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Jefferson Montero
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Montero in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite
Date of birth 1 September 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 32)
Place of birth Babahoyo, Ecuador
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Querétaro
Number 10
Youth career
Emelec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Emelec 22 (2)
2008–2009 Independiente José Teran 37 (19)
2008 Dorados (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2010 Villarreal B 32 (10)
2010–2012 Villarreal 9 (1)
2011 Levante (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2012 Betis (loan) 32 (1)
2012–2014 Morelia 57 (9)
2014–2020 Swansea City 78 (1)
2017–2018 Getafe (loan) 4 (0)
2018 → Emelec (loan) 12 (1)
2019 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 4 (1)
2019–2020 Birmingham City (loan) 14 (0)
2021– Querétaro 13 (0)
National team
2007– Ecuador 64 (10)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite ( born 1 September 1989) is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Liga MX club Querétaro. He has represented the Ecuador national team at senior international level.

Club career

Early years

Born in Babahoyo, Los Ríos Province, Montero started playing professionally with Emelec, but first impressed whilst at Independiente José Teran in the Ecuadorian Serie B.

Shortly after arriving he was loaned to Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa, which was pushing for promotion to the Liga MX. He signed alongside compatriot José Madrid, and made his official debut for his new team on 11 October 2008 by playing the entire match against Irapuato.

Villarreal

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Montero playing for Levante in 2011

On 27 April 2009, La Liga club Villarreal signed the 20-year-old Montero to a five-year contract effective from July. He contributed two goals and five assists as the Valencians trounced amateurs Navata 27–0 in a pre-season friendly. He made his competitive debut for the senior side in the Europa League round of 32 in February 2010, replacing Robert Pires with 20 minutes left as Villarreal were eliminated by Wolfsburg, but spent the vast majority of his first season with the reserves as one of their most important attacking elements as they overachieved to finish seventh in their first season in the Segunda División.

Subsequently, Montero was promoted to the main squad as a complement for the more experienced Santi Cazorla and Cani. He made his top-flight debut in the opening fixture of the 2010–11 La Liga season, replacing Cani in a 0–1 loss at Real Sociedad.

Montero failed to find a regular first-team place at Villarreal, and moved to another La Liga club, Levante, in late January 2011 on loan for the rest of the season. He spent the following season on loan at another top-flight club, the newly promoted Real Betis. He scored his first goal of the campaign on 10 March 2012 in a 2–3 home defeat against Real Madrid. He was first choice throughout most of his tenure with the Pepe Mel-led squad, who managed to retain their league status.

Morelia

On 15 June 2012, Montero was transferred to Monarcas Morelia of the Mexican top flight, on a three-year deal. He scored his first goal on 15 July against Club América, as well as making two assists. On 21 August, in the Copa MX contest against his former team Dorados, he scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 win.

On 4 January 2013, Montero scored the opening goal of the Clausura, in a 3–3 home draw against Cruz Azul, assisted by international team-mate Joao Rojas. After Rojas left Morelia, Montero was given the number 10 shirt, starting off the new campaign on 19 July with a goal and two assists in a 3–1 victory over Querétaro. His hat-trick the following weekend was in vain, as Morelia lost 4–3 at home to Toluca. He scored the opening goal in the Apertura 2013 Copa MX Final in which Morelia beat Atlas on penalties after the match finished as a 3–3 draw.

Swansea City

On 24 July 2014, Montero signed for Premier League team Swansea City on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his competitive debut on 16 August in the opening game of the season at Old Trafford, replacing Nathan Dyer after 67 minutes of a 2–1 win over Manchester United.

Montero joined Spanish top-division club Getafe on 1 September 2017 on loan for the season. In his first match of the 2017–18 La Liga campaign 20 days later, he played for 15 minutes in a 1–1 away draw with Celta. Having featured little for Getafe, Montero rejoined Emelec in late February 2018 where he completed his loan. On 2 June, he scored in the 3–0 victory against Técnico Universitario at Estadio George Capwell, 11 years after his last goal for the club. In his post-match interview he said he was "very happy for today's victory and for scoring for my team after so many years, forever grateful to God".

