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  • Brazilian striker Jô will provide perfect back-up in the home nation's attack on the 2014 World Cup, proving a potent goalscorer in his country at club level. Jô's goalscoring threat could pay out punters in individual goalscorer betting markets this summer, although he may have to settle for substitute appearances initially in place of regular striker, Fred.

    Jô played for Brazilian side Corinthians during his youth career and stepped up to the first team in 2003–2005, before he was transferred to Russian club CSKA Moscow in the latter year.

    The striker was deadly in front of goal for the Russian side in the three seasons he played for them, appearing in 77 games and scoring 44 goals as the club won the 2006 Russian Premier League, plus a brace of Russian Cups and Supercups.

    In July 2008, Manchester City signed Jô for an undisclosed club record value at the time, although he scored just one league goal against Portsmouth before City loaned him out to Everton. In two loan spells to the Merseyside club, Jô scored seven times in his 37 showings including two goals on his Everton debut against Bolton Wanderers.

    He called time on his spell in the UK to return to Brazil with Sport Club Internacional during 2011, and a year later signed with Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro. There, his partnership with Ronaldinho helped the club win their first Copa Libertadores title in 2013, Jô scoring 37 goals from his 100 appearances until June 2014.

    Jô has made 16 appearances for Brazil's national side since receiving his debut in June 2007, and scored five goals including a brace against Australia.

    He famously also helped Brazil to a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics play-off match against Belgium, scoring two goals as Brazil took a 3–0 victory.

    Jô World Cup betting tips

    Jô is one of the privileged 23 players selected to represent his country in their homecoming this summer, but may feature initially as a substitute in the tournament with the likes of Fred, Neymar and Hulk set to take charge. Therefore, individual goalscorer markets - last scorer especially - will be where  offers most for the punters, Brazil tipped as the World Cup favourites with the bookmakers.

    Back Jo to be Brazil's top scorer at 16/1 with Bet365.

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