Ricardo Rodríguez (soccer player)

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Ricardo Rodríguez
Ricardo Rodríguez 2018.jpg
Ricardo Rodríguez (2018)
Surname Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya
birthday August 25, 1992
place of birth ZurichSwitzerland
Size 180 cm
position Left full-back
Years station
2001-2002 FC Schwamendingen
2002-2010 FC Zurich
Years station Games (goals) 1
2010–2012 FC Zurich 35 0(2)
2012-2017 VfL Wolfsburg 149 (15)
2017-2020 AC Milan 74 0(1)
2020 →  PSV Eindhoven  (loan) 6 0(0)
2020– Torino FC 0 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2009 Switzerland U17 2 0(0)
2009-2010 Switzerland U18 10 0(4)
2010-2011 Switzerland U19 15 0(5)
2011– Switzerland 71 0(8)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of season 2019/20

2 As of November 18, 2019

Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya (born August 25, 1992 in Zurich ) is a Swiss football player . The defender has been under contract with the Italian first division club FC Turin since 2020 and plays for the Swiss national team .

Club career

FC Zurich

He played for FC Zurich from 2002 , according to Fredy Bickel that was a challenge due to his physical ailment, and many concessions had to be made.

From the beginning of 2010 he was part of the first team's squad as a defender . He made his Super League debut on March 21, 2010 in a 2-0 win against AC Bellinzona , when he came on for Hannu Tihinen in the 32nd minute . Rodríguez was Swiss runner-up in the 2010/11 season .

VfL Wolfsburg

On January 13, 2012, he signed a four and a half year contract with German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg . He made his Bundesliga debut on January 21, 2012 (18th matchday) in a 1-0 home win against 1. FC Köln . After that he was regularly in the starting lineup. On December 14, 2013 he scored the 500th home goal for the club in the Bundesliga.

In the 2013/14 Bundesliga season , Rodríguez played all 34 Bundesliga games over the full 90 minutes, scored five goals and provided nine assists. Wolfsburg finally finished the season in fifth place in the table and qualified for the group stage of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League .

At the beginning of January 2015, Rodríguez extended his contract until June 30, 2019. At the end of the 2014/15 season , he was runner-up and cup winner with VfL Wolfsburg .

AC Milan

On June 8, 2017, Rodríguez signed a four-year contract with the Italian first division club AC Milan . In his first season in Italy, Rodríguez reached the final of the Italian Cup with AC Milan , which Juventus Turin won by a clear 4-0. Theo Hernández moved to Milan in summer 2019 . Rodríguez lost his previous regular position as a left-back and was therefore loaned to PSV Eindhoven in January 2020 with an option to buy until the end of the season .

PSV Eindhoven

Due to the corona pandemic , the Dutch Eredivisie was canceled prematurely in March 2020. Rodríguez only made six competitive appearances for PSV Eindhoven . The purchase option was not drawn and Rodríguez returned to Milan for the time being in July 2020.

Torino FC

On August 19, 2020, Rodríguez signed a contract with Turin FC that will run until 2024 .

National team

His greatest success so far was the 2009 world championship title with the Swiss U-17 national team , which defeated the team from the host country Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

On October 7, 2011 Rodríguez made his debut in the Swiss national football team in the 2-0 defeat in the European Championship qualification against Wales . On October 11, 2013, in the penultimate qualifying game against Albania, he qualified with the Swiss national team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Swiss selection was eliminated in the round of 16.

At the European Football Championship in France in 2016 , he was part of the Swiss squad and played all four of the team's games in the regular eleven over the full playing time. In the last sixteen against Poland he was one of the shooters in the final penalty shootout. He transformed; but since a penalty had been missed, Switzerland was eliminated.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he was part of the Swiss squad . He was used in all games and was eliminated with the team in the second round.


National team

VfL Wolfsburg



In addition to his Spanish and Chilean passports, Rodríguez has also had a Swiss passport since 2009 . In addition to German , Spanish and English, he also speaks Italian . His brothers Roberto and Francisco are also professional footballers.


The son of a Spaniard and a Chilean woman suffered from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia , which was diagnosed during pregnancy and had to be treated surgically at birth. As a result, further research was necessary during the following years and at the beginning of his career.

He grew up in Zurich-Auzelg.


In May 2018 the publisher Wörterseh published the book "Rodríguez, Roberto, Ricardo, Francisco: Three Brothers - One Family". The author Thomas Renggli tells the story of the three Rodríguez brothers in the book.

Web links

Commons : Ricardo Rodríguez  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b By Michael Wegmann (text) and Toto Marti (photos): Almost died at birth: FCZ-Rodriguez owes its life to doctors . ( blick.ch [accessed June 14, 2018]).
  2. Statistics for the 2009/10 season of FC Zurich
  3. VfL Wolfsburg press service: VfL hires Swiss talent Ricardo Rodríguez - 19-year-old defender signed a contract until 2016 , VfL Wolfsburg press service from January 13, 2012
  4. Season statistics 2013/2014 ( Memento from May 1, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), Bundesliga.de
  5. Ricardo Rodríguez - The silent phenomenon , NZZ.ch of June 18, 2014
  6. ^ VfL Wolfsburg: Until 2019 , January 8, 2015, accessed on January 8, 2015.
  7. Ciao Rici! , VfL Wolfsburg press service from June 8, 2017
  8. Ricardo Rodriguez is going to PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung. January 30, 2020, accessed February 23, 2020 .
  9. ^ Rodriguez al Toro. Retrieved August 19, 2020 (Italian).
  10. "FLASH: The Swiss U-17 footballers are world champions" , info24, November 15, 2009
  11. Ready for the big journey , NZZ.ch of October 11, 2013
  12. ^ "Switzerland, Chile, Spain" , Swiss Life Talents, 03/2010 edition
  13. see interviews on YouTube : Ricardo Rodriguez: "I'll give everything for AC Milan" , Ricardo Rodriguez: "Other teams in Europe are afraid of AC Milan"
  14. Max Kern: Ricardo Rodriguez: Swiss defender who was given a 50% chance of living. June 7, 2018, accessed June 14, 2018 .
  15. ^ Wörterseh Verlag - Roberto, Ricardo, Francisco Rodriguez. In: Wörterseh Verlag. Retrieved on July 6, 2020 (German).