Juan Carlos Valerón
|Full name||Juan Carlos Valerón Santana|
|Date of birth||17 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Arguineguín, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1994–1995||Las Palmas B||25||(7)|
|2000–2013||Deportivo La Coruña||328||(24)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 24 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He is known for his technical abilities, especially passing skills and ball control. He also had many injuries during his professional career. 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.
Born in Arguineguín, Gran Canaria, 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
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.
In January 2006, however, Valerón started a bad run with injuries. He suffered a knee injury which relapsed in July and early 2007 (with him only managing two league appearances in the process), leading to another surgery. 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, both on domestic and European fronts.
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.
Return to Las Palmas
A Spanish international since 18 November 1998 in a 2–2 friendly draw with Italy in Salerno, 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) and Euro 2004, netting immediately after coming from the bench in a 1–0 victory over Russia in the latter 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|
- Copa del Rey: 2001–02
- Supercopa de España: 2000, 2002
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2008
- Segunda División: 2011–12
- Spain U21
|Club performance||League||Cup||Super Cup||Continental||Total|
|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|
|2000–01||Deportivo La Coruña||31||4||2||0||0||0||8||0||41||4|
|2013–14||Las Palmas||Segunda División||45||3||1||0||–||–||46||3|
|Total||Las Palmas B||25||7||—||—||—||25||7|
|Deportivo La Coruña||328||24||26||1||2||1||66||6||422||32|
- "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.
- "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.
- "Valerón, el hechicero de Arguineguín" [Valerón, the wizard of Arguineguín]. Vavel (in Spanish). 26 August 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Valerón shows devotion to Depor". UEFA.com. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
- "Valerón suffers injury blow". UEFA.com. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
- "Tottenham hit by King injury blow". UEFA.com. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
- "Crucial surgery nears for Valerón". UEFA.com. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
- "Valerón thankful for new lease of life". UEFA.com. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
- "Valerón fires Depor through". UEFA.com. 26 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
- "Valerón, 37 años de un genio" [Valerón, 37 years of genius]. El Día (in Spanish). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "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.
- "Notable alto" [B Plus]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 November 1998. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Spain see off Slovenia". BBC Sport. 2 June 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Spain 1–0 Russia". BBC Sport. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Aperitivo oriental" [Oriental hors d'oeuvre]. El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 27 March 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Juan Carlos Valerón Santana". European Football. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Juan Carlos Valerón". Football Database. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Valerón: Juan Carlos Valerón Santana". BDFutbol. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Juan Carlos Valerón". UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Valerón: Miguel Ángel Valerón Santana". BDFutbol. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
- "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.
- Deportivo official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Juan Carlos Valerón at National-Football-Teams.com
- Juan Carlos Valerón – FIFA competition record
- Soccerway profile