national team for the first time and made his debut in a friendly against Scotland at the Emirates Stadium on 27 March 2011.[61] He came on as a substitute for Leandro Damião in the 78th minute, and Brazil went on to win the match 2–0.[62]

Jonas scored his first goals with the Seleção in a friendly against Egypt on 14 November 2011, netting a brace in a 2–0 victory.[63]

On 30 March 2016, Jonas earned his ninth cap for Brazil – the first since 11 September 2012. He replaced Ricardo Oliveira in the 80th minute of the match against Paraguay that ended with a 2–2 draw, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[64]

On 20 May, Jonas was called up to replace injured Ricardo Oliveira in the Brazil's Copa América Centenario squad.[65]

Personal lifeEdit

Jonas was born in the city of Bebedouro and was raised in Taiúva, a neighbour municipality in the state of São Paulo. He was born to teachers Ismael (father) and Maria Luiza (mother). He has two older brothers, Tiago and Diego.[66]

In August 2015, Jonas gained Italian citizenship.[67]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 May 2019[68][69]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Guarani 2005[70] Série B 25 12 3 1 1 0 29 13
Santos 2006 Série A 15 1 6 4 0 0 4[a] 0 25 5
2007 5 0 20 4 0 0 8[b] 1 33 5
Total 20 1 26 8 0 0 12 1 58 10
Grêmio 2007 Série A 12 3 12 3
2008 3 0 3 3 0 0 6 3
2009 26 14 15 8 8[b] 2 49 24
2010 33 23 21 11 9 8 2[a] 0 65 42
2011 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
Total 74 40 41 25 9 8 10 2 134 76[1]
Portuguesa (loan) 2008 Série A 25 10 25 10
Valencia 2010–11 La Liga 13 3 0 0 1[c] 0 14 3
2011–12 34 10 7 4 13[d] 5 54 19
2012–13 35 13 6 1 8[c] 5 49 19
2013–14 31 10 1 0 8[e] 0 40 10
Total 113 36 14 5 30 10 157 51
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 27 20 3 6 5[f] 5 35 31
2015–16 34 32 1 0 9[c] 2 4[g] 2 48 36
2016–17 19 13 3 2 1[c] 0 5[h] 3 28 18
2017–18 30 34 2 1 6[c] 0 3[i] 2 41 37
2018–19 22 11 3 2 5 2 1 0 31 15
Total 132 110 12 11 21 4 18 12 183 137
Career total 389 209 70 34 36 24 73 17 18 12 586 297
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Five appearances and three goals in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Appearance(s) in Taça da Liga
  7. ^ One appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, three appearances and two goals in Taça da Liga
  8. ^ One appearance and one goal in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, four appearances and two goals in Taça da Liga
  9. ^ One appearance and one goal in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, two appearances and one goal in Taça da Liga

InternationalEdit

As of match played 9 June 2016[71]
National team Season Apps Goals
Brazil 2011 5 2
2012 3 0
2016 4 1
Total 12 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.[71]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar   Egypt 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 2–0
3. 29 May 2016 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States   Panama 1–0 2–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Grêmio

Santos

Benfica[68][72]

IndividualEdit

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