Rodolfo Bodipo

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Rodolfo Bodipo
Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Bodipo Díaz
Date of birth (1977-10-25) 25 October 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Dos Hermanas, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Mancha Real (coach)
Youth career
Dos Hermanas
CD Montequinto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Ángulo CF
1996–1997 UA Ceutí
1997–1998 Albacete B
1997–1998 Hellín (loan) ? (6)
1998 Isla Cristina 9 (2)
1998–2001 Recreativo 96 (21)
2001–2004 Racing Santander 81 (27)
2004–2006 Alavés 74 (23)
2006–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 90 (12)
2010 Vaslui (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2011 Elche (loan) 24 (2)
2013 Xerez 10 (2)
National team
2003–2013 Equatorial Guinea 10 (1)
Teams managed
2017– Mancha Real
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rodolfo Bodipo Díaz (born 25 October 1977) is a Equatoguinean retired footballer who played as a striker, and the current manager of Spanish club Atlético Mancha Real.

He appeared in 158 games in La Liga over the course of eight seasons, scoring 32 goals in representation of Racing de Santander, Alavés and Deportivo. He added 200/53 in Segunda División, and spent almost his entire professional career in Spain.

Club career[edit]

Bodipo was born in the Spanish city of Dos Hermanas, Seville in a biracial background, his father being Equatoguinean and his mother Spanish. After having played youth football with three clubs, including hometown's Dos Hermanas CF[1] and Sevilla FC,[2] and spending his first three-and-a-half seasons in amateur football,[3][4][5] he represented several teams in the country, with moderate scoring success: Recreativo de Huelva (three second division seasons), Racing de Santander and Deportivo Alavés (in both cases, helping his side achieve La Liga promotion); with the latter, he had his best statistical year in the 2004–05 campaign, as he netted 16 times – fifth in the league – in 39 games to help the Basques rank third.

For 2006–07, Bodipo joined Deportivo de La Coruña,[6] where was usually fourth-choice during his first two campaigns, although he spent his first down due to a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.[7] However, during 2008–09, he managed to score three goals for Depor in two weeks starting in December 2008, including one against AS Nancy in the UEFA Cup group stage 1–0 home win,[8] and another at Getafe CF in a 2–1 success, while also gaining a penalty kick which was converted by Sergio.[9]

After an unassuming 2009–10 season – 15 matches, none complete, no goals – Bodipo, aged nearly 33, was loaned for one year to Liga I team FC Vaslui, in Romania. Just one month after, however, he rescinded his contract and returned to Spain,[10] being sparingly used by Elche CF in the second level.

On 14 March 2017, Bodipo was appointed as manager of Atlético Mancha Real.[11]

International career[edit]

Bodipo opted to represent Equatorial Guinea through parentage, as Javier Balboa and Benjamín. His first two caps, aged 26, came against Togo, playing in both legs of the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

In November 2013, Bodipo was summoned for his last international, a friendly with the national team of his country of birth, Spain, to be played on the 16th.[12] He featured the last five minutes of the 1–2 loss in Malabo.[13]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2006 Estadio Internacional, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Benin
2 3 September 2006 Estadio Internacional, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Liberia
2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3 21 November 2007 Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Niger
4 6 September 2008 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Sierra Leone
2010 World Cup qualification


  1. ^ Entrevistas (Interviews); Juventudes Verdiblancas (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Bodipo, un ariete peleón Rey Mago en Huelva y que ahora entrena sin ficha con el Racing de Ferrol (Bodipo, Magi-like fighting striker in Huelva now on trial with Racing de Ferrol); Huelva24, 28 February 2013 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Lucentino y Melilla entran en los grupos X y IX de Tercera (Lucentino and Melilla join groups X and IX in Tercera); ABC, 8 September 1996 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El espíritu de Hellín (The spirit of Hellín); Diario Sur, 12 April 2007 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Goleadores Hellín Deportivo – Desde 1994/95 a 2001/02 (Hellín Deportivo top scorers – From 1994/95 to 2001/02); Fútbol Plus, 20 November 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Two more signings with at Deportivo;, 28 June 2006
  7. ^ Depor new boy Bodipo breaks down;, 21 September 2006
  8. ^ Bodipo strikes to oust Nancy;, 17 December 2008
  9. ^ Getafe 1–2 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 4 January 2009
  10. ^ Rodolfo Bodipo abandona Rumanía (Rodolfo Bodipo leaves Rumanía), El Depor, 23 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Bodipo tomas [sic] las riendas del Mancha Real" [Bodipo takes the reins of Mancha Real] (in Spanish). Marca. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bodipo, será homenajeado frente a España" [Bodipo, will be honored against Spain] (in Spanish). Equatoguinean Football Federation. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "De pasear la estrella a ver las estrellas" [From parading star to seeing stars] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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