Adolfo Valencia

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Adolfo Valencia
Personal information
Full name Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera
Date of birth (1968-02-06) 6 February 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Buenaventura, Colombia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Santa Fe 159 (56)
1993–1994 Bayern Munich 26 (11)
1994–1995 Atlético Madrid 24 (6)
1995–1996 Santa Fe 22 (11)
1997 América Cali 19 (9)
1997–1998 Reggiana 23 (4)
1998–1999 Medellín 22 (11)
1999–2000 PAOK 27 (8)
2000–2001 MetroStars 48 (21)
2002 Santa Fe 28 (11)
2002–2003 Zhejiang Lucheng 31 (14)
2003 Unión Maracaibo 7 (4)
2004 Zhejiang Lucheng 6 (0)
Total 442 (166)
National team
1992–1998 Colombia 37 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Valencia and the second or maternal family name is Mosquera.

Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera (born 6 February 1968 in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca) is a Colombian retired footballer who played as a striker.

Nicknamed El tren (train) due to his powerful physique, he played in seven different countries – having one-year spells in Germany and Spain's top-flight leagues – and represented Colombia at two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Valencia started playing with Independiente Santa Fe, where his stellar performances earned him a transfer to Germany's FC Bayern Munich; in his sole season (although he still played the first game of 1994–95), he was instrumental in helping the Bavarians clinch the league title, and finished as the club's top scorer (alongside Mehmet Scholl, with 11 goals).

Valencia also played one season in Spain, with Atlético de Madrid, where he was involved in a serious incident with irascible club president Jesús Gil, while vastly underperforming overall: after a match at CD Logroñés, Gil said that "The black guy needs to have his throat cut".[1] He subsequently went on to represent, without settling at any club, A.C. Reggiana 1919, PAOK FC, NY/NJ MetroStars Independiente Santa Fe, Zhejiang Lucheng (two spells) and Unión Atlético Maracaibo.

While at Zhejiang, Valencia led the Chinese second division in scoring during the 2003 season.[2] In his first season with the Major League Soccer outfit, he set a team record by scoring 16 league goals (21 in all competitions), and retired from football in 2004.

International career[edit]

Valencia made his debut for Colombia on 31 July 1992, in a match against the United States in the Memorial Coliseum, and proceeded to represent the nation at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. In the former edition he scored two goals, in group stage defeats against Romania and the United States.

Alongside midfielder Bernardo Redín, Valencia was Colombia's all-time topscorer in the World Cup.



Bayern Munich
América de Cali
UA Maracaibo

Personal life[edit]

Valencia's son, José Adolfo, is also a footballer and a striker. He has played mostly for Independiente Santa Fe, and represented Colombia at under-20 level. He now plays for Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.


  1. ^ "Gil: "Me equivoqué, lo siento"" [Gil: "I made a mistake, I am sorry"] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 25 April 1995. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Tom (18 April 2004). "China 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 

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