Miguel Borja

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Miguel Borja
Miguel Borja 2016.jpg
Borja playing for Cortuluá in 2016
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Tierralta, Colombia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Palmeiras
Number 9
Youth career
2011 Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Cúcuta Deportivo 5 (0)
2012–2014 Cortuluá 33 (8)
2013La Equidad (loan) 2 (4)
2013–2014Livorno (loan) 8 (0)
2014Olimpo (loan) 16 (3)
2015 Livorno 0 (0)
2015Santa Fe (loan) 33 (10)
2016 Cortuluá 21 (19)
2016 Atlético Nacional 7 (1)
2017– Palmeiras 28 (7)
National team
2013 Colombia U20 15 (5)
2016 Colombia Olympic 5 (0)
2016– Colombia 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2018

Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández (born 26 January 1993) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a forward for Brazilian club Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and the Colombian national team.

Club career[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Borja began his career with Deportivo Cali, making his professional debut in 2011. That same year, he was transferred to Cucuta Deportivo, club in which he had few chances to play. He would soon be transferred again, this time to play for Categoría Primera B side, Cortuluá. Borja would make a name for himself in the second division of Colombia, often being referred to as a 'fast' and 'complete goalscorer', as well as boasting impressive strength on the ball. His impressive performances with Cortuluá eventually led him to becoming an alternative striker for Colombia's national under-20 team in 2013. On 17 January 2013, it was reported that Independiente Medellin had been interested in acquiring Borja's services. However, nothing was finalized and Borja was eventually sold to first division side, La Equidad. In his 2 disputable games, Borja scored 4 goals before being transferred to Serie A side Livorno.

Livorno[edit]

During the summer of 2013, it was confirmed that Borja would join Italian club Livorno on loan. The loan consisted of a fee of €150.000 with an option to buy for €1.5 million.[2]

His debut for Le Triglie came on 20 October, coming off the bench in a 1-2 loss to Sampdoria.

Borja made seven season appearances for the club but failed to score a goal. Livorno was eventually regulated to the Serie B after placing last for the season.

Return to Colombia[edit]

Borja was loaned to Independiente Santa Fe for the second half of 2015. That season, Borja scored ten goals in thirty-three matches. He won the 2015 Copa Sudamericana with the team (he played seven matches with no goals).

For the 2016 season, he was sold to Cortuluá who was 17th in the league the previous season. In the Apertura tournament of the season, Borja scored a record of nineteen goals in twenty-one matches, breaking the record of most goals scored by a player in a league tournament (since 2002, the league is divided in two tournaments, Apertura and Finalización, each season).[3] The previous record was held by Jackson Martínez, with eighteen goals in the 2009 Finalización.[4] His team Cortuluá reached the Semifinals, which they lost to Independiente Medellín.

He was transferred again in 8 June, this time to Atlético Nacional. In 6 July, during his first match for his new team, while playing against São Paulo in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, he scored twice, a feat he repeated in the second leg a week after. Then, on 27 July 2016, he went on to score the definitive goal in the final series against Ecuadorian team Independiente del Valle, which Atlético Nacional ended up winning 2-1 on the aggregate.

Palmeiras[edit]

On 9 February, it was announced that Borja had agreed to transfer to Brazilian side Palmeiras. He signed a five-year deal for a fee believed to be around US$10.5 million.[5] Borja became the fourth most expensive transfer of Brazilian football.[6]

International career[edit]

In May 2018 he was named in Colombia’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 17 May 2018[8]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cortuluá 2012 Categoría Primera A 22 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
2013 11 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 15 6
Total 33 8 9 2 0 0 0 0 42 10
La Equidad 2013 Categoría Primera A 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Livorno (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Olimpo (loan) 2014 Primera División 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
Santa Fe 2015 Categoría Primera A 33 10 5 0 11 0 0 0 49 10
Cortuluá 2016 Categoría Primera A 21 19 3 3 0 0 0 0 24 22
Atlético Nacional 2016 Categoría Primera A 7 1 6 5 14 11 0 0 27 17
Palmeiras 2017 Serie A 23 6 4 0 7 0 8 4 43 10
2018 3 0 1 1 6 6 12 7 22 14
Total 26 6 5 1 13 6 20 11 65 24
Career total 146 51 28 11 38 17 20 11 233 90

International[edit]

As of 3 July 2018[9]
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2016 1 0
2017 4 2
2018 3 0
Total 8 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[9]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2017 Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, Chongqing, China  China PR 3–0 4–0 Friendly
2. 4–0

Honours[edit]

Independiente Santa Fe

Atlético Nacional

Colombia U20

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Colombia" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 5. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Miguel Borja será fichado por el Livorno". Goal.com (in Spanish). 31 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Borja delivers on his promises". FIFA. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Miguel Borja y su récord de goles en torneos cortos del fútbol colombiano - Liga Águila". Futbolred.com. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Palmeiras fecha a contratação do atacante colombiano Borja" (in Portuguese). GloboEsporte. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Borja e Pratto entram no top 10 de contratações mais caras no Brasil
  7. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  8. ^ "Miguel Borja". ogol. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Miguel Borja". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 July 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Com domínio do Palmeiras, Seleção é premiada recheada de finalistas" [With prevalence of Palmeiras, Best XI is awarded full of finalists] (in Portuguese). Federação Paulista de Futebol. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 

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