Javier Balboa

Javier Balboa

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Javier Ángel Balboa Osa (born 13 May 1985 in Madrid) is a Spanish-born Equatoguinean footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a right winger.

Club career

Balboa arrived at Real Madrid Castilla in the summer of 2005 after Juanfran left the B side on loan to RCD Espanyol. He eventually settled down, even though he missed a part of Castilla's season due to an injury and first team duty. Balboa still finished his first season with 32 appearances with one goal, in the second division.

After having toured with the Real Madrid first team in its Austrian tour during the 2006–07 pre-season, Balboa signed a one-year loan deal with Racing de Santander in La Liga in order to gain first team experience, after being told he wasn't going to be part of the side's plans by manager Fabio Capello. He was an integral part of the Cantabrian side for the season's duration, scoring in a 2–1 win at RCD Mallorca in the 88th minute, on 16 December 2006.

Balboa was praised by Capello's replacement, Bernd Schuster, upon his return from loan, and his contract was extended until 2011. During the 2007 pre-season, he was played as a right and a left winger, and did well in various occasions, scoring against FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

Balboa came on in the second half of the UEFA Champions League home game against Olympiacos F.C. on 24 October 2007 and, during injury time, scored his first goal in the competition and for Real after being set up by Robinho, in a 4–2 win.; UEFA.com, 24...
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