Soriano with Red Bull Salzburg in 2017
|Full name||Jonathan Soriano Casas|
|Date of birth||24 September 1985|
|Place of birth||El Pont de Vilomara, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2006||→ Almería (loan)||17||(6)|
|2007||→ Poli Ejido (loan)||12||(2)|
|2009||→ Albacete (loan)||11||(3)|
|2012–2017||Red Bull Salzburg||144||(120)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2014
He spent his early career with Espanyol and Barcelona, mostly with the respective reserve teams. In January 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, where he won four league and cup doubles, also finishing as the Austrian Football Bundesliga's top scorer three times; he totalled 172 goals in 202 matches for the latter club.
Born in El Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort, Barcelona, Catalonia, Soriano emerged through RCD Espanyol's youth ranks. He made his debut with the first team during the 2002–03 season, playing one minute in a 3–1 La Liga home win against Rayo Vallecano while still registered with the B-side; he was not admitted as a full-time member of the main squad until 2005–06.
Soriano spent the second halves of that and the following campaigns serving second division loan stints, after which he returned to the Pericos, scoring twice in 24 appearances during the season, incidentally in both 1–0 wins over Getafe CF.
In late January 2009, Soriano moved again on loan (and in the second level), joining Albacete Balompié until the end of the campaign and being released by Espanyol after this spell, his contract not having been renewed.
On 30 July 2009, Soriano joined FC Barcelona's reserves in division three. He made his official first-team debut on 28 October 2009, playing the dying minutes of the 2–0 triumph at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa for the Copa del Rey (7–0 on aggregate); in the league, he ranked amongst the season's top scorers – all four groups combined – as the club returned to the second division after an 11-year absence.
Soriano fared even better in 2010–11, netting 32 times as Barcelona B finished in the promotion play-offs zone, being however ineligible for contention. This tally gave him the division's Pichichi Trophy, and in the process he eclipsed the club's previous record for most goals by a player in a single season, which was 15 by Martín Domínguez in 1987–88; his performances caught the eyes of Real Betis, and his failure to get a contract with Barcelona was compared to the success of 2. Bundesliga top scorer Nils Petersen in signing for FC Bayern Munich.
Red Bull SalzburgEdit
On 19 January 2012, Soriano moved to the Austrian Football Bundesliga with FC Red Bull Salzburg. In his first year, he helped his team win the double, but needing time to adapt, he contributed only five goals in 15 games.
Soriano was sent off on 17 July 2012 in a 0–1 loss at F91 Dudelange, having played only 37 minutes as a substitute for Gonzalo Zárate in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. He struck 26 goals in 32 games over the league season, including a hat-trick on 20 April 2013 in a 6–2 win over Wolfsberger AC; that morning, he witnessed his wife Cristina Sabater giving birth to their daughter.
In the summer of 2013, Soriano was appointed Red Bull's new captain. He scored a hat-trick in their UEFA Europa League play-off first leg against VMFD Žalgiris Vilnius, a 5–0 win on 22 August. In his team's first match in the group stage, on 19 September, he added another three to help to a 4–0 home success over IF Elfsborg; in the round-of-32, he grabbed a brace in a 2–0 win at AFC Ajax, and despite the team exiting in the next stage, he was the tournament's top scorer with eight goals, only the second Spaniard to do so after Rayo Vallecano's Bolo in 2000–01.
Soriano was the league's top scorer with 31 goals in 28 games – including four hat-tricks – as Salzburg regained the title. The Austrian Cup also returned to the team, and he netted another treble in a 9–0 first-round trashing at lowly Union St. Florian; in the final on 18 May, he scored twice in a 4–2 win over SKN St. Pölten at the Wörthersee Stadion.
On 10 August 2014, Soriano scored five goals in an 8–0 home league win against SV Grödig. On 6 November, he netted a hat-trick as Salzburg won 5–1 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League group stage. He extended his contract in January of the following year until June 2018 or 2019, and at the end of the campaign was voted the league's Player of the Year; in the cup final, he scored an extra-time goal in a 2–0 triumph over FK Austria Wien.
