Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is dos Santos and the second or paternal family name is Rodrigues.
Cristiano
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Personal information
Full name Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues
Date of birth (1981-06-03) 3 June 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 NAC 70 (18)
2002–2006 Roda JC 99 (34)
2006–2007 Basel 7 (1)
2007 Willem II (loan) 12 (5)
2007–2008 Willem II 13 (1)
2008–2010 Adelaide United 49 (11)
2010–2011 Tarxien Rainbows 27 (8)
2011–2012 White City 7 (4)
2012–2013 C.D. Olimpia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2012.

Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues (born 3 June 1981), commonly known as Cristiano, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cristiano began his club career with Dutch club NAC Breda. He signed his first professional contract with Breda at age 16. Cristiano was impressive, without being a prolific goal scorer and spent four years with Breda before moving to fellow Dutch side Roda JC.

Cristiano's performances with Breda impressed Roda manager Wiljan Vloet who was desperate to bring the Brazilian to the club. Cristiano averaged 0.34 goals a game in his four-year stint with Roda.

FC Basel[edit]

After eight seasons in the Netherlands, Cristiano sought a new challenge in a foreign country and jumped at the opportunity to join Swiss giants FC Basel. He played his team debut on 10 September 2006 as Basel won 2:1 at home against FC Zürich in the St. Jakob-Park.[1] Cristiano struggled to command a regular starting spot in to the side (though did win the Swiss Cup), and eventually went on loan back to the Netherlands with Willem II of Tilburg. His loan spell with Willem II was very successful, scoring 5 goals in 12 appearances. Willem II made Cristiano's move permanent at the end of the 2006–07 season.

Willem II[edit]

Cristiano was unable to capture his form from his loan spell the previous season. Despite being well known in the Netherlands, he received tentative interest from other Dutch clubs due to his non-EU status requiring a high minimum salary, and began seeking options of regular football elsewhere.

Adelaide United[edit]

Cristiano moved to Australia to join A-League side Adelaide United at the start of the 2008–09 season. Adelaide had lost Nathan Burns and Bruce Djite in the off-season and were in desperate need for a permanent striker. After scoring on his debut in a pre-season match, Cristiano made his A-League debut in a 1–0 victory over Perth Glory. Cristiano was impressive in his debut, setting up the winning goal scored by Travis Dodd.[2]

Cristiano scored his first competitive goal for Adelaide United in Round three against Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium. Cristiano finished with a brace in a 3–0 victory.[3] After helping Adelaide United become the first Australian side to reach the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League, he scored a brace days later to help the Reds to a 2–0 victory over reigning premiers Newcastle Jets.[4]

Cristiano scored his fifth goal in seven A-League matches by getting on the score sheet in a 3–3 draw against Central Coast.[5] He scored the only goal of the Club World Cup fifth place play off against Egyptian club Al-Ahly the impressive twenty yard strike was awarded 'goal of the tournament'.[6][7]

In the 2008–09 Grand Final against Melbourne Victory, Cristiano was controversially red carded in the 10th minute.[8][9] However, this red card was rescinded from his record.

He was released from Adelaide after their 2010 Asian Champions League campaign after they were knocked out of the round of 16.

Tarxien Rainbows[edit]

During the 2010–11 summer transfer window he signed a two-year contract until 2011–12, with Maltese Premier League club Tarxien Rainbows.

White City[edit]

It was announced on 7 June 2011 that Cristiano would move back to Adelaide and sign with South Australian Premier League side White City FC with an aim to further his career in coaching and to aim for re-signing with his former A-League club, Adelaide United.[10]

Cristiano made his debut for White City FC in a 3–2 loss to Enfield City. He also scored from a header and was later sent off.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 1 January 2009)

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NAC Breda 1998–99 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
1999–00 13 3 2 1 0 0 15 4
2000–01 24 5 0 0 0 0 24 5
2001–02 29 9 3 1 0 0 32 10
Total 70 18 6 2 0 0 76 20
Roda JC 2002–03 25 6 2 0 0 0 27 6
2003–04 28 9 2 2 0 0 30 11
2004–05 16 6 1 0 0 0 17 6
2005–06 30 13 3 1 0 0 33 14
Total 99 34 8 3 0 0 107 37
FC Basel 2006–07 7 1 1 1 3 0 8 2
Total 7 1 1 1 3 0 11 2
Willem II Tilburg 2006–07 12 5 0 0 0 0 12 5
2007–08 13 1 2 0 0 0 15 1
Total 25 6 2 0 0 0 27 6
Adelaide United 2008–09 25 8 3 2 9 2 37 12
2009–10 24 3 - - 0 0 24 3
Total 49 11 3 2 9 2 61 15
Total 250 70 20 8 12 2 282 81

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008–09 A-League season etc.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Dominik (2006). "FCB besiegt den FC Zürich mit 2:1". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Dodd scores winner in 100th appearance for Reds". Adelaide United. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Cristiano inspires Adelaide to victory against Wellington". Adelaide United. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Cristiano double shoots down wounded Jets". Adelaide United. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Reds let it slip against Mariners". Adelaide United. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Adelaide get one-two for 'Goal of the Tournament'". Adelaide United. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  7. ^ "FIFA Match Report Al Ahly – Adelaide United". FIFA. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Vidmar fury after ref turns decider". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 March 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25125232-5000940,00.html
  10. ^ Gagliardi, Lee (7 June 2011). "White City sign Cristiano". Devine Premier League. Football Federation South Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  11. ^ [1]

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