Francisco Javier Rodríguez
Rodríguez lining up for Mexico in 2014
|Full name||Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo|
|Date of birth||20 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Mazatlán, Mexico|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Francisco Javier Rodríguez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, 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.
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.
On 14 July 2011, Rodríguez signed a three-year contract with VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. 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.
On 4 June 2014, Rodríguez was transferred to Cruz Azul.
Mexico national team
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.
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. 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. However, World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban. But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was available for them.
- As of 2 April 2014
|1.||8 July 2005||The Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||South Africa||1–2||1–2||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
- Cruz Azul
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- 'Francisco Javier Rodríguez at fussballdaten.de (German)