|Full name||Tiago Jonas Ferraz Rodrigues|
|Date of birth||1 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Tiago Jonas Ferraz Rodrigues (born 1 December 1983 in Porto), known as Jonas, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.
Porto, also known as Oporto in some languages, is the second-largest city in Portugal, one of the Iberian Peninsula's major urban areas, famous for Port wine and football team FC Porto. Porto city has a population of 287,591 and a metropolitan area with 2.3 million people (2011) in an area of 2,395 km2 (925 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. It is recognized as a gamma-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, the only Portuguese city besides Lisbon to be recognised as a global city.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
In his country, Jonas never played in higher than the third division. On 15 June 2005, the free agent joined Scottish Premier League side Falkirk alongside compatriot Vítor Lima, being discovered by the club's player-coach Russell Latapy, who spent several seasons in Portugal as a player.He made his official debut on 6 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 away win against Livingston.
The Segunda Divisão Portuguesa was a football league situated at the third level of the Portuguese football league system. The division had previously been the second level of the Portuguese pyramid but, with the creation of the Segunda Liga in 1990–91, it became the third level. The competition merged with the Portuguese Third Division at the end of the 2012–13 to form a new enlarged third level league, the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores.
In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign freely with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present but who is allowed to solicit offers from other teams. In some circumstances, the free agent's options are limited by league rules.
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) was the top level league competition for professional football clubs in Scotland. The league was founded in 1998, when it broke away from the Scottish Football League (SFL). It was abolished in 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League, with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership. A total of 19 clubs competed in the SPL, but only the Old Firm clubs, Celtic and Rangers won the league championship.
On 29 May 2006, Jonas was awarded a new one-year contract with the Bairns, after having played in 37 competitive games in his first season.He would never appear, however, for the first team again, leaving in December 2007 and returning to Portugal.
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