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Oct 01, 2021   |  12:50AM AET

Roderick strengthens Victory defence after fine European career

Roderick strengthens Victory defence after fine European career

After a varied club career across Europe, Roderick Miranda arrives ready to strengthen Melbourne Victory’s defence.

Roderick, 30, has signed a two-year deal with Victory, with confirmation of his move coming on Friday.

The Portuguese centre-back spent last season with Turkish top-flight side Gaziantep, making 13 appearances.

That followed a fine club career across Europe, where he played for sides in Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, England and Greece.tony popovic

Roderick made a strong impression, representing Portugal internationally across four age groups, including helping his nation finish as runner-up at the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

After arriving at Benfica’s youth academy as a nine-year-old, Roderick only made 15 competitive appearances for the Portuguese giants either side of loan spells at Swiss outfit Servette and Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

At the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011, Roderick featured in all seven games for Portugal on the way to the final. The nation did not concede a goal until the decider, in which Oscar’s hat-trick inspired Brazil’s 3-2 extra-time win.

While his appearances were limited, Roderick won two Taca da Liga trophies at Benfica, and also played three times as the club made the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League final, including starting alongside Nemanja Matic in a 3-2 win away at Bordeaux, which had former Victory star Fahid Ben Khalfallah feature off the bench.

His permanent departure from Benfica came in 2013, when he signed a five-year deal with fellow Primeira Liga club Rio Ave.

After three runners-up trophies at Rio Ave, Roderick left Portugal permanently for the first time in his career in 2017, joining Championship side Wolves, reuniting with his former Rio Ave boss – Nuno Espirito Santo.

Roderick made 17 Championship appearances in 2017/18 as Wolves claimed the title by nine points, but he would not feature for the club again as spells at Olympiacos and Famalicao followed.

He officially left Wolves in February this year, joining Gaziantep in Turkey on a five-month deal as it finished in mid-table.

Roderick arrives at Victory to further strengthen Head Coach Tony Popovic’s defence, which includes the likes of Jason Davidson, Jason Geria, Matthew Spiranovic, Stefan Nigro and Brendan Hamill.