Raúl Rodríguez (footballer)

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Raúl Rodríguez
Raul Rodriguez 2013 Catalonia.jpg
Rodríguez playing for Catalonia in 2013
Personal information
Full name Raúl Rodríguez Navarro
Date of birth (1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Shanghai Shenxin
Number 21
Youth career
1999–2006 Josep Gené
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Vilassar Mar
2007–2010 Gramenet 83 (3)
2010–2011 Espanyol B 14 (0)
2010–2015 Espanyol 80 (0)
2015–2016 Houston Dynamo 52 (3)
2017– Shanghai Shenxin 0 (0)
National team
2011– Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2016.

Raúl Rodríguez Navarro (born 22 September 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Shanghai Shenxin F.C. as a central defender.

Football career[edit]


Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Rodríguez made his professional debuts with UDA Gramenet, going on to play in three full Segunda División B seasons with the team. In the 2010 summer he signed for neighbouring RCD Espanyol, being initially assigned to the B-side.

After the club sold Víctor Ruiz in the 2011 January transfer window, and Juan Forlín suffered a serious injury, Rodríguez was propelled to the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino. On 27 November 2010 he made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for Dani Osvaldo in the last minute of a 3–2 away win against Atlético Madrid,[1] and finished his first professional season with ten appearances, including eight starts.

Rodríguez was definitely promoted to the main squad on 1 August 2011.[2] On 19 June 2012 he renewed his contract with the club, running until 2015.[3]

On 8 January 2015, having been completely ostracized by new coach Sergio, Rodríguez cut ties with the Pericos as it was due to expire on 30 June.[4]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

On 9 January 2015, Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer announced they had signed Rodríguez.[5] He made his debut for his new club on 8 March, being replaced in injury time of a 1–0 home win over the Columbus Crew.[6] His first goal came on 25 April, in a 4–4 draw against Sporting Kansas City.[7]


  1. ^ "Atlético Madrid 2–3 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez, al primer equip" [Raúl Rodríguez, to the first team] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez, fins al 2015" [Raúl Rodríguez, until 2015] (PDF) (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez rescinde su contrato con el Espanyol" [Raúl Rodríguez rescinds his contract with Espanyol]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Houston Dynamo expect signing of La Liga center back Raul Rodriguez to address backline weaknesses". Major League Soccer. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Match recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew SC 0". Houston Dynamo. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Lovell, Darrell (25 April 2015). "Match recap: Houston Dynamo 4, Sporting KC 4". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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