|Full name||Rodrigo Barbosa Tabata|
|Date of birth||November 19, 1980|
|Place of birth||Araçatuba, Brazil|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2001||Inter de Limeira||6||(4)|
|2003||XV de Piracicaba||3||(7)|
|2008–2009||→ Gaziantepspor (loan)||27||(12)|
|2010–2011||→ Al Rayyan (loan)||11||(7)|
|2014||→ Al Sadd (loan)||22||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2017
Career in Brazil
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.
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.
Gaziantepspor and Beşiktaş
After a successful season with Gaziantepspor, Tabata moved to Beşiktaş for €8 million transfer fee. 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.
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.
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.
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.
In the 2011/12 season, he won the player of the year award in the Qatari league, recording 17 goals and 9 assists.
Loan to Al Sadd
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.
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. He made his official debut in a FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Hong Kong in a 2–0 win.
- Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.
|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|
|3.||9 March 2017||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Azerbaijan||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
- (Turkish) Tabata Resmen Beşiktaş’ta
- (Arabic) الريان يفاوض محليين ويبقي على جميع المحترفين
- (Arabic) جائزة الهداف تحقق حلم تاباتا بشراء "ثور" برازيلي
- (English) Brazilian attacking midfielder Rodrigo Tabata wins Qatar's best player award
- "Qatar draw 2–2 with LASK Linz as Rodrigo Tabata makes his debut". Gulf Times. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- "Tabata, Rodrigo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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