Joao Rojas

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rojas and the second or maternal family name is Mendoza.
Joao Rojas
Joao Rojas Morelia.jpg
Rojas playing for Morelia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Joao Robin Rojas Mendoza
Date of birth (1989-06-14) 14 June 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth La Troncal, Cañar, Ecuador
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 9
Youth career
2006 Municipal Cañar
2008 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Técnico Universitario 67 (6)
2009–2011 Independiente DV 0 (0)
2009–2010 Emelec (loan) 75 (13)
2011 Morelia (loan) 42 (7)
2012–2013 Morelia 53 (11)
2013– Cruz Azul 111 (20)
National team
2009 Ecuador U-20 4 (2)
2008– Ecuador 34 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

Joao Robin Rojas Mendoza (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝoˈao ˈroxas]; born June 14, 1989) is an Ecuadorian footballer. He currently plays for Cruz Azul of the Liga MX, and Ecuador national team. He also holds Mexican citizenship.[1]

Club career[edit]

Ecuadorian clubs[edit]

At a young age, he had already played more than 80 games as a professional. He began in Municipal de Cañar as a juvenile for twelve months. The following year, he moved on to Deportivo Quevedo, but was then transferred to Barcelona for a while. In 2007, he moved to Tecnico Universitario where he began his real career. In the 2008 season, he won the award of best juvenile player of the tournament with Tecnico. However, since Tecnico did not qualify for the liguilla final, the club loaned him to River Plate in the Ecuadorian Second Division until January. He has currently been linked with a move to Emelec in the offseason.[2] LDU Quito, El Nacional, and Barcelona have been intersested in him as well but they have been put down because of his $1 million price tag.[3] On February 10, 2009, Rojas signed a contract with Emelec.

Monarcas Morelia[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Emelec loaned Rojas to Morelia on January 2011, in his first season Rojas scored five goals in 22 games, two of which goals were on the semi-final match against Club America, and also scored on the final against UNAM at home, drawing 1–1 in the first leg. but failed to win the championship, and settled for second.

2011–12 season[edit]

Monarcas secured his pass to the Michoacán club and received the number 10 shirt for the club. Rojas played 20 games and scored 2 goals. The second half of the season, also called the Clausura, Rojas helped the club to reach the semi-final stages of both the Mexican league and CONCACAF Champions League as well.

2012–13 season[edit]

Before the start of the Apertura 2012 season Morelia signed Jefferson Montero, Rojas' former Ecuador U-20 teammate, Rojas and Montero continuously assisted each other in both League and Copa MX matches. His first league goal of the season came in a 3–0 win against Puebla. Later he would score against Club León both league and cup matches, both within a week. He would go on to score two more goals against Querétaro and Atlas.

Cruz Azul[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On the Liga MX draft day, Joao Rojas was transferred to Cruz Azul, and was given the number 11 shirt. His club debut came on July 20, winning 1-0 against Monterrey. On July 26, Joao scored his first goal for Cruz Azul, losing 3-2 against Santos Laguna.

International career[edit]

He was called up to perform at the international level, getting his first cap against Mexico in November 2008. He came on as a substitute in the final minutes of the game. Rojas earned his first senior start the next year in March 2009, in a friendly played against El Salvador.

Rojas have been compared by "El Universo" to Christian Benítez because of his speed, skills, and size. He performed in the U-20 team in Venezuela for the 2009 South American Youth Championship.[4] He scored the two goals in Ecuador's 2-1 win against Peru in the youth championship. Rojas has now been called up for the upcoming South American World Cup Qualifiers and is in contention for a starting line up alongside Carlos Tenorio due to a shoulder injury. Rojas was picked in the 2014 World Cup by Reinaldo Rueda. He came on in the 77' in Ecuador first match against Switzerland.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1. 11 November 2011 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 1–2 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 21 March 2013 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador  El Salvador 5–0 5–0 International Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of February 21, 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Técnico Universitario 2007 36 3 36 3
2008 31 3 0 0 31 3
Total 67 6 0 0 67 6
Emelec 2009 32 6 4 0 36 6
2010 44 7 11 4 55 11
Total 76 13 15 4 91 17
Morelia 2011 Clausura 22 5 0 0 0 0 22 5
2011-12 38 4 0 0 6 3 44 7
2012-13 35 9 4 2 0 0 39 11
Total 95 18 4 2 6 3 105 23
Cruz Azul 2013-14 32 8 0 0 8 0 40 8
2014-15 28 4 0 0 5 1 33 5
2015–16 21 2 2 0 0 0 23 2
Total 81 14 2 0 13 1 96 15
Career total 319 51 6 2 34 8 359 61

National team[edit]

Ecuador national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 3 0
2010 6 0
2011 3 1
2012 4 0
2013 10 1
2014 6 0
2015 1 0
Total 34 2

Honours[edit]

Cruz Azul

References[edit]

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