Jonathan Zongo Biography

Jonathan Zongo

Jonathan Zongo (Almeria, Spain)

Jonathan Sundy Zongo was born on 6th April 1989 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is a professional footballer from Burkina Faso who plays for Spanish club UD Almería and National team as a winger or forward.

Club career

Zongo started his career with hometown club US Ouagadougou. he moved to Spain and joined UD Almería on October 2010.

Zongo played his first official game with the Andalusians’ main squad on 13 January 2011, coming on bench to substitute for Kalu Uche in a 1–0 home win against Deportivo de La Coruña for the season’s Copa del Rey. He played his first game in the second level on 29 January of the following year, against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

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Zongo netted his first goals for Almería on 19 May, netting a late brace in a 2–0 home success over AD Alcorcón. For the 2012–13 season he was promoted to the first team and appeared mostly from the bench in early games; however, in January, after the departures of Aarón Ñíguez and Leonardo Ulloa, he began being more utilized in manager Javi Gracia’s starting XI as a winger.

On 28 June 2013, Zongo was definitely promoted to Almería’s main squad, with the club in La Liga. In August, however, he declined a first-team contract, being again demoted to the reserves; on 12 November he finally agreed to a deal, and extended his link until 2017.

On 4 January 2013, Zongo played his first match in the Spanish top flight, featuring the last 19 minutes in a 3–0 home success over Granada CF and becoming the first Burkinabé footballer to appear in the competition. He scored his first league goal late in the month, netting the game’s only in a win against Getafe CF also at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.

On 16 December 2014, in a 2–1 home win against Real Betis for the Spanish Cup, Zongo scored a goal from 50 meters which lobbed goalkeeper Dani Giménez.

Jonathan Zongo

International career

Zongo Joined Burkina Faso national team On 7 August 2013, for a friendly match with Morocco. He played his first international Game seven days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win; on 21 May 2014 he scored his first international goal, the last in a 1–1 draw against Senegal.