Borja Viguera

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Borja Viguera
Personal information
Full name Borja Viguera Manzanares
Date of birth (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Logroño, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2003–2006 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Real Sociedad B 91 (25)
2007–2012 Real Sociedad 14 (0)
2011–2012Gimnàstic (loan) 15 (2)
2012Albacete (loan) 10 (1)
2012–2014 Alavés 79 (43)
2014–2016 Athletic Bilbao 30 (2)
2016–2018 Sporting Gijón 27 (1)
2018–2019 Numancia 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2019

Borja Viguera Manzanares (born 26 March 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Born in Logroño, La Rioja, Viguera graduated from Real Sociedad's prolific youth setup, and made his senior debut with the reserves in 2006–07, in Segunda División B. He played his first match as a professional on 15 September 2007, coming on as a substitute for Iñigo Díaz de Cerio in a 3–2 away win against UD Las Palmas for the Segunda División;[1] he made a further four appearances with the main squad during the following season, as they missed out on promotion by finishing fourth.

In June 2009, Viguera was definitely promoted to Real's first team,[2] but featured rarely as the Basques were crowned champions. On 11 January 2011, he joined Gimnàstic de Tarragona on loan until June,[3] suffering a knee injury the following month that ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.[4]

On 26 August 2011, Viguera returned to Nàstic again in a temporary deal.[5] After being sparingly used by the Catalans, however, he returned to Real Sociedad on 31 January 2012,[6] and was subsequently loaned to Albacete Balompié in the third level.[7]


On 6 July 2012, Viguera joined neighbouring Deportivo Alavés also in division three.[8] He was an ever-present figure in his first year, scoring 21 goals all competitions comprised to help his team achieve promotion to the second tier in the play-offs.[9]

On 14 August 2013, Viguera extended his contract with the club until 2015.[10] He netted 25 times during the season, as the side narrowly avoided relegation;[11] highlights included a hat-trick at CE Sabadell FC on 8 February 2014, contributing decisively to a 4–0 success.[12]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 13 June 2014, Viguera signed a three-year deal with Athletic Bilbao[13] for 1 million.[14] He scored his first La Liga goal for his new team on 21 November, netting the second of a 3–1 home win against RCD Espanyol.[15]

Sporting Gijón[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Viguera signed a two-year contract with Sporting de Gijón.[16] He scored just once in the league during his first season, which ended in relegation, and featured even less in the following.[17][18]


On 1 August 2018, free agent Viguera agreed to a two-year contract at CD Numancia.[19] On 4 September of the following year, he cut ties with the club.[20]


  1. ^ La Real Sociedad vence a las Palmas en un mal partido (Real Sociedad defeat Las Palmas in a poor match); Marca, 15 September 2007 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Suben Sarasola, Esnaola y Viguera (Sarasola, Esnaola and Viguera promoted); El Diario Vasco, 4 June 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Nàstic se refuerza con Borja Viguera y Álex Bergantiños (Nàstic bolster with Borja Viguera and Álex Bergantiños) Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Sport, 11 January 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Borja Viguera se lesiona de gravedad (Borja Viguera seriously injured); Gimnàstic Tarragona, 14 February 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Borja Viguera llega cedido hasta final de temporada (Borja Viguera arrives on loan until the end of the season); Gimnàstic Tarragona, 26 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Borja Viguera termina la cesión en el Nàstic (Borja Viguera finishes loan in Nàstic); Gimnàstic Tarragona, 31 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Comunicado oficial: Viguera, cedido al Albacete Balompié (Official announcement: Viguera, loaned to Albacete Balompié); Real Sociedad, 31 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Alavés ficha al primer delantero, Borja Viguera (Alavés sign the first forward, Borja Viguera); El Correo, 6 July 2012 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Objeto de deseo (Object of desire); La Rioja, 9 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Borja Viguera: “Estoy muy feliz en Vitoria” (Borja Viguera: "I am very happy in Vitoria") Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Deportivo Alavés, 14 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ La marca que le 'impone' Herrera a Viguera (The mark Herrera 'demands' of Viguera); El Desmarque, 20 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Gran victoria albiazul en Sabadell (0–4) (Great white-and-blue win in Sabadell (0–4)) Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Deportivo Alavés, 8 February 2014 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Borja Viguera drafted[permanent dead link]; Athletic Bilbao, 13 June 2014
  14. ^ Borja Viguera ficha por el Athletic (Borja Viguera signs for Athletic); Mundo Deportivo, 13 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ Athletic impress in Espanyol win; ESPN FC, 21 November 2014
  16. ^ Borja Viguera se incorpora al Sporting (Borja Viguera added to Sporting) Archived 2 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Sporting Gijón, 30 August 2016 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Resumen Sporting de Gijón 2016/17: Viguera, el delantero perdido (Sporting de Gijón 2016/17 summary: Viguera, the lost forward); Vavel, 7 June 2017 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ Borja Viguera: “Me da pena que no se haya visto al Borja con continuidad” (Borja Viguera: “It hurts that people did not see a consistent Borja”); Vavel, 30 June 2018 (in Spanish)
  19. ^ Otro delantero del Athletic de Champions para el Numancia (Another Athletic Champions forward to Numancia); Mundo Deportivo, 2 August 2018 (in Spanish)
  20. ^ "El C. D. Numancia rescinde el contrato de Borja Viguera" [C. D. Numancia rescind the contract of Borja Viguera] (in Spanish). CD Numancia. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

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