Rodrigo Tabata

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Rodrigo Tabata
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Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Barbosa Tabata
Date of birth (1980-11-19) November 19, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Araçatuba, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Rayyan
Number 10
Youth career
1997–1998 Paulista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Paulista 5 (2)
2000 São Bento 7 (2)
2001 Santo André 5 (1)
2001 Ferroviário 5 (0)
2001 Inter de Limeira 6 (4)
2002 Treze 7 (3)
2002 Serrano-PB 2 (1)
2002 Ceará 4 (2)
2003 XV de Piracicaba 3 (7)
2003 América-RN 5 (2)
2003 Campinense-PB 17 (4)
2004–2005 Goiás 75 (18)
2006–2009 Santos 154 (42)
2008–2009Gaziantepspor (loan) 27 (12)
2009–2011 Beşiktaş 30 (3)
2011Al Rayyan (loan) 11 (6)
2011– Al Rayyan 130 (89)
2014-2015Al Sadd (loan) 22 (13)
National team
2016–2017 Qatar 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2/4/2018

Rodrigo Barbosa Tabata (born November 19, 1980 in Araçatuba, Brazil), or simply Rodrigo Tabata, is a Qatari attacking midfielder. He currently plays for Qatar club Al-Rayyan.

Club career[edit]

Career in Brazil[edit]

Earlier in his career, Tabata was a journeyman and played for 13 different clubs between 1999 and 2003. In 2004, he moved to Goiás, playing the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. His good performances helped his club finishing in 3rd place in the 2005 edition, the best position Goiás ever achieved in the top flight and qualifying for the Copa Libertadores for the first time in its history.[1]

Tabata was purchased by Santos in 2006, where he won twice the Campeonato Paulista in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he moved abroad to Gaziantepspor in a three-year loan deal with an option to a permanent purchase.[2][3]

Gaziantepspor and Beşiktaş[edit]

After a successful season with Gaziantepspor, Tabata moved to Beşiktaş for €8 million transfer fee.[4] The transfer caused controversy at Santos as the Brazilian club claimed that they have not received the fee from Gaziantepspor to make the deal permanent before the deal was finished between the Turkish clubs.[5]

Tabata played one full season at Beşiktaş before moving on loan to Al Rayyan in 2010, later being purchased by the Qatari side in 2011.

Al Rayyan[edit]

In late 2011, the Al Rayyan administration asked Tabata to obtain a Japanese passport for reasons relating to the foreign player quota of the AFC Champions League. However, Tabata failed the prerequisites as he cannot write or read the Japanese language.[6]

He received a $100,000 cash award 8 April 2012 for scoring a super hat-trick (4 goals) against Qatar SC in a league game to give his team an 8–2 win, which was the highest scoring game recorded in the league for the 2011/12 season.[7]

In the 2011/12 season, he won the player of the year award in the Qatari league, recording 17 goals and 9 assists.[8]

Loan to Al Sadd[edit]

On 31 January 2014, he signed a loan deal with another Qatari club and title holders Al Sadd. He returned to Al Rayyan in 2015.

International career[edit]

After years of playing in Qatar, he became a naturalized Qatari citizen, and was therefore eligible for the Brazilian and Qatari national football teams. In August 2015, Tabata was selected for the Qatar national team's camp in Austria. His unofficial debut came in a friendly against Austrian club LASK Linz on 17 August 2015.[9] He made his official debut in a FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Hong Kong in a 2–0 win.[10]

Tabata after winning the 2012 Sheikh Jassim Cup

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 August 2016 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Iraq 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 25 August 2016 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Thailand 2–0 3–0 Friendly


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