Juan Pablo Rodríguez

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Juan Pablo Rodríguez
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Personal information
Full name Juan Pablo Rodríguez Guerrero
Date of birth (1979-08-07) August 7, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Santos Laguna
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Atlas 189 (53)
2003–2006 Tecos UAG 107 (12)
2006 Guadalajara 13 (0)
2007– Club Santos Laguna 271 (33)
Total 579 (98)
National team
1999 Mexico U-20 5 (2)
2000–2006 Mexico 43 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 8, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Pablo Rodríguez Guerrero (born August 7, 1979 in Zapopan, Jalisco) is a Mexican footballer. He currently plays for Santos Laguna in the Primera División de México.

Career[edit]

Nicknamed "El Chato" or "Comandante", he is one of the many skilled soccer players to have come out of Club Atlas. He was part of the Atlas' famous 98' generation alongside Rafael Márquez and others who brightened the future for Mexico national squad. His dead ball especialty skills and great vision of the field won him the right to represent his country.

Rodriguez became captain of Club Atlas at the age of 21. His mature performances in central midfield during the 1999 Copa Libertadores provoked much interest on the part of the League's big teams.[1] After playing and growing as a player in Atlas for six years, Rodriguez joined Tecos UAG.

In Tecos UAG, Rodriguez's high point came in 2005, when he and Daniel Luduena led the team to the final, only to lose against Club América.

In 2006, he joined Chivas de Guadalajara for the Apertura 2006 in the Mexican league, and then to Santos Laguna at Clausura 2007.

At Chivas de Guadalajara, his performance was criticized by the media, who thought Rodríguez could only perform well without pressure, which led to transfer rumors, realized when he joined Santos, with bad reviews following him during the first part of the season, with his new team struggling to remain in Primera División. However, in 2007 Clausura he displayed good enough football to earn a starting place.

At the start of the Apertura 2007, in the second game, Rodríguez scored a magnificent goal against Club Toluca, eventually beating them 3-2. He also scored in the match against Puebla F.C..

An international since 2003, Rodríguez has 36 caps for Mexico, with 2 goals. He was part of 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup where Mexico won. He was also present in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, with the national side finishing fourth, losing on penalties against Germany.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 20, 2003 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Jamaica 5–0 5–0 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honors[edit]

Guadalajara[edit]

Santos Laguna[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

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