(born 3 November 1981) is a German-born American soccer player who plays for Schalke 04
Jones grew up in Frankfurt-Bonames
. His father is an African-American
soldier who was stationed in Germany. As a child, Jones lived in Chicago
and Greenwood, Mississippi
in the U.S. before his parents divorced and he returned to Germany with his mother.
Jones is a good friend of female football player and multiple national champion Steffi Jones
, who also is a German-American and the child of an African American soldier. They both started in the same club, SV Bonames (albeit not at the same time). The two are not related.
Jones started his youth career at SV Bonames, moving to FV Bad Vilbel
when he was 13 in 1994 and in 1995 was purchased by Eintracht Frankfurt
to play in their academy. He spent the next five years learning and building the quality of his game, and made his first appearance in the Eintracht Frankfurt II
team in the 2000–01 season making 25 appearances and scoring eight goals. He made the step up to the main squad in 2001. Jones made 46 appearances for the Frankfurt senior team over two years in the 2001–2003 seasons, scoring seven goals as he was primarily played as a central denfensive midfielder.
His good form at the time saw him purchased by Bayer Leverkusen
, however first team chances were scarce, and he was relegated to... Read More