Toni Doblas

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Toni Doblas
Doblas betis.JPG
Doblas as a Betis player
Personal information
Full name Antonio Doblas Santana
Date of birth (1980-08-05) 5 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Bellavista, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Extremadura
Youth career
Bellavista
1997–1999 Betis
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Betis B 98 (0)
2003–2008 Betis 76 (0)
2003–2004 Xerez (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Zaragoza 14 (0)
2009–2010 Huesca 29 (0)
2010–2013 Zaragoza 18 (0)
2011–2012 Xerez (loan) 36 (0)
2013 Khazar 7 (0)
2014 Napoli 2 (0)
2014–2015 HJK 5 (0)
2015 Cornellà 9 (0)
2015 Delhi Dynamos 12 (0)
2016 Toledo 8 (0)
2016 Delhi Dynamos 12 (0)
2017– Extremadura 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2017.

Antonio "Toni" Doblas Santana (born 5 August 1980) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Extremadura UD as a goalkeeper.

He spent the better part of his professional career with Betis, appearing in 95 official games and winning one Copa del Rey. He also had several spells with Xerez and Zaragoza.

Football career[edit]

Spain[edit]

Born in Bellavista, Seville, Doblas spent four seasons with local Real Betis's B-team, where he was the undisputed starter before moving on loan to Andalusian neighbours Xerez CD. He made only four appearances in the second division and returned to Betis' first side the year after, being called into immediate main-squad action due to injuries to Pedro Contreras and Toni Prats.

Doblas made his La Liga debut against Getafe CF on 24 October 2004, in a 2–0 away win.[1] He remained a starter for the remainder of the campaign, taking part in the 2005 Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna which Betis won 2–1; in the competition's semi-final second leg against Athletic Bilbao he saved two penalties in a shootout[2] and, in August 2005 he signed his first professional contract, at already 25.[3]

Doblas was also a key element in Betis' first-ever qualification to the UEFA Champions League, as he saved a Camel Meriem penalty against AS Monaco FC in the third qualify round, a 3–2 win.[4][5] During the league season errors cost him his position, regained by Contreras: his most notable mistake came against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, when he gave Ricardo Carvalho a goal in an eventual 0–4 Champions League loss; he still managed 24 league appearances, a situation repeated (also with Contreras as backup) in the 2006–07 campaign.[6]

Midway through 2007–08, Doblas suffered a serious injury in a friendly that kept him out of action for five months – he was supposed to battle for first-choice status with new signing Ricardo.[7] He was reinstated in the squad in late April, donning nº 25 after teammate Rafael Sobis switched to 21; in June 2008 he was released by Betis and, on 1 September, joined second level side Real Zaragoza, meeting the same fate at the end of the season.

On 8 September 2009, Doblas was supposed to sign for Aris Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece for one year,[8] joining a squad with three other countrymen and with Donato who played in Spain for 15 years as assistant manager; eventually, the deal fell through and he returned to Spain, moving to SD Huesca in early November.[9]

Doblas returned to Zaragoza on 9 July 2010, signing a two-year deal with an option to a third season.[10] In the following off-season, after having shared first-choice duties with Leo Franco as the club narrowly avoided top level relegation, he was loaned to another former club, Xerez.[11]

Abroad / Later years[edit]

In January 2013, Doblas signed an 18-month contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side FK Khazar Lankaran.[12] Six months later, following an 0–8 home defeat to Maccabi Haifa F.C. in the UEFA Europa League's second qualifying round, he was one of four players to have their contracts terminated.[13]

On 27 February 2014, Doblas moved to Serie A's S.S.C. Napoli for four months, as the Rafael Benítez-led team had several problems in the goalkeeper position, most notably Rafael Cabral who suffered a season-ending injury.[14] On 12 August he changed clubs and countries again, signing with HJK Helsinki as a short-term replacement for Michael Tørnes.[15]

In November 2014, Doblas became involved in a match-fixing investigation surrounding the 21 May 2011 fixture between Zaragoza and Levante UD.[16] On 29 August of the following year, following a brief spell back in his country with lowly UE Cornellà, he signed for Indian Super League franchise Delhi Dynamos FC.[17]

