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|Full name||Iván René Valenciano Pérez|
|Date of birth||18 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1998||→ Unicosta (loan)||6||(3)|
|1999||→ Atlético Junior (loan)||10||(6)|
|1999||→ Independiente Medellín (loan)||50||(35)|
|2000||→ Bucaramanga (loan)||19||(9)|
|2001||→ Gama (loan)||4||(0)|
|2001||→ Deportivo Cali (loan)||13||(5)|
|2007||→ Centauros (loan)||13||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2008|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2008
Iván René Valenciano Pérez (born 18 March 1972 in Barranquilla) is a former Colombian footballer who played as forward. He is the second top goalscorer of all-time in the Colombian Primera A with 217 goals, behind Argentine Sergio Galván Rey, who surpasses him by 224 goals.
During his first spell at Atlético Junior, he scored many goals and was visibly overweight. Due to this, he earned the nickname "El Gordito de Oro" (The Golden Fat Man).
He debuted as a professional player in the Junior from Barranquilla, on 23 October 1988 in a match against Independiente Santa Fe played in Bogotá, in which he scored a goal. Since then, there would be the beginning of a long history of goals that covered two decades – he was the top goal scorer for Junior six times. In 1991, only being 19 years old, he scored 30 goals, winning his first Golden Boot award.
He participated in the Italian Serie A in 1992, playing for Atalanta, where he was unable to score a goal, though he was assigned a goal erroneously. Due to his underperformance, he returned to Barranquilla in the middle of the following year.
In 1993, playing for Junior, he won his first title and was the team's top scorer with 18 goals. He then won his second Golden Boot award in 94–95 season, in which Junior won its fourth domestic title, scoring 24 goals in 30 matches. In the season 95–96, he scored 36 goals, breaking his own record and winning another Golden Boot award, the last of the three he won during his football career in Colombia.
Valenciano was signed for Mexican club Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. In the 1996–97 season, he made his debut in a match against Potros de Hierro from Atlante, to which he scored a goal on his debut. He then had an injury to his knee during a match against Panzas Verdes from León, leaving him out of the field for about 2 or 3 months. Given the relegation of his team, he was signed by Monarcas Morelia for which he played from 1997 to 1999. He then returned to Colombia.
Return to Colombia
Colombia national football team
He played for the Colombia national football team and was a participant at the 1992 Summer Olympics and at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. For the national team he scored 13 goals in 29 games between 1991 and 2000. He made his debut for the national side on 15 July 1991 at the 1991 Copa América, when he replaced Arnoldo Iguarán in the 78th minute.
Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
On 11 July 2009, a testimonial match was carried out for Iván René Valenciano in the Roberto Meléndez Stadium. For the friendly match, many recognised football players were invited such as the Dutch player Edgar Davids, the Chilean Iván Zamorano, the Uruguayan Paolo Montero, the Argentinian Sergio Goycochea, and the Colombians Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, Arnoldo Iguarán, Mauricio Serna, Víctor Hugo Aristizábal, among others. The match ended up with a 8–7 win for the foreign team and Valenciano scoring two goals.
|1988||Atlético Junior||Campeonato Profesional||–||1||0||0||0||0||–||1|
|1990||Categoría Primera A||39||8||0||0||0||0||39||8|
|1993||Atlético Junior||Categoría Primera A||17||18||0||0||0||0||17||18|
|1998||Unicosta||Categoría Primera A||6||3||0||0||0||0||6||3|
|1999||Atlético Junior||Categoría Primera A||10||6||0||0||0||0||10||6|
|2001||Deportivo Cali||Categoría Primera A||13||5||0||0||5||3||18||8|
|2005||Deportes Quindío||Categoría Primera A||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||Centauros||Categoría Primera B||13||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Atlético Junior
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Iván Valenciano International Matches"., 11v11.com Retrieved on 8 August 2014
- (in Spanish) Fútbol colombiano: El "gordo" teme volver a las canchas como "flaco" – Xinhuanet Archived 28 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 11 October 2007)
- "RDFC". RDFC. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Barranquilla despide al Bombardero[permanent dead link], El País (Colombia), 11 de julio de 2009
- Valenciano jugó por última vez, Univisión, 12 de julio de 2009.