Honoring César Rodríguez

My hair is always perfect, like my goals.
My hair is always perfect, like my goals.

On Tuesday when Cultural Leonesa visits the Camp Nou, Barça is going to honor an FCB legend named César Rodríguez Álvarez, a man known to many as the leading goal scorer in the history of the blaugrana. He scored 195 league goals in 287 appearances and 294 goals overall in 433 appearances. Just to let you know how great that is, in order for Lionel Messi to tie that record at his current scoring rate, he would have to be here until his 575th appearance, which, if he were to play 45 matches a year, would be when he was 31.

César Rodríguez played for FCB from 1939 until 1954 (on loan to Granada CF from ’40-’42*) when it was known as CF Barcelona. His longevity was the key to his gaudy stats, of course, but he was also just plain good: he won the Pichichi in 1949 (28 goals) and played on 5 league-winning teams (’45, ’48, ’49, ’52, and ’53). When he left the club in 1954, he headed to his hometown of Leon and played for a small club named Cultural Leonesa in the Segunda–that year they finished 4th and were promoted to the first team for the only time in their history as César scored 3 times in 15 appearances. He left the club after that year and went to Perpignan FC and then ended his career by playing with Elche CF from 1957 until 1960, during which time Elche rose from the Tercera to the Primera.

During his final year with Elche, César began coaching the team as well and then when he retired from active play, he took over Real Zaragoza as manager. He became Barça’s manager for one year, but was only in charge for 35 matches, earning a record of 21W-4D-10L. After FCB, he managed Mallorca and Real Betis, and then finished his managing career back at Real Zaragoza.

César passed away on March 1, 1995 at the age of 74.

Sport is reporting that the honors will be done 30 minutes prior to kickoff on the presidential balcony at the Camp Nou. Certainly a legend and certainly worthy of being honored in front of the Camp Nou faithful as well as the traveling Cultural fans.

*Wikipedia says that the loan was forced upon him because he was posted as a member of the military to Granada that year, meaning he couldn’t play for FCB until his time in the army was over. Living under a dictator is fun, isn’t it?

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  1. November 8, 2009

    Off topic, but Sid Lowe is commentating on the Villareal-Sevilla game on Gol TV. I’m 99% sure it’s him.

  2. eklavya
    November 8, 2009

    We always hear people talking about Romario,Rivaldo etc when talking about the old times never about this guy.Weird.

  3. Kari
    November 8, 2009

    Completely and totally offtopic, but how about that OL and Marseille 5-5 draw? That game totally beat the shi* out of the Chelsea-ManUtd match 😛

  4. Jose39
    November 8, 2009

    Off topic again, but club vs. country rears its ugly head again and, as never happens… I have to side with EE on this.

    Portugal has called up Cristiano Ronaldo for the Nov. 14-18 matches.

    If we believe what we read, the man simply is not fit to play. He’s still recovering. Playing against Bosnia-Herzegovina injured might be the ticket to Portugal qualifying, but Queiroz could seriously be jeopardizing the next couple of months if he strains his injury.

    Maybe I’m being overly suspicious, but it seems like Queiroz simply isn’t buying the injury reports from Real Madrid.

    • November 8, 2009

      But if you read what you ALSO read, he IS actually fit, but RM is trying to save him from the national team. I waffle so badly on this that I’m not the least bit trusthworthy about it. I hate RM, so I hope he plays and both loses so that Portugal doesn’t make it, but also RM loses him for months.

      That’s how bad a person I am.

  5. Kari
    November 8, 2009

    Even Txigrinsky’s brother Victor admits that he hasn’t been playing well. Though, he puts it down to the injury, the fact he’s cup-tied which is affecting his mojo, and that Barca are the ‘fastest team in the world’


    Finally on-topic, I’ve never seen this guy play, but he has what looks to be an unbeatable record. Legend!

  6. Cruyff's Coiffure
    November 8, 2009

    Amazingly, even if Messi maintained his goal rate from last year and this year (.72), he still wouldn’t catch Rodriguez by his 433 appearance.

    • November 9, 2009

      Exactly. It’s a fantastic scoring rate and for a loooong period of time.

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