Gabriel Badilla

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Gabriel Badilla
Badilla before a game with Saprissa in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Badilla Segura[1]
Date of birth (1984-06-30)June 30, 1984
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Date of death November 20, 2016(2016-11-20) (aged 32)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Saprissa 128 (12)
2008–2009 New England Revolution 6 (0)
2010–2016 Saprissa 111 (6)
Total 245 (18)
International career
2005–2012 Costa Rica 25 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gabriel Badilla Segura (June 30, 1984 – November 20, 2016) was a Costa Rican footballer who played as a defender.[3]

Club career[edit]

Badilla began his career with Deportivo Saprissa, with whom he won two national championships as well as a UNCAF Cup title and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title.[4] He was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup and finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool

Badilla signed for New England Revolution on August 18, 2008.[5] He became an important part of the Revolution backline as the 2008 season progressed.[6]

Badilla was released by New England on March 24, 2010.[7]

International career[edit]

Badilla was the captain of the Costa Rica national team that played in the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Trinidad and Tobago[8] He played for the senior Costa Rica national football team since 2005, including one appearance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[8] He made his debut in a friendly against China on June 19, 2005.[9]

He appeared in one match for Costa Rica at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup[10] and four matches at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[10] Most recently, Badilla has played in two qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Badilla underwent successful surgery to remove a benign tumor from his heart.[11]


On November 20, 2016, Badilla was participating in a local marathon known as Lindora Run. Shortly before reaching the finish line, Badilla collapsed. After a long attempt to revive him, he was declared dead due to a cardiorespiratory arrest.[12][13]


  1. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players: Costa Rica" (PDF). FIFA. March 21, 2014. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA Club World Championship Japan 2005 – Official Rosters". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 December 2005. Archived from the original on 19 December 2005.
  3. ^ Gabriel Badilla at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Sparkling Saprissa stun Pumas in San Jose". FIFA. 2005-05-05. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.
  5. ^ "Revs add Costa Rican defender Badilla". The Sports Network. 2008-08-18. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25.
  6. ^ "Defense Wins Championships". Revolution Soccer. 2008-10-08.
  7. ^ Dell'Apa, Frank (2010-03-24). "Badilla out; Khano in?". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ a b c Gabriel BadillaFIFA competition record (archived)
  9. ^ "International Friendly Matches 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  10. ^ a b "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  11. ^ "Muere el costarricense Gabriel Badilla mientras corría". ABC. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Costa Rican soccer player Gabriel Badilla died today - Costa Rica Star News". 20 November 2016.
  13. ^ Jimenez, Daniel; Tayver Marín, Fanny. "Gabriel Badilla murió mientras competía en la carrera Lindora Run". La Nación. Retrieved November 20, 2016.

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