Jonathan Soriano

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Jonathan Soriano
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Soriano Casas
Date of birth (1985-09-24) 24 September 1985 (age 38)
Place of birth El Pont de Vilomara, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Red Bull Salzburg
Number 26
Youth career
2000–2001 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Espanyol B 69 (32)
2002–2009 Espanyol 43 (3)
2006Almería (loan) 17 (6)
2007Poli Ejido (loan) 12 (2)
2009Albacete (loan) 11 (1)
2009–2012 Barcelona B 84 (59)
2012–2017 Red Bull Salzburg 144 (120)
2017-2018 Beijing Guoan F.C. 31 (25)
2019 Al Hilal SFC 8 (3)
2019-2020 Girona FC 16 (1)
2020-2021 CD Castellón 8 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Spain U17 15 (18)
2003 Spain U19 2 (0)
2005 Spain U20 4 (1)
2005 Spain U21 4 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2011

Jonathan Soriano Casas (born 24 September 1985 in El Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort, Barcelona, Catalonia) is a former Spanish footballer. He played as forward.

Career[change | change source]

He started his career aged 15 in Espanyol Barcelona's second team. With 19 he signed a professional contract and was loaned to the then Segunda División club UD Almería. He returned to Espanyol for the 2006/07 season. Soriano was loaned out again for the second half of the season to Polideportivo Ejido. He spent the 2007/2008 season again at Espanyol and was used regularly for the first time. The first half of the following season he played for Espanyol.In the second half of the season he was on loan for Albacete Balompié.

In 2009 Soriano went to FC Barcelona B. With the reserve team of FC Barcelona, ​​he rose to the Segunda División in his first season. He was his team's top scorer with 18 goals.[1] In the 2010/11 season he was top scorer in the league with 32 goals in 36 games.

On 19 January 2012, Soriano signed a contract until June 2015 with FC Red Bull Salzburg. He scored his first goal for RB Salzburg in a 2-1 home win over SC Wiener Neustadt.[2] In the 2012/13 season under new coach Roger Schmidt he scored 26 goals in 33 Bundesliga games and gave 7 assists. In the 2013/14 season he recorded 31 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. He was top scorer in the Bundesliga. After 2012, he also won the double again with FC Red Bull Salzburg. After the end of the Europa League season, he was the top scorer in this competition with his eight goals. 2014/15 he was again top scorer of the Bundesliga. In the following championship season 2015/16, he won the cup and the championship with the team for the third time in a row. Soriano was again top scorer in both competitions.

On 27 February 2017 he went to Beijing Guoan in China. In two years in China, he made 31 appearances in the Chinese Super League, scoring 25 goals. After the end of his contract he moved to al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia in January 2019. In August 2019 he returned to Spain and joined second division club FC Girona. On 24 September 2021 he ended his active career.[3]

International[change | change source]

Soriano went through all Spanish youth national teams up to the U-21. In December 2012 he was called up to the Catalan football team for the friendly against Nigeria on 2 January 2013. [4]

Honours[change | change source]

  • Österreichischer Meister: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Austrian Cup: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Copa del Rey: 2006
  • Player of the season in Austria:: 2013/14, 2014/15
  • Topscorer UEFA Europa League: 2014 (8 goals)
  • Topscorer Bundesliga: 2014 (31 goals), 2015 (31 goals), 2016 (21 goals)
  • Topscorer Austrian Cup: 2015 (7 goals), 2016 (10 goals)
  • Topscorer Segunda División: 2011 (32 Tore)
  • VdF-Player of the year (Bruno): 2015, 2016
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2014 (nomination)

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