Francisco Javier Rodriguez Pinedo ([fɾanˈsisko xaˈβjer roˈðɾiɣes]; born 20 October 1981), also known as Maza, is a Mexican footballer, who plays for Cruz Azul in Liga MX; and the Mexico national team.
Francisco Javier Rodriguez was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, which is the origin of his nickname "Maza" (short for Mazatlan). He began his professional career with Guadalajara, debuting for the club during the Apertura 2002 tournament.
During the Apertura 2006, Rodriguez had a pivotal role in Guadalajara's championship run, winning the final second-leg match 2–1 (3–2 on aggregate) against Toluca on 10 December. The win gave Chivas their eleventh league championship, a record which stood until America matched the achievement in 2013.
On 9 May 2008, it was announced that he was transferred for USD $1.8 million to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, the second Mexican in the latter squad with Carlos Salcido. Rodriguez was predominately during that debut season mostly on the bench, and proved an alternate centre backs for Dirk Marcellis. He scored his first goal with the Dutch giants on 25 November 2008 with a 30-yard shot against Heracles Almelo.
Prior to the start of the 2009–10 season, Rodriguez was given the number four jersey, previously worn by Manuel da Costa, who had transferred to Fiorentina in January 2008. He won a starting spot in the center of defence for both the Eredevisie and the Europa League.
On 14 July 2011, Rodriguez signed a three-year contract with VfB Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. Rodriguez made his Bundesliga debut on 6 August 2011 in a 3–0 win against Schalke 04. He registered an assist in the 37th minute to Cacau, which gave Stuttgart a 2–0 lead in their 3–0 victory.
On 2 January 2013, Rodriguez was transferred to America.
On 4 June 2014, Rodriguez was transferred to Cruz Azul.
Rodriguez was part of the Mexico 2004 Olympic U-23 football team. They were eliminated in the group stage, having finished third in Group A, below group winners Mali and South Korea.
Rodriguez made his debut with the Mexico national team on 18 February 2004 in a friendly against Chile in Carson, California. He scored his first goal for Mexico on 8 July 2005 in a 1–2 CONCACAF Gold Cup loss against South Africa.
On 2 April 2006, he was called up by coach Ricardo Lavolpe for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Rodriguez played in the match against Portugal.
Rodriguez was a part of the Mexico squad in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was a starter in all of Mexico's group matches, and played the Round of 16 match against Argentina.
During the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Rodriguez, and four other members of the Mexico national team, tested positive for the banned substance of Clenbuterol and were withdrawn from the tournament squad. However, all players were exonerated as FIFA determined that the accused had ingested the banned substance via contaminated meat that had been served during a pre-tournament training camp. However, World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to request a ban. But on 12 October 2011, WADA withdrew this request after the full file was made available to them.
As of 26 May 2013As of 22 July 2015
Primera Division: Apertura 2006
Johan Cruijff Shield: 2008
Liga MX: Clausura 2013
CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2011, 2015