Get to Know Equatorial Guinea’s Javier Balboa
Javier Ángel Balboa Osa (born 13 May 1985) is an Equatoguinean professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club G.D. Estoril Praia as a right winger. Javier was born in Madrid, Spain to Equatoguinean parents.
After emerging at Real Madrid’s youth system, he could never impose in its first team. In 2008 he signed with Benfica, being loaned several times for the duration of his contract and leaving three years after.
Balboa represented Equatorial Guinea at the 2012 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Last Night, Equatorial Guinea beat Tunisia in controversial circumstances to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Javier Balboa netted an injury-time penalty after Ali Maaloul was harshly ruled to have fouled Ivan Bolado.
And Balboa scored the winner with a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards.
Equatorial Guinea will face Ghana or Guinea in their first Cup of Nations semi-final on Thursday the 5th of February 2015.
Study Javier Balboa Career statistics below:
|Real Madrid C||2004–05||34||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||34||1|
|Real Madrid B||2005–06||32||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||32||1|
- Scores and results list Equatorial Guinea’s goal tally first.
|1.||21 January 2012||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||Libya||1–0||1–0||2012 Africa Cup of Nations|
|2.||25 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||Gabon||1–0||2–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|3.||31 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata, Equatorial Guinea||Tunisia||1–1||2–1||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|