|Full name||Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna|
|Date of birth||24 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Liberia, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|2012||→ Rosenborg (loan)||10||(0)|
|2014–2016||West Bromwich Albion||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:23, 23 March 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2018
Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna (born 24 October 1989), commonly known as Cristian Gamboa, is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Celtic. He is a pacy right back with both attacking and defensive capabilities.
Gamboa was born in Liberia, Costa Rica. At age 15, he was deemed not good enough to play for Costa Rican clubs Saprissa and Alajuelense. He played from the 2006–2007 season for hometown club Municipal Liberia. He then moved abroad and joined Norwegian side Fredrikstad in summer 2010 and played there for two half seasons, before he joined Copenhagen in summer 2011. He made his debut in a 0–1 loss against Standard Liege in the UEFA Europa League.
Gamboa joined Rosenborg on a three-month-loan deal in August 2012 with the Norwegian club having an option to buy. He made his debut on 3 September 2012 in a Tippeligaen match away at Stabæk, winning 2–0. By November he had impressed sufficiently in the ten games he played in for Rosenborg for them to offer him a permanent deal, and he signed five-year contract with the club.
In late July 2014, English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion agreed to sign Gamboa for a fee estimated in the media as around £2 million. Because the player had insufficient recent international appearances for a work permit to be granted automatically, completion of the deal was dependent on a successful appeal to the Football Association, which was confirmed on 5 August. The player signed a three-year contract.
He made his debut on 26 August 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a League cup tie against Oxford United. He made his League debut a few days later against Swansea City, after which further substitute appearances followed. Gamboa finally made a starting appearance on 4 October in a 2–1 loss away at Liverpool in the league. Despite the defeat, he was reported as having turned in an impressive performance. It was however to be Gamboa's only league start that season, and he fell further out of favour when manager Alan Irvine was sacked in December and replaced by Tony Pulis. From January 2015 onwards to the end of the season, Gamboa only played one minute of first team football, coming on as an injury-time substitute in a fifth round FA Cup tie against West Ham in February 2015.
Gamboa continued to struggle to hold down a first team place in his second season in England, playing only two games early on in the season. He then went five months without a first team appearance, before making a return to the side in February 2016 in an FA Cup fourth round replay tie against Peterborough United.
He made his debut for the Costa Rica national football team in January 2010, in a friendly match against Argentina. Gamboa scored his first goal in a 7–0 home win against Guyana in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. He was selected for the Costa Rica squad that took part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and played in all five games, reaching the quarter final where they eventually knocked out on penalty kicks by the Netherlands.
- As of 29 July 2018
|Municipal Liberia||2006-07||Primera División||16||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||16||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||2014–15||Premier League||10||0||1||0||3||0||-||-||-||-||14||0|
- As of 27 June 2018
|Costa Rica national team|
- Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.
|1||16 October 2012||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José||Guyana||2014 World Cup qualifier|
|2||13 November 2015||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José||Haiti||2018 World Cup qualifier|
|3||28 May 2016||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José||Venezuela||Friendly|
Gamboa is married to Melissa Salazar and they have two children, Felipe and Julián.
- Municipal Liberia
- Scottish Premiership (2): 2016–17, 2017–18
- Scottish League Cup (2): 2016–17, 2018–19
- Scottish Cup: 2016–17
- Costa Rica
- Copa Centroamericana: Runner-up 2011
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Fourth-place 2009
- CONCACAF U-20 Championship: 2009
- "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 24 June 2018. p. 6.
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- Cristian Gamboa se va a préstamo al Fredrikstad Archived 20 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine - Nación (in Spanish)
- Cristian Gamboa jugará en el FC Copenhague danés - Nación (in Spanish)
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