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Alex Rodrigo

Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, better known as Alex (; born 17 June 1982 in Niterói), is a Brazilian professional Association football player. Alex plays as a centre back currently for Chelsea F.C. and the Brazil national football team.

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Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa, better known as Alex (; born 17 June 1982 in Niterói), is a Brazilian professional Association football player. Alex plays as a centre back currently for Chelsea F.C. and the Brazil national football team.

Having been bought by the Premier League club Chelsea in 2004, Alex Rodrigo was loaned to Dutch team PSV Eindhoven and Alex Rodrigo won 3 Eredivisie titles with them. Alex finally joined the Chelsea squad in the summer of 2007 after three years on loan to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Club career

Santos

Alex began Alex Rodrigo career with Santos Futebol Clube of Brazil, making Alex Rodrigo first team debut in 2002. He, Diego Ribas da Cunha, Elano Blumer, and Robson de Souza were known as the famous group that played for Santos Futebol Clube. Alex Rodrigo was signed by England club Chelsea F.C. in 2004 on the recommendation of famed PSV and Chelsea scout Piet de Visser, but because of potential problems in attaining a work permit, Alex Rodrigo was loan (football) to Netherlands club PSV Eindhoven.

PSV

The joint contract of Chelsea and PSV loaned Alex to PSV for three years, with Chelsea having a Euro1 buy-out clause. Alex eventually played three years at PSV, donning the number 4 jersey for the Dutch club. While playing for PSV, Alex Rodrigo earned himself the nickname "The Tank" due to Alex Rodrigo cannonball-like free kicks and Alex Rodrigo strong physical stature.

Alex Rodrigo formally joined PSV in the 2004-05 in Dutch football, helping the club win a domestic double of both the Dutch Eredivisie championship and Dutch Cup that year. In the UEFA Champions League 2004-05, Alex played a key role in the PSV team that was eliminated in the semi-finals against A.C. Milan on away goals (PSV won their home game 3–1 but had previously lost 0–2 in San Siro). The team eliminated AS Monaco FC and Olympique Lyonnais on their way to the semis.

Alex won a second straight Dutch league championship in the Eredivisie 2005/2006 with PSV. Chelsea did not recall Alex, even though Abramovich adviser Piet de Visser and Chelsea head of scouting Frank Arnesen recommended that Alex be brought over from PSV to solve the club's defensive problems. Instead, Chelsea manager José Mourinho insisted on the signing of Khalid Boulahrouz instead. However, Alex Rodrigo was later injured and played no part in PSV's UEFA Champions League 2006-07 knockout stage Quarter-finals against Liverpool F.C., which PSV lost 4–0 on aggregate.

Chelsea

=2007–08=

In an interview with Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf, Alex confirmed that Chelsea were in the process of getting Alex Rodrigo a work permit and that the possibilities of Alex Rodrigo joining Chelsea next season were very high. Alex later confirmed that Chelsea had almost completed the process of acquiring Alex Rodrigo a work permit and that Alex Rodrigo would start next season as a Chelsea player.

Alex was granted a work permit on 2 August 2007, and completed Alex Rodrigo transfer to Chelsea F.C. after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, signing a three year deal, and adding to Chelsea's options at centre-back, along with team captain John Terry, Portuguese international Ricardo Carvalho, and Israeli international Tal Ben Haim.

On 14 August 2007, Alex was presented to the English media, in a press conference with manager José Mourinho, and was given shirt number 33. Alex Rodrigo made Alex Rodrigo debut on 19 August 2007 when Alex Rodrigo came on as a substitute for Florent Malouda against Liverpool F.C. in the 85th minute, with the teams tied at 1–1. Alex Rodrigo also played in the 2–0 defeat away at Aston Villa F.C. and the 4–0 victory over Hull City A.F.C. in the Football League Cup.