On 26 September 2015, Soriano scored four goals in a 4–2 home win against SV Mattersburg. On 24 October, he netted his 100th league goal whilst helping to a 2–1 success over SV Ried also at the Red Bull Arena. He arrived at the century mark in 113 games, quicker than national icons Hans Krankl and Toni Polster, and by the following March he had achieved 150 goals in 170 matches across all competitions; manager Óscar García Junyent stated: "He is the best footballer I have ever worked with. I hope he never leaves".
For the third successive year, Soriano was the top scorer as his team won the league, and he scored three times in a 5–0 win over FC Admira Wacker Mödling in the cup final to seal another double. In March 2017, the club retired his number 26 jersey.
On 26 February 2017, Soriano signed for Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C. after recommendation from former club player Frédéric Kanouté. He scored regularly over his first season in the Chinese Super League, although his team finished ninth; on 23 July, his brace gave them a 2–1 away win against Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC.
On 14 December 2018, free agent Soriano moved to Saudi Professional League's Al-Hilal FC on a one-and-a-half year contract. He returned to his home country on 31 August 2019, after agreeing to a one-year deal at second division's Girona FC.
Soriano was the top scorer at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with seven goals, as Spain came fourth in Denmark. All of his goals came in group stage victories, a hat-trick against Moldova between braces against the Czech Republic and FR Yugoslavia.
|Espanyol B||2000–01||Segunda División B||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Almería (loan)||2005–06||Segunda División||17||6||—||—||—||17||6|
|Poli Ejido (loan)||2006–07||12||2||—||—||—||12||2|
|Barcelona B||2009–10||Segunda División B||32||18||—||—||5||4||37||22|
|Red Bull Salzburg||2011–12||Austrian Bundesliga||11||3||2||2||2||0||—||15||5|
|Beijing Guoan||2017||Chinese Super League||19||16||1||3||—||—||20||19|
Red Bull Salzburg
- Austrian Bundesliga: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Austrian Cup: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
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- Espanyol 1–0 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 16 September 2007
- Getafe 0–1 Espanyol; ESPN Soccernet, 3 February 2008
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- Pedro turns tie in Barça's favour (0–2); FC Barcelona, 28 October 2009
- Festival de goles en Soria (Goal festival in Soria); Diario AS, 26 February 2011 (in Spanish)
- Jonathan Soriano se reivindica a ritmo de récord (Jonathan Soriano speaks out with goals galore); El Mundo, 2 March 2011 (in Spanish)
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- Salzburg holt das Double (Salzburg get double); UEFA, 20 May 2012 (in German)
- Rubio, Quique (19 March 2016). "Jonathan Soriano: 150 goles en 170 partidos en Austria" [Jonathan Soriano: 150 goals in 170 games in Austria] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
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- "Eight-goal Soriano is Europa League top scorer". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Hat-trick specialist Soriano lets Salzburg dream". UEFA. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Salzburg pip St Pölten to Austrian Cup". UEFA. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- "Salzburg 8–0 Grodig". Goal. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- "Salzburg storm to next phase in Zagreb". UEFA. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- "Jonathan Soriano, nombrado mejor futbolista de la Liga Austríaca" [Jonathan Soriano, named the Austrian League's best footballer] (in Spanish). Estadio Deportivo. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- "Ten-man Salzburg complete Austrian double". UEFA. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- "Österreich: Soriano mit Viererpack für RB Salzburg" [Austria: Soriano strikes four times for RB Salzburg] (in German). Focus. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Soriano schießt sich gegen Ried in den 100er-Club" [Soriano shoots himself into 100 Club against Reid] (in German). Sky Sport. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "Jonathan Soriano: "Superar a dos mitos como Polster o Krankl ha sido muy grande"" [Jonathan Soriano: "Surpassing two icons like Polster and Krankl was amazing"] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "El Salzburgo de Òscar y Soriano logra el doblete" [Óscar and Soriano's Salzburg achieve the double] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "Jonathan Soriano confirmed as club legend". FC Red Bull Salzburg. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
- "Soriano joins Beijing Guoan on Kanoute's recommendation". Marca. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Jonathan Soriano brace lifts Beijing Guoan in China Derby". ESPN FC. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- "Jonathan Soriano ficha por el Al-Hilal" [Jonathan Soriano signs for Al-Hilal] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- "Jonathan Soriano; més gol per al Girona FC" [Jonathan Soriano; more goal for Girona FC] (in Catalan). Girona FC. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
- "Swiss spot on in Denmark". UEFA. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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