Borges with AIK in 2014
|Full name||Celso Borges Mora|
|Date of birth||27 May 1988|
|Place of birth||San José, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Deportivo La Coruña|
|2015||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||17||(3)|
|2015–||Deportivo La Coruña||58||(9)|
|2005||Costa Rica U-17||4||(1)|
|2007||Costa Rica U-20||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017
Celso Borges Mora (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈselso ˈβorxes]; (born 27 May 1988) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña and the Costa Rica national team as a central midfielder.
His father is Alexandre Guimarães, a Brazilian-born, Costa Rican-raised ex-footballer and coach. He was born in Costa Rica's capital city San José and during his highschool years he attended Sistema Educativo Saint Clare Highschool, where he also took part in the school's team and was taught everything about soccer by Costa Rican football legend don Juan Varela. His studies were often interrupted by his football training and playing outside the country.
At the age of 18, Borges made his professional debut for Saprissa on 15 January 2006. He won five national championships with Saprissa.
On 18 January 2009 Fredrikstad FK sporting director Tor-Kristian Karlsen confirmed that Celso had signed for them, joining on 1 July when Borges's contract with Saprissa expired. Fredrikstad later agreed to pay 1 million kroner (125,000 €) to Deportivo Saprissa so Borges could join the team immediately and play for Fredrikstad, when the season started on 14 April, against the former league champion Stabæk. In March 2011, Borges stated he would leave Fredrikstad during or after the 2011 season.
He received the vacant number 10 jersey, last worn by Martin Kayongo-Mutumba.
On 1 April 2012 Celso made his first match for AIK, in a match against Mjällby AIF. He got his first goal for the club in the next game, scoring the game-winning goal against Kalmar FF. During the first half of the season Celso was used as a striker by manager Andreas Alm. But after the summer vacation he dropped down and started playing as a central midfielder and subsequently was the team’s first choice in central midfield. He finished the season ending up as the team's best goalscorer.
On 14 January 2015 Celso joined Deportivo de La Coruña, signing with them until the end of the season, with an option of a two-year extension. He scored twice in his first official appearance for Dépor, having started in a 1–2 away win against Rayo Vallecano on 30 January which also marked his La Liga debut.
Borges has earned a total of 94 caps for the Costa Rica national football team, scoring 21 goals. He has represented his country in 35 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. He has also played at the 2011 and 2013 Copa Centroamericana as well as at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Borges played in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Peru, in which he scored a goal and was considered among the best players of the tournament. After the tournament he was picked as one of ten players to watch out for in the future. Borges also participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.
He made his debut for the Costa Rican senior team in a June 2008 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Grenada and, in September of the same year, scored his first international goal against Suriname.
After featuring prominently during the team's unsuccessful 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, Borges helped Los Ticos reach the 2014 finals by finishing second in the CONCACAF qualifying zone.
In June 2014, Borges was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During the round of 16, Borges was the first of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece.
- As of 14 May 2017
|2005–06||Saprissa||Costa Rican Primera División||2||0||—||—||2||0|
|2015||Deportivo La Coruña||La Liga||17||3||—||17||3|
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1.||6 September 2008||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||Suriname||5–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||11 October 2008||André Kamperveen Stadion, Paramaribo, Suriname||Suriname||2–0||4–1|
|3.||3 June 2009||Estádio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica||United States||2–0||3–1|
|4.||6 June 2009||Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||3–2|
|6.||7 July 2009||Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, United States||Jamaica||1–0||1–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|7.||19 July 2009||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States||Guadeloupe||1–0||5–1|
|8.||21 January 2011||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–0||1–1||2011 Copa Centroamericana|
|9.||16 October 2012||Estadio Nacionalde Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Guyana||6–0||7–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||20 January 2013||Nicaragua||2–0||2–0||2013 Copa Centroamericana|
|11.||19 June 2013||Panama||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||14 August 2013||Estadio Quisqueya, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Dominican Republic||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|14.||6 September 2013||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||United States||2–0||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||6 June 2014||PPL Park, Chester, United States||Republic of Ireland||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|16.||3 September 2014||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C., United States||Nicaragua||1–0||3–0||2014 Copa Centroamericana|
|17.||7 September 2014||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States||Panama||1–2||2–2|
|18.||14 October 2014||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||South Korea||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|20.||29 March 2016||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica||Jamaica||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21.||11 June 2016||NRG Stadium, Houston, United States||Colombia||3–1||3–2||Copa América Centenario|
- Deportivo Saprissa
Borges is usually considered one of the most educated players of the Costa Rica national football team. El País' Diego Torres described him as "the brain of Costa Rica" and "a gleaned midfielder with elegant diction", while La Nación's Antonio Alfaro called him "the exemplary Costa Rican player." Aside from his native Spanish, Borges can also speak English, Portuguese and Swedish.
Borges is a heavy metal fan, citing Slipknot, Metallica, Dream Theater and Killswitch Engage as his favorite bands. Having learned to play drums as a pastime, he covered System of a Down's "Toxicity" alongside Peruvian musician Kurt Dyer.
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- "Fredrikstad sign "young ballack"" (in Norwegian). VG.no. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Borges to leave FFK" (in Norwegian). TV2.no. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Bekräftat: AIK värvar landslagsstjärna" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Celso Borges nuevo jugador del Deportivo" [Celso Borges new player of Deportivo] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "Celso Borges da pura vida al Dépor en Vallecas (1-2)" [Celso Borges gives pure life to Depor in Vallecas (1-2)] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- "Celso BORGES". FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Celso Borges – FIFA competition record
- Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
- Copa Centroamericana 2013 (UNCAF Nations Cup) - RSSSF
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- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details[permanent dead link] - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 - Full Details - RSSSF
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- "Borges, Celso". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
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- Alfaro, Antonio (1 July 2016). "Celso Borges: 'Yo estaba decaído en espíritu y mis papás me hablaron'". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- Fonseca, Alejandro (15 June 2017). "Celso con acento español: 'No soy un juega de vivo'". Diario Extra (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- Solano, Gabriela (27 January 2013). "Celso Borges: “Me atrae Scarlett Johansson”". Al Día (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 August 2017.
- "El talento oculto de Celso Borges". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 19 June 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.