Former Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Antonio Doblas retires from professional football
Goalkeeper Antonio Doblas, who played for Delhi Dynamos FC in Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2015 and 2016, has decided to retire from professional football at the age of 38. The Spanish custodian's illustrious career spans over 15 years, during which he won the prestigious Copa del Rey with Real Betis.
Doblas started off in the Betis youth setup and after impressing for the B team, was called up for the senior team in 2004. He made his La Liga debut in a 2-0 win against Getafe CF and soon established himself as the first-choice keeper for the Los Verdiblanco.
He played a central role in Betis' triumph in the Copa del Rey 2005. The Sevilla-born player emerged as Betis’ hero during the semi-final second leg match against Athletic Bilbao, in which he made two crucial saves during the penalty shootout. He moved to Real Zaragoza in 2008 and followed it up with stints with Xerez CD and Huesca in Spain.
Doblas' first venture abroad came with Azerbaijan-based side Xazar Lankaran. In 2014, he signed for Rafael Benitez’s Napoli but moved on after only a few months with the Italian club. He then joined Finnish side Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi and was part of the squad which won the Veikkausliiga and the Finnish Cup.
He arrived on Indian shores after signing for Delhi Dynamos ahead of Hero ISL 2015. In his debut season, Doblas made 12 appearances for the Lions, leading the team to the semi-finals. He was retained for the following season, in which he made 12 more appearances, keeping three clean sheets.
Since moving on, Doblas has plied his trade with Spanish clubs Extremadura and San Fernando CD. He returned to Asia in 2018 to play for Philippines-based side Ceres-Negros FC, which happened to be the last professional club of his playing career.