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Clemente Rodríguez
Clemente Rodríguez
Clemente Rodríguez
Date of Birth:Jul 31, 1981 (Age 33)
Place of Birth:Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
Nationality:Argentina
Height:167 cm.
Weight:66 Kg.
Position:Defender
Squad Number:6
Clemente Rodriguez
Clemente Rodriguez is well known in his country as a player with a penchant for winning titles. He has won no less than five Copa Libertadores (four with Boca Juniors and one with his current side Estudiantes) and has also won an Intercontinental Club title and two league titles with Boca. Furthermore he won a gold medal with Argentina at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

He made his international debut in 2003, with Marcelo Biesla in charge but has never retained a regular spot with the national team. Initially Clemente played on the left and for that reason was signed by Espanyol in 2007 having already had a stint at Spartak Moscow in Russia.

In 2009 Clemente decided to put an end to his European experience and return to Argentina as a key figure for Estudiantes de la Plata, although strangely switching sides. Before the long-term injury of Marcos Angeleri, Rodriguez occupied this spot brilliantly, winning the confidence of coach Alejandro Savella and the call from Diego Maradona for the national selection. Clemente's game is known for excellent positioning sense, constant support of the attack and his ability to cover ground on either wing.  

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Clemente Rodriguez arrived in Spanish football in 2007 but could have done so two years earlier. When Carlos Bianchi was confirmed coach of Atletico Madrid in 2005, he had two priority signings: Juan Roman Riquelme and Clemente Rodriguez both of whom he had managed at Boca Juniors. Spartak Moscow then offered €2 million for the transfer of the winger and Atletico decided not to sign him. Two years later Clemente joined Espanyol for less than a third of that price, €600,000.  

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