Rodolfo Zelaya

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Rodolfo Zelaya
Rodolfo Zelaya.jpg
Zelaya at a training with Alianza, in January 2011
Personal information
Full name Rodolfo Antonio Zelaya García
Date of birth (1988-07-03) July 3, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Usulután, El Salvador
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current team
Alianza[1] [2] [3] [4]
Number 22
Youth career
2001 CD Alacrán
2004 San Rafael
2004–2005 Atlético La Merced
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Intipucá
2008 Chalatenango 17 (13)
2008–2009 Alianza 29 (20)
2009–2010 León 10 (3)
2010 Alianza (loan) 29 (14)
2011–2013 Alianza[5] 25 (17)
2011 Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 13 (3)
2013 Alania Vladikavkaz[6] [7] (loan) 1 (0)
2013– Alianza[8] [9] [10] 111[11] (41)
National team
2008– El Salvador 42 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 24, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 24, 2017

Rodolfo Antonio Zelaya García (born July 3, 1988 in Usulután) also nicknamed "Fito Zelaya" is a Salvadoran footballer who plays for Alianza and El Salvador national team.[12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

In October 2013, Zelaya was given a one-year ban from football for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal with the El Salvador national football team.[17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

Club career[edit]

Zelaya started his career playing for San Rafael in 2004, where he played for one year. The following season, he moved to Atlético La Merced.

In July 2006, both Zelaya and Rúsvel Saravia were offered contracts to play for one of El Salvadors biggest clubs, Águila. Unfortunately for both Zelaya and Saravia, they could not come to terms with the club over their proposed salaries, and as a result, the transfer fell through.

Zelaya then moved on to play in Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño with Intipucá. After 2 years with the club, Zelaya caught the attention of Chalatenango coach Vladan Vićević.

After meeting with Vićević, Zelaya was offered, and accepted a contract to play with his first Primera División club Chalatenango. Zelaya went on to impress in his first season with the club and grew a fan base with both spectators and reporters for being one of El Salvador's most promising young strikers.

In 2008, Zelaya moved to Alianza after former Chalatenango president Lisandro Pohl switched clubs. This switch lead to Pohl taking various players with him to Alianza whose rights he supposedly owned due to them being bought when he was president at Chalatenango.

Mexico[edit]

On June 15, 2009, Zelaya was one of the three Salvadoran footballers signed to Mexican club León on a loan deal, the other two were Cristian Castillo and Julio Enrique Martínez.[22] On 3 December 2009, it was announced that Club León had permanently signed Zelaya along with the other two Salvadorans with a three-year contract. On 12 December 2009, it was confirmed by Alianza's own president, Lisandro Pohl, that Zelaya would return to Alianza on a loan deal.[23] Zelaya later played without a loan deal and participated at the Clausura 2011, where he was top goalscorer with 13 goals to his part. He also had the opportunity to reign champion and score 2 goals at the final to give his team the championship.[24]

Russia[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Zelaya signed with Russian First Division club Alania Vladikavkaz on a loan transfer for six months. Alania may be able to redeem his transfer by January 2012.[25] On August 9, 2011, Zelaya debuted at the Russian league championship in a match against Torpedo Vladimir as a starter. On November 4, he scored two goals against Mordovia Saransk, but also received a knee injury that would rule him out for 7 months. [26] During the summer of 2012, Alania decided not to keep him and sent him back to Alianza. On January 26, 2013, he once again signed a six-month loan to rejoin Alania Vladikavkaz, who had been promoted to the Russian Premiere League. He was sent back to Alianza in June after his contract expired.

