Rodolfo Zelaya

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Rodolfo Zelaya
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Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Antonio Zelaya García
Date of birth (1988-07-03) July 3, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Usulután, El Salvador
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Second striker
Number 11
Youth career
2001 CD Alacrán
2004 San Rafael
2004–2005 Atlético La Merced
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Intipucá 36 (27)
2008 Chalatenango 16 (8)
2008–2009 Alianza 29 (18)
2009 León (loan) 10 (1)
2009–2010 León 0 (0)
2010 Alianza (loan) 29 (14)
2011–2013 Alianza 25 (17)
2011–2012 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 13 (3)
2013 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Alianza 3 (0)
National team
2008– El Salvador 37 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 July 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Zelaya and the second or maternal family name is García.

Rodolfo Antonio Zelaya García (born July 3, 1988 in Usulután) is a Salvadoran footballer who is currently serving a one year ban due to involvement in match fixing.

Club career[edit]

Zelaya started his career playing for C.D. San Rafael in 2004 where he played for one year. The following season, he moved to Atlético La Merced. In July 2006, both Zelaya and Rusvel Saravia were offered contracts to play for one of El Salvadors biggest clubs, C.D. Águila. Unfortunately for both Zelaya and Saravia, they could not come to terms with the club over their proposed salaries, and as a result, the transfer fell through. Zelaya then moved on to play in Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño with A.D. Intipucá. After 2 years with the club, Zelaya caught the attention of C.D. Chalatenango coach Vladan Vićević. After meeting with Vivevic, Zelaya was offered, and accepted a contract to play with his first Primera División club C.D. Chalatenango. Zelaya went on to impress in his first season with the club and grew a fan base with both spectators and reporters for being one of El Salvador's most promising young strikers.

In 2008, Zelaya moved to Alianza F.C. after former C.D. Chalatenango president Lisandro Pohl switched clubs. This switch lead to Pohl taking various players with him to Alianza F.C. whose rights he supposedly owned due to them being bought when he was president at C.D. Chalatenango.

Mexico[edit]

On June 15, 2009, Zelaya was one of the three Salvadoran footballers signed to Mexican club Club León on a loan deal, the other two were Cristian Castillo and Julio Enrique Martínez.[1] On 3 December 2009, it was announced that Club León had permanently signed Zelaya along with the other two Salvadorans with a three-year contract. On 12 December 2009, it was confirmed by Alianza's own president, Lisandro Pohl, that Zelaya would return to Alianza on a loan deal.[2] Zelaya later played without a loan deal and participated at the Clausura 2011, where he was top goalscorer with 13 goals to his part. He also had the opportunity to reign champion and score 2 goals at the final to give his team the championship.[3]

Russia[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Zelaya signed with Russian First Division club FC Alania Vladikavkaz on a loan transfer for six months. Alania may be able to redeem his transfer by January 2012.[4] On August 9, 2011, Zelaya debuted at the Russian league championship in a match against Torpedo Vladimir as a starter. On November 4, he scored two goals against Mordovia Saransk, but also received a knee injury that would rule him out for 7 months. [5] During the summer of 2012, Alania decided not to keep him and sent him back to Alianza. On January 26, 2013, he once again signed a six-month loan to rejoin Alania Vladikavkaz, who had been promoted to the Russian Premiere League. He was sent back to Alianza in June after his contract expired.

Match-fixing ban[edit]

On October 10, 2013, Zelaya was banned for 1 year due to his involvement with match fixing.[6]

International career[edit]

Zelaya officially received his first cap on April 23, 2008 in a friendly match against China.[7] He scored his first goal with the national team on September 6, 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Haiti. This game also saw him score his first hat-trick which lead El Salvador to a 5-0 win against the then Caribbean Nations Cup champions. At the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Zelaya received two trophies for the best player in the matches against Cuba and Panama.[8] Overall, Zelaya scored 4 goals being the second top goalscorer of the tournament. Zelaya was noted by Goal.com as being one of the Best XI of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup — alongside Javier Hernández as forwards.[9] CONCACAF also noted "Fito" scoring the fifth best goal of the tournament, a decent feat considering 80 goals scored in the tournament.[10]

International Goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competitions
1 September 6, 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Haiti
5-0
2010 WCQ
2 September 6, 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Haiti
5-0
2010 WCQ
3 September 6, 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Haiti
5-0
2010 WCQ
4 October 15, 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Suriname
3-0
2010 WCQ
5 September 4, 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  Honduras
2-2
Friendly
6 September 4, 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  Honduras
2-2
Friendly
7 May 29, 2011 Robertson Stadium, Houston, USA  Honduras
2-2
Friendly
8 June 9, 2011 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, USA  Costa Rica
1-1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9 June 12, 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Cuba
6-1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10 June 12, 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Cuba
6-1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 June 19, 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C., USA  Panama
1-1 (3-5 pen.)
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12 September 2, 2011 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Dominican Republic
3-2
2014 WCQ
13 September 2, 2011 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Dominican Republic
3-2
2014 WCQ
14 July 8, 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA  Trinidad and Tobago
2-2
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
15 July 8, 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA  Trinidad and Tobago
2-2
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
16 July 15, 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, USA  Haiti
1-0
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17 July 21, 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, USA  United States
1-5
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Alianza

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martínez, Zelaya y Castillo, hacia México". El Salvador.com. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Zelaya retorna al Alianza" (in Spanish). elgrafico.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alianza campeón Clausura 2011" (in Spanish). elgrafico.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Родольфо Зелая стал игроком "Алании" (видео)" (in Russian). fc-alania.ru. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Протокол матча "Алания" — "Торпедо" Владимир: Россия, Первенство России, ФНЛ 2011, Тур 20 — 1:0" (in Russian). Sportbox.ru. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Un año de castigo para Fito Zelaya". La Prensa Gráfica. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "International Friendly Matches 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  8. ^ Flores, Gustavo. ""Fito" Zelaya, el arma letal de la Azul" [Fito Zelaya, the lethal weapon of the Blue]. elsalvador.com. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Gubala, David. "Gold Cup Best XI: Mexico reigns supreme". goal.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  10. ^ CONCACAF

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