Francisco Javier Rodríguez

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Francisco Javier Rodríguez
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Rodríguez lining up for Mexico in 2014
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo
Date of birth (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Mazatlán, Mexico
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Guadalajara 171 (4)
2008–2011 PSV 60 (4)
2011–2012 VfB Stuttgart 40 (2)
2013–2014 América 48 (1)
2014– Cruz Azul 10 (0)
National team
2004 Mexico U23 3 (0)
2004– Mexico 98 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Pinedo.

Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjer roˈðɾiɣes]; born 20 October 1981) is a Mexican footballer currently playing for Liga MX club Cruz Azul and the Mexican national team.

Club career[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Francisco Javier Rodríguez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa,[1] which is the origin of his nickname "Maza" (short for Mazatlán). He began his professional career with Guadalajara, debuting for the club during the Apertura 2002 tournament.

During the Apertura 2006, Rodríguez played a pivotal role in Guadalajara's championship-winning run, winning the final second-leg match 2–1 (3–2 on aggregate) against Toluca on 10 December. The win gave Chivas their eleventh league championship, a record which stood until América matched their eleven championships in 2013.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Rodriguez during his time as a player with PSV Eindhoven.

On 9 May 2008, it was announced that he was transferred for USD $1.8 million to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, making him the second Mexican in the squad along with Carlos Salcido. Rodríguez started his debut season mostly on the bench, and proved to be an alternative as one of two centre backs such as Dirk Marcellis. He scored his first goal with the Dutch giants on 25 November 2008 with a blistering 30-yard shot against Heracles Almelo.

Prior to the start of the 2009–10 season, Rodríguez was given the number four jersey, previously worn by Manuel da Costa, who had transferred to Fiorentina in January 2008. He played a more central role in the team, having won a starting spot in the center of defence for both the Eredevisie and the Europa League.

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

On 14 July 2011, Rodríguez signed a three-year contract with VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee.[2][3] Rodríguez made his Bundesliga debut on 6 August 2011 in a 3–0 win against Schalke 04. He registered an assist in the 37th minute to Cacau, which gave Stuttgart a 2–0 lead in their 3–0 victory.[4]

América[edit]

On 2 January 2013, Rodríguez was transferred to América.[5]

Cruz Azul[edit]

On 4 June 2014, Rodríguez was transferred to Cruz Azul.

International career[edit]

Mexico U23[edit]

Rodríguez was part of the Mexican 2004 Olympic football team that was eliminated in the group stage, having finished third in Group A, below group winners Mali and South Korea.

Mexico national team[edit]

Rodríguez made his debut with the senior team on 18 February 2004 in a friendly match against Chile in Carson, California. He scored his first goal for Mexico on 8 July 2005 in a 1–2 CONCACAF Gold Cup loss against South Africa.

On 2 April 2006, he was called up by coach Ricardo Lavolpe to participate in that years World Cup. Rodríguez played in the match against Portugal.

Rodríguez was a part of the Mexico squad who participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was a starter in all of Mexico's group matches, and played the Round of 16 match against Argentina.

During the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Rodríguez, and four other members of the Mexican national team, tested positive for the banned substance of Clenbuterol and were withdrawn from the team's tournament squad.[6] However, all players were exonerated as FIFA determined that the accused had accidentally ingested the banned substance through contaminated meat that had been served during a pre-tournament training camp.[7] However, World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban.[8] But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was available for them.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 May 2013[10][11][12][13]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200203 Guadalajara Primera División 2 0 2 0
200304 32 0 32 0
200405 30 0 30 0
200506 26 0 7 0 33 0
200607 44 4 44 4
200708 37 1 2 1 6 1 45 2
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2008–09 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 9 1 3 0 12 1
2009–10 29 1 2 0 7 0 38 1
2010–11 22 2 5 0 6 0 31 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2011–12 VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 26 2 3 0 29 2
2012–13 14 0 2 0 5 0 21 0
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2012–13 América Liga MX 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Total Mexico 191 5 4 1 13 1 208 7
Netherlands 60 4 7 0 16 0 81 4
Germany 40 2 5 0 5 0 50 2
Career total 291 11 14 1 34 1 339 13

International[edit]

As of 2 April 2014
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2004 10 0
2005 16 1
2006 7 0
2007 8 0
2008 0 0
2009 2 0
2010 13 0
2011 9 0
2012 10 0
2013 13 0
2014 3 0
Total 91 1

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 July 2005 The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States  South Africa 1–2 1–2 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Guadalajara
PSV
América
Cruz Azul

International[edit]

Mexico

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "VfB sign Maza". VfB Stuttgart. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Francisco ´Maza´ Rodríguez moves to VfB Stuttgart". PSV Eindhoven. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 3–0 Schalke 04". ESPN Soccernet. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuttgart – the Mexican’s second home.". VfB Stuttgart. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Five Mexico Players Test Positive". ESPN Soccernet. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "FMF absolvió a acusados de dopaje". ESPNDeportes Mexico (in Spanish). 10 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "FOOTBALL – THE CAS DISMISSES URGENT REQUEST FOR A STAY FILED BY OLYMPIAKOS VOLOU". The Court of Arbitration for Sport. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "WADA withdraws CAS appeal in case of Mexican footballers". World Anti-Doping Agency. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Francisco Rodríguez". Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Medio Tiempo stats". [dead link]
  12. ^ "Francisco Javier Pinedo Rodriguez". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Maza > Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Francisco Javier Rodriguez's Senior National Team Goals". 

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