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James Rodríguez

Position:
Midfielder
Height:
1.80m
Weight:
78 kg
age:
23
DOB:
July 12, 1991
POB:
Colombia

2014 / 2015 Spanish Primera División

  • 3Games
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  • 0Goals
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  • 0Assists
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  • 10Shots

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Player Profile

The golden boy of Colombian football and the latest in a long line of Galacticos, James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid for 80 million euros in July 2014. After an outstanding 2014 World Cup in Brazil, James joined an elite list of superstars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham when Real Madrid decided to make the 5-foot-10 playmaker their new No. 10.

Rodriguez spent his youth career with Colombian second division outfit Envigado, but was soon snapped up by Buenos Aires-based club Banfield. He made his debut for Banfield in 2008, spending three seasons with the Argentine outfit, before Portuguese giants FC Porto forked out over 5 million euros to bring the young Colombian to Europe. James' stock was unquestionably on the rise, and the playmaker's hat trick in the 2011 Taca de Portugal final only heightened the excitement surrounding the youngster.

James' second season in Portugal was even more impressive, as the attacking midfielder contributed 14 goals and 11 assists to his team's cause while being named the LFLP best breakthrough player at the age of 20. His final campaign in Europe saw him lift a third successive title with Porto and, despite a season disrupted by injury, the attacker's goal tally still broke double figures, leading to reported interest from Manchester United.

It was Monaco, however, that would be the next step in James' career, with the wealthy French side splashing out 45 million euros to bring him to France. James' upward rise continued and the new arrival was widely recognised as one of the best players in Ligue 1 during 2013-14 as he helped Monaco secure the return of Champions League football for the first time since 2006.

It was on the world stage in Brazil 2014 when he announced himself fully, though, as his six goals were enough to claim the Golden Boot. James formed an integral part of an exciting Colombia attack that so nearly overcame hosts Brazil in the quarterfinals, and scored the goal of the tournament in the knockout stage clash with Uruguay; expertly controlling the ball on his chest before exquisitely volleying home from the edge of the area.

Strengths: James' pinpoint passing accuracy, incredible vision and selfless nature make him an accomplished playmaker capable of crafting plenty of opportunities for his teammates. Make no mistake, however, James is also capable of finding the net himself, as demonstrated by his six goals in Brazil. The influential youngster also has a frightening turn of pace and is an expert in dead ball situations.

Weaknesses: As demonstrated with his performance against Brazil, James can struggle to impact a game when physical pressure is exerted. His temperament will improve with age, but frustration can sometimes get the better of him.

Career high: In the 2014 World Cup, James inspired his Colombian teammates to the quarterfinal stages. He scored six goals and provided two assists across the tournament and was nominated for the Golden Ball award.

Career low: Just before he left Banfield he impressed in the Copa Libertadores campaign of 2010, but his side crashed out after he was red-carded against Brazilian side SC Internacional.

Style: Quick, clever, a visionary midfielder with an eye for goal.

Quotes: "You just wanted to see him have the ball, and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality, and he definitely has that." Arsene Wenger on James' impressive World Cup, July 2014

Trivia: James became the fourth-most expensive player of all time behind only Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez when he was signed by Real Madrid in July 2014. He is also the brother-in-the-law of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Real Madrid La Liga 3 0 0 0 10 3 1 8 1 0
Colombia Int 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Colombia WC 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 6 1 0
Colombia WC 1 0 2 0 4 4 3 0 0 0
Colombia WC 2 1 3 2 11 10 5 6 0 0
Real Madrid UCL 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Real Madrid Super C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid Sup Cup 1 1 1 0 6 2 1 2 0 0
Season Totals   11 2 8 2 36 22 13 25 2 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Real Madrid H - FC Basel Sep 16, 2014 UCL W 5-1 Started 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Atletico Sep 13, 2014 La Liga L 1-2 Started 0 0 4 0 0 2 1 0
Colombia A - Brazil Sep 5, 2014 Int L 1-0 Sub-Off 76 min 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - R Sociedad Aug 31, 2014 La Liga L 4-2 Started 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0
Real Madrid H - Cordoba Aug 25, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Sub-Off 71 min 0 0 4 2 1 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Atletico Aug 22, 2014 Sup Cup L 1-0 Sub-Off 64 min 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Atletico Aug 19, 2014 Sup Cup D 1-1 Sub-On 45 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Sevilla Aug 12, 2014 Super C W 2-0 Sub-Off 72 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - AS Roma Jul 29, 2014 Champions Cup L 0-1 Unused Substitute
Colombia A - Brazil Jul 4, 2014 WC L 2-1 Started 1 0 2 2 2 6 1 0
Colombia H - Uruguay Jun 28, 2014 WC W 2-0 Sub-Off 84 min 2 0 3 2 3 0 0 0
Colombia A - Japan Jun 24, 2014 WC W 1-4 Sub-On 46 1 2 3 3 1 2 0 0
Colombia H - Ivory Coast Jun 19, 2014 WC W 2-1 Started 1 0 2 2 3 0 0 0
Colombia H - Greece Jun 14, 2014 WC W 3-0 Started 1 0 6 5 1 4 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards