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Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjeɾ roˈðɾiɣes]; born 20 October 1981) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a defender for Lobos BUAP of Liga MX.[2]

Francisco Javier Rodríguez
Francisco Rodriguez Mexico Anthem Jan 29 2014.JPG
Rodríguez lining up for Mexico in 2014
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo
Date of birth (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
BUAP
(on loan from Cruz Azul)
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Guadalajara 171 (2)
2008–2011 PSV 60 (4)
2011–2012 VfB Stuttgart 40 (2)
2013–2014 América 52 (2)
2014– Cruz Azul 54 (0)
2017–BUAP (loan) 62 (3)
National team
2004 Mexico U23 30 (10)
2004–2015 Mexico 108 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:12, 07 April 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

GuadalajaraEdit

Francisco Javier Rodríguez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa,[1] which is the origin of his nickname "Maza" (short for Mazatlán). He began his professional career with Guadalajara, debuting for the club during the Apertura 2002 tournament.

During the Apertura 2006, Rodríguez had a pivotal role in Guadalajara's championship run, winning the final second-leg match 2–1 (3–2 on aggregate) against Toluca on 10 December. The win gave Chivas their eleventh league championship, a record which stood until América matched the achievement in 2013.

PSV EindhovenEdit

 
Rodriguez during his time as a player with PSV Eindhoven.

On 9 May 2008, it was announced that he was transferred for US$1.8 million to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, the second Mexican in the latter squad with Carlos Salcido. Rodríguez was predominately during that debut season mostly on the bench, and proved an alternate centre backs for Dirk Marcellis. He scored his first goal with the Dutch giants on 25 November 2008 with a 30-yard shot against Heracles Almelo.

Prior to the start of the 2009–10 season, Rodríguez was given the number four jersey, previously worn by Manuel da Costa, who had transferred to Fiorentina in January 2008. He won a starting spot in the center of defence for both the Eredevisie and the Europa League.

VfB StuttgartEdit

On 14 July 2011, Rodríguez signed a three-year contract with VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee.[3][4] Rodríguez made his Bundesliga debut on 6 August 2011 in a 3–0 win against Schalke 04. He registered an assist in the 37th minute to Cacau, which gave Stuttgart a 2–0 lead in their 3–0 victory.[5]

AméricaEdit

On 2 January 2013, Rodríguez was transferred to América.[6] When América defeated Cruz Azul in the Clausura 2013 final, he became the first player in history to win a league championship with both América and Chivas, archrivals in Mexico's biggest rivalry, El Súper Clásico. He had previously won the league title with Chivas in the Apertura 2006.

Cruz AzulEdit

On 4 June 2014, Rodríguez was transferred to Cruz Azul.[7]

Lobos BUAPEdit

After six seasons with Cruz Azul, he was transferred to newly promoted Lobos BUAP for the Apertura 2017.

International careerEdit

Mexico U23Edit

Rodríguez was part of the Mexico 2004 Olympic U-23 football team. They were eliminated in the group stage, having finished third in Group A, below group winners Mali and South Korea.

Mexico national teamEdit

Rodríguez made his debut with the Mexico national team on 18 February 2004 in a friendly against Chile in Carson, California. He scored his first goal for Mexico on 8 July 2005 in a 1–2 CONCACAF Gold Cup loss against South Africa.

On 2 April 2006, he was called up by coach Ricardo La Volpe for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Rodríguez played in the match against Portugal.

Rodríguez was a part of the Mexico squad in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was a starter in all of Mexico's group matches, and played the Round of 16 match against Argentina.

During the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Rodríguez, and four other members of the Mexico national team, tested positive for the banned substance of Clenbuterol and were withdrawn from the tournament squad.[8] However, all players were exonerated as FIFA determined that the accused had ingested the banned substance via contaminated meat that had been served during a pre-tournament training camp.[9] However, World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban.[10] But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was made available to them.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 26 May 2013[12][13][14][15]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
200203 Guadalajara Primera División 2 0 2 0
200304 32 0 32 0
200405 30 0 30 0
200506 26 0 7 0 33 0
200607 44 4 44 4
200708 37 1 2 1 6 1 45 2
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2008–09 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 9 1 3 0 12 1
2009–10 29 1 2 0 7 0 38 1
2010–11 22 2 5 0 6 0 31 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2011–12 VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga 26 2 3 0 29 2
2012–13 14 0 2 0 5 0 21 0
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2012–13 América Liga MX 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Total Mexico 191 5 4 1 13 1 208 7
Netherlands 60 4 7 0 16 0 81 4
Germany 40 2 5 0 5 0 50 2
Career total 291 11 14 1 34 1 339 13

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2004 10 0
2005 16 1
2006 7 0
2007 8 0
2008 0 0
2009 2 0
2010 13 0
2011 9 0
2012 10 0
2013 13 0
2014 12 0
2015 8 0
Total 108 1

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 July 2005 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States   South Africa 1–2 1–2 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
[16]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Maza". kicker.de. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ "VfB sign Maza". VfB Stuttgart. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Francisco ´Maza´ Rodríguez moves to VfB Stuttgart". PSV Eindhoven. 15 July 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 3–0 Schalke 04". ESPN Soccernet. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Stuttgart – the Mexican's second home". VfB Stuttgart. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  7. ^ "'Maza' Rodriguez moves from America to Cruz Azul". goal.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Five Mexico Players Test Positive". ESPN Soccernet. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  9. ^ "FMF absolvió a acusados de dopaje". ESPNDeportes Mexico (in Spanish). 10 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL – THE CAS DISMISSES URGENT REQUEST FOR A STAY FILED BY OLYMPIAKOS VOLOU". The Court of Arbitration for Sport. 17 August 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "WADA withdraws CAS appeal in case of Mexican footballers". World Anti-Doping Agency. 12 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Francisco Rodríguez". Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Medio Tiempo stats". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Francisco Javier Pinedo Rodriguez". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Maza > Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  16. ^ Francisco Javier Rodríguez - Century of International Appearances

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