Félix Borja

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Borja and the second or maternal family name is Valencia.
Félix Borja
Personal information
Full name Félix Alexander Borja Valencia
Date of birth (1983-04-02) April 2, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth San Lorenzo, Ecuador
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Pachuca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 El Nacional 129 (50)
2006–2008 Olympiacos 23 (5)
2007–2008 Mainz 05 (loan) 32 (16)
2008–2010 Mainz 05 20 (6)
2010–2011 Puebla 15 (6)
2011– Pachuca 42 (10)
2013 Puebla (loan) 25 (7)
2014 LDU Quito (loan) 16 (2)
2014 Chivas USA (loan) 12 (3)
National team
2005–2011 Ecuador 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Félix Alexander Borja Valencia (born April 2, 1983) is an Ecuadorian footballer, who last played for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

Club career[edit]

Felix Borja previously played for El Nacional of Ecuador. His transfer to Greek league champions Olympiakos made him the first Ecuadorian player to play for a Greek team.

Borja was declared Copa Libertadores de América's joint top goalscorer two months after his transfer to Olympiacos.

He is nicknamed the "kangaroo", or "the cobra of Ecuador", for the spring in his jump. His height makes it easy to score goals for his club and country.

Due to his sub-standard performances for Olympiacos in his first season, as well as the fact that he occupies a non-EU player spot at his current team's roster, Olympiacos had the desire at the end of the 2006–07 season to sell him or loan him for the upcoming season. Due to that decision by the club, Borja was loaned out to German club FSV Mainz 05 for the 2007–08 season. At the end of the season, Mainz signed him permanently. Having limited success, especially after Mainz earned promotion to the Bundesliga, he transferred to the Mexican club Puebla F.C. [2] In the 2011–12 Apertaura season, he was transferred to Pachuca F.C.

International career[edit]

He was included in the Ecuadorian national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite his relative inexperience. He played in several of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for the Ecuadorian national team, including the game against Uruguay which confirmed their passage to Germany 06. He made only one appearance for his country on the world's biggest stage against Germany, where they were defeated 3–0.

He featured in friendlies after the FIFA World Cup, even scoring against Brazil in an October 2006 friendly in Sweden. He was called up to the Ecuador squad for the 2007 Copa America, and started in the final group game against Brazil.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Félix Borja". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mainzer "Maskenmann" Borja wechselt nach Mexiko" [Mainz "Mask Man" transfers to Mexico] (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2010. [dead link]