James Rodriguez, Colombia

James Rodriguez, Colombia

James Rodriguez, Colombia

Personal information
Full name James David Rodríguez Rubio
Date of birth 12 July 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Cúcuta, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current club Monaco
Number 10
Youth career
1995–2007 Envigado
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Envigado 30 (9)
2008–2010 Banfield 42 (5)
2010–2013 Porto 63 (25)
2013– Monaco 34 (9)
National team
2007 Colombia U17 11 (3)
2011 Colombia U20 5 (3)
2011– Colombia 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Club: AS Monaco

Colombia are many people’s alternative pick to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and their cause is certainly aided by the fact that the competition takes place very close to home soil.

In the CONMEBOL qualifiers, Los Cafeteros were dominant, picking up 30 points from 16 matches and finishing second only to Argentina in the final standings.

James Rodriguez is the star man in the side, playing from the flanks in Jose Pekerman’s fluid 4-2-2-2 formation. The system accentuates his strong dribbling, piercing running and immense technical ability, while also allowing his good work ethic to come to the fore.

He notched three goals in 15 games during qualifying, but it’s the link he’s forged with striker Radamel Falcao—who also plays for Monaco at club level—that impresses the most.

Rodriguez has tricky feet, works hard off the ball and is as comfortable in the wide areas as he is drifting inside.