Rodrigo Tiuí

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Rodrigo Tiuí
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Bonifácio da Rocha
Date of birth (1985-12-04) 4 December 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Taboão da Serra, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
River-PI
Youth career
2001–2002 Fluminense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Fluminense 73 (11)
2006 Noroeste (loan) 20 (8)
2006 Santos (loan) 29 (6)
2008–2009 Sporting CP 14 (1)
2009 Atlético Paranaense 4 (0)
2010 Atlético Goianiense 11 (3)
2010–2012 Terek Grozny 16 (1)
2012 Náutico (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Criciúma 6 (1)
2013 Brasiliense
2014 Linense 10 (3)
2014 Itumbiara
2015 Gifu 18 (1)
2015 Fukushima United (loan) 8 (1)
2016–2017 Fukushima United
2017– River-PI
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.

Rodrigo Bonifácio da Rocha (born 4 December 1985 in Taboão da Serra, São Paulo), nicknamed Tiuí, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for River Atlético Clube as a forward.

Football career[edit]

At Fluminense Football Club, Tiuí broke into the first team at the age of 18. In his first full season, he scored five goals in 18 Série A games, but only managed to find the net on three occasions the following campaign, having appeared in 29 league matches.

In 2006, Tiuí went on loan to Esporte Clube Noroeste from the Série C, having another loan spell the same year with Santos FC, thus returning to the top level.

Tiuí signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal in January 2008, with the club buying half of the player's rights from C.A. Rentistas (his rights were in fact held by an investing company). His debut for the Lions came on 3 February in a 0–1 away loss to C.F. Os Belenenses; in one rare start, in the Portuguese classic against S.L. Benfica at home, he provided the assist in Simon Vukčević's goal as the derby finished 1–1 at the Estádio José Alvalade.

Tiuí scored his only Primeira Liga goal on 11 May 2008, against Boavista F.C. for the season's last matchday, with the 2–1 home win guaranteeing the second place and a direct qualifying position for the UEFA Champions League. A week later, he came from the bench at the beginning of extra time to net twice in the team's 2–0 final victory over FC Porto for the Taça de Portugal.[1]

After an unassuming 2008–09 – only five matches in 79 minutes of play – Sporting exchanged 50% of its rights on Tiuí for the remaining 50% of Pedro Silva.[2] On 20 September, the former signed a three-month contract with Clube Atlético Paranaense and, in January of the following year, the Uruguayans loaned him to Clube Atlético Goianiense;[3] in August, he left for Russia's FC Terek Grozny in a 3+2 deal.[4]

From then onwards, Tiuí competed in several levels of Brazilian football, with little impact. He also played in Japan, joining FC Gifu in early 2015 and switching to Fukushima United FC the following year.

Honours[edit]

Sporting
Atlético Goianiense

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sporting vence Taça de Portugal" [Sporting wins Portuguese Cup]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 18 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Relatório e contas 2009/2010 aprovado em Assembleia Geral de 29 de Setembro de 2010" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rodrigo Tiuí e Saavedra são apresentados no Dragão" [Rodrigo Tiuí and Saavedra presented at the Dragão] (in Portuguese). Clube Atlético Paranaense. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Терек" подписал контракт с Рикардо Тиуи. [Terek signed a contract with Rodrigo Tiuí] (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 

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