David Rodríguez Sánchez

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David Rodríguez
Personal information
Full name David Rodríguez Sánchez
Date of birth (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Atlético B 68 (20)
2005 Ciudad Murcia (loan) 2 (0)
2006 Las Palmas (loan) 21 (1)
2007–2008 Salamanca 38 (14)
2008–2010 Almería 9 (1)
2008–2009 Celta (loan) 36 (8)
2010–2014 Celta 71 (26)
2012–2013 Sporting Gijón (loan) 37 (13)
2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 (1)
National team
2001–2002 Spain U16 6 (11)
2002–2003 Spain U17 21 (13)
2003 Spain U18 3 (2)
2004–2005 Spain U19 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 12 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

David Rodríguez Sánchez (born 14 February 1986 in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward.

Football career[edit]

After leaving Atlético Madrid's youth academy, Rodríguez started professionally with Ciudad de Murcia in the second division. However, the lack of playing time for the Colchoneros' first team made him drop down to the third level in January 2006, as he moved to UD Las Palmas.

In the 2006–07 season Rodríguez returned to Atlético to play with its B-squad, being its top scorer, a feat which he repeated the following campaign with UD Salamanca in division two.

Such solid performances earned him a transfer to La Liga, moving for 400.000 to UD Almería. However, before 2008–09 began, he was loaned to Celta de Vigo, returning in the following summer to Andalusia.

Rodríguez made his top level debut on 30 August 2009, appearing in a 0–0 home draw against Real Valladolid.[1] On 22 November, he scored after just five minutes on the pitch but Almería lost 1–3 at RCD Mallorca,[2] and the player was only the fourth of fifth offensive option at the club during the season.[3]

On 16 July 2010, after having been suspended by Almería,[4] Rodríguez signed for Celta permanently, penning a four-year contract.[5] In his first year in his second spell he netted a career-best 17 goals, leading the Galicians to the sixth position in the regular season and the subsequent promotion playoffs.[6]

On 29 August 2012, after having contributed with nine goals in 28 matches to Celta's promotion, Rodríguez signed for second level outfit Sporting de Gijón.[7] He scored his first goal for his new club on 9 September, netting the opener in a 1–1 home draw against CD Lugo.[8]

On 30 January 2014 Rodríguez terminated his contract at Celta, completing a move to English club Brighton & Hove Albion the following day.[9] He made his debut in the Championship two days later, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–2 loss at Watford.

Personal[edit]

Rodríguez's younger brother, Sergio, is also a footballer. A defender, he played as a senior for Atlético Madrid and Celta,[10] in both cases only representing its reserves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almeria 0–0 Valladolid; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
  2. ^ Mallorca maintain run; ESPN Soccernet, 22 November 2009
  3. ^ "Ulloa, Goitom y Uche luchan por ser el '9'" [Ulloa, Goitom and Uche fight to be the '9'] (in Spanish). El Almería. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ El Almería aparta a David Rodríguez, que se acerca al Celta (Almería suspends David Rodríguez, who moves closer to Celta); Faro de Vigo, 13 July 2010 (Spanish)
  5. ^ El Celta refuerza su delantera con David Rodríguez (Celta strengthens offense with David Rodríguez); Fútbol de Segunda, 18 July 2010 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "David quiere superar los 17 goles de la pasada Liga" [David wants to top 17 goals from last league] (in Spanish). Faro de Vigo. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ David Rodríguez ya es rojiblanco (David Rodríguez is a rojiblanco); Fútbol Asturiano, 29 August 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ "El Lugo empata en Gijón ante el Sporting" [Lugo draws in Gijón against Sporting] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Albion seal David deal". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 31 January. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Sergio Rodríguez at BDFutbol

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