After Mizuno announced the signing of Brazil and Valencia forward Jonas, SoccerBible sat down with the new Supersonic
Wave football boots wearer, to discuss amongst other things the best player in the world, playing for the Brazilian national team and how European football differs...
After signing for Mizuno, Jonas acknowledged them as a brand "renowned for producing boots that enhance skill, flair and control and these are all
important elements of a South American’s game.” And before sitting down with SoccerBible Jonas went on to say. “I’m very happy about this
new partnership with Mizuno and hope to represent the brand to the best of my ability on the field
and hopefully pick up some silverware with my club in the process.”
SoccerBible: Have you found it different playing in Europe compared to Brazil?
Jonas: There are many differences in the way football is played here in Europe compared
to in Brazil. Here the football is faster, more compact, there is less space to play the
ball, and much more pressure from the opposing defence, so I’ve had to adapt my
game to suit the European style since moving from Brazil.
Your first season playing Champions League football and you score one of the fastest
goals in the competition, how did that feel?
J: I felt very happy because it’s the first time that I played in this competition and scored
a goal that goes into the history of the Champions League. Playing Champions
League football is an honour in it’s own right as it’s watched all over the globe – and
to score is just great for the team.
Who are your closest friends in the Valencia team, and who is known for their
J: Diego Alves is one of my closest friends as he’s a fellow Brazilian. I’m also good
friends with Jordi Alba as he was very welcoming when I arrived in Spain. He
constantly cracks me up and is most definitely the joker of the team!
You've earned 6 international caps, are you optimistic of winning more and do you
have your sights on the 2014 World Cup?
J: For me it has been very important to win these games for the Brazilian National
Team, a team that is rich in history. It’s always an honour to pull on the yellow jersey
and represent my country and I will continue to work hard to establish myself as a
regular in the squad.
The 2014 World Cup will be the pinnacle in any Brazilian’s footballing career. To play
in a home World Cup for Brazil would be like a dream come true. I’ll continue to play
the best I can for my club and country and would love to be there in 2014.
Which players do you admire in world football?
J: For me Messi is the best player in the world without doubt. He’s a complete player,
and each time he graces the football pitch he’s making history. No doubt it – he is the
Do you ever play yourself on games like FIFA, and which team do you play as?
J: Yes, a little bit when we have some down-time with the team. I used to play a lot
when with the Brazilian National Team and at Gremio of Porto Alegre, Brazil.
You've opted to wear the Mizuno Supersonic Wave football boots what makes them
stand out for you?
J: It’s very important to be linked to a brand like Mizuno. Mizuno have a rich history in
Brazil with many famous players like Rivaldo, Careca and more recently my Brazil
team mates Hulk and Dede all wearing the boots. I did some product testing for
Mizuno and as soon as I tried the Supersonic Wave’s on, I knew they were the boot
for me. The boots are very comfortable, lightweight at the same time strong, and this
has reflected in my performances.
Do you have favourite colours for your boots?
J: Yes, it’s white every time! A lot of players like to wear bright colours but for me, there
is something special about putting on a nice shiny white pair of boots!
What is the most important thing you look at on a brand new pair of football boots?
J: The weight, the lighter the better. Forwards need to be as quick as possible around
the pitch to give that extra edge over the opponent. Lighter boots are key for me to
optimize my speed.
Do you wear your boots in training to break them in, or do you wear a new pair for
J: For training I have a few pairs of boots and I have another couple for matches I
choose the type of field where we play, weather, etc ... Mizuno fortunately gives me
everything I need to have for all conditions and the beauty about their boots are that
you can wear them in a match straight out of the box!
Have you kept any of your football boots from memorable games? Cup finals etc...
J: No, incredible as it seems. I played in very important matches and have scored for
my country, but never saved one pair…maybe I’ll start now you have mentioned it!!
Do you have a favourite goal you've scored?
J: I think the goal I scored in the Champions League is the most important and it’s
always something special to set a new record. It meant a lot because I helped the
team, and had only recently arrived in Spain. It’s a great competition and I think it's
my favorite goal.
Who was your sporting hero growing up, which player did you want to emulate?
J: Ronaldo certainly was a spectacular player for quality, speed and ability to drive the
ball and shoot. Furthermore he never stopped fighting against the serious injuries he
suffered, and he proved to be a fighter and it’s something that I value in people.
If you had any advice for our young SoccerBible fans trying to become professional
players, what would it be?
J: The advice I would give to any young person aside from football is the importance of education. Ensure you continue to study hard as you never know what the future
holds in football. An education is invaluable and really helps make you the person
you are. My parents always encouraged us to study, both my brothers and me, today
we are better people because of it.
On the other side it’s important to be humble and especially, never stop fighting for
your dream of being a great player. Everyone has their way into the world of football
whether it’s as a professional or just making the local squad team, but you need to
work hard and give 110% effort throughout all the ups and downs. Just stick at it and
you’ll create your own football moments.
I wish all the very best to all the Soccerbible fans!
The Mizuno SuperSonic Wave football boots Jonas will be wearing, feature one of Mizuno’s lightest and most innovative outsoles yet – weighing in at
only 215 grams and maximising flexibility, stability and traction. The ultra-technical boot design is
combined with high grade kangaroo leather and suede collar lining to create the perfect fit,
allowing the SuperSonic Wave to deliver supreme control and support combined with optimum
comfort. Check out our full and exclusive SoccerBible look at the boots by clicking here.