Toni Doblas

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Toni Doblas
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Doblas as a Betis player
Personal information
Full name Antonio Doblas Santana
Date of birth (1980-08-05) 5 August 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Bellavista, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1997–1999 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Betis B 98 (0)
2003–2008 Betis 76 (0)
2003–2004 Xerez (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Zaragoza 14 (0)
2009–2010 Huesca 29 (0)
2010–2013 Zaragoza 18 (0)
2011–2012 Xerez (loan) 36 (0)
2013 Khazar 7 (0)
2014 Napoli 2 (0)
2014– HJK 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Doblas and the second or maternal family name is Santana.

Antonio "Toni" Doblas Santana (born 5 August 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for HJK in Finnish premier division Veikkausliiga.

Football career[edit]

Born in Bellavista, Seville, Doblas spent four seasons with local Real Betis's B-team, where he was the undisputed starter before moving on loan to Andalusian neighbours Xerez CD. He made only four appearances in the second division and returned to Betis' first side the year after, being called into immediate main-squad action due to injuries to Pedro Contreras and Toni Prats.

Doblas made his La Liga debut against Getafe CF on 24 October 2004, in a 2–0 away win.[1] He remained a starter for the remainder of the campaign, taking part in the 2005 Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna which Betis won 2–1; in the competition's semi-final second leg against Athletic Bilbao he saved two penalties in a shootout[2] and, in August 2005 he signed his first professional contract, at already 25.[3]

Doblas was also a key element in Betis' first-ever qualification to the UEFA Champions League, as he saved a Camel Meriem penalty against AS Monaco FC in the third qualify round, a 3–2 win.[4][5] During the league season errors cost him his position, regained by Contreras: his most notable mistake came against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, when he gave Ricardo Carvalho a goal in an eventual 0–4 Champions League loss; he still managed 24 league appearances, a situation repeated (also with Contreras as backup) in the 2006–07 campaign.

Midway through 2007–08, Doblas suffered a serious injury in a friendly that kept him out of action for five months – he was supposed to battle for first-choice status with new signing Ricardo.[6] He was reinstated in the squad in late April, donning nº 25 after teammate Rafael Sobis switched to 21; in June 2008 he was released by Betis and, on 1 September, joined second level side Real Zaragoza, meeting the same fate at the end of the season.

On 8 September 2009 Doblas was supposed to sign for Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece, for one year,[7] joining a squad with three other countrymen, and with Donato who played in Spain for 15 years as assistant manager; eventually, the deal fell through and he returned to Spain, moving to SD Huesca in early November.[8]

Doblas returned to Zaragoza on 9 July 2010, signing a two-year deal with an option to a third season.[9] In the following off-season, after having shared first-choice duties with Leo Franco as the club narrowly avoided top level relegation, he was loaned to another former club, Xerez.[10]

In January 2013, Doblas signed an 18-month contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side FK Khazar Lankaran.[11] Six months later, following an 0–8 home defeat to Maccabi Haifa F.C. in the UEFA Europa League's second qualifying round, he was one of four players to have their contracts terminated.[12]

On 27 February 2014, Doblas moved to Serie A's S.S.C. Napoli for four months, as the Rafael Benítez-led side had several problems in the goalkeeper position, most notably Rafael Cabral who suffered a season-ending injury.[13]

On 12 August, HJK signed Doblas as a short-term replacement for Michael Tørnes.[14] Qualified for the Europa League group stages 2014 with HJK with a 5-4 aggregate victory over SK Rapid Wien.


Real Betis


Still during his career, Doblas majored in journalism.[15]


  1. ^ "El Betis saca los colores a un conservador Getafe" [Betis humbles conservative Getafe] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Fernández holds his nerve;, 11 May 2005
  3. ^ Fair reward for Betis Nº1;, 2 August 2005
  4. ^ "Salvados por la campana" [Saved by the bell] (in Spanish). 9 August 2005. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Betis jugará la Champions" [Betis will play Champions] (in Spanish). 24 August 2005. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "El Betis vence al Alcalá en un partido amistoso" [Betis defeats Alcalá in friendly game] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Toni Doblas ficha por el Aris de Salónica" [Toni Doblas signs for Aris Salonica] (in Spanish). Heraldo. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Toni Doblas anuncia su fichaje por el Huesca en su blog personal" [Toni Doblas announces signing for Huesca in personal blog] (in Spanish). Diario del Alto Aragón. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Segundo fichaje: Toni D." [Second signing: Toni D.] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Doblas llega al Xerez cedido por el Zaragoza" [Doblas arrives at Xerez loaned by Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Spanish goalkeeper transfers to Khazar Lankaran". News AZ. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Khazar Lankaran players in the management of large amounts cərimələyəcək" (in Azeri). Azeri Sport. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Doblas al Napoli" [Doblas to Napoli] (in Italian). Napoli's official website. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Toni Doblas HJK:n maalille" [Doblas to HJK] (in Finnish). HJK's official website. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Un periodista con guantes salvadores" [A goalkeeper with rescuing gloves] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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