Ricardo Rodríguez (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Araya.
Ricardo Rodríguez
Ricardo Rodriguez - Switzerland vs. Argentina, 29th February 2012.jpg
Rodríguez playing for Switzerland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Zürich, Switzerland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 34
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Zürich 35 (2)
2012– VfL Wolfsburg 79 (7)
National team
2009 Switzerland U17 5 (3)
2009–2010 Switzerland U18 10 (4)
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 15 (5)
2012 Switzerland U23 4 (0)
2011– Switzerland 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:54, 21 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2014

Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya (born 25 August 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a left back for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

A full international for Switzerland since 2011, Rodriguez has earned over 25 caps for the country. He was part of the Swiss team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and later that year was voted Swiss Footballer of the Year.

Club career[edit]

FC Zürich[edit]

Born in Zürich to a Spanish father and a Chilean mother, Rodríguez was part of the youth setup for FC Zürich, before joining the senior squad in 2009. He is fluent in Spanish.[citation needed]

VfL Wolfsburg[edit]

He was sold to VfL Wolfsburg on 20 January 2012 and made his Bundesliga debut against 1. FC Köln. Rodríguez went on to play every game of the season from that point on without being substituted, becoming a favorite on the left of the defence for manager Felix Magath.

Through the first ten league games of the following campaign, Rodríguez was once again an ever-present in the squad, featuring in all the outings, starting eight.[2]

On 9 November 2013, he scored his first goal for Wolfsburg, from a direct free kick in a home Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund.[3] The match ended in a 2–1 win for Wolfsburg, although they were losing at half-time.[4] His second goal for Wolfsburg came from the penalty spot against Hamburg on 29 November, earning his side a 1−1 draw.[5] He opened the scoring in their Bundesliga match on 14 December, curling the ball past keeper Sven Ulreich, as Wolfsburg won 3−1.[6] He finished the 2013–14 season with five league goals, in addition to nine assists.[7]

He scored his first ever goal in European football for Wolfsburg on 18 September 2014, netting directly from a free-kick after having previously scored an own-goal in a 4−1 defeat to English side Everton.[8]

International career[edit]

In 2009, he was part of the Swiss U-17 team who won the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He made his debut for the senior team on 7 October 2011 in Switzerland's 2–0 loss to Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying.[9] He played all three matches for Switzerland at the 2012 Olympics, in which they were eliminated in the group stage.[10]

On 13 May 2014, Rodríguez was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[11] In their opening group game against Ecuador on 15 June, he took the corner which was headed by Admir Mehmedi for the equaliser, as well as crossing for Haris Seferović to score the winner in a 2–1 victory.[12]






  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ricardo Rodriguez Bio". ESPNFC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wolfsburg trip up Dortmund". Sky Sports. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund". Soccerway. 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wolfsburg hang on for point". Sky Sports. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Home comforts for Wolfsburg". Sky Sports. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Scorer". Bundesliga. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Everton marked their Europa League return with a dominant victory over Germans Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.". BBC Sport. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ricardo Rodriguez". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2012. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Mexico into men's Olympic football quarterfinals". ESPN. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Wolfsburger Ricardo Rodriguez Schweizer Fußballer des Jahres [Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez Swiss Player of the Year]". Goal.com (in German). 2 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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