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Rodrigo Tello
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Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela
Date of birth October 14, 1979 (1979-10-14) (age 30)
Place of birth    Santiago, Chile
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Beşiktaş
Number 14
Youth career
Universidad Chile
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Universidad Chile
Sporting CP
053 0(7)
137 0(6)
098 0(18)   
National team2
2000– Chile 032 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela (born 14 October 1979 in Santiago) is a Chilean footballer currently playing with Turkish club Beşiktaş JK.

Left-footed, he usually operates as a left midfielder, but can also appear in the middle. He's also known for his long-distance shots.


Club career

Tello began his career at C.F. Universidad de Chile, making his professional debuts in 1999. He quickly made a good impression, being named the best midfielder the country in 2000, and was transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of 7 millions in January of the following year, at the same time as compatriot Mario Cáceres; it was a then club record for the Portuguese first division side.

After a slow start, Tello eventually became an important first-team member - although he would be used mainly as a substitute - and even saw some time at left defender.

In the 2007 summer, Tello moved to Turkey and signed with Beşiktaş JK. In his second season, he was named to the Team of the Season, as his club won the double.
On 25 November 2009, during a group stage Champions League game against Manchester United, Tello scored a wonder strike from 25 yards to beat United keeper, Ben Foster and help Beşiktaş JK win the match 1-0, the first group stage Champions League game that United had lost at Old Trafford in 8 years.

International career

A full Chilean international since his early 20's, Tello also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[1]

He also competed at the 2007 Copa América, where the national side exited in the last-eight, after a 1–6 loss against eventual winners Brazil.


International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2000 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 1-1 4-1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 23 September 2000 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia  Nigeria 4-0 4-1 2000 Summer Olympics





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