Schalke 04 (Bundesliga)
#13 | Midfielder
November 3, 1981 (Age: 32)
6' 1", 172 lbs (1.85 m, 78 kg)
Jermaine Jones is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, and currently plays his club soccer with Shalke 04. His professional career began in his home town of Frankfurt, Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2000.
Jones started out with the second team, but after 25 appearances and eight goals from his defensive center midfield position, he was moved to the first team in 2001. He made great strides as a player during his time with Eintracht, and because of his success on the field, was offered a contract from Bayern Leverkusen in 2004.
Much like fellow American Landon Donovan, Bayern Leverkusen proved to be a tough place for Jones. There were high expectations after his signing, but he struggled mightily. Jones only saw action in 20 games during his first season, 5 of which were with the second team.
At the end of the 2005 season, he returned to his former club Eintracht Frankfurt and began playing the best soccer of his career. During his second stint at Eintracht, Jones became the captain of the team and a fan favorite before deciding to not resign at the end of the 2007 season.
In 2007 Jones signed a contract with his current club Shalke 04. In his first season, Jones helped lead the team to a third place finish in the league, and a quarterfinal appearance in the Champions League. His game continues to develop, as he is now widely regarded as one of the top midfielders in the Bundesliga.
A broken leg kept Jones from any playing time in the 2009-2010 season.
Jones returned to health for the 2010-11 season. Schalke started off poorly and Jones fell out of favor with manager Felix Magath, who went so far as to order the midfielder to training with the reserves.
In January 2011, Jones left Schalke to go on loan with Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season.
Because his mother is German and his father is American, Jones holds both a German and American passport. Although he has not yet appeared for the US national team, he has declared that he intends to play for the United States instead of Germany even though he has spent much of his life there.
Jones appeared for the U-21 German national team when he was younger, and has played in three friendlies with the German senior national team. Under the new FIFA rule that allows players to switch national teams at any age, and because he has not played in an official FIFA match with Germany, Jones is eligible to play with the United States.
An injury kept Jones from appearing in a United States uniform in the 2010 World Cup, but the midfielder was finally able to make his debut in October 2010 against Poland.