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Rudy Alejandro Cardozo Fernández (born 14 February 1990) is a Bolivian footballer who plays for Bolívar and the Bolivia national team as a midfielder.

Rudy Cardozo
Personal information
Full name Rudy Alejandro Cardozo Fernández
Date of birth (1990-02-14) 14 February 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Tarija, Bolivia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
The Strongest
Number 20
Youth career
2008 Bolívar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Ironi Ramat HaSharon 28 (1)
2009–2017 Bolívar 213 (40)
2015Portuguesa (loan) 6 (0)
2017 Wilstermann 40 (10)
2018– The Strongest 53 (4)
National team
2007 Bolivia U17
2009 Bolivia U20 2 (0)
2010– Bolivia 37 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2016

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Tarija, Cardozo was a Club Bolívar youth graduate. In the 2008 summer he moved to Israel second division side Ironi Ramat HaSharon, making his senior debuts for the latter in the campaign.

BolívarEdit

In July 2009 Cardozo returned to Bolívar, but only appeared rarely for the club during his first year. On 17 May 2010 he scored his first goals, netting a brace in a 2–2 draw against Aurora.[1]

Cardozo was an undisputed starter in 2010 appearing in 47 matches and scoring nine goals. He was also a part of the squad in the 2011 and 2012–13 winning campaigns, always as a first-choice.

In August 2012 Cardozo was due to join Russian Premier League's FC Alania Vladikavkaz, but the deal collapsed.[2] On 22 October 2014, after scoring in a 6–1 home routing over Club Deportivo San José, he harassed Bolívar's assistant manager Vladimir Soria,[3] and was later suspended by the club.[4]

On 13 January 2015 Cardozo moved to Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, for six months.[5]

International careerEdit

Cardozo represented the Bolivia under-20 side at the 2009 South American Youth Championship, appearing in a 1–4 loss against Paraguay and a 1–5 loss to Brazil as Bolivia finished last in their group.

Cardozo made his debut for the main squad on 11 August 2010, starting in a 1–1 friendly draw against Colombia.[6] He was also named in Gustavo Quinteros' 23-man squad for 2011 Copa America, but appeared in only one match in the competition.

Cardozo scored his first international goal on 2 September of the following year, netting his side's second in 2–2 draw against Peru.[7]

As of 1 June 2016, he has earned 37 caps, scoring 5 goals[8] and represented his country in 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[9]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bolivia's goal tally first.[10]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 September 2011 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru   Peru 2–1 2–2 Friendly
2. 7 October 2011 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay   Uruguay 1–1 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 14 August 2013 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–1 2–2 Friendly
4. 6 June 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States   Greece 1–2 1–2 Friendly
5. 12 November 2016 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Venezuela 4–1 3–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 16 October 2018 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran   Iran 1–2 1–2 Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aurora vs Bolívar concertaron empate (Aurora and Bolívar draw); EA Bolívia, 17 May 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Cardozo vuelve al país y se incorpora a Bolívar el lunes (Cardozo returns to the country and joins Bolívar on monday); La Razón, 1 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Bolívar golea a San José pese a agresión de Rudy Cardozo a Vladimir Soria (Bolívar thrashes San José despite Rudy Cardozo's harassment to Vladimir Soria); Radio Fides, 22 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Suspenden a jugador de Bolívar, Rudy Cardozo, por brutal agresión a segundo entrenador (Bolívar player, Rudy Cardozo, suspended due to a brutal harassment to assistant manager); Consulado de Bolivia, 25 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Cardozo vuelve para la Sudamericana (Cardozo returns to Sudamericana); El Diario, 13 January 2015 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Bolivia y Colombia igualan 1–1 en partido amistoso en La Paz (Bolivia and Colombia draw 1–1 in a friendly in La Paz); Hola Ciudad, 11 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Perú empata 2–2 con Bolivia en amistoso (Peru draws 2–2 with Bolivia in friendly); Terra, 2 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Appearances for Bolivia National Team - RSSSF
  9. ^ Rudy CardozoFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "Cardozo, Rudy". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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