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Gamboa with Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna
Date of birth 24 October 1989 (1989-10-24) (age 31)
Place of birth Liberia, Costa Rica
Height 1.75 m
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current club VfL Bochum
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Municipal Liberia 68 (0)
2010–2011 Fredrikstad 27 (1)
2011–2012 Copenhagen 0 (0)
2012 Rosenborg (loan) 10 (0)
2013–2014 Rosenborg 30 (0)
2014–2016 West Bromwich Albion 11 (0)
2016–2019 Celtic 20 (0)
2019– VfL Bochum 50 (1)
National team
2010– Costa Rica 79 (3)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:45, 24 March 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2020

Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna (born 24 October 1989), commonly known as Cristian Gamboa, is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a right-back for VfL Bochum.

Gamboa is an international player for Costa Rica and played in the team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that reached the quarter-finals.

Club career

Gamboa was born in Liberia, Costa Rica. At age 15, he was deemed not good enough to play for Costa Rican clubs Saprissa and Alajuelense. He played from the 2006–2007 season for hometown club Municipal Liberia. He then moved abroad and joined Norwegian side Fredrikstad in summer 2010 and played there for two half seasons, before he joined Copenhagen in summer 2011. He made his debut in a 0–1 loss against Standard Liège in the UEFA Europa League.

Gamboa joined Rosenborg on a three-month-loan deal in August 2012 with the Norwegian club having an option to buy. He made his debut on 3 September 2012 in a Tippeligaen match away at Stabæk, winning 2–0. By November he had impressed sufficiently in the ten games he played in for Rosenborg for them to offer him a permanent deal, and he signed five-year contract with the club.

In late July 2014, English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion agreed to sign Gamboa for a fee estimated in the media as around £2 million. Because the player had insufficient recent international appearances for a work permit to be granted automatically, completion of the deal was dependent on a successful appeal to the Football Association, which was confirmed on 5 August. The player signed a three-year contract.

He made his debut on 26 August 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute in a League cup tie against Oxford United. He made his League debut a few days later against Swansea City, after which further substitute appearances followed. Gamboa finally made a starting appearance on 4 October in a 2–1 loss away at Liverpool in the league. Despite the defeat, he was reported as having turned in an impressive performance. It was however to be Gamboa's only league start that season, and he fell further out of favour when manager Alan Irvine was sacked in December and replaced by Tony Pulis. From January 2015 onwards to the end of the season, Gamboa only played one minute of first team football, coming on as an injury-time substitute in a fifth round FA Cup tie against West Ham in February 2015.

Gamboa continued to struggle to hold down a first team place in his second season in England, playing only two games early on in the season. He then went five months without a first team appearance, before making a return to the side in February 2016 in an FA Cup fourth round replay tie against Peterborough United.

On 30 August 2016, Gamboa signed for Scottish Premiership club Celtic on a three-year deal.

On 27 August 2019, Gamboa joined VfL Bochum on a two-year deal.

International career

He participated in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup for Costa Rica where they finished in fourth place. He has represented Costa Rica in other international games.

He made his debut for the Costa Rica national football team in January 2010, in a friendly match against Argentina. Gamboa scored his first goal in a 7–0 home win against Guyana in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. He was selected for the Costa Rica national team against part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and played in all five games, reaching the quarter final where they were eventually knocked out on penalty kicks by the Netherlands.

In May 2018 he was selected in Costa Rica's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Personal life

Gamboa is married to Melissa Salazar and they have two children, Felipe and Julián.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Municipal Liberia 2006-07 Primera División 16 0 0 0 16 0
2007-08 26 0 0 0 26 0
2008-09 13 0 0 0 13 0
2009-10 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68 0
Fredrikstad 2010 Adeccoligaen 11 1 0 0 3 0 14 1
2011 Tippeligaen 16 0 1 0 17 0
Total 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 31 1
Copenhagen 2011–12 Superliga 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rosenborg 2012 Tippeligaen 10 0 0 0 6 0 16 0
2013 28 0 2 0 4 0 34 0
2014 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 40 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 52 0
West Bromwich Albion 2014–15 Premier League 10 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
2015–16 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
Total 11 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Celtic 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 17 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 21 0
2017–18 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2018–19 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 7 0
Total 20 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 31 0
VfL Bochum 2019–20 2. Bundesliga 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Career Total 192 2 7 0 6 0 18 0 3 0 226 2

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Costa Rica 2010 4 0
2011 4 0
2012 3 1
2013 12 0
2014 10 0
2015 12 1
2016 7 1
2017 11 0
2018 11 0
2019 4 0
2020 1 0
Total 79 3

International goals

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Gamboa goal.
List of international goals scored by Cristian Gamboa
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2012 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Guyana
2–0
7–0
2014 World Cup qualifier
2 13 November 2015 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Haiti
1–0
1–0
2018 World Cup qualifier
3 28 May 2016 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Venezuela
2–1
2–1
Friendly

Honours

Club

Municipal Liberia

  • Costa Rican Primera División: Clausura 2009
Copenhagen
  • Danish Cup: 2011–12

Celtic

VfL Bochum

International

Costa Rica

Individual

  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2017
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