Alberto Junior Rodríguez
|Full name||Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar|
|Date of birth||31 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Lima, Peru|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2017
Born in Lima, Rodríguez joined Sporting Cristal's youth system at the age of 16. During his four full seasons he never appeared in less than 30 Primera División matches, with the capital side winning three Clausura titles.
On 28 December 2006, Rodríguez signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Primeira Liga club S.C. Braga and, on 18 February 2007, played his first league match against U.D. Leiria. He finished his first season in Portugal with nine appearances, helping the Minho team finish fourth.
In the following four campaigns, Rodríguez was irregularly used by Braga due to constant injury problems, but contributed with 20 games as the team finished in a best-ever second place in 2010, adding seven contests in their subsequent runner-up run in the UEFA Europa League. On 27 May 2011, he penned a four-year contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Under former Braga boss Domingos Paciência, Rodríguez's first and only season with Sporting was again greatly undermined by physical problems, and he only appeared in 13 official matches. In mid-July 2012 he was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña in La Liga, moving to the Spanish club as many teammates, but returned to Lisbon after failing on his medical.
Rodríguez started representing Peru during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and quickly became a defensive cornerstone for the national side. He appeared for the country at the 2007 Copa América, in an eventual quarter-final exit.
- Sporting Cristal
- Rio Ave
- Braga bring in Peruvian youngster; UEFA.com, 29 December 2006
- "U. Leiria-Sp. Braga, 1–0 (Slusarski 90+2)" (in Portuguese). Record. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Rodriguez assinou por quatro épocas: «Quero ser campeão» (Rodriguez signed for four seasons: «I want to be champion»); A Bola, 27 May 2011 (in Portuguese)
- Sporting: Rodríguez foi operado (Sporting: Rodríguez underwent surgery); Relvado, 31 March 2012 (in Portuguese)
- Godinho Lopes admite número anormal de lesões (Godinho Lopes admits to abnormal number of injuries); Record, 16 April 2012 (in Portuguese)
- Official: Alberto Rodriguez joins Deportivo on loan from Sporting Lisbon; Goal.com, 14 July 2012
- El Deportivo incorpora al peruano Alberto Rodríguez (Deportivo adds Peruvian Alberto Rodríguez); El Correo Gallego, 14 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- D. Corunha: Alberto Rodríguez não passou nos exames médicos (D. Corunha: Alberto Rodríguez did not pass medical); Mais Futebol, 18 July 2012 (in Portuguese)
- Alberto Rodríguez no fichará por falta de acuerdo (Alberto Rodríguez will not sign for lack of agreement); Diario AS, 22 July 2012 (in Spanish)
- "Alberto Rodriguez trocou o Sporting pelo Rio Ave" [Alberto Rodriguez switched Sporting for Rio Ave] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Peru through, Uruguay spoil the party". FIFA.com. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2014.