Diego Valeri

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Diego Valeri
Diego Valeri in a Portland jacket.jpg
Personal information
Full name Diego Hernán Valeri
Date of birth (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2013 Lanús 158 (26)
2009–2010 Porto (loan) 12 (0)
2010 Almería (loan) 9 (0)
2013 Portland Timbers (loan) 20 (4)
2013– Portland Timbers 31 (10)
National team
2011– Argentina 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 20, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego Hernán Valeri (born 1 May 1986) is an Argentine football midfielder who currently plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer and also plays for the Argentina national team.

Club career[edit]

Valeri started his professional career with his hometown club Lanús in 2003. He made his debut for Lanús under the direction of Miguel Ángel Brindisi on September 27, 2003 in a 1-1 draw with Vélez Sársfield. In 2007, he was part of the squad that won the 2007 Apertura tournament, Lanús' first ever top flight league title.

On 16 July 2009, Valeri was loaned to Portuguese champion Porto, where he played one season, winning the Portuguese Cup. He then spent six months on-loan at Spanish UD Almería. In 2011, Valeri rejoined Lanús, and captained the team in their 2011 Clausura runner-up campaign.

In January 2013, Valeri was loaned to Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer on a contract paying $400,000 annually.[1] Portland exercised its option to buy on August 6, 2013.[2][3] Valeri has been touted as a great addition to the team,[4] as he has recorded 15 goals (one goal coming in the playoffs) and 21 assists as of July 18, 2014.

International career[edit]

Valeri played his first game for Argentina on 16 March 2011 in a friendly match against Venezuela, helping Argentina win 4–1.



F.C. Porto



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