Alberto Junior Rodríguez

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Alberto Rodríguez
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Personal information
Full name Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar
Date of birth (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rio Ave
Number 2
Youth career
Deportivo Wanka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Sporting Cristal 155 (10)
2007–2011 Braga 79 (3)
2011–2012 Sporting CP 7 (0)
2012– Rio Ave 32 (3)
National team
2003– Peru 48 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Valdelomar.

Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar, nicknamed El mudo (mute) (born 31 March 1984), is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays for Rio Ave F.C. in Portugal, as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lima, Rodríguez started his football career with Deportivo Wanka, but was quickly taken to national powerhouse Sporting Cristal still aged 18. During his four full seasons he never appeared in less than 30 league matches, with the capital side winning three Clausura titles.

On 28 December 2006 Rodríguez signed a three 1/2-year deal with Portuguese League club Sporting de Braga[1] and, on 18 February 2007, played his first league match against U.D. Leiria.[2] He finished his first season with nine appearances, helping the Minho team finish fourth.

In the following four campaigns Rodríguez was irregularly used by Braga due to constant injury problems, but contributed with 20 games as the team finished in a best-ever second place in 2010, adding seven contests in the following campaign's UEFA Europa League, with his team achieving runner-up honours. On 27 May 2011, he penned a four-year contract with national powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal.[3]

Under former Braga boss Domingos Paciência, Rodríguez's first and only season with Sporting was again greatly undermined by physical problems, and he only appeared in 13 official matches.[4][5] In mid-July 2012 he was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña in La Liga, moving to the Spanish side as many teammates,[6][7] but returned to Lisbon after failing on his medical.[8][9]

On 24 July 2012 Rodríguez bought out his contract with Sporting, and signed for fellow top-divisioner Rio Ave FC.

International career[edit]

Rodríguez started representing Peru during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and quickly became a defensive cornerstone for the national side, representing it at the 2007 Copa América in an eventual quarterfinal exit.

He was also selected for the 2011 Copa América squad, being an important defensive unit as the Sergio Markarián-led team finished in third place in Argentina.[10]



Sporting Cristal
Rio Ave



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