Until his retirement, Doblas represented in quick succession CD Toledo, Delhi Dynamos again and Extremadura UD.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Still during his career, Doblas majored in journalism.[19]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 November 2015
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Betis B 1998–98[20] Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
1999–2000[20] Segunda División B 30 0 30 0
2000–01[20] Segunda División B 33 0 33 0
2001–02[20] Segunda División B 35 0 35 0
Total 99 0 99 0
Betis 2004–05[20] La Liga 29 0 5 0 34 0
2005–06[20] La Liga 24 0 5[a] 0 8[b] 0 37 0
2006–07[20] La Liga 22 0 1 0 23 0
2007–08[20] La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 76 0 11 0 8 0 95 0
Xerez (loan) 2003–04[20] Segunda División 4 0 2 0 6 0
Zaragoza 2008–09[20] Segunda División 18 0 0 0 18 0
Huesca 2009–10[20] Segunda División 29 0 0 0 29 0
Zaragoza 2010–11[20] La Liga 18 0 2 0 20 0
2012–13[20] La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18 0 2 0 20 0
Xerez (loan) 2011–12[20] Segunda División 36 0 1 0 37 0
Khazar 2012–13[21] Azerbaijan Premier League 7 0 3 0 10 0
2013–14[21] Azerbaijan Premier League 0 0 0 0 4[c] 0 4 0
Total 7 0 3 0 4 0 14 0
Napoli 2013–14[21] Serie A 2 0 0 0 2 0
HJK 2014[21] Veikkausliiga 5 0 1 0 8[c] 0 14 0
Cornellà 2014–15[21] Segunda División B 9 0 9 0
Delhi Dynamos 2015[21] Indian Super League 7 0 7 0
Career total 310 0 19 0 20 0 349 0
  1. ^ Includes 1 appearance in Supercopa de España
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Betis
Napoli
HJK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Betis saca los colores a un conservador Getafe" [Betis humbles conservative Getafe]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 24 October 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Fernández holds his nerve; UEFA.com, 11 May 2005
  3. ^ Fair reward for Betis Nº1; UEFA.com, 2 August 2005
  4. ^ "Salvados por la campana" [Saved by the bell] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 9 August 2005. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Betis jugará la Champions" [Betis will play Champions] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 24 August 2005. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "El Betis nunca alinéo tantos porteros en 70 años como ahora" [Betis never fielded so many goalkeepers in 70 years as now]. El Correo (in Spanish). 2 October 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "El Betis vence al Alcalá en un partido amistoso" [Betis defeats Alcalá in friendly game]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 November 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Toni Doblas ficha por el Aris de Salónica" [Toni Doblas signs for Aris Salonica]. Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 8 September 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Toni Doblas anuncia su fichaje por el Huesca en su blog personal" [Toni Doblas announces signing for Huesca in personal blog]. Diario del Alto Aragón (in Spanish). 2 November 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Segundo fichaje: Toni D." [Second signing: Toni D.] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Doblas llega al Xerez cedido por el Zaragoza" [Doblas arrives at Xerez loaned by Zaragoza]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Spanish goalkeeper transfers to Khazar Lankaran". News AZ. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Khazar Lankaran players in the management of large amounts cərimələyəcək" (in Azerbaijani). Azeri Sport. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Doblas al Napoli" [Doblas to Napoli] (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Toni Doblas HJK:n maalille" [Toni Doblas to HJK] (in Finnish). Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Malyon, Ed (28 November 2014). "Manchester United star Ander Herrera to face match-fixing probe from Spanish officials". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Exclusiva TMW – Toni Doblas jugará en el Delhi Dynamos" [TMW exclusive – Toni Doblas will play with Delhi Dynamos] (in Spanish). Todo Mercado Web. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Toni Doblas, el portero que ama al fútbol por encima de todas las cosas, ficha por el Extremadura" [Toni Doblas, the goalkeeper who loves football above all things, signs for Extremadura] (in Spanish). Extra Confidencial. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Un periodista con guantes salvadores" [A journalist with rescuing gloves]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 13 May 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Doblas: Antonio Doblas Santana". BDFutbol. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Doblas". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 

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