Rodrigo Tarín, a defensive champion

Rodrigo Tarín, a defensive champion

This is a translation of an article originally found in sports daily El Mundo Deportivo. You can find the original article here. Some information has been added to give a clearer view of the player.

Rodrigo Tarín Higon, born in 1996 in Chiva (Valencia), is the starting centre back of FC Barcelona Juvenil B and the captain of the Spain U-17 national team. The defender started his career at Valencia CF before moving to Barça at the start of this season.

Despite this being his first full season in Barça, Tarín became a leader in the locker room of the league winning Juvenil B team. His leadership qualities also made him the captain of the Spain U-17 national team. Juvenil B won the league earlier this week after beating Hospitalet 1-4. The team also won the Spartak Cup in Moscow earlier this year.

Tarín is right footed, but he usually features in the left side of the central back pairing. He is known for his marking abilities, aggressiveness, anticipation and aerial ability. These skills make him one of the most talented defenders in the youth system. Because of his height (1.84 cm/6 ft. 0.5), he is effective in both clearing corners defensively as well as going forward during corner kicks and set pieces.

Representatives of the youth departments at the club say that the 16-year old is a good guy and very disciplined. He is said to be an admirer of Spain central back pairing Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué. His performances at the Juvenil B have earned him a promotion to the Juvenil A next season, meaning you will also be able to see him play in the NextGen Series.

Image credit: El Mundo Deportivo via Spartak Moscow