Claudio Morel Rodríguez

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Claudio Morel Rodríguez
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Personal information
Full name Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez
Date of birth (1978-02-02) 2 February 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back, Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sarmiento de Leones
Youth career
1995–1998 San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 San Lorenzo 135 (2)
2004–2010 Boca Juniors 149 (1)
2010–2012 Deportivo La Coruña 33 (0)
2012–2014 Independiente 53 (1)
2014 Sol de América 11 (0)
2015 12 de Octubre 0 (0)
2016 Sarmiento de Leones 0 (0)
National team
2000 Paraguay U23
1999–2010 Paraguay 35 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 November 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2010

Claudio Marcelo Morel Rodríguez (born 2 February 1978 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan footballer who currently plays for Sarmiento de Leones in the Torneo Federal B.

He also plays as a left back for the Paraguay national team. He is the son of ex-Paraguayan footballer Eugenio Morel.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

San Lorenzo[edit]

Morel Rodríguez started his career in Argentina with San Lorenzo in the Primera División. In the 2000–01 season he won the Clausura with San Lorenzo, and in 2001 he helped them win the Copa Mercosur, beating Brazilian club Flamengo in the final.

He scored his first goal for the club on 5 October 2002 in a 2–1 win over Newell's Old Boys at the Estadio Pedro Bidegain.[1] He won the 2002 Copa Sudamericana with the club, beating Atlético Nacional of Colombia 4–0 in the final in November 2002.[2]

He scored one more goal for San Lorenzo also in the 2002–03 season, and also against Newell's Old Boys, in a 2–1 defeat on 2 May 2003 at the Estadio Newell's Old Boys.[3]

Boca Juniors[edit]

He moved to Boca Juniors in 2004 and made his Boca debut in a 0–0 draw against Lanús on 15 August 2004.[4] His first trophy with Boca came in 2004 when the club won the Copa Sudamericana, by beating Bolivian club Bolivar 2–1 over two legs in the final. In 2005, he won the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Sudamericana as well as winning both the 2005 Apertura and the 2006 Clausura in the 2005–2006 season. He won the Recopa Sudamericana 2006 with Boca, beating São Paulo 4–3 on aggregate.

On 10 February 2007, Morel scored his first goal with Boca Juniors in a 4–0 victory over Banfield,[5] later that year in December he played in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and helped Boca to the runners-up spot, losing to Italian club A.C. Milan 4–2 in the final.

He was runner-up behind fellow Paraguayan Salvador Cabañas in the 2007 South American Footballer of the Year award. He was also selected in the "Ideal Eleven of South America in 2007[6]". In August 2008 he helped Boca win the 2008 Recopa Sudamericana, beating fellow Argentine club Arsenal 5–3 on aggregate. In December 2008 he was chosen as the Paraguayan footballer of the year by the press.[7]

On 20 June 2010, prior to Paraguay's group match against Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Boca Juniors announced they would not renew Morel Rodríguez' contract.[8]

Return to Paraguay[edit]

In 2015, He and Sol de América colleague Aureliano Torres both joined 12 de Octubre of the División Intermedia.[9]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut in 1999.

Morel Rodríguez also represented Paraguay U23 at the 2000 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament, making three appearances.[10][11][12]

He played in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, and has played in the qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup.

Honours[edit]

San Lorenzo
Boca Juniors
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Equipo Temporada Liga local Copa local(1) Competición
internacional(2)
Total
PJ Goles PJ Goles PJ Goles PJ Goles
San Lorenzo
1998– 1999 8 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999– 2000 27 0 -- -- -- 27 0
2000– 2001 10 0 -- -- -- 10' 0
2001– 2002 29 0 -- -- -- 29 0
2002– 2003 32 2 -- -- -- 40 2
2003– 2004 29 0 -- -- -- 29 0
Total 135 2 -- -- 50 1 185 3
Boca Juniors
Apertura 2004 14 0 -- -- 2 0 16 0
Clausura 2005 11 0 -- -- 6 0 16 0
Apertura 2005 9 0 -- -- 2 0 11 0
Clausura 2006 10 0 -- -- 0 0 10 0
Apertura 2006 16 0 -- -- 4 0 20 0
Torneo Clausura 2007 13 1 -- -- 14 0 27 1
Torneo Apertura 2007 15 0 -- -- 4 0 19 0
Clausura 2008 13 0 -- -- 9 0 22 0
Torneo Apertura 2008 16 0 -- -- 2 0 18 0
Torneo Clausura 2009 8 0 -- -- 5 0 13 0
Torneo Apertura 2009 11 0 -- -- 2 0 13 0
Torneo Clausura 2010 13 0 -- -- 0 0 13 0
Total 149 1 -- -- 50 0 199 1
Deportivo de La Coruña 2010/2011 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
2011/2012 18 0 1 0 -- -- 19 0
Total 33 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
Total de su carrera 317 3 2 0 100 1 419 4

Estadísticas actualizadas a la fecha: 29 de mayo de 2012.[13]

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