|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)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|2011–2012||→ Parma (loan)||20||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Valdés normally plays as a deep-lying playmaker known for his passing ability although he can play as a more attacking midfielder. He has previously played in various more attacking roles, including left or right winger, playmaker and second striker. He is primarily right-footed.
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.
Moves to Lecce and Atlanta
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 2011, Valdés was transferred to Parma in the deal which brought Valeri Bojinov to the Portuguese side. Valdés moved to Parma on a one year loan deal, and the Italian club also have a purchase option worth €1,800,000 to buy the Chilean midfielder.11 He saw little action under Franco Colomba, but Roberto Donadoni gave him an unfamiliar regista role, in which he excelled and became a first-team regular. Parma exercised their option to buy the player in July 2012.
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 Muñoz 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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- Match Report
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- "Midfielder Valdés signs up for Sporting". UEFA.com. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- "COMUNICADO" (PDF). Sporting Clube de Portugal (in Portuguese) (Published by Securities Market Commission). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
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- 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)
- Profile at Soccerway
- Profile at Soccernet
- Profile at Soccernet (Atalanta)
- Jaime Valdés at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jaime Valdés – FIFA competition record