June 27, 2018

World Cup Player Feature: James Rodriguez

Colombia’s James Bond

James Rodriguez (originally named as James David Rodriguez) is a Colombian professional football player who leads the Colombia National Football team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. A professional player of 12 years in experience, Rodriguez is considered one of the youngest and yet to be greatest player of his time.

Full name: James David Rodriguez
Active years: 2006 – present
Age: 26
Civil status: Single – Divorced 2017
Position/s: Midfielder, Winger, Forward


Best Player Toulon Tournament: 2011
LPFP Award for Breakthrough Player – 2011
Portuguese Golden Ball: 2012
Golden Boot – 2014 Brazil World Cup

Club Careers:

Envigado 2006 -2007
Banfield – 2008
Porto 2010- 2013
Monaco 2013 – 2014
Real Madrid 2014 -2017
Bayern Munich – 2017-2018

Formative/Starting Years

This professional Colombian footballer were born and raised in Cucuta, Colombia. Both his parents supported the football star in his  childhood sports flare, enrolling him in his first club even before he turned five. His father, Wilson James Rodriguez Bedoya, is also a bonafide football player himself that played for the Colombian national team is believed to be a great influence in Rodriguez’s football feat.

Envigado to Banfield 2006 – 2008

With a look and the physique of a hollywood superstar, James’ path to the international football scene naturally came to happen. This Colombian threat started his legendary sport career in 2006 when he joined the colombian club Envigado. He was the recorded to be the second youngest Colombian athlete who made football as a professional career by the age of 14.

He left Envigado one year later and joined Banfield, and debuted on Feb 2009. He made his first scored goal during his stay at the club with a 3-1 win against Rosario Central. With the same team he made his second goal with a legendary strike that led to the club’s victory over Newell’s Old Boys, serving it as a first historic rite for Banfield to win the Argentine championship. He was later nicknamed as James Bond on his latter years on  the team.

Porto –  Monaco – Real Madrid  2010 – 2013

Rodriguez rise  to prominence in Europe when he joined Porto in 2010, a Portugese football club in which he gathered different trophies and awards within his tenure as Midfielder.

It was early in 2013 that James joined the French Club As Monaco with a join deal of 45$, another obscene transfer record in the Portuguese football history.. After years of numerous goals and series of exceptional game plays for the team, he shocked Real Madrid fans when he joined the club on July 2014 on a 6-year contract.

Notable Skills/Style of Play:

-Versatile transition from playmaker, winger and central midfieldeR

-Agile pace

-Excellent field assists, vision maker

-Strong feet dribbling and grasping skills

-Strong passer

He is a left-footed athlete known for his agile dribbling, evasive technique, skillful field vision and versatility when it comes to playing different role on the court.

World Cup 2007 & Rodriguez’ 2014 Golden Boot Award

He previously played for Colombia in the 2007 World Cup, as well as one of the country’s 23-man squad in 2014 tournament.  He’d been the most watched athlete at 2014 World Cup for his goal-scoring capability, having claimed the exceptional Golden Boot despite of his country’s fall out from the quarter finals when they had a loss at 2-1 match against Brazil. Brazil may have won that game, but Rodriguez’ claim on the boot only adds up to his versatility in playing different positions. The same year, Rodriguez was named as FIFA’S best performing player of the tournament.

Rodriguez to Captain Colombia in 2018 FIFA

Los Cafeteros’ recent loss to Japan in June 19th may have oozed down Rodriguez’ fire on the field. The enigmatic midfielder failed to flip Colombia’s 1 to 2 with a goal when Osaka did an impressive block. Football critics say if it wasn’t for that goal block, Colombia would have repeated the history it made when they won over Japan way back 2014 with a 4-1 full time score.

Rodriguez will still captain Colombia for its upcoming matches against Senegal and Venezuela, and we’re sure Colombian coach Jose Pekerman will still put James on the action to advance the team to the final qualifying rounds.  

With Rodriguez on Colombia’s erratic World Cup campaign, Los Cafeteros’ game shift may put other teams to a peril. Read more about World Cup on our insights page. Be sure to try our exceptional sports betting brokerage offers. Connect with us via Skype to settle your bets with the best on site prices today!

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