Armando Dely Valdés
|Full name||Armando Javier Dely Valdés|
|Date of birth||January 5, 1964|
|Place of birth||Colón, Panama|
|Date of death||August 17, 2004(aged 40)|
|Place of death||Colón, Panama|
|–1983||Técnica y Deportes|
|1988||Instituto de Córdoba|
|1989–1990||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|1990–1991||Beitar Tel Aviv|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He started his playing career with Técnica y Deportes in Panama.
In 1983, he was signed by Argentinos Juniors and went on to win a number of major titles with the club. They were back-to-back league champions in the Metropolitano 1984 and the Nacional 1985. They went on to win the Copa Libertadores in 1985 and the 1985 Copa Interamericana, and played in the Copa Intercontinental against Juventus of Italy.
Nicknamed Pelé, Dely Valdés left Argentinos Juniors for another Argentine team, Instituto de Córdoba. He went on to play for San Martín de Tucumán in Argentina, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Tel Aviv in Israel, Peñarol and Liverpool in Uruguay.
Retirement and death
After retiring asa player he worked as the assistant manager of the Panama national team between 1996 and 2001 and became the coach of the Panama Under-20 team in 2001. He also managed Plaza Amador and Árabe Unido.
On May 29, 2001, Daly Valdés suffered a heart attack which left him in a coma from which he never recovered. He was left in a permanent vegetative state in which he suffered sepsis and lung infections amongst other complications. He died in the Manuel Amador Guerrero Hospital in Colón in 2004. After his death, the Panamanian Football Federation renamed the Árabe Unido football stadium to Estadio Armando Dely Valdés.
- Argentinos Juniors
- Pele Dely, un colonense que reinó en Argentina Archived June 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine - Somos Lasele (in Spanish)
- "Murió el ex delantero panameño Armando Dely Valdés" - El Observador (in Spanish)
- Armando Dely Valdés – FIFA competition record
- "Murió Armando Dely Valdéz, jugador de Argentinos Jrs., hermano mayor de Julio César y Jorge Dely Valdéz" - Mediotiempo (in Spanish)