Joao Rodriguez

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Joao Rodriguez
0Full Name Joao Leandro Rodriguez Gonzalez
0Date of Birth 19 May 1996
0Place of Birth Colombia
0Position Forward
0Chelsea career 2012 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Quindio
Quindio (loan)
Uniautónoma (loan)
SC Bastia (loan)
Vitória Setúbal (loan)
Sint-Truiden (loan)

Joao Rodriguez (born 19th May 1996 in Colombia) is a forward currently a part of Chelsea's academy.


Pre-Chelsea career

The son of former Colombian top-flight striker Willy Rodriguez, Joao caught the eye as a prolific striker in the junior ranks of national Colombian football. His performances at the 2011 South American Under-15 Championships caught the eye of scouts worldwide, including those of Chelsea.

Chelsea career

Joao spent two months on trial as an Under-16 and impressed enough to sign a pre-contract agreement for a five-year professional contract beginning on his seventeenth birthday. A prolific pre-season with Adrian Viveash's youth team saw him gain some attention, but with no work permit to play in England, he returned to his former club Quindio to play for the 2012-13 season.

After spending some time training in England he joined Uniautónoma in the Colombian top flight, playing on loan under his father. He scored his first senior goal against Medellin and made half a dozen appearances before his father was sacked, and he made no further appearances thereafter.

In August 2014 he joined French club SC Bastia, managed by Claude Makelele, on loan for the season. Things started promisingly but Bastia's form slipped and Makelele was sacked, leading to the club's new manager casting Joao aside. In January he joined Portuguese side Vitória Setúbal along with Ulises Dávila but didn't make a single appearance for the club.

He joined Belgium club Sint-Truiden for the 2015-16 season along with Victorien Angban and Cristian Cuevas but struggled for playing time before going down with a long-term ankle injury.


Joao has represented Colombia at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 levels, playing and scoring at the 2014 Toulon Tournament and the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Career statistics

Youth Team Football

Season Total
Apps Goals

Senior Club Football

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 Uniautónoma (loan) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2014-15 Bastia (loan) 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2014-15 Vitória Setúbal (loan) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Sint-Truiden (loan) 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 11 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 1

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)

Career honours



Joao is contracted to Chelsea until the end of the 2017-18 season.

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