Ricardo Rodríguez (football manager)

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Ricardo Rodríguez
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Rodríguez Suárez
Date of birth (1974-04-03) 3 April 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Oviedo, Spain
Youth career
Teams managed
Years Team
2006–2007 Girona (youth)
2007 Girona
2007–2008 Málaga (assistant)
2011–2012 Saudi Arabia (assistant)
2013 Saudi Arabia U17
2013 Girona
2014 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
2015 Bangkok Glass
2016 Suphanburi
2017– Tokushima Vortis

Ricardo Rodríguez Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈkarðo roˈðɾiɣeθ]; born 3 April 1974), is a Spanish football coach.


Born in Oviedo, Asturias, Rodríguez was a Real Oviedo youth graduate, but a serious knee injury forced him to leave his footballing career.[1] He has a bachelor's degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the University of A Coruña (1994–1998), and between 2000 and 2002 he obtained a PhD in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at the University of Oviedo while studying a master's degree in Sports High Performance provided by the Spanish Olympic Committee at the same time.[1]

From 2003 until 2006 Rodríguez completed the necessary studies to obtain the coaching badge from UEFA Pro License, provided by the Spanish Football Federation.

Managerial career[edit]

Rodríguez started his career in 1998 at his former club Oviedo, being named the reserves' coach. In 2001, he was promoted to the main squad in Segunda División.[2]

In 2003 Rodríguez worked as a director and manager of Real Madrid's youth school in México City, along with Alberto Gil and Xabier Azkargorta.[3] He remained in charge for three years and subsequently returned to his home country, being appointed manager of Girona FC's youth setup.

Rodríguez with Girona in 2013.

On 5 February 2007 Rodríguez was named manager of the Catalans' first team in Tercera División, replacing fired Joan Carrillo, until the end of the campaign.[4] He achieved promotion in the play-offs, after defeating Paco Jémez's RSD Alcalá.

On 25 June 2007 Rodríguez was named at the helm of Málaga CF's B-team,[5] but was shortly after appointed as Juan Muñiz's assistant at the main squad[6] and being promoted to La Liga at the end of the season. In July 2008 he was appointed as director of football.[7]

On 4 March 2010 Rodríguez left the Andalusians, with the club already promoted.[8] In August 2011 he signed a three-year deal with the Saudi Arabia Football Federation, initially as a consultant.[9]

Rodríguez acted along with Juan Ramón López Caro and Frank Rijkaard,[10] being added in the latter's squad in August 2012. In January 2013, after Rijkaard's dismissal, López Caro was appointed manager of the full squad and Rodríguez took charge of the under-17s.

On 4 July 2013 Rodríguez returned to Girona, with his side now in Segunda División.[1] He was relieved from his duties on 19 December, after a poor display in his last outings.[11]

On 19 January 2014 Rodríguez was named at the helm of Thai Premier League's Ratchaburi F.C..[12] Rodríguez finished his first season in Thailand with Ratchaburi by the fourth place in the final standing, highest position in the club history. In November, after the season's end, he left the club[13] and signed for fellow league team Bangkok Glass F.C. shortly after.[14] Rodríguez was sacked near the end of the 2015 season after 30 games of domestic league. In March 2016 he was appointed as manager of Suphanburi.[15]

On 28 June 2016, Ricardo Rodriguez has resigned from his position at Suphanburi after 3 months in charge.[16]

On November 2016, Rodríguez signed with Japan's J2 League side Tokushima Vortis.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 11 November 2017
Team Nat. From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Girona Spain 5 February 2007 25 June 2007 18 14 1 3 35 11 +24 077.78
Ratchaburi Thailand 19 January 2014 13 November 2014 41 18 14 9 68 49 +19 043.90
Bangkok Glass Thailand 13 November 2014 24 November 2015 39 19 10 10 58 44 +14 048.72
Suphanburi Thailand 22 March 2016 28 June 2016 17 6 5 6 22 18 +4 035.29
Tokushima Vortis Japan 29 November 2016 Present 42 18 13 11 70 46 +24 042.86
Career totals 157 75 43 39 253 168 +85 047.77

1 A win or loss by the penalty shoot-out is counted as the draw in time.


  1. ^ a b c "Oficial: Ricardo Rodríguez, al banquillo del Girona" [Official: Ricardo Rodríguez, to Girona's bench] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "El técnico Ricardo Rodríguez, nuevo entrenador del Málaga B" [Coach Ricardo Rodríguez, new manager of Málaga B] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Javier Azcagorta, director de las escuelas internacionales" [Javier Azcagorta, director of the international academies] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Joan Carrillo, l'anterior tècnic del Girona destituït" [Joan Carrillo, the former manager sacked from Girona] (in Catalan). El Punt Avui. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Góngora, A (26 June 2007). "El joven Ricardo entrenará al filial y completará el organigrama deportivo" [Young Ricardo will manage the reserves and will complete the sports organizational chart] (in Spanish). Diario Sur. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Gámez Benahavís, Miguel (27 July 2008). "He aprendido mucho de Muñiz en los despachos" [I have learned a lot from Muñiz in the office] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Málaga. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ricardo Rodríguez, Málaga CF: "Me gusta el reto"" [Ricardo Rodríguez, Málaga CF: "I like the role"] (in Spanish). Noticias.info. 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ricardo Rodríguez, desvinculado del Málaga Club de Fútbol" [Ricardo Rodríguez, released from Málaga Club de Fútbol] (in Spanish). Málaga's official website. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Un asturiano para el desarrollo del fútbol árabe" [An Asturian for the Arabian football development] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Alonso Filgueira, Álvaro (7 September 2012). "Arabia Saudí, territorio "español"" [Saudi Arabia, "Spanish" territory] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "El Girona destituye a Ricardo Rodríguez y nombra a Javi López" [Girona sacks Ricardo Rodríguez and names Javi López] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "ฟลุ๊คชูอดีตมือขวาไรจ์การ์ดเก๋ากว่าปาลังโกพาทีมเอี่ยวแชมป์" (in Thai). Goal.com. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ricardo Rodríguez no seguirá en el Ratchaburi de Tailandia" [Ricardo Rodríguez will not continue at Thailand's Ratchaburi] (in Spanish). Todo Mercado Web. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ricardo Rodríguez signs for Bangkok Glass F.C." Ricardo Rodríguez's official website. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Suphanburi Appoint Ricardo Rodriguez AS Head Coach". Football Channel Asia. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  16. ^ BREAKING : ริคาร์โด้ยื่นซองขาวลาเก้าอี้สุพรรณบุรี
  17. ^ "リカルド ロドリゲス 新監督就任お知らせ" (Press release). Tokushima Vortis. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 

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