Adolfo Valencia

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Adolfo Valencia
Personal information
Full name Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera
Date of birth (1968-02-06) 6 February 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Buenaventura, Colombia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Independiente Santa Fe 159 (56)
1993–1994 Bayern Munich 26 (11)
1994–1995 Atlético Madrid 24 (6)
1995–1996 Independiente Santa Fe 22 (11)
1997 América Cali 19 (9)
1997–1998 Reggiana 23 (4)
1998–1999 Independiente Medellín 22 (11)
1999–2000 PAOK 27 (8)
2000–2001 MetroStars 48 (21)
2002 Independiente Santa Fe 28 (11)
2002–2003 Zhejiang Lucheng 31 (14)
2003 Unión Maracaibo 7 (4)
2004 Zhejiang Lucheng 6 (0)
Total 442 (166)
National team
1992–1998 Colombia 37 (14)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valencia and the second or maternal family name is Mosquera.

Adolfo José Valencia Mosquera (born 6 February 1968) is a Colombian retired footballer who played as a striker.

Nicknamed El tren (train) due to his powerful physique, he played in seven different countries – having one-year spells in Germany and Spain's top flight – and represented Colombia at two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Born in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca Department, Valencia started playing with Independiente Santa Fe, where his stellar performances earned him a transfer to Germany's FC Bayern Munich. In his sole season (although he still played the first game of 1994–95), he was instrumental in helping the Bavarians clinch the Bundesliga title, and finished as the team's top scorer alongside Mehmet Scholl, with 11 goals.[1]

Valencia also played one season in Spain, with Atlético Madrid, where he was involved in a serious incident with irascible club president Jesús Gil, while vastly underperforming overall:[2] after a La Liga match at CD Logroñés, the latter said that "The black guy needs to have his throat cut".[3] He subsequently went on to represent, without settling at any club, Independiente Santa Fe, América de Cali, A.C. Reggiana 1919, Independiente Medellin, PAOK FC, NY/NJ MetroStars, Zhejiang Lucheng F.C. and Unión Atlético Maracaibo.

While at Zhejiang, Valencia led the Chinese second division in scoring during the 2003 season.[4] In his debut campaign in the Major League Soccer, he set a team record by scoring 16 league goals, and retired from football in 2004.

International career[edit]

Valencia made his debut for Colombia on 31 July 1992, scoring the only goal in a match against the United States at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Friendship Cup, and proceeded to represent the nation at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. In the former edition he netted twice, in group stage defeats to Romania and the United States.

Alongside Bernardo Redín, Valencia was Colombia's all-time topscorer in the World Cup. On 5 September 1993, he was one of three players on target in a 5–0 win in Argentina for the 1994 World Cup qualifiers.[5]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[6]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 July 1992 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  United States
1–0
1–0
1992 Friendship Cup
2. 31 March 1993 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Costa Rica
1–0
4–1
Friendly
3.
4–1
4. 8 May 1993 Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  United States
1–1
2–1
5. 16 June 1993 9 de Mayo, Machala, Ecuador  Mexico
1–0
2–1
1993 Copa América
6. 3 July 1993 Reales Tamarindos, Portoviejo, Ecuador  Ecuador
1–0
1–0
7. 15 August 1993 Metropolitano Roberto Melendez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Argentina
2–0
2–1
1994 World Cup qualification
8. 5 September 1993 Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina
5–0
5–0
9. 3 June 1994 Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, United States  Northern Ireland
2–0
2–0
Friendly
10. 18 June 1994 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  Romania
1–2
1–3
1994 FIFA World Cup
11. 22 June 1994 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  United States
1–2
1–2
12. 21 March 1996 Guillermo Plazas Alcid, Neiva, Colombia  Trinidad and Tobago
2–0
3–0
Friendly
13. 28 March 1996 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Bolivia
1–1
4–1
14.
4–1

Personal life[edit]

Valencia's son, José Adolfo, is also a footballer and a striker. He played mostly for Independiente Santa Fe, and represented Colombia at under-20 level.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich
América de Cali
Maracaibo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adolfo Valencia – der Entlauber!" [Adolfo Valencia – the defoliator!] (in German). Doktor Fussball. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "El fichaje estrellado: El ‘Tren’ Valencia" [Crashed signing: The ‘Train’ Valencia] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Los excesos de Gil en los medios" [Gil's media excesses] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 14 May 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Tom (18 April 2004). "China 2003". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Argentina 0–5 Colombia: The most famous World Cup qualifier of all time (classic clashes)". The Hard Tackle. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Adolfo Jose Valencia; at 11v11

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