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Borja Fernández (footballer, born 1981)

Borja
Personal information
Full name Borja Fernández Fernández[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-14) 14 January 1981
Place of birth Ourense, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Kolkata
Number 10
Youth career
1996–2000 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Real Madrid C
2001–2003 Real Madrid B 73 (4)
2003–2006 Real Madrid 23 (0)
2005–2006 Mallorca (loan) 16 (0)
2006–2010 Valladolid 128 (3)
2010–2014 Getafe 57 (1)
2011–2012 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 22 (2)
2014 Atlético Kolkata 16 (1)
2015 Eibar 16 (1)
2015– Atlético Kolkata 2 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Spain U16 10 (0)
1998–1999 Spain U17 9 (0)
1999–2000 Spain U18 4 (0)
2002–2003 Spain U21 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:10, 8 October 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Borja Fernández Fernández (born 14 January 1981), known simply as Borja, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Indian club Atlético de Kolkata as a defensive midfielder.

Having started his career at Real Madrid, he amassed La Liga totals of 203 games and three goals over the course of ten seasons. He also represented in the competition Mallorca, Valladolid, Getafe and Eibar.

In 2014 Borja signed for Atlético de Kolkata, winning the first Indian Super League.

Contents

  • Football career 1
    • Spain 1.1
    • India 1.2
    • Return to Spain / Later years 1.3
  • Club statistics 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Football career

Spain

Borja during presentation as a Valladolid player.

Born in Ourense, Galicia, Borja joined Real Madrid's academy in 1996 and, after impressive displays for the C and B-teams, was promoted to the main squad in 2003. He appeared in fifteen La Liga games that season – with his debut coming on 2 September 2003 in a 1–1 away draw against Villarreal CF[2]– and eight in his second year (mostly as a late substitute).

Unable to break into the first team, Borja was loaned to RCD Mallorca for the 2005–06 campaign, where he also played sparingly. He subsequently joined Segunda División club Real Valladolid, being instrumental in the side's top flight promotion after a three-year hiatus and continuing to start regularly in the subsequent first division seasons.

In 2009–10 Borja was again a defensive pillar for Valladolid, featuring in 31 matches as the Castile and León side was eventually relegated, as 19th. In late May 2010, he signed a four-year contract with Getafe CF.[3]

In August 2011 Borja returned to the second division and joined Deportivo de La Coruña, with Rubén Pérez heading in the opposite direction.[4] He subsequently returned to Geta, scoring his first official goal for the club on 16 March 2013, the game's only at home against Athletic Bilbao.[5]

India

On 4 July 2014, at the age of 33, Borja moved abroad for the first time, becoming the first signing for Atlético de Kolkata of the Indian Super League and the very first signing in the league ever.[6] He scored the second goal in the league's opening match, a 3–0 home victory over Mumbai City FC.[7] In the next fixture he was sent off for two yellow cards in the 84th minute, but his team still won 2–0 at NorthEast United FC.[8]

Borja played a pivotal role for Atlético as it went on to win the championship, defeating Kerala Blasters in the final thanks to a last minute goal by Mohammed Rafique.[9]

Return to Spain / Later years

On 31 December 2014 Borja returned to Spain, after agreeing to a six-month contract with first top flight club SD Eibar.[10] His debut came on 16 January of the following year, replacing Javi Lara in added time of a 1–1 draw at Córdoba CF.[11]

On 17 June 2015, Borja returned to Atlético Kolkata.[12][13]

Club statistics

As of 8 October 2015[14][15]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid 2001–02 La Liga 0 0 3 0 3 0
2002–03 La Liga 0 0 1 0 1 0
2003–04 La Liga 15 0 5 0 4[1] 0 24 0
2004–05 La Liga 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Total 23 0 11 0 4 0 38 0
Mallorca 2005–06 La Liga 16 0 1 0 17 0
Valladolid 2006–07 Segunda División 37 2 5 0 42 2
2007–08 La Liga 31 1 4 0 35 1
2008–09 La Liga 29 0 2 0 31 0
2009–10 La Liga 31 0 1 0 32 0
Total 128 3 13 0 140 3
Getafe 2010–11 La Liga 13 0 1 0 6[2] 0 20 0
2012–13 La Liga 16 1 1 0 17 1
2013–14 La Liga 28 0 1 0 29 0
Total 57 1 3 0 6 0 66 1
Deportivo 2011–12 Segunda División 22 2 2 0 24 2
Atlético Kolkata 2014 Indian Super League 16 1 16 1
Eibar 2014–15 La Liga 16 1 0 0 16 1
Atlético Kolkata 2015 Indian Super League 2 0 2 0
Career total 280 8 29 0 10 0 319 8
  1. ^ Includes Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Includes appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours

Atlético de Kolkata

References

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External links

  • Deportivo official profile (Spanish)
  • Borja Fernández profile at BDFutbol
  • Futbolme profile (Spanish)
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