Jorge Dely Valdés

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Jorge Dely Valdés
Personal information
Full name Jorge Luis Dely Valdés
Date of birth (1967-03-12) March 12, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Colón, Panama, Panama
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1975–1986 Atlético Colón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Central Norte
1988–1989 Deportivo Paraguayo
1989–1990 Porvenir
1991 Nacional 30 (13)
1992 Unión Española 47 (53)
1993–1994 Toshiba 31 (19)
1995 Cerezo Osaka 25 (24)
1996 Tosu Futures 60 (61)
1997–1998 Consadole Sapporo 52 (17)
1999–2000 Colorado Rapids 50 (34)
2001–2002 Omiya Ardija 18 (3)
2003 Kawasaki Frontale
2003–2005 Árabe Unido
National team
1991–2005 Panama 48 (19)
Teams managed
2006 Panama
2006 Panama U-17
2007 Panama U-20
2009–2013 Panama U-17
2014 Tauro
2015 Águila (assistant)
2015 Tauro

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


This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Dely and the second or maternal family name is Valdés.

Jorge Luis Dely Valdés (born March 12, 1967) is a Panamanian former footballer. He is a twin brother of Julio Dely Valdés and younger brother of Armando Dely Valdés.

Club career[edit]

Born in Colon, Dely Valdés began his professional career in 1989 in Argentina with Deportivo Paraguayo of Argentina, where he scored 28 goals. A move to El Porvenir for the 1990 season did not prove successful, as a leg injury kept him out most of the season, and he moved to Nacional of Uruguay the next season, where he won the Uruguayan Championship in 1992. In the next year, he won the Chilean Cup championship with Unión Española.

Dely Valdés then moved to the J. League, where he played with Toshiba. In his first season, 1993, he led the J. League scoring table with 20 goals, and improved that in 1994, again leading the league with 34. Delys Valdés was transferred to Cerezo Osaka for the 1995 season, and continued his dominance, scoring 19 goals. In the subsequent season he moved to Tosu Futures, where he scored 24 goals. For the 1998 season, Dely Valdés was signed by a second division club, Consadole Sapporo, looking to return to the first division; Jorge helped the team do just that, by scoring 40 goals in leading the team back. Dely Valdés remained with Sapporo in 1999, scoring 20 goals that season. He left them after the 1998 season.[1]

Dely Valdés returned to CONCACAF following the 1999 J. League season to play in Major League Soccer for the Colorado Rapids.[2] Dely Valdés continued his scoring rate in the 1999 MLS season, registering 10 goals and 6 assists in 32 games for the Rapids. He continued to score in 2000, registering another 7 goals and 1 assist in 20 games, 13 starts, for the Rapids.

He returned to Japan to play for Omiya Ardija alongside compatriot Alfredo Anderson[3] and joined Kawasaki Frontale in 2003.[4]

International career[edit]

Jorge was a very dangerous striker for the Panama national team for over a decade, playing 27 games with the team in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup Qualifying cycles.[5] He made his debut in a May 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and earned a total of 48 caps, scoring 19 goals.[6] He represented his country at the 1995 and 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups.[7]

In the Gold Cup of 2005, he scored two goals and led Panama to the final match against the United States.[8]

His final international was an October 2005 FIFA World Cup qualification match against the United States.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 August 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Canada 1–2 1–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 22 September 1996 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Cuba 1–1 1–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 10 November 1996 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 2–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 10 November 1996 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 2–2 2–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 15 December 1996 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Cuba 3–0 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 5 December 1999 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Cuba 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
7 7 May 2000 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Honduras 1–1 1–3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 21 May 2000 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Nicaragua 2–0 4–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 3 September 2000 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  Mexico 1–3 1–7 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 23 May 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 1–0 2–1 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
11 25 May 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  El Salvador 1–2 1–2 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
12 27 May 2001 Estadio Excélsior, Puerto Cortés, Honduras  Nicaragua 1–0 6–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
13 27 May 2001 Estadio Excélsior, Puerto Cortés, Honduras  Nicaragua 2–0 6–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
14 27 May 2001 Estadio Excélsior, Puerto Cortés, Honduras  Nicaragua 4–0 6–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
15 27 May 2001 Estadio Excélsior, Puerto Cortés, Honduras  Nicaragua 5–0 6–0 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
16 3 June 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Guatemala 1–2 1–3 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup
17 17 July 2005 Reliant Stadium, Houston, USA  South Africa 1–0 1–1 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18 21 July 2005 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA  Colombia 2–0 3–2 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
19 17 August 2005 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala 1–0 1–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

International career statistics[edit]

Panama national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 1 0
1992 2 0
1993 0 0
1994 0 0
1995 2 0
1996 7 5
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 1 1
2000 10 3
2001 8 7
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 7 0
2005 10 3
Total 48 19

Managerial career[edit]

On August 8, 2014, he took over as manager at Tauro in his native Panama,[9] a position he held until leaving on December 30, 2014[10] to join his brother Julio at Águila in El Salvador.[11] He returned to Tauro in May 2015,[12] only to be replaced by Rolando Palma in October 2015.[13]

Honours and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Unión Española

References[edit]

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