Jonathan Reis (born 6 June 1990 in Contagem, Minas Gerais) is a Brazilian footballer. Reis has hitherto spent the majority of his professional career at PSV Eindhoven, where he has had two stints. The first one started after signing a professional five-year contract in the summer of 2007, after earlier trials with Ajax and PSV in the fall of 2006. Both stints ended in dramatic fashion though, as Reis was first fired by PSV in January 2010, following the use of forbidden substances.
After going to rehab, Reis was accepted again into the ranks of the club when PSV signed him to a one-year contract. Reis was doing well, but suffered a horrific knee injury in a home game against Roda JC. His contract with PSV ran out in the summer of 2011, and he was signed as a free agent by Vitesse Arnhem in December 2011.
In May 2007, Jonathan Reis scored two goals to clinch a victory for PSV’s A1 squad at the Terborg tournament. The squad beat a Boca Juniors youth team 3-2 in the final.
Reis broke his foot in March 2008. He prematurely removed the cast from his foot in the summer of 2008, which caused another crack in his foot and made him miss the PSV pre-season. PSV coach Huub Stevens, furious over this ‘unprofessional attitude’, relegated him to the reserve squad. Stevens was also dismayed by the bad influence of Reis’ Serbian agent Vlado Lemi.
After receiving more disciplinary action for returning too late from a stay in Brazil where he attended his grandmothers funeral, his career at PSV looked over. Fellow Dutch league teams Roda JC and FC Utrecht as well as Portuguese side Vitia Setbal showed interest, but Reis stayed at PSV. However, in January 2009 Reis returned to Brazil by joining Tupi for the rest of the season.
With the arrival of a new trainer Fred Rutten and after some impressive pre-season performances, Reis got a new chance. On 17 September 2009, he was brought on after 64 minutes in the Europa league group K match at Sparta Prague. Prague went 1-0 ahead shortly afterwards before Reis scored the equaliser in the 80th minute. PSV fell behind again, but was awarded a penalty kick when Danko Lazovi was fouled in stoppage time. Jonathan converted the spot kick, thus salvaging a point and becoming an unlikely hero. On 23 September, Jonathan plays his first full match for PSV in the 2-1 Dutch Cup win against first division side De Graafschap.
The 2009-10 season started fruitfully for Reis, as he netted three goals in the Eredivisie, four goals in the Europa League, and another one in the Dutch cup despite having been starter at PSV on only a handful of occasions. Manager Fred Rutten officially promoted Reis to the first-team squad. On 24 January 2010 however, his contract was terminated after he tested positive for a banned substance and subsequently refused the club’s offer of help to treat drug addiction. It was reported that in the case of Reis signing for another club, PSV would file a lawsuit against the player to try to get back some of the money the club had invested in him.
Reis made his return at PSV on 17 July 2010, when he was offered a new contract at the club. The new contract meant that he would stay at the club for a period of one year, with the option of extending the contract into a three-year deal. He netted a hat-trick against Feyenoord in a 10-0 victory on 24 October 2010 and scored several other goals for PSV, before seriously injuring his knee against Roda JC on 19 December. Reis was operated twice by famous knee surgeon Richard Steadman in the US before starting his revalidation back in Eindhoven. Due to his goalscoring forms, many people in Eindhoven thought the natural heir to Romrio and Ronaldo’s momentous heritage had finally arrived. Jonathan Reis has over and over again damaged the reputation of PSV. He has been caught on using cocaine as well as caught driving under influence hours before a game.
In the summer of 2011, during his period of rest after the operation, his contract with PSV ran out despite PSV planning to offer Jonathan Reis a one-year extension to his expiring deal due to fitness problems but Reis did not want to settle for anything less than a long-term contract and therefore decided to leave.
Following his release from PSV, manager Fred Rutten stated Reis was making good progress in his recovery from a serious knee injury and expected his return to PSV in October. Reis was quoted as being hopeful of returning to PSV Eindhoven on a new deal but the club were not convinced that Reis would fully recover from his knee injury, and opted against offering him a new deal.
On 4 December 2011, Reis signed a contract until the end of the 2011-12 season with Vitesse Arnhem including an option to extend after the club had been in the market for attacking reinforcements with Wilfried Bony being away on international duty with Cte d’Ivoire during to the Africa Cup of Nations. On 22 January 2012, Reis made his first start on his debut for Vitesse before being substituted in the 66th minute for Mart Lieder against N.E.C. in a 1-0 loss for Vitesse. Five days later, on 27 January 2012, Reis was on the bench until coming on for Marcus Pedersen in the 66th minute facing his former club PSV in a 3-1 loss. Reis was welcomed back in Eindhoven with bags of powdered sugar being thrown onto the pitch in reference to his struggle with cocaine during his years at PSV. On 27 June 2012, Reis signed a new deal with Vitesse, keeping him until 2016. After a long period of injuries and unprofessional behaviour, Vitesse dissolved his contract in November 2013. Reis returned to his home country Brazil and wants to make a new start by finding a new team.
On 19 September 2010, Reis was caught driving under the influence of alcohol. He had consumed seven times the amount of alcohol allowed for a beginning driver. When stopped by the police, the 21-year-old forward was unable to make himself understood and Reis was eventually taken to the police station for further alcohol tests. Reis driver’s licence was taken from him and the police made an official report. The club said Reis would not be axed but instead be fined by the club with no further consequences to be taken.