Alex scored Alex Rodrigo first goal for Chelsea on 20 October 2007, bulging the net from an absolutely stunning free kick 30 yards out against Middlesbrough F.C.. Alex Rodrigo scored another goal from a free kick on 28 November 2007 in a Champions League game against Rosenborg BK. Alex Rodrigo then scored in Chelsea's 4–4 draw with Aston Villa, scoring Alex Rodrigo first goal at Stamford Bridge from an Andriy Shevchenko pass, taking Alex Rodrigo tally for the season to 3 goals.

=2008–09=

Alex enjoyed Alex Rodrigo longest spell in the first team during the Premier League 2008–09. Alex Rodrigo was given Alex Rodrigo chance due to Ricardo Carvalho being injured for long periods of the campaign. Alex Rodrigo scored Chelsea's 1000th Premier League goal against Sunderland A.F.C. on 1 November 2008. Alex started every game for Chelsea under Guus Hiddink, who managed Alex at PSV Eindhoven and also scored in an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Coventry City F.C..

In the 2009 Champions League quarter-finals second leg at Stamford Bridge (stadium) against Liverpool F.C., Alex scored a sensational swerving canonball freekick from 30 yards to level the score to 2–2. The game eventually ended 4–4 and Chelsea won 7–5 on aggregate. Chelsea gained a semi-final tie against F.C. Barcelona. The first-leg at the Camp Nou ended goalless and in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, Alex played the full match. Chelsea were leading 1–0 up until the 93rd minute when Barcelona scored a dramatic, last-minute goal to draw the game 1–1 and Chelsea went out on away-goals. On 10 May, Alex scored a header in Chelsea's 4–1 Premier League win over Arsenal in the from a Didier Drogba free-kick. The goal was Alex Rodrigo second against the Gunners in Alex Rodrigo career.

=2009–10=

Alex made Alex Rodrigo first pre-season debut against AC Milan in the World Football Challenge.

Alex had yet to feature for Chelsea in the new season, because Alex Rodrigo had been out with a groin injury since August 15, 2009.

On October 13, 2009, Alex signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea F.C., keeping Alex Rodrigo at Stamford Bridge (stadium) until the summer of 2013.

Alex started Alex Rodrigo first game of the season in a Football League Cup match against Bolton Wanderers on 28 October 2009 playing the full 90 minutes. On Saturday 13 March 2010 Alex Rodrigo scored Alex Rodrigo first goal of the season at Stamford Bridge giving Chelsea the lead in a 4–1 league win over West Ham United.

Alex made Alex Rodrigo first Premier League start of the season against Portsmouth F.C. on December 16, 2009.

=2010–11=

In light of Ricardo Carvalho's departure to Real Madrid, Alex started the 2010/11 season as first choice centre back for Chelsea, alongside John Terry. On 3 October 2010, Alex Rodrigo scored a 25 yard freekick in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal. On 5 October, Alex Rodrigo was ruled out for up to three weeks after picking up a thigh injury in the final stages of Sunday's 2-0 win over Arsenal, and subsequently withdrew from the Brazil squad for the friendly matches against Iran, and Ukraine.

Alex is expected to come back from injury for Chelsea in the second leg of their Second Round Champions League tie against F.C. Copenhagen on March 16th.

International career

Alex made Alex Rodrigo debut for Brazil national football team on July 17, 2003 against Mexico national football team in 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although Alex Rodrigo played under Brazil Olympic football team at the tournament, the tournament was a full international tournament, hence the international cap gained was fully recognized by FIFA.

Alex Rodrigo was overlooked for the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. However, after the World Cup, Alex Rodrigo earned regular call-ups with the new head coach, Dunga. Alex Rodrigo was a member of the Brazil squad that won the Copa América 2007 with a 3–0 victory over arch-rivals Argentina national football team in the final. Alex Rodrigo was dropped from Brazilian squad to 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to injuries.

On 11 May, Alex Rodrigo was called up to 2010 FIFA World Cup squad as one of the seven backup players.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Rodrigo_Dias_da_Costa

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