|Full name||Jaime Andrés Valdés Zapata|
|Date of birth||11 January 1981|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Parma (loan)||20||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2012.
Jaime Andrés Valdés Zapata (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈjaime βalˈdes] born 11 January 1981) is a Chilean footballer that currently plays for Primera División club Colo-Colo. He usually plays as central midfielder, but also can operates as an attacking midfielder or winger. Valdés was member of his national under-20 national team in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and has represented three times the senior team between 2001 and 2010.
Product of Palestino prolific youth ranks, he has played more than ten years in Italy, where netted 38 goals in clubs like Bari, Lecce, Atalanta and Parma, of which Fiorentina has been the only club where he failed to score. However after years spending in Europe, Valdés returned to Chile in 2014 and reached the Torneo Clausura honour, being awarded as the Chilean Footballer of the Year the same season. He is the Chilean with most consecutive years playing in Europe with 14 seasons, surpassing even Iván Zamorano who has a season less.
In September 2014, he was nominated to play the "Match for the Peace" at Rome, which was organizated by the Pope Francis and Javier Zanetti's foundation, where Valdés played alongside legends like Diego Maradona, Iván Zamorano, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Baggio, Andriy Shevchenko, among others.
Beginnings and move to Italy
Valdés started his career at Santiago-based Palestino. In December 1999, he was signed by then Italian Serie A side Bari along with countryman Pascual de Gregorio. He made his Serie A debut in the next season, on 15 October 2000. He replaced Rachid Neqrouz in the 84th minute when the team was a goal down to Juventus. The matched ended in 2-0. Valdés followed the team down to Serie B after the club's June 2001 relegation and became a first-team regular in the team, replacing Antonio Cassano.
In August 2004, he was signed by Serie A side ACF Fiorentina in a co-ownership deal. As part of the deal, Massimiliano Scaglia moved in the opposite direction, also in a co-ownership deal. Valdés played his first league game for La Viola on 19 December 2004, a 2–0 victory over Chievo. He replaced Javier Portillo in the 76th minute, six minutes after Portillo scored the 2nd goal. He only played 5 Serie A matches for Fiorentina in the first half of the season.
Spells at Lecce and Atalanta
In January 2005, Valeri Bojinov was transferred to ACF Fiorentina from Lecce and Fiorentina sold its 50% registration rights to Lecce as part of the deal. Lecce then bought the remain 50% rights from Bari in June 2005. He followed Lecce relegated to Serie B in June 2006. He was a regular starter in 2006-07 season, but in 2007-08 just made 14 starts in 36 Serie B appearances.
After Lecce won promotion back to Serie A, he left for fellow Serie A team Atalanta on free transfer in July 2008, which the deal already agreed in January. At first he was a substitute player but gained a regular place in November 2008. He scored 7 league goals for Atalanta in 2009–10 season.
On 6 July 2010, Valdés joined Portuguese side Sporting CP from relegated Atalanta for a €2,992,500 transfer fee, signing a three year contract with a €25 million release clause. He debuted for the club on 14 July in a 4–2 loss against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes, and scored his first goal on 25 July in a 2–1 exhibition match away win over Tottenham Hotspur, where his side's goals were scored by him and his compatriot Matías Fernández for the victory at White Hart Lane. His league debut came on 14 August in a 1–0 away loss against Paços de Ferreira, where was used as left midfielder by his manager Paulo Sérgio, who usually occuped Valdés as central midfielder. On 31 October, Valdés netted a twice in a 2–1 win over União Leiria at Leiria, scoring their first two goals in Portugal, of which the press praised him. On 27 November, Valdés scored his side's goal for the derby against Porto in a 1–1 draw, having scored the previous week on 13 November in a 2–1 win over Académica at Coimbra of penalty in the 9th minute. Then he continued his streak in the league's first round end on 8 January 2011 in a 2–1 home win over Sporting Braga.
However after two losses, two draws and one victory, his coach Paulo Sérgio was sacked, and assumed in the charge José Couceiro, with whom Valdés was relegated to the bench and failed to be starter and score. At the season's end, address that situation, on 6 July, was reported that Valdés would return to Italy on loan to Parma with a purchase option worth €1,8 million to buy him in a deal which brought Valeri Bojinov to Lisbon–based side.
Parma exercised their option to buy the player in July 2012 after Valdés' well season.
Valdés capped for Chile under-20 team at 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. He made his senior debut in the same year, on 24 April 2001 against Uruguay. He replaced Ítalo Díaz in the 57th minute. He was included in Chile's 30-men provisional 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, but later dropped after played the warm-up match verse Mexico on 16 May 2010. Valdés and Roberto Cereceda were substituted at half time by Jean Beausejour and Gonzalo Jara.
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- "Jaime Valdés: "Siempre me pregunté por qué no jugué en la Selección"". Latercera.cl (in Spanish) (La Tercera). 6 January 2013.
- "Zamorano y Jaime Valdés fueron parte de un "Partido de la Paz" lleno de goles en Roma". Emol.com (in Spanish) (Emol). 1 September 2014.
- "Con presencia de cuatro chilenos arranca hoy el "Partido por la Paz" en Roma". Latercera.cl (in Spanish) (La Tercera). 1 September 2014.
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- "COMUNICADO" (PDF). Sporting Clube de Portugal (in Portuguese) (Published by Securities Market Commission). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Jaime Valdés debutó con una derrota en el Sporting de Lisboa". Emol.com (in Spanish) (Emol). 14 July 2010.
- "Jaime Valdés y Matías Fernández fueron garantía de gol en Sporting". Cooperativa.cl (in Spanish) (Radio Cooperativa). 25 August 2010.
- "Prensa portuguesa se rinde a los pies de Jaime Valdés: "Es una mina de oro"". Emol.com (in Spanish) (Emol). 1 November 2010.
- "Jaime Valdés anota en igualdad de Sporting de Lisboa contra Porto". Latercera.cl (in Spanish) (La Tercera). 27 November 2010.
- "Jaime Valdés anotó en valioso triunfo de Sporting Lisboa sobre Braga". Biobiochile.cl (in Spanish) (Radio Bio Bio). 8 January 2011.
- "Matías Fernández y Jaime Valdés se quedan sin técnico en el Sporting de Lisboa". Emol.com (in Spanish) (Emol). 26 February 2011.
- "Ceduto Bojinov allo Sporting Lisbona arriva Valdés". Fcparma.com (Parma Official Web Site). Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "UFFICIALE: Parma, preso Valdés a titolo definitivo" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Valdés taken on permanent deal]. Sportsbook24 (Sportsbook24.net). 13 July 2012.
- "Chile drop five from squad". Sky Sports. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- "Ivory Coast 1-1 Chile". BBC Sport. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Guardian Stats Centre
- Atalanta B.C. Official Player Profile (Italian)
- Profile at La Gazzetta dello Sport (2006-07) (Italian)
- Profile at La Gazzetta dello Sport (2007-08) (Italian)
- Profile at La Gazzetta dello Sport (2009-10) (Italian)
- Profile at AIC.Football.it (Italian)
- Jaime Valdés profile at Soccerway
- Profile at Soccernet
- Profile at Soccernet (Atalanta)
- Jaime Valdés at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jaime Valdés – FIFA competition record