Jonathan Santana

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Jonathan Santana
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Santana Gehre
Date of birth (1981-10-19) 19 October 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club Nacional
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 San Telmo 35 (3)
2000–2001 Almagro 14 (0)
2001 San Lorenzo 3 (0)
2002–2003 Nueva Chicago 33 (3)
2003–2005 San Lorenzo 62 (3)
2005–2006 River Plate 24 (4)
2006–2010 VfL Wolfsburg 41 (1)
2009San Lorenzo (loan) 10 (2)
2010–2012 Kayserispor 35 (4)
2012 Libertad 15 (2)
2012–2013 Independiente 15 (2)
2013 Belgrano de Córdoba 2 (0)
2014–2016 Cerro Porteño 53 (2)
2016–2017 Sarmiento 9 (1)
2017– Club Nacional 4 (0)
National team
2007– Paraguay 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 December 2015

Jonathan Santana Gehre (born 19 October 1981) is an Argentina-born Paraguayan football midfielder who plays for Club Nacional and the Paraguay national team.[1]

Santana was a key part of Paraguay's national team whilst under management of Tata Martino, featuring in three major competitions since his called up to the squad in 2007, the 2007 Copa América, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa América. Santana missed the final of the latter due to a red card in the semi-final against Venezuela.



Santana started his career at San Telmo of the Argentine 3rd Division. He went on to play for a number of Argentine Primera clubs, including San Lorenzo and River Plate. In August 2006 he signed a five-year contract with German VfL Wolfsburg. In the winter of 2009, he was loaned out to San Lorenzo.

On 26 July 2010, the Turkish club Kayserispor announced the hiring of the Paraguayan midfielder for three seasons.

Santana debuted for Cerro Porteño in a 3–1 away victory against Club 12 de Octubre on 16 February 2014, Santana was substituted onto the field for Fidencio Oviedo in the 83rd minute of the match.[2]

National team[edit]

In June 2007, Santana received Paraguayan citizenship (his mother is a Paraguayan citizen born in San Ignacio, Misiones Department and Argentina did not recognize dual citizenship).[3] He played for Paraguay in the 2007 Copa América. He was also named in Paraguay's final 23-men squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He entered the field during Paraguay's first game, a 1–1 draw with Italy, but suffered an injury during the match. However, as Paraguay's coach Gerardo Martino had already made the three available substitutions, Santana had to stay on the field and play injured for the remaining time.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cerro Porteño 2014 9 0 1 0 10 0
Career total


San Lorenzo
VfL Wolfsburg


  1. ^ Refuerzo de experiencia: En Sarmiento firmó Jonathan Santana,, 5 August 2016
  2. ^ "12 de Octubre vs. Cerro Porteño 1 - 3". Soccerway. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Santana se nacionalizó paraguayo". (in Spanish). 4 June 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Este Santana suena mal" (in Spanish). Olé. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 

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