Montero made 13 substitute appearances for Swansea before joining 2018–19 Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion on 31 January 2019 on loan for the rest of the season. He played just four times and started once, away to Queens Park Rangers on 19 February, opening the scoring in a 3–2 win.

After a delay while issues with the paperwork were resolved, Montero was confirmed to have joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan for the 2019–20 season. He made his debut on 20 August as a late substitute in the 2–0 win over Barnsley, and produced a "sparkling ten minute cameo" that earned him 7 out of 10 in the Birmingham Mail's player ratings. He started the next match, but suffered a thigh injury that kept him out for a couple of months. By the time the season was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he had made 18 appearances in all competitions but only 2 league starts, and Birmingham chose not to attempt to extend his loan to the end of the campaign. He was released by Swansea when his contract expired on 30 June.

On 20 November 2020, Montero returned to Mexico to join Liga MX side Querétaro.

International career

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Montero in action for Ecuador in 2015

Montero represented Ecuador at the 2007 Pan American Games, and scored in the final match against Jamaica, a 2–1 win which brought the first international trophy in Ecuadorian football history. He received his first senior call-up from coach Luis Fernando Suárez for an August 2007 friendly with Bolivia.

Montero made his senior debut for Ecuador on 21 November 2007 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home to Peru, coming on late in the second half in a 5–1 win. He scored his first goal for the national team on 27 May 2009, in a 1–3 friendly loss to El Salvador, and his second came in the reverse fixture with Peru in Lima, which Ecuador won 2–1.

Montero was selected by national coach Reinaldo Rueda for his 2014 World Cup squad. He made his debut in the tournament on 15 June in a 1–2 group stage loss against Switzerland; he started and played 77 minutes.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Emelec 2007 Serie A 22 2 0 0 22 2
Independiente José Teran 2008 Serie B 25 8 25 8
2009 Serie B 12 11 12 11
Total 37 19 37 19
Dorados (loan) 2008–09 Primera División A 5 1 0 0 5 1
Villarreal B 2009–10 Segunda División 32 10 0 0 32 10
Villarreal 2009–10 La Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11 La Liga 9 1 3 1 7 0 19 2
Total 9 1 3 1 8 0 20 2
Levante (loan) 2010–11 La Liga 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Betis (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 32 1 2 0 0 0 34 1
Morelia 2012–13 Liga MX 32 4 7 4 4 0 43 8
2013–14 Liga MX 25 5 3 1 3 1 31 7
Total 57 9 10 5 7 1 74 15
Swansea City 2014–15 Premier League 30 1 1 0 3 0 34 1
2015–16 Premier League 23 0 1 1 0 0 24 1
2016–17 Premier League 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
2017–18 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Championship 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2019–20 Championship
Total 78 1 2 1 4 0 84 2
Getafe (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Emelec (loan) 2018 Serie A 12 1 2 0 14 1
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2018–19 Championship 4 1 0 0 4 1
Birmingham City (loan) 2019–20 Championship 14 0 4 0 18 0
Career total 321 49 21 7 4 0 17 1 363 57

International

Appearances and goals by year
Ecuador
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 2 0
2009 8 2
2010 2 0
2011 4 0
2012 7 1
2013 12 4
2014 7 1
2015 10 2
2016 9 0
2017 1 0
2018 1 0
Total 64 10

International goals

Scores and results list Ecuador's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2009 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  El Salvador 1–0 1–3 Friendly
2 7 June 2009 Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Peru 1–0 2–1 2010 World Cup qualification
3 15 August 2012 Citi Field, New York City, United States  Chile 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4 21 March 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  El Salvador 4–0 5–0 Friendly
5 26 March 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Paraguay 2–1 4–1 2014 World Cup qualification
6 4–1
7 11 October 2013 Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  Uruguay 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualification
8 17 May 2014 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–0 1–1 Friendly
9 6 June 2015 Reales Tamarindos, Portoviejo, Ecuador  Panama 4–0 4–0 Friendly
10 17 November 2015 Polideportivo Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela  Venezuela 2–0 3–1 2018 World Cup qualification

Honours

Club

Morelia

  • Copa MX: Apertura 2013

Country

Ecuador U20

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