Sergio Rodríguez García
Rodri in action for Spartak Moscow
|Full name||Sergio Rodríguez García|
|Date of birth||17 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Mataró, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006–2009||Deportivo La Coruña||2||(0)|
|2007||→ Almería (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Poli Ejido (loan)||25||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Marítimo (loan)||0||(0)|
|2009||→ Salamanca (loan)||17||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2016.
Born in Mataró, Barcelona, Catalonia, Rodri was a product of FC Barcelona's youth system. He played only two La Liga games with the first team over the course of two seasons, his first being on 11 December 2004 in a 2–1 away win against Albacete Balompié (three minutes played), and Barça were eventually crowned back-to-back champions in his second year, although he was mainly registered with the B-side.
During the summer of 2006, Rodri was purchased by Galicia's Deportivo de La Coruña, also appearing twice for the main squad in two seasons. In January 2007, he was loaned to second division club UD Almería, playing the entire 2007–08 campaign with Polideportivo Ejido, also in the category and in Andalusia.
In September 2008, Rodri was again loaned by Depor, joining Portuguese Primeira Liga team C.S. Marítimo. However, having made no competitive appearances during a brief three-month stay, he returned to A Coruña, moving in January 2009 to another division two side, UD Salamanca.
In late July 2009, Rodri was released by Deportivo and stayed in the second tier, signing a 1+1 contract with Hércules CF. In his first year he experienced his best season as a professional, scoring four goals in 38 matches as the Alicante club returned to the top flight after a 13-year absence.
Rodri appeared in 13 games for Hércules in 2010–11, mainly due to injury or suspension to habitual starters Abraham Paz and Noé Pamarot. In March 2011, he moved to FC Spartak Moscow in Russia for €400,000, signing a one-year deal.
- "Valdés y Xavi dan al Barcelona un premio exagerado" [Valdés and Xavi give too much of a prize to Barcelona] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 12 December 2004. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- "Debe ser el número 23" [Must be number 23] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- «СПАРТАК» ЗАКЛЮЧИЛ КОНТРАКТ С СЕРХИО РОДРИГЕСОМ (Spartak to sign contract with Sergio Rodríguez); Spartak Moscow, March 2011 (Russian)
- "Rodri nuevo jugador del Rayo" [Rodri new Rayo player] (in Spanish). Rayo Vallecano. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.