Rodrigo Tello

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Tello and the second or maternal family name is Valenzuela.
Rodrigo Tello
Tello bjk 2009.jpg
Tello playing for Beşiktaş in 2009
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela
Date of birth (1979-10-14) 14 October 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Şanlıurfaspor
Number 41
Youth career
Universidad Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Universidad Chile 53 (7)
2001–2007 Sporting CP 113 (8)
2007–2010 Beşiktaş 119 (19)
2010–2014 Eskişehirspor 94 (5)
2014 Elazığspor 15 (2)
2014– Şanlıurfaspor 8 (0)
National team
2000–2010 Chile 36 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela (born 14 October 1979) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Şanlıurfaspor in the TFF First League. He usually operates as a left midfielder, but can also appear in the middle and as an offensive left back.

He spent most of his professional career in Portugal with Sporting, where he arrived at only 21. In 2007 he moved to Turkey where he remained several years, notably representing Beşiktaş.

A Chilean international for a full decade, Tello represented the country at the 2010 World Cup and the 2007 Copa América.

Club career[edit]

Born in Santiago, Tello began his career at local Club Universidad de Chile, making his professional debuts in 1999. He quickly made a good impression, being named the best midfielder in the country in 2000 and being transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of 7 million in January of the following year, alongside compatriot Mario Cáceres; at the time, it was a club record for the top division side.[1]

After a slow start, Tello eventually became an important first-team member – although he would be used mainly as a substitute – and even saw some time at left defender.[2][3]

In the 2007 summer Tello moved to Turkey and signed with Beşiktaş JK, being named to the Team of the Season in his second year as his team won the double. On 25 November 2009, during a UEFA Champions League group stage game against Manchester United, he scored from 25 yards to beat Ben Foster and help his side win it 1–0, the first match in that stage of the competition the English had lost at Old Trafford in eight years.[4]

On 25 July 2010, aged 30, Tello left Beşiktaş but continued in the Süper Lig, signing a three-year contract with Eskişehirspor. In January 2014, he moved to fellow top-divisioner Elazığspor.

International career[edit]

A full Chilean international since his early 20's, Tello represented the country at the 2007 Copa América, where the national side exited in the last-eight after a 1–6 loss against eventual winners Brazil, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, playing in the second half of the round-of-16 0–3 defeat to the same opponents.[5]

He also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 September 2000 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Honduras 1–0 5–2 Friendly
2. 29 March 2000 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1–1 4–1 2002 World Cup qualification
3. 30 May 2010 Estadio Municipal, Concepción, Chile  Israel 3–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad Chile
Sporting
Beşiktaş

Country[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luz-verde para Rodrigo Tello" [Green light to Rodrigo Tello] (in Portuguese). Record. 4 January 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "O «novo» Tello e o «velhos» Pintos" [«New» Tello and «old» Pintos] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rui Jorge na calha para render Tello" [Rui Jorge poised to replace Tello] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Beşiktaş triumph at Old Trafford; UEFA.com, 26 November 2009[dead link]
  5. ^ Rodrigo TelloFIFA competition record
  6. ^ "Rodrigo Tello". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 

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