Mariano Barbosa

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Mariano Barbosa
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Barbosa in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mariano Damián Barbosa
Date of birth (1984-07-27) 27 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Banfield 38 (0)
2005–2007 Villarreal 21 (0)
2007–2008 Recreativo 0 (0)
2008–2009 Estudiantes 1 (0)
2009 River Plate (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 Atlas 28 (0)
2010–2014 Las Palmas 162 (0)
2014–2015 Sevilla 2 (0)
2015– Villarreal 2 (0)
National team
2003 Argentina U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

Mariano Damián Barbosa (born 27 July 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lanús, Buenos Aires, Barbosa started his career with Club Atlético Banfield in 2002. In 2005, he was signed by Spanish club Villarreal CF for a fee of 2 million,[1] alongside another player in his position, Sebastián Viera.

Barbosa served mainly as reserve at Villarreal, but filled in for Viera in several games, most notably in the semifinals of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League against Arsenal: even though he did not let in any goals in the second leg,[2] the English had won 1–0 in the first match for an eventual qualification.

In the summer of 2007, after the signing of Diego López, Barbosa was allowed to join fellow La Liga side Recreativo de Huelva.[3] Barred by Italian Stefano Sorrentino, he appeared in no games during his sole campaign.

In 2008, Barbosa returned to his country and joined Estudiantes de La Plata, being loaned to fellow Argentine Primera División team Club Atlético River Plate in the following year. After an unsuccessful spell, he was sold to Club Atlas of Mexico on 7 July 2009.

After one year with Atlas, Barbosa returned to Spain and signed for UD Las Palmas of the second level. He was an undisputed started during his spell in the Canary Islands, never featuring in less than 37 league matches.

On 16 July 2014, Barbosa joined Sevilla FC on a free transfer, penning a two-year deal.[4] On 15 June of the following year, having been demoted to third-choice after the emergence of Sergio Rico, he terminated his contract.[5]

On 9 July 2015, Barbosa returned to Villarreal after agreeing to a two-year deal.[6]

International career[edit]

Barbosa was second-choice for the Argentine under-20 team that reached the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup in 2003, eventually finishing in fourth place. He replaced suspended Gustavo Eberto in the round-of-16 game against Egypt, a 2–1 win.[7]


  1. ^ "Villarreal turn to Barbosa". 8 June 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal joy as Villarreal pay price". 26 April 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Recreativo in for Barbosa". 17 August 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Barbosa pasa reconocimiento médico con el Sevilla FC" [Barbosa undergoes medical with Sevilla FC] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mariano Barbosa rescinde su contrato con el Sevilla FC" [Mariano Barbosa terminates his contract with Sevilla FC] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mariano Barbosa regresa al Submarino" [Mariano Barbosa returns to the Submarine] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Mariano BarbosaFIFA competition record

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