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Jonathan Santana

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 11
  • Date of birth: 19 October, 1981 (28 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
2 Jonathan Santana
1|1 Jonathan Santana
1 As substitute
23|29 Total Paraguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
5 Total Paraguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Jonathan Santana
0 Jonathan Santana
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|1 Jonathan Santana
1|0 Jonathan Santana
83|76 Total Paraguay
9|0 Total Paraguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Paraguay games played

  1. Italy 1-1 Paraguay
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

Player profile

Born and raised in Argentina but eligible through his Paraguayan mother, Santana became a regular in the side towards the end of qualifying. The central midfielder is in South Africa despite having been unable to hold down a regular place with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg this season.

Santana caused some controversy when he said it would be disrespectful to sing the Paraguayan anthem in matches against Argentina, adding that he did not know all the words.

Santana went on to play both qualifiers against the country of his birth, hitting the woodwork in Paraguay’s 1-0 home win. He says his situation is simple: “I am Argentine, I play for Paraguay and dream of going to a World Cup.”

Santana moved to Wolfsburg from River Plate but was loaned to San Lorenzo in 2009 after failing to settle in Germany. He returned to Wolfsburg last summer.

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