Celso Borges

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Celso Borges
Celso Borges (vs. DIF, 2014, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Celso Borges Mora
Date of birth (1988-05-27) 27 May 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña
Number 22
Youth career
Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Saprissa 86 (7)
2009–2011 Fredrikstad FK 76 (29)
2012–2015 AIK 79 (22)
2015 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 17 (3)
2015– Deportivo La Coruña 0 (0)
National team
2005 Costa Rica U-17 4 (1)
2007 Costa Rica U-20 3 (0)
2008– Costa Rica 81 (19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 July 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Borges and the second or maternal family name is Mora.

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.

Early years[edit]

His father is Alexandre Guimarães,[1] 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.

Club career[edit]

Saprissa[edit]

At the age of 18, Borges made his professional debut for Saprissa on 15 January 2006.[2] He won five national championships with Saprissa.

Fredrikstad FK[edit]

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.[3] In March 2011, Borges stated he would leave Fredrikstad during or after the 2011 season.[4]

AIK[edit]

On 1 January 2012 it was confirmed that Borges, as a free agent, was to leave Fredrikstad FK signing a three-year contract with the Swedish football club AIK Stockholm.[5]

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.

Deportivo[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

International career[edit]

As of October 2014, Borges has earned a total of 72 caps for the Costa Rica national football team, scoring 19 goals.[8] He has represented his country in 30 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[9] and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. He has also played at the 2011[10] and 2013 Copa Centroamericana[11] as well as at the 2009,[12] 2011[13] and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[14]

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.[9] Borges also participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.[9]

He made his debut for the Costa Rican senior team in a June 2008 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Grenada[8] 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.[8]

In June 2014, Borges was named in Costa Rica's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[15] 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.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 May 2015[17]
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Saprissa Costa Rican Primera División 2 0 2 0
2006–07 35 2 35 2
2007–08 25 0 25 0
2008–09 24 5 24 5
2009 Fredrikstad FK Tippeligaen 22 7 2 1 1 1 25 9
2010 Adeccoligaen 29 14 2 1 31 15
2011 Tippeligaen 25 8 5 7 30 15
2012 AIK Allsvenskan 29 8 12 1 41 9
2013 24 8 3 0 27 8
2014 26 6 - - 3 0 29 6
2015 Deportivo La Coruña La Liga 17 3 17 3
Career Total 258 61 12 9 16 2 286 72

Honours[edit]

Deportivo Saprissa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celso Borges, new Tico idol". FIFA.com. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Celso Borges". Saprissa. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fredrikstad sign "young ballack"" (in Norwegian). VG.no. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Borges to leave FFK" (in Norwegian). TV2.no. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bekräftat: AIK värvar landslagsstjärna" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ a b c "Celso BORGES". FIFA. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Celso BorgesFIFA competition record
  10. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) - RSSSF
  11. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2013 (UNCAF Nations Cup) - RSSSF
  12. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 - Full Details - RSSSF
  13. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details - RSSSF
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 - Full Details - RSSSF
  15. ^ "Costa Rica World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "C. Borges". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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