Jesús Javier Gómez
|Full name||Jesús Javier Gómez Mercado|
|Date of birth||6 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Maracay, Venezuela|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Estudiantes de Mérida|
|2000–2003||Estudiantes de Mérida|
|2004–2006||Estudiantes de Mérida||27||(13)|
|2017–||Estudiantes de Mérida||30||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 27, 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 September 2007
Jesús Javier Gómez Mercado (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz ˈɣomeθ], born 6 August 1984) is a Venezuelan footballer that currently plays for Estudiantes de Mérida as an attacking midfielder or also as a striker.
Product of Estudiantes de Mérida youth ranks, Gómez made his professional debut in 2004, breaking out the first team in the 2005–06 season, where played very well, that sealed his sale to Moroccan side Raja Casablanca. However, failing to repeat his performances, he joined Syrian club Al-Ittihad, where he had rematch. On 12 March 2008, the player made his AFC Champions League debut in a 2–0 win over Sepahan, where scored the first goal after a free kick.
In June 2008, Gómez returned to Venezuela and joined powerhouse club Caracas, where won his first professional title (2008–09 Primera División) and was part of the Copa Libertadores' historic squad, because "Los Rojos de Ávila" were the first Venezuelan team in achieve that tournament's quarterfinals. Also, Gómez was selected by FVF, clubs and players as Primera División most valuable player.
In early 2011, Jupiler League club Lierse signed Gómez for an undisclosed fee. However, he failed to play at Belgian club, so that joined on loan Wadi Degla of Egypt, where scored two goals in five EPL games. After a frustrating international spell, he returned to Caracas, for then join ACD Lara in mid-2012. After one season at Lara–based club, on 13 June 2013, he rescinded his contract, and joined Mexican club Delfines del Carmen.
In August 2005, Gómez received a call-up to the Venezuela squad from coach Richard Paez, making his debut on 17 August in a 3–1 friendly match defeat against Ecuador, and scoring his first goal on 1 March 2006 during another friendly against Colombia in a 1–1 draw played in Maracaibo at Pachencho Romero.
|1.||1 March 2006||José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Colombia||1–0||1–1||Friendly|