Francisco Rodrigues (Brazilian footballer)

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Francisco Rodrigues
Rodrigues in 1961
Personal information
Full name Francisco Rodrigues
Date of birth (1925-06-27)27 June 1925
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 30 October 1988(1988-10-30) (aged 63)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1934–1942 Ypiranga-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1945 Ypiranga-SP 169 (35)
1945–1950 Fluminense 199 (94)
1950–1954 Palmeiras 221 (125)
1954–1956 Botafogo 87 (22)
1956–1957 Palmeiras 11 (2)
1957–1958 Juventus 26 (12)
1958–1959 Paulista 36 (8)
1959–1960 Juventus 29 (13)
1960–1961 Rosario Central 35 (10)
Total 813 (321)
National team
1950–1955 Brazil 18 (5)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francisco Rodrigues (27 June 192530 October 1988) was a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. He was a fast winger and noted for his great dribbling and technical ability to beat opposition players with success and he was a great goalscorer. He stood out for being a skillful footballer, with great speed and an exquisite left foot. Regarded as one of the best Brazilian strikers of the 1950s.

Club career[change | change source]

He began his football career at the Ypiranga São Paulo club, where he played from 1942–1945. In 1945 he moved to Fluminense FC. He played for the Rio de Janeiro club until 1950. During this period, he won the Rio de Janeiro State Championship - Campeonato Carioca in 1946. In 1950, he moved to SE Palmeiras, where he played until 1954. With Palmeiras São, he won the São Paulo State Championship - Campeonato Paulista in 1950. In 1954 he moved to Botafogo FR, where he played until 1956, then returned to Palmeiras. From Palmeiras he went to local rivals Juventus where he played in 1957. He spent 1958 at Paulista Jundiaí, from where he returned to Juventus in 1959. He ended his career with Argentina's Rosario Central in 1961.

International career[change | change source]

Francisco Rodrigues made his debut for Brazil on May 7, 1950 against Paraguay. A month later, he was part of the squad at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, where Brazil finished runners-up, but did not play in any matches. In 1952 he won the Pan American Championship with Brazil, and in 1953 he played at the 1953 Copa América, where Brazil finished second. In 1954, he again went with the national team to the World Cup 1954, where he appeared in group matches against Yugoslavia and Mexico. The last time in the colors of the Canarinhos appeared on September 20, 1955 in a match against the Chilean national team. In total, he made 18 appearances for the national team and scored 5 goals.

Death[change | change source]

He died on October 30, 1988 at the age of 63 in the city of Sao Paulo.


Honours[change | change source]

Palmeiras
Fluminense
Brazil

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