Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈsalo ˈxaɾa]; born 29 August 1985) is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Universidad de Chile. He is a versatile defender and can play in either a full-back role or as a centre-back.
Formed at Huachipato, he later won three league titles at Colo-Colo. In 2009, he moved to England, where he represented West Bromwich Albion, Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest, joining Mainz in 2014.
Jara has played for the Chile national team since 2006, earning over 75 caps. He participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups as well as the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Copa América tournaments. He was part of the Chilean squad which won the latter competition, but was suspended for altercations with Edinson Cavani.Close