Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes, popularly known as Gonzalo Jara, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Chile national football team and the club Universidad de Chile.
He has played for some popular clubs during the course of his career, some of them are Colo- Colo, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest and Mainz 05.
Born on 29 August 1995 in Hualpen commune of Concepcion Province of Chile, Jara began his youth career while playing for a local club - Huachipato. However, his youth setup ended in a short duration as he was promoted to the senior team.
Gonzalo Jara played for Huachipato in their senior squad for 4 years and made 69 appearances for the club. He switched to Santiago based club, Colo-Colo, for the next 2 years.
In 2009, Colo-Colo agreed to transfer him to English Championship team, West Bromwich Albion, for a fee of $3 million. His tenure with Bromwich was very successful as he defended some crucial attacks against the tough teams like Universidad, Everton, Arsenal etc.
For the season 2011 and 2012, he was transferred on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion. He made 14 appearances for the club. For the next season, he was transferred to Nottingham Forest and played 16 games for them. His sharp skills with the ball earned him a permanent place in Nottingham Forest for a 1 year deal.
For the season 2014-15, he was signed by Mainz 05 and played 23 games as their prominent defender. In 2016, he was offered a 3 year deal with one of the most powerful clubs of Chile, Universidad de Chile.
RIse to glory
Jara came into limelight in his early days when he scored for West Bromwich against Leicester city in a 2-1 away game and against Arsenal in a 3-2 victory.
He was swift during the entire CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup qualifiers and was instrumental in Chile’s ascend to the finals by scoring in the match against Venezuela.
Jara represented Chile at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2005 held in Netherlands, and scored in Chile's 7–0 victory over Honduras. He was made Chile's captain in the prestigious 2008 U23 Toulon Tournament and he proved his worth by leading the team from the front against the teams like France and Netherlands.
In 2006, he got his first senior international cap against Ireland during Chile’s 2006 tour of Europe. He also played for Chile in the 2007 Copa America against Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico.