Juan Carlos Valerón

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Juan Carlos Valerón
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Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Valerón Santana
Date of birth (1975-06-17) 17 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Arguineguín, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas
Number 21
Youth career
1987–1990 Arguineguín
1990–1994 Las Palmas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Las Palmas B 25 (7)
1995–1997 Las Palmas 54 (2)
1997–1998 Mallorca 36 (3)
1998–2000 Atlético Madrid 65 (7)
2000–2013 Deportivo La Coruña 328 (24)
2013– Las Palmas 53 (3)
National team
1997–1998 Spain U21 4 (0)
1997 Spain U23 4 (0)
1998–2005 Spain 46 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 24 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valerón and the second or maternal family name is Santana.

Juan Carlos Valerón Santana (born 17 June 1975) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for UD Las Palmas as an attacking midfielder.

He is known for his technical abilities, especially passing skills and ball control. He also had many injuries during his professional career.[1][2] Over the course of 15 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 390 games and 29 goals, in representation of Mallorca, Atlético Madrid and Deportivo La Coruña, spending 13 years with the latter club.

Valerón represented Spain in the 2002 World Cup and two European Championships, gaining 46 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Arguineguín, Gran Canaria,[3] Valerón started playing with hometown's UD Las Palmas, but switched to the Balearic Islands in the 1997–98 season, representing RCD Mallorca and making his La Liga debut on 31 August 1997 by playing ten minutes in a 2–1 home win over Valencia CF.

He was an instrumental figure in the club's qualification for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, with the team also finishing fifth in the league and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey, lost to eventual champions FC Barcelona in a penalty shoot-out.

Atlético Madrid / Deportivo[edit]

In the next two years, Valerón played for Atlético Madrid where he was an undisputed starter but, following the side's relegation in 2000, he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, sharing club and position with equally talented Brazilian Djalminha. He gradually would become first-choice, signing a contract to eventually see off the remainder of his career with the Galicians in February 2004.[4]

In January 2006, however, Valerón started a bad run with injuries. He suffered a knee injury[5] which relapsed in July[6] and early 2007 (with him only managing two league appearances in the process), leading to another surgery.[7] Consequently he did not reappear until midway through the 2007–08 campaign.

On 27 January 2008, Valerón returned to the bench in Deportivo's 3–1 home win against Real Valladolid, replacing Andrés Guardado for the final 15 minutes – his first match for over a year. In 2008–09, aged 33, he eventually became an important first-team fixture again,[8] both on domestic and European fronts.[9]

36-year-old Valerón was an undisputed starter for Depor in the 2011–12 season, scoring a career-best five goals in nearly 3,000 minutes of action in Segunda División as his team returned to the top flight after one year out, as champions.[10]

Return to Las Palmas[edit]

On 14 July 2013, following another Deportivo relegation, Valerón returned to his first club Las Palmas after 16 years, signing a 1+1 contract.[11]

International career[edit]

A Spanish international since 18 November 1998 in a 2–2 friendly draw with Italy in Salerno,[12] Valerón appeared with the national side at UEFA Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup (where he scored in a 3–1 win against Slovenia[13]) and Euro 2004, netting immediately after coming from the bench in a 1–0 victory over Russia in the latter competition.[14]

He made his last international appearance on 26 March 2005, a 3–0 win over China.[15]

International goals[edit]

[16]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2002 Gwangju World Cup, Gwangju, South Korea  Slovenia 2–0 3–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
2. 7 September 2002 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens, Greece  Greece 0–2 0–2 Euro 2004 qualifying
3. 11 October 2003 Hanrapetakan, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 0–4 Euro 2004 qualifying
4. 5 June 2004 Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain  Andorra 4–0 4–0 Friendly
5. 12 June 2004 Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Russia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2004

Honours[edit]

Deportivo
Spain U21

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 October 2014[17][18][19]
Club performance League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Europe Total
1994–95 Las Palmas B Tercera División 25 7 25 7
1995–96 Las Palmas Segunda División B 27 0 2 1 29 1
1996–97 Segunda División 27 2 7 0 34 2
1997–98 Mallorca La Liga 36 3 11 1 47 4
1998–99 Atlético Madrid 30 3 5 0 5 0 40 3
1999–00 35 4 6 0 6 0 47 4
2000–01 Deportivo La Coruña 31 4 2 0 0 0 8 0 41 4
2001–02 36 3 4 0 13 3 53 6
2002–03 23 2 1 0 2 1 5 0 31 3
2003–04 34 3 1 0 14 2 49 5
2004–05 38 1 1 0 8 0 47 1
2005–06 20 4 3 1 6 0 29 5
2006–07 2 0 1 0 3 0
2007–08 5 0 0 0 5 0
2008–09 22 0 3 0 12 1 37 1
2009–10 24 1 3 0 27 1
2010–11 21 0 5 0 26 0
2011–12 Segunda División 39 5 1 0 40 5
2012–13 La Liga 33 1 1 0 34 1
2013–14 Las Palmas Segunda División 45 3 1 0 46 3
2014–15 6 0 1 0 7 0
Total Las Palmas B 25 7 25 7
Las Palmas 105 5 11 1 116 5
Mallorca 36 3 11 1 47 4
Atlético Madrid 65 7 11 0 11 0 87 7
Deportivo La Coruña 328 24 26 1 2 1 66 6 422 32
Career total 559 46 59 3 2 1 77 6 697 56

International[edit]

[16]

Spain
Year Apps Goals
1998 1 0
1999 6 0
2000 7 0
2001 4 0
2002 9 2
2003 10 1
2004 8 2
2005 1 0
Total 46 5

Personal life[edit]

Valerón's older brother, Miguel Ángel, was also a footballer and a midfielder.[20] Having represented Las Palmas and Mallorca B, his career was also curtailed by injuries.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juan Carlos Valerón, cronología de una lesión maldita" [Juan Carlos Valerón, chronology of injury curse] (in Spanish). Diarios de Fútbol. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jugadores de ayer y de hoy: Juan Carlos Valerón" [Players of yesterday and today: Juan Carlos Valerón] (in Spanish). RCDM. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Valerón, el hechicero de Arguineguín" [Valerón, the wizard of Arguineguín]. Vavel (in Spanish). 26 August 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Valerón shows devotion to Depor". UEFA.com. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Valerón suffers injury blow". UEFA.com. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tottenham hit by King injury blow". UEFA.com. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Crucial surgery nears for Valerón". UEFA.com. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Valerón thankful for new lease of life". UEFA.com. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Valerón fires Depor through". UEFA.com. 26 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Valerón, 37 años de un genio" [Valerón, 37 years of genius]. El Día (in Spanish). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Juan Carlos Valerón vuelve a la Unión Deportiva Las Palmas" [Juan Carlos Valerón returns to Unión Deportiva Las Palmas] (in Spanish). Las Palmas' official website. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Notable alto" [B Plus]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 November 1998. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Spain see off Slovenia". BBC Sport. 2 June 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Spain 1–0 Russia". BBC Sport. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Aperitivo oriental" [Oriental hors d'oeuvre]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 27 March 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Juan Carlos Valerón Santana". European Football. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Juan Carlos Valerón". Football Database. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Valerón: Juan Carlos Valerón Santana". BDFutbol. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Juan Carlos Valerón". UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Valerón: Miguel Ángel Valerón Santana". BDFutbol. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Miguel Angel Valerón: "Puse la pierna, quizás ingenuamente"" [Miguel Angel Valerón: "I went for the challenge, maybe i was naive"]. Diario Siglo XXI (in Spanish). 18 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 

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