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Jonathan Mensah



Jonathan Mensah Black Stars
CLUB:
Columbus Crew ()
POSITION:
Defender
BORN:
1990-07-13
BIRTHPLACE:
Accra
PREVIOUS CLUBS:
Ashanti Goldfield FC, Free State Stars(S. Africa), Udinese(ITA), Granada CF(Spain,2) , Evian Thonon Gaillard (France), Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia)
HEIGHT / WEIGHT:
1.82m/75 kg
NIKNAME:
Jonah
GHANA DEBUT :
0000-00-00
CAPS/GOALS:
23/-

2009: Africa Youth Championship - Gold
2009: World Youth Championship - Gold
2010: African Cup of Nations - Silver
2010: Fifa World Cup - Quarter-finalist

Jonathan Mensah (born 13 July 1990), commonly known simply as Jonathan, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Ligue 1 club Evian in France and the Ghana national team.
To avoid confusion with the similarly named but unrelated John Mensah, he is typically known as and plays with the name "Jonathan" on his shirt.


Ashanti Gold and Free State Stars
Mensah joined Free State Stars in the 2008 off-season and was signed from top Ghanaian side Ashanti Gold. In July 2009, there was speculation about a possible move to Greek club Panathinaikos, but Mensah ultimately decided to stay at his South African club.


Udinese and Granada loan
In January 2010, after joining Udinese, he moved to Spanish club Granada on loan.
Evian
On 8 July 2011, Mensah moved to newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Evian, signing a four-year contract for undisclosed fee.


During the 2012-13 season, Mensah struggled with fitness and form. He played six games with the reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur level 2. He returned to the first team in 2013, and featured in the club's opening game of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 campaign, playing the full ninety minutes in the club's 1-1 draw with Sochaux on 10 August 2013.


International career
In 2009 Mensah was in the Ghana team for the under 20 youth championship in Kigali and helped Ghana claim the prestigious cup. His performances during this competition earned him a call-up to the 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa where he was given the number 8 shirt usually worn by Michael Essien.

He established himself as a central defensive partner for John Mensah in the absence, through injury, of first-choice centre back Isaac Vorsah. He played in two out of the three group stage games for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also in the round of 16 win against United States.


He was named in the Black Stars provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup Brazil, 2014.