José Luis Borbolla

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José Luis Borbolla
Personal information
Full name José Luis Borbolla Chavira
Date of birth (1920-01-31)31 January 1920
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Date of death 11 February 2001(2001-02-11) (aged 81)
Place of death Mexico, D. F., Mexico
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1940–1944 Marte
1944–1945 Real Madrid 5 (3)
1945 Deportivo de La Coruña (loan) 10 (4)
1945–1946 Asturias
1946–1947 Celta de Vigo 11 (3)
1947–1948 España
1948–1949 Veracruz
1949–1950 América
National team
1950 Mexico 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Luis Borbolla Chavira (31 January 1920 – 11 February 2001) was a Mexican former football striker who played professionally in Mexican Primera División and La Liga and represented Mexico at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. He was also the first Mexican to suit up for Real Madrid. Sauto had Mexican and Spanish nationality therefore he always played as Spanish in Spain.[1]


Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Borbolla played club football with local sides Asturias, España and Marte, where he won the 1942–43 Mexican Primera División and Campeón de Campeones titles.[2][3][4] In 1944, he moved to Europe to play with the Spanish clubs Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid (he became the club's first Mexican player) and Celta de Vigo.[5] Borbolla played for Real Madrid in the 1944–45 Copa del Generalísimo,[6] but never settled and only made one league appearance before leaving the club.

He returned to Mexico to join Veracruz. He later played for América, where he retired to become coach for one season.

Borbolla made three international appearances for Mexico during 1950, including playing in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in the match against Switzerland.[7][8]

After he retired from playing and coaching, Borbolla formed a manufacturing business that sold football products in Central America.[9]


  1. ^ "El Otro Lado del Balon, José Luis Borbolla, el aventurero olvidado". Enrique Ballesteros. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  2. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco (29 July 2010). "Mexico 1942/43". RSSSF. 
  3. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco; Villa Martínez, Héctor (30 January 2014). "Mexico - List of Super Cup Winners". RSSSF. 
  4. ^ "Murió José Luis Borbolla" [José Luis Borbolla died] (in Spanish). El Universal. 12 February 2001. 
  5. ^ "José Luis Borbolla: "El pueblo mexicano apoya y quiere el Mundial"" (in Spanish). ABC. 24 May 1984. 
  6. ^ "El Real Madrid y el Atletico Aviacion, Clasificados para la Copa del Generalisimo" (in Spanish). ABC. 23 January 1945. 
  7. ^ José Luis BorbollaFIFA competition record
  8. ^ Reyes Padilla, Macario (18 May 2002). "Mexico - International Results Details 1940-1959". RSSSF. 
  9. ^ ""Dar oportunidad a los jovenes es beneficioso", dice Borbolla" (in Spanish). ABC. 6 October 1971. 

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