Iván Valenciano

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Iván Valenciano
Personal information
Full name Iván René Valenciano Pérez
Date of birth (1972-03-18) 18 March 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Barranquilla, Colombia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Junior 96+ (47)
1993 Atalanta 5 (0)
1993–1996 Atlético Junior 64+ (93)
1997 Veracruz[1] 10 (6)
1998–2001 Morelia[2] 30 (9)
1998 Unicosta (loan)[3] 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)
2002 Millonarios[4] 5 (0)
2002 Real Cartagena[5] 1 (2)
2003 Unión Magdalena 17 (6)
2003 Deportes Quindío 14 (4)
2004 Olmedo 17 (3)
2005 Deportes Quindío 15 (0)
2005 Millonarios 8 (1)
2006 Atlético Junior 6 (1)
2006 Olmedo 11 (1)
2007 Independiente Medellín[6] 0 (0)
2007 Centauros (loan) 13 (5)
2007 Valledupar 0 (0)
2008 Alianza Petrolera 8 (2)
Total 422+ (238)
National team
1989–1991 Colombia U20[7] 6 (2)
1991–2000 Colombia 29 (13)
* 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.[8] 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.[9][10]

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).

Football career[edit]

Junior[edit]

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.

Atalanta (Italy)[edit]

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.

Junior[edit]

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.

Veracruz[edit]

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 a injury on 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[edit]

In Colombia, besides Junior, he played for Deportivo Unicosta, Independiente Medellín, Atlético Bucaramanga, Deportivo Cali, Millonarios, Unión Magdalena, Deportes Quindío and Alianza Petrolera.

Colombia national football team[edit]

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.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.[7]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 August 1993 Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia  Argentina
1–0
2–1
1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 August 1993  Peru
1–0
4–0
3. 28 January 1994 Estadio Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela  Venezuela
2–1
2–1
Friendly
4. 6 February 1994 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia
1–0
1–1
5. 5 May 1994 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  El Salvador
3–0
3–0
1994 Miami Cup
6. 30 November 1995 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Mexico
1–1
2–2
Friendly
7. 6 March 1996 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Honduras
1–1
2–1
8.
2–1
9. 15 December 1996 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Venezuela
2–0
2–0
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 8 September 1999 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, United States  Trinidad and Tobago
1–0
3–4
Friendly
11.
2–3
12.
3–3
13. 4 June 2000 Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá, Colombia  Venezuela
3–0
3–0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification


Farewell Match[edit]

On 11 July 2009, a testimonial match was carried out for Iván René Valenciano in the Roberto Meléndez Stadium.[12] 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.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Cup South America Total
1988 Atlético Junior Campeonato Profesional 1 0 0 0 0 1
1989 2 0 0 0 0 2
1990 Categoría Primera A 39 8 0 0 0 0 39 8
1991 47 30 0 0 0 0 47 30
1992 10 6 0 0 0 0 10 6
Italy League Cup Europe Total
1992–93 Atalanta Serie A 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Colombia League Cup South America Total
1993 Atlético Junior Categoría Primera A 17 18 0 0 0 0 17 18
1994 21 15 0 0 12 5 33 20
1995 26 24 0 0 0 0 26 24
1995–96 36 0 0 7 5 7 41
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1996–97 Veracruz Liga MX 10 6 6 0 0 10 12
1997–98 Morelia 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
Colombia League Cup South America Total
1998 Unicosta Categoría Primera A 6 3 0 0 0 0 6 3
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1998–99 Morelia Liga MX 15 4 0 0 0 0 15 4
Colombia League Cup South America Total
1999 Atlético Junior Categoría Primera A 10 6 0 0 0 0 10 6
1999 Independiente Medellín 38 24 0 0 0 0 38 24
2000 12 11 0 0 0 0 12 11
2000 Atlético Bucaramanga 19 9 0 0 0 0 19 9
Brazil League Cup South America Total
2001 Gama Série A 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Colombia League Cup South America Total
2001 Deportivo Cali Categoría Primera A 13 5 0 0 5 3 18 8
2002 Millonarios 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Real Cartagena 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Unión Magdalena 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Deportes Quindío 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador League Cup South America Total
2004 Olmedo Serie A 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colombia League Cup South America Total
2005 Deportes Quindío Categoría Primera A 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Millonarios 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Atlético Junior 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador League Cup South America Total
2006 Olmedo Serie A 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colombia League Cup South America Total
2007 Centauros Categoría Primera B 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Valledupar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Alianza Petrolera 8 2 1[14] 0 0 8 3
Total Brazil 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Colombia 345 219 1 24 13 369 233
Ecuador 28 4 0 0 0 0 28 4
Italy 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Mexico 40 15 6 0 0 40 21
Career total 422 238 2 7 24 13 448 258

Source:[15]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Junior

References[edit]