rodrigo defendi - fact file

2004 - 2007        defender

Born on 16th June 1986 in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

Height : - 1.88m ()

Weight : -  - kgs ()


Talented young defender who had yet to break into the Cruizeiro side, when he was spotted playing in a youth tournament in Holland by Frank Arnesen.

Snapped up and came to England to play originally in the Under-18 side, but quickly found a place in the middle of defence in the Reserves.  Good in the air and keen to tackle, he looked a good player, who could use the ball from the back with his educated left foot and also was useful at dead ball situations at the other end of the pitch.  Sometimes was a little rash in the challenge, which lead to the red card being brandished in his direction while playing for the second XI, but for a country not noted for their defenders, he looked a good prospect.

Got injured and didn't appear to fit into Martin Jol's plans, but went missing from the reserve teams for a while, when it was reported that the club had let him return home as he was homesick.  This may have been to allow the player to try to find a contract with a side in his homeland, but when he returned, he was allowed to leave to go on loan at Udinese and then AS Roma, where his debut was as a 90th minute substitute in the Champions League.

It looks as though Spurs have sufficient strength in depth in the central defence area, so when he comes back to Tottenham, it may well be only to be told he needs to find a club to sign him on a permanent basis.

Spurs allowed the defender to join US Avellino in , but when that Italian club went bankrupt, he became a free agent returning to Brazil to play for Palmeiras B in Sao Paulo.

 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Cruizeiro (Brazil) ?? - - 0 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3rd July 2004 600,000 ??  0 0
Udinese (Italy) January 2006 ?? 26th February 2006 v Internazionale (Away)  Lost 1-3 4 0
AS Roma (Italy) August 2006 Loan 18th October 2006  v Olympiakos 2 0
US Avellino (Italy) 9th August 2007 Free 9th September 2008  v Frosinore (Serie B) 16 0
Palmeiras B (Brazil) 2010 - - 0 0

Career Record
Cruizeiro (Brazil)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
0 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 European appearances; 0 goals
Udinese (Italy) (loan)
2 League appearances; 0 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 European appearances; 0 goals
AS Roma (Italy) (loan)
0 League appearances; goals
1 Coppa Italia appearances; 0 goals
0 + 1 (as a sub) European appearances; 0 goals
US Avellino (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Palmeiras B (Brazil)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Brazil international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

Milestones
- appearance

            Appearances

Season League FA Cup League Cup Reserves
2004-2005 - - - 20 (2 goals)
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