|Full name||Renny Vicente Vega Hernández|
|Date of birth||4 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Maracay, Venezuela|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||Deportivo La Guaira|
|2012||→ Colo-Colo (loan)||15||(0)|
|2013–||Deportivo La Guaira|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Renny Vicente Vega Hernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈreni ˈβeɣa erˈnandeθ], born 4 July 1979) is a Venezuelan footballer who currently plays for the Primera División club Deportivo La Guaira as a goalkeeper.
He has played with the Venezuelan national team for more than ten years, with his most successful moment being when he was a member of the historic 2011 Copa América squad that reached 4th place. His performances as goalkeeper under the leadership of coach Richard Páez, and currently César Farías, for the national team make him an important player in Venezuelan football's emergent recent history.
Venezuela and Europe
In 1997, Vega traveled to Italy to play in the youth ranks of Udinese. However, he returned to Venezuela in 1998, joining Nacional Táchira, a first division club of his country. After two years with Nacional, Vega returned to Udinese remaining at the club for one year. He then returned to Venezuela and played for various First Division clubs, including Caracas.
In 2006, he was signed by Carabobo, playing 29 games in the club. In 2007, because of his good performances with the national team and his club, he was transferred to Turkish club Bursaspor, being this his second adventure in the old continent. He established himself as the Turkish club's top keeper and appeared in 22 league matches. After his spell at Bursaspor, he joined to Denizlispor, playing only one friendly game for the club.
In January 2009, after his bad spell at Denizlispor, Vega returned to Venezuela, joining Caracas, the most successful team of his country. With Caracas he played both the Copa Libertadores and the local tournament. He had a successful semester at Caracas, winning the Venezuelan league title and also the cup title. In 2010, his team again qualified to the Copa Libertadores but had a poor Cup run, finishing last place in the group with 2 points. Although, since Caracas won the league title again, his team once again qualified to the continental tournament in 2011.
On 13th February 2012, was reported that Primera División club Colo-Colo and Caracas reached an agreement in a US$100.000 fee for Vega on a long-season deal, being appointed on 16th January during a press conference at Estadio Monumental. However, because first-choice Francisco Prieto's well perfomances, Vega failed to play during championship first weeks, but following the resign of Ivo Basay (team's coach) and 5–0 thrash of rivals Universidad de Chile (where Prieto conceded those goals), he finally made his debut on 5th May against Unión San Felipe in a 1–0 home win. After five-match unbeaten with him in goal and caretaker coach Luis Pérez since one-nil over San Felipe (between Torneo Apertura's regular phase and playoffs), on 24th June, he conceded four goals in rematch semifinal against Universidad de Chile, after having won 2–0 in first leg at Macul, where Vega made a well game.
In 1998, he was named the best keeper of the Primera División youth ranks and one year later was listed in the Copa América 22–man squad of Venezuelan national team by the Argentine coach José Omar Pastoriza. Vega made his international debut on 30 July 1999 against Brazil, in where his team lost 7–0, in a match that Ronaldinho realized a very well goal, who made an incredible dribbling that passed over the head of the centre back José Manuel Rey. Three seasons later, Renny was called–up by Richard Páez to the 2001 Copa América held in Colombia, not making an international appearance. In June 2007, was considered by Páez in an historic Copa América for his country, that was made at Venezuela.
Vega made his qualifiers debut in a 1–0 away win over Ecuador at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito, being that his most successful and important match in his career, lossing then against the Argentine national team in the Estadio José Pachencho Romero with goals of the footballers of Barcelona, the centre back Gabriel Milito and the striker Lionel Messi, missing the following qualifier games against Bolivia and Colombia, in where was replaced by the keeper Leonardo Morales, returning in a 1–1 away draw with Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario of the capital Montevideo, in where received a header goal of Diego Lugano. On 12 October 2008, Vega made his most poor performance in the qualifiers against the Verdeamarelha conceding four goals in a 4–0 home win at the Estadio Polideportivo, receiving the same amount of goals in March of the next year against Argentina at Buenos Aires.
Prior to the 2011 Copa América held in Argentina, Renny played two of the three friendly matches leading up to the tournament. The first game was a 2–0 win over Guatemala and in the second match against Spain, Vega committed two mistakes that led his team to a 3–0 loss.
Vega played the full 90 minutes in the opening match of the Group B against Brazil. During the game against the Verdeamarelha, Vega stopped a series of goal attempts from stars like Neymar, Alexandre Pato and Robinho, and thanks to the crossbar and his performance, the game ended in a 0–0 draw. After of the game, Vega said: "The big teams aren’t going to get an easy ride — they’ll have to scrap for everything in every game".
On 13 July 2011, in the last game of the group stage against Paraguay, Venezuela advance to the knockout stage for second time in its history, after drawing 3–3 in dramatic fashion. The game was being lost 3–1 in the 85th minute, but thanks to a goal from Miku in the 89th minute, the team looking for the equalizer in the 93rd minute, in which Vega went up for a corner and headed the ball assisting centre back Grenddy Perozo in scoring the equalizing goal.
|Venezuela national team|
- Primera División Venezolana (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
- Torneo de Clausura (2): 2009, 2010
- Copa Venezuela (1): 2009
- "Fútbol: Renny Vega arribó a Chile con idea de pelear el arco en Colo Colo". Elmostrador.cl. 15 February 2012.
- "Renny Vega confirma su llegada a Colo Colo: "Quiero aportar mi granito de arena"". La Tercera. 13 February 2012.
- "Renny Vega fue presentado en Colo Colo: "Estoy preparado para jugar"". Radio Cooperativa. 16 February 2012.
- "Renny Vega no se quiere ir de Colo Colo: "Quiero cumplir mi contrato" hasta diciembre". Emol.com. 10 May 2012.
- "U. de Chile goleó a Colo Colo y sacó pasajes a la finalísima". Redgol.cl. 24 June 2012.
- "Colo Colo derrotó a U. de Chile y se quedó con la primera semifinal". Redgol.cl. 17 June 2012.
- "Holders held to draw after having penalty shout turned down". Dailymail.co.uk. 3 July 2011.
- Brazil vs Venezuela 0-0 - Full Match Highlights (Copa America 2011) (in Spanish). La Plata. 22 April 2008.
- "Venezuela gets two late to draw Paraguay". Fox sports.com. 13 July 2011.