Lenny Rodrigues

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Lenny Rodrigues
Personal information
Full name Lenny Rodrigues
Date of birth (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Verna, Goa, India
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
Churchill Brothers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Churchill Brothers
2014–2016 Pune City 29 (1)
2015Dempo (loan) 18 (1)
2016Mohun Bagan (loan) 8 (1)
2017Bengaluru (loan) 14 (1)
2017–2018 Bengaluru 17 (1)
2018– Goa 7 (0)
National team
2012–2015 India 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:39, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:28, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Lenny Rodrigues (born 10 May 1987) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Goa in the Indian Super League.


Early career[edit]

Born in Verna, Goa, began to develop a passion for football when his grandfather took him to watch local matches.[1] He began playing for Fransa-Pax before the club folded. Rodrigues then spent a year and a half with Salgaocar before turning down a professional contract with the club to join his boyhood club, Churchill Brothers.[1] While with Churchill Brothers, Rodrigues helped the club win the I-League twice, one Federation Cup, and one Durand Cup.[1] Also while with Churchill Brothers, Rodrigues made the transition from playing as a forward to playing as a defensive midfielder.[1]

Pune City[edit]

On 22 July 2014, Rodrigues was selected as the first ever pick in the 2014 ISL Inaugural Domestic Draft by Pune City.[2] He made his debut for the club in their first ever match against Delhi Dynamos on 14 October 2014. He started and played the whole match as it ended 0–0.[3]

Dempo and Mohun Bagan loans[edit]

Prior to the 2014–15 season, Rodrigues was loaned out to I-League side, Dempo.[4] He made his debut for the club on 17 January 2015 against Bengaluru. He started and played the whole match as it ended 0–0.[5] The next season, Rodrigues was loaned to Mohun Bagan.[4] He made his debut for the club in their AFC Cup match against Maziya. He started and played 84 minutes as Mohun Bagan won 5–2.[6]

Bengaluru loan[edit]

After the conclusion of the 2016 ISL season, Rodrigues was loaned out to another I-League side, Bengaluru, on 15 December 2016.[4] Rodrigues made his debut for the club on 7 January 2017 in their opening match against Shillong Lajong. Partnering with Cameron Watson, he started and played the whole match as Bengaluru won 3–0.[7] Rodrigues then scored his first goal for the club on 5 March 2017 against Minerva Punjab. His 17th minute striker was the only one in a 1–0 victory for Bengaluru.[8]


On 23 July 2017, Rodrigues was selected in the 8th round of the 2017–18 ISL Players Draft by Bengaluru for the 2017–18 Indian Super League season.[9] He then made his re-debut for the side on 23 August 2017 in their AFC Cup knockout match against April 25. He started the match and scored Bengaluru's third goal in a 3–0 victory before coming off in the 89th minute.[10]

On 20 April 2018, Rodrigues earned his only trophy for the club as a permanent player when he started for Bengaluru in their 4–1 victory over East Bengal in the Super Cup.[11]


On 20 March 2018 it was announced that Rodrigues would move to Goa for the 2018–19 season.[12]


Rodrigues made his international debut for India on 23 February 2012 against Oman. He came on as a substitute as India lost 5–1.[13]

International stats[edit]

As of 17 March 2015[14]
India national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 7 0
2013 11 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
Total 22 0



Churchill Brothers[15]
Mohun Bagan[15]




  1. ^ a b c d "Rodrigues makes presence felt". Indian Express. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ Ghoshal, Amoy (21 July 2014). "ISL domestic player draft: Mumbai and Kerala pick four India internationals each". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Delhi Dynamos 0-0 Pune City". Soccerway.
  4. ^ a b c "Bengaluru sign midfielder Lenny Rodrigues". ESPN. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Bengaluru 0-0 Dempo". Soccerway.
  6. ^ "Mohun Bagan 5-2 Maziya". Soccerway.
  7. ^ "Bengaluru 3-0 Shillong Lajong". Soccerway.
  8. ^ "Minerva Punjab 0-1 Bengaluru". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "ISL 2017 player draft, as it happened: ATK, Jamshedpur FC and Pune strike big". The Field. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Bengaluru 3-0 April 25". Soccerway.
  11. ^ "Super Cup 2018 Final Highlights: Bengaluru FC thrash East Bengal 4-1 to lift inaugural Super Cup trophy". Indian Express. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  12. ^ Lopes, Flavio (20 March 2018). "New signing Lenny hopes to win title with FC Goa next year". Times of India. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Oman 5-1 India". national-football-teams.
  14. ^ "Rodrigues, Lenny". National-Football-Teams.
  15. ^ a b c d "Lenny Rodrigues". Soccerway.

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