Costa Rica int’l Bolaños joins Qatar’s Al Gharafa

Costa Rica international Christian Bolaños (pictured) was officially presented as the newest addition of Qatar's Al Gharafa on February 2, 2015. (Photo: Algharafa.com)

AL-RAYYAN, Qatar -- Costa Rica international Christian Bolaños was unveiled Monday as the newest member of Qatari side Al Gharafa, replacing recently departed Brazilian Rene.

The 30-year-old, who played with Cartagines in the 2014 Costa Rican Invierno, competed in each of the Ticos’ five matches during their run to 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.

Bolaños has enjoyed an honor-filled career at home and abroad.  With Saprissa, he won three Costa Rican league titles (2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07), a CONCACAF Champions Cup (2005) and a Copa Interclubes UNCAF (2003).  With the Monstruo Morado, the winger was named the Bronze Ball recipient at the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. 

In 2007, Bolaños made the jump to Europe, where he played with three clubs: Odense (Denmark, 2007-08), Start (Norway, 2008-10) and FC Copenhagen (Denmark, 2010-14). 

With Copenhagen, Bolaños captured two Danish league championships (2010/11, 2012/13) and a Danish Cup (2011/12), making appearances in 22 UEFA Champions League games (3 goals) and 10 UEFA Europa League encounters (0 goals). 

He has also taken part in three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2007, 2011).