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Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota

Portuguese association football player
Diogo Jota
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Portuguese association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Portugal
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 December 1996, Massarelos, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, Porto, Portugal
Age 23 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Stats
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Sports Teams
F.C. Paços de Ferreira
Club Atlético de Madrid
Portugal national under-19 football team
Portugal national under-21 football team
Portugal Olympic football team
The details

Biography

Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (born 4 December 1996), known as Diogo Jota (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔtɐ]), is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team.

He started playing with Paços de Ferreira, signing with Atlético Madrid after two seasons in the Primeira Liga and being consecutively loaned to Porto and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2018, he moved to the latter club on a permanent deal.

Jota played for Portugal at under-19, under-21 and under-23 levels. He made his senior debut in 2019.

Club career

Paços de Ferreira

Born in Massarelos, Porto, Jota joined F.C. Paços de Ferreira's youth setup in 2013, from Gondomar SC. He was promoted to the main squad at the start of the 2014–15 season, and made his senior debut on 19 October 2014 by starting in a 4–0 home win against Atlético S.C. for the Taça de Portugal.

Jota first appeared in the Primeira Liga on 20 February 2015, coming on as a late substitute for Diogo Rosado in a 2–2 home draw against Vitória de Guimarães. He scored his first goals in the competition on 17 May, netting a brace in a 3–2 home success over Académica de Coimbra and becoming the youngest player to score for the club in the top tier in the process.

On 30 May 2015, Jota signed a new five-year deal with Paços, keeping him tied up until 2020. In the first game of the campaign, a 1–0 win over Académica at the Estádio da Mata Real on 17 August, he was sent off at the end for pushing Hugo Seco; Ricardo Nascimento was also sent off for retaliating on his teammate's behalf.

Atlético Madrid

On 14 March 2016, Jota agreed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid effective as of 1 July. On 26 August, however, he returned to his country and joined FC Porto on a one-year loan. On 1 October he scored a first-half hat-trick in a 4–0 away victory against C.D. Nacional.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 25 July 2017, Jota moved to English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan. He scored his first goal on 15 August, in a 3–2 away win over Hull City.

On 30 January 2018, it was announced that a permanent deal with Jota had been agreed for a reported €14 million, being made effective on 1 July. He scored a career-best 17 goals in his first year, ranking fifth in the individual charts in a Premier League promotion as champions; due to English Football League regulations, he wore his legal surname on his jersey in the Championship but was able to change it to "Diogo J" after the feat.

Jota made his debut in the English top division on 11 August 2018, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Everton. He scored his first goal in the competition on 5 December, helping the hosts come from behind to beat Chelsea 2–1. His second came four days later, in a win at Newcastle United by the same scoreline.

On 19 January 2019, Jota netted three times in the 4–3 home defeat of Leicester City – his second career hat-trick. In the process, he became only the second Portuguese player to achieve the feat in the Premier League after Cristiano Ronaldo 11 years earlier. This was a first-ever for the club in the competition and a first for the club in the top flight of English football since John Richards, against the same opposition, in the Football League First Division in October 1977.

On 25 July 2019, Jota scored in a 2–0 win over Northern Irish club Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round, Wolves' first European goal since October 1980, and in the next round on 15 August, he scored an overhead kick to conclude a 4–0 (8–0 aggregate) victory over FC Pyunik.

In the final Europa League group stage game at home to Beşiktaş on 12 December 2019, Jota replaced compatriot Ruben Neves as a 56th-minute substitute with the game goalless, scored after 72 seconds and completed a hat-trick within twelve minutes as Wolves ran out 4–0 victors. The following 20 February, he netted another treble in a win by the same score over RCD Espanyol in the first leg of the last 32 of the tournament.

International career

Jota started playing for Portugal at under-19 level, scoring his first goal on 29 May 2015 in a 6–1 home routing of Turkey for the UEFA European Championship qualifying phase. He won his first cap for the under-21 team on 17 November of the same year at not yet 19, playing 15 minutes in the 3–0 away defeat of Israel in another qualifier.

On 25 May 2018, Jota netted a brace for the under-21s in their 3–2 friendly win over Italy held in Estoril.

In March 2019, Jota was called up to the senior side for the first time, ahead of the opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Ukraine and Serbia. Still uncapped, he was part of the squad that won the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals on home soil in June but did not make an appearance. On 14 November that year he made his debut by coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo in a 6–0 win against Lithuania in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier.

Career statistics

As of match played 6 August 2020
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paços de Ferreira 2014–15 Primeira Liga 10 2 1 1 0 0 11 3
2015–16 31 12 1 0 2 0 34 12
Total 41 14 2 1 2 0 0 0 45 15
Atlético Madrid 2016–17 La Liga 0 0 0 0
Porto (loan) 2016–17 Primeira Liga 27 8 1 0 1 0 8 1 37 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18 Championship 44 17 1 1 1 0 46 18
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2018–19 Premier League 33 9 3 1 1 0 37 10
2019–20 34 7 0 0 0 0 13 9 47 16
Wolves Total 111 33 4 2 2 0 13 9 130 44
Career total 179 55 7 3 5 0 21 10 212 68

Honours

Club

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • EFL Championship: 2017–18

International

Portugal

  • UEFA Nations League: 2018–19
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 07 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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