International career[edit]

Zelaya officially received his first cap on April 23, 2008 in a friendly match against China.[27] He scored his first goal with the national team on September 6, 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Haiti. This game also saw him score his first hat-trick which lead El Salvador to a 5–0 win against the then Caribbean Nations Cup champions. At the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Zelaya received two trophies for the best player in the matches against Cuba and Panama.[28] Overall, Zelaya scored 4 goals being the second top goalscorer of the tournament. Zelaya was noted by Goal.com as being one of the Best XI of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup — alongside Javier Hernández as forwards.[29] CONCACAF also noted "Fito" scoring the fifth best goal of the tournament, a decent feat considering 80 goals scored in the tournament.[30] According to IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) Rodolfo Zelaya was one of the most skilled and popular Central American players of 2012.[31] After being out of action for almost a year due to injury Zelaya, was selected to represent El Salvador for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup scoring all four goals for the team leading them to the Quarter-finals, as well as being named one of the best players of the tournament.[32] Scoring two goals versus Trinidad & Tobago, one goal versus Haiti, and United States, several critics said that Zelaya was the only player that makes a big difference in the field, due to his dribbling skills, and ability to score.[33] In September 2013, Zelaya was handed a one-year ban from international football for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal with the El Salvador national football team. This ban was extended to world-wide in October of the same year.[17]

Career Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 4 September 2016[34][35]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alianza 20092010 Salvadoran Primera División 14 5 0 0 14 5
20102011 26 0 0 26
20112012 0 0 0 0 0 0
20122013 10 4 0 0 10 4
20132014 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 35 0 0 - - 35
Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 2011–12 Russian National League 13 3 0 0 2 0 15 3
Alania Vladikavkaz (loan) 2012–13 Russian Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0
Alianza 20142015 Salvadoran Primera División 25 4 0 0 25 4
2015–16 40 15 0 0 40 15
2016–17 6 1 0 0 2 0 8 1
Total 71 20 0 0 2 0 73 20
Career total 85 23 0 0 4 0 89 23

International[edit]

El Salvador national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 10 4
2009 12 0
2010 1 2
2011 7 7
2012 1 0
2013 5 4
2017 2 1
Total 38 17

Statistics accurate as of match played 21 July 2013[35]

International goals[edit]

As of 15 January 2017[35]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 6 September 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Haiti
1–0
5–0
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.
2–0
3.
3–0
4. 15 October 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Suriname
1–0
3–0
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 4 September 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Honduras
1–0
2–2
Friendly
6.
2–0
7. 29 May 2011 Robertson Stadium, Houston, United States  Honduras
1–2
2–2
Friendly
8. 9 June 2011 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States  Costa Rica
1–0
1–1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
9. 12 June 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Cuba
1–0
6–1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10.
4–0
11. 19 June 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  Panama
1–0
1–1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12. 2 September 2011 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Dominican Republic
1–0
3–2
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13.
3–1
14. 8 July 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Trinidad and Tobago
1–1
2–2
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
15.
2–1
16. 15 July 2013 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Haiti
1–0
1–0
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17. 21 July 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States  United States
1–2
1–5
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18. 15 January 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Honduras
1–0
1–2
2017 Copa Centroamericana
19. 22 March 2017 Stadion dr. Antoine Maduro, Willemstad, Curaçao  Curaçao
1–1
1–1
Friendly

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Alianza

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.elgrafico.com/2017/05/14/rodolfo-zelaya-conseguira-hoy-una-importante-marca-con-alianza
  3. ^ http://www.elgrafico.com/2017/05/17/rodolfo-zelaya-y-sus-numeros-en-el-clausura-2017
  4. ^ http://www.elgrafico.com/2017/05/22/rodolfo-zelaya-revela-porque-lo-expulsaron-en-la-final
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  12. ^ http://www.laprensagrafica.com/2013/10/12/fito-zelaya-angel-caido
  13. ^ http://www.elsalvador.com/deportes/futbol/351207/fito-zelaya-queremos-ese-titulo-que-se-nos-fue-hace-cinco-meses/
  14. ^ http://www.culebritamacheteada.com.sv/zelaya-el-goleador-historico-de-alianza/
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  25. ^ Родольфо Зелая стал игроком "Алании" (видео) (in Russian). fc-alania.ru. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  26. ^ Протокол матча "Алания" — "Торпедо" Владимир: Россия, Первенство России, ФНЛ 2011, Тур 20 — 1:0 (in Russian). Sportbox.ru. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "International Friendly Matches 2008". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
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  29. ^ Gubala, David. "Gold Cup Best XI: Mexico reigns supreme". goal.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  30. ^ CONCACAF
  31. ^ http://www.edhdeportes.com/articulo/fito-mas-popular-concacaf-10424
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