Edwin Valencia

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Edwin Valencia
Personal information
Full name Edwin Armando Valencia Rodríguez
Date of birth (1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Florida, Colombia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Nacional
Number 27
Youth career
1996–2003 América de Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 América de Cali 62 (5)
2007–2010 Atlético Paranaense 84 (0)
2010–2014 Fluminense 67 (0)
2015–2016 Santos 3 (0)
2017– Atlético Nacional 12 (0)
National team
2005 Colombia U20 5 (0)
2006–2015 Colombia 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2017.

Edwin Armando Valencia Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðwim baˈlensja]; born 29 March 1985) is a Colombian footballer who plays for Atlético Nacional as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Florida, Valle del Cauca, Valencia joined América de Cali's youth setup in 1996, aged 11. He was promoted to the main squad in January 2004, appearing in 14 matches and scoring three goals in the campaign.

Atlético Paranaense[edit]

In 2007, after having his wage cut by half and thus forcing a release from América, Valencia moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Atlético Paranense on a free transfer, along with fellow countryman and teammate Julián Viáfara.[1] He made his Série A debut on 24 June 2007, starting in a 2–0 away win against Palmeiras.[2]

On 12 April 2008 Valencia scored his first goal for Furacão, netting the game's winner in a home success against Toledo Colônia Work for the Campeonato Paranaense championship.[3] He was an undisputed starter for the club, which his side narrowly avoiding relegation in the following seasons.

Fluminense[edit]

On 15 June 2010 Valencia moved to fellow league team Fluminense.[4] He soon profitted from Diogo's injury, being an important midfield unit as the club was crowned champions.

Valencia subsequently struggled with injuries and fell down through the pecking order, appearing rarely in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, despite appearing regularly, his contract was not renewed and he left Flu on 12 December.[5]

Santos[edit]

On 16 January 2015 Valencia signed a one-year deal with Santos, also in the main level of Brazilian football.[6] He was regularly used during the year's Campeonato Paulista, but was received little playing time after recovering from a severe knee injury suffered while in international duty.

On 5 December 2016 Valencia left Santos, after being told that his contract – expiring in the end of the month – would not be renewed.[7]

Atlético Nacional[edit]

On 12 January 2017, Valencia returned to his homeland after agreeing to a one-year deal with Atlético Nacional.[8]

International career[edit]

After appearing with Colombia under-20s in 2005, Valencia made his debut with the full squad on 30 May 2006, coming on as a second half substitute for Fabián Vargas in a 2–1 friendly away win against Poland.[9]

On 28 May 2014, after being regularly called up by manager José Pékerman, Valencia suffered an injury which forced him out of 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10] Called up for 2015 Copa América, he started the first three games of the competition, suffering a serious knee injury in the last one and being sidelined for six months.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 November 2017[12]
Club Season League State League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América de Cali 2004 Categoría Primera A 14 3 14 3
2005 31 0 6[a] 0 37 0
2006 17 2 17 2
Subtotal 62 5 6 0 68 5
Atlético Paranaense 2007 Série A 20 0 1[b] 0 21 0
2008 27 0 20 1 2 0 1[b] 0 50 1
2009 32 0 12 0 1 0 2[b] 0 47 0
2010 5 0 15 0 5 0 25 0
Subtotal 84 0 47 1 8 0 4 0 143 1
Fluminense 2010 Série A 17 0 17 0
2011 19 0 9 0 8[a] 0 36 0
2012 9 0 9 0 4[a] 0 22 0
2013 3 0 6 0 1[a] 0 10 0
2014 19 0 11 0 3 0 33 0
Subtotal 67 0 35 0 3 0 13 0 118 0
Santos 2015 Série A 2 0 10 0 4 0 16 0
2016 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Subtotal 3 0 11 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
Atlético Nacional 2017 Categoría Primera A 12 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Career total 228 5 93 1 18 0 23 0 362 6
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana

International[edit]

As of 21 June 2015[13]
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2006 5 0
2012 5 0
2013 4 0
2014 1 0
2015 4 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Paranaense
Fluminense
Santos

International[edit]

Colombia U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valencia consegue liberação e deve reforçar Furacão" [Valencia obtains release and may bolster Furacão] (in Portuguese). Furacão.com. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Palmeiras decepciona torcida e perde em casa para Atlético-PR" [Palmeiras disappoints supporters and loses to Atlético-PR at home] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Atlético-PR sofre, mas vence Toledo e mantém vantagem" [Atlético-PR struggles, but defeats Toledo and maintains advantage] (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fluminense acerta com Valencia" [Fluminense signs Valencia] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sem renovar, Valencia se despede do Fluminense: "Ficará para sempre"" [Without renewing, Valencia bids farewell to Fluminense: "Will remain forever"] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Santos oficializa Edwin Valencia, ex-Flu, como reforço para temporada" [Santos officially brings former Flu player Edwin Valencia as the new signing for the season] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Valencia se despede do elenco e antecipa saída do Santos" [Valencia bids farewell to the squad and anticipates departure from Santos] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Edwin Valencia es nuevo jugador de Atlético Nacional" [Edwin Valencia is the new player of Atlético Nacional] (in Spanish). ESPN. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "La diferencia la hizo el arquero" [The goalkeeper made the difference] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pékerman descartó a Edwin Valencia por lesión" [Pékerman ruled out Edwin Valencia due to an injury] (in Spanish). BolaVip. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Colombia's Valencia out for six months with knee injury". Daily Mail. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Edwin Valencia at Soccerway. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Player profile". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

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