Rodrigo Defendi

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Rodrigo Defendi
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Defendi
Date of birth (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Vitória Guimarães
Number 2
Youth career
2004 Cruzeiro
2004–2005 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2006 Udinese (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Roma (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2009 Avellino 16 (0)
2010 Palmeiras B 0 (0)
2011 Paraná 0 (0)
2011–2012 Vitória de Guimarães 23 (1)
2013 Botafogo 0 (0)
2014 Vitória 0 (0)
2014– Vitória de Guimarães 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2014, 21:39 UTC.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo Defendi (born 16 June 1986 in Ribeirão Preto), is a Brazilian-Italian footballer who plays as a central defender for Vitória Guimarães,

Club career[edit]

A young centre-half signed from the Brazilian club Cruzeiro, the appropriately named Defendi is renowned for a deft left foot and a dominance in the air. He was first spotted as a 16-year-old by the then Tottenham Hotspur Director of Sport Frank Arnesen.

He became the first player signed under the ill-fated Frank Arnesen and Jacques Santini era at Spurs from Cruzeiro for a fee of £600,000 on July 3, 2004, although he had to wait for his passport to arrive in August for the deal to be officially completed. He failed to make a first team appearance for Tottenham but featured in a number of reserve team matches.

He was deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol, as he was first allowed to travel back to Brazil to seek a contract with a new club which proved unsuccessful, before he was farmed out on loan to Udinese Calcio in January 2006. He made two league appearances before leaving for A.S. Roma in August 2006, again on loan. He made an appearance in the Champions League and in the Coppa Italia for the capital club, but didn't manage to play a league game in Serie A.

Defendi returned to Tottenham Hotpur from AS Roma after his loan period ended. On August 9, 2007 Tottenham announced his departure to the Italian Serie B club U.S. Avellino on a permanent transfer.

Defendi became free agent after the bankruptcy of Avellino and returned Brazil. He joined Palmeiras reserves in March 2010.

18 May 2011, Defendi signed a contract with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitória Guimarães.[1]

On January 10, 2013, Defendi, after nine years playing in Europe, was presented by Botafogo, his new side.[2]

Honours[edit]

Botafogo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rodrigo Defendi é reforço (VÍDEO)". Vitória SC (in Portuguese). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ De volta ao Brasil após nove anos, Defendi é apresentado no Botafogo

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