|Full name||Rodrigo Defendi|
|Date of birth||16 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Ribeirão Preto, Brazil|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright|
|2006||→ Udinese (loan)||2||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Roma (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||Vitória de Guimarães||23||(1)|
|2014–2015||Vitória de Guimarães||7||(0)|
|2015–||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2015.
A young centre-half signed from the Brazilian club Cruzeiro, the appropriately named Defendi is renowned for a deft left foot and a dominance in the air. He was first spotted as a 16-year-old by the then Tottenham Hotspur Director of Sport Frank Arnesen.
He became the first player signed under the ill-fated Frank Arnesen and Jacques Santini era at Spurs from Cruzeiro for a fee of £600,000 on July 3, 2004, although he had to wait for his passport to arrive in August for the deal to be officially completed. He failed to make a first team appearance for Tottenham but featured in a number of reserve team matches.
He was deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol, as he was first allowed to travel back to Brazil to seek a contract with a new club which proved unsuccessful, before he was farmed out on loan to Udinese Calcio in January 2006. He made two league appearances before leaving for A.S. Roma in August 2006, again on loan. He made an appearance in the Champions League and in the Coppa Italia for the capital club, but didn't manage to play a league game in Serie A.
- "Rodrigo Defendi é reforço (VÍDEO)". Vitória SC (in Portuguese). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- De volta ao Brasil após nove anos, Defendi é apresentado no Botafogo
- 石家庄永昌宣布签约巴西后卫 签约两年 at sports.sohu.com 2015-02-18 Retrieved 2015-02-19 (Chinese)
- Profile at Tutto Calciatori
- Rodrigo Defendi at footballzz.co.uk
- Rodrigo Defendi profile at ForaDeJogo
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