Valdivia with Al Ain in 2008
|Full name||Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro|
|Date of birth||19 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Maracay, Venezuela|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2003||→ U. de Concepción (loan)||30||(7)|
|2004||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||5||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Servette (loan)||9||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 July 2015.
Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe ˈlwjs βalˈdjβja], born 19 October 1983) is a Chilean footballer who plays for UAE Arabian Gulf League club Al-Wahda and the Chilean national team. He is considered one of the greatest classic 10 in Chilean football history and even important figures like the Brazilian legend Pelé or Carlos Valderrama have praise him. However, Valdivia has not been exempt of controversies. He is nicknamed "El Mago" due to his passing ability and skills.
Product of Colo-Colo youth ranks, Valdivia had an impressing loan spell at Universidad de Concepción during his debut season in 2003. Then after another two loan spells in Europe, he definitely joined Colo-Colo in 2005 winning one year later the Torneo Apertura title, before moving to Palmeiras. Since joining Brazilian club, he spent seven years playing for Verdão — interrupted by his spell at Al Ain — and has appeared in more than 100 games, winning one Paulistão in 2008, a Copa do Brasil in 2012 and a Série B title in 2013.
Valdivia was born in Maracay, Girardot Municipality, Aragua, to Luis Valdivia, a former corresponsal of LAN Chile in that country, and Elizabeth Toro. His father worked with the airline since 1974, where the following year was sent to work to Los Angeles, United States. Then he accepted another job offer from the same company to work at Venezuela and he and his family stayed there eleven years, among which was born Jorge.
In 1985, Luis returned to his homeland when Jorge was three years old and then moved to the capital Santiago, settling finally in the commune of La Florida. Valdivia began playing football in the neighborhood and he joined aged seven to Colo-Colo youth ranks. He stayed in Colo-Colo's youth set-up until he was 19.
A product Colo-Colo's youth system, Valdivia made his professional debut in 2003, with Bío-Bío Region-based side Universidad de Concepción, while on loan from Colo-Colo (motivated by differences with Marcelo Espina, coach Jaime Pizarro and the club's board) playing 30 league games and scoring on seven occasions. In the following season, he was again out on loan, this time to La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, where he only played five matches and failed to score a goal.
Valdivia returned to Colo-Colo in the summer of 2005 after a loan spell at Swiss club Servette and his failed transfer to Boca Juniors for US$1.5 million fee. His debut came in a 2–0 win over Cobreloa on 13 March and netted his first goal in a 3–2 away win against Unión San Felipe on 23 May, where scored the equalizing on 89th minute which was crucial for Héctor Tapia's victory goal on 95th minute. However Valdivia received a two-game ban that game after doing obscene gestures during his goal celebration.
In 2006, he helped the team to won the Torneo Apertura which the club's 24th league title after four years when he left Colo-Colo on loan. He was member of a remembered team with players like Claudio Bravo and Matías Fernández at the head of the coach Claudio Borghi, which was champion against rivals Universidad de Chile after beat them on the penalties at the Estadio Nacional on 2 July.
On 5 August 2006, Valdivia completed his move to Brazilian Série A club Palmeiras in a US$3.5 million transfer fee, being this the club's most expensive transfer for a foreign player. He signed a three-year contract for a US$400,000 annual salary. Few days of his arrival he was praised by Tité the coach, who said: "I have no doubt that Valdivia will have success in Brazil". He made his competitive debut in a league match against Botafogo, coming on as a substitute for Edmundo in a 3–1 away victory at the Old Maracanã. He completed debut season with 15 appearances and any scores.
In 2007, with Caio Júnior arrival as coach he had revitalizing season where he broke into the first team. He was given the number 10 shirt too for play the season. Valdivia scored his first professional goal in a 2–1 win over Rio Branco on 16 January for São Paulo State Championship. On 4 March, he performed brilliant in the derby with Corinthians where Valdivia assisted three times to club's legend Edmundo, who netted a hat-trick with which Palmeiras won the game. On 20 May, he netted his first twice, scoring his side goals in a 2–1 victory with Figueirense. Along the championship, Valdivia was a key player and that allowed him be considered by Chile to the 2007 Copa América and be an immovable player during the Brasileirão, league tournament.
At the end of the season he receive four awards, those were: Campeonato Paulista Most Valuable Player, Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão, Bola de Ouro and the Troféu Mesa Redonda that put him as the season's best playmaker of Brazilian football.
In 2008, he was champion of Campeonato Paulista where conformed a great team alongside players like Henrique and Diego Souza and Vanderlei Luxemburgo as coach. Valdivia again performed brilliant and won once again the most valuable player honour, but despite of that he was the club's second top-scorer (9) under Alex Pereira (11) and in the final scored Palmeiras' last goal during the 5–0 over Ponte Preta.
On 21 August, he joined the club in a pre-season match against Frankfurt, Germany.
Valdivia's first official game for Al Ain was against Al-Sharjah in a 4–2 victory. In the same match he scored his first official UAE League goal from a free kick. With this good performances for the club, he became a very loved player by the fans of Al Ain. On 1 December 2008, Valdivia was named the 14th most popular player in the world according to the IFFHS.
On 3 July 2009, Al Ain defeated the club's rival Al Wahda in a 1–0 victory, Valdivia won his first title with the club, the Etisalat Emirates Cup. Before this game, Valdivia had been recovering from an ankle injury, but in this match he returned to the field and gave an assist to Ahmed to score the winning goal in the 28th minute. On 9 July 2009, Valdivia had the possibility of playing for Manchester City, but the move never eventuated. He won his second title with the club, the President's Cup after winning in the final against Al Shabab in a 1–0 victory, with a penalty from André Dias.
In less than a year, Valdivia became the top idol of the club and was also the club's best seller of merchandise. In a survey on the club's web page, he was named the best player in the club's history. For this, the president of the club Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan offered the player a lifetime contract, but Valdivia refused to sign. On 15 September 2009, Valdivia was elected as the best player of the UAE Football League.
On 23 September 2009, the club won the UAE Super Cup, after winning on penalties to Al-Ahli Dubai 5–4, this title was the third for Valdivia at the club. In the season 2010, he was promoted to captain of the club. After the FIFA World Cup 2010, Valdivia negotiated his release from the club.
Return to Palmeiras
During the FIFA World Cup 2010, there were persistent reports of the possible return of Valdivia to Palmeiras, but he said that only a call was needed for him to return to the club. On 26 July, the club's president Luiz Gonzaga Belluzo confirmed Valdivia's return to the club, acquiring 100% of player rights in a five-years contract for a €16 million deal. On 14 August, Valdivia was presented at Estádio do Pacaembu, being greeted by 15.000 fans after a game against Atletico Paranaense.
On 22 August 2010, Valdivia made his second debut for the club against Guaraní in a 0–0 draw as a half-time substitute. After the match played against Guaraní, he was heavily criticized because of his irregular performances on the field, but he was still acclaimed by the fans. On 12 September, played his 100th match for Palmeiras in a 0–0 draw with Vasco da Gama, receiving an honour shortly after. On 5 September, in a match that he played against Cruzeiro, he was substituted in the 65th minute, he wasn't happy and he complained to his coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. On the substitutes bench, Valdivia threw a water bottle on the ground, showing his discontent with the coach's decision. After a game played against Vitória, he said that his attitude against Cruzeiro would not be repeated again, he formerly apologized to the Scolari. On 7 October, Valdivia scored two goals in Palmeira's victory 4–1 over Avaí at Pacaembu.
On 24 October 2010, Valdivia suffered an injury in a match against Corinthians that left him without playing during the last part of the season. In December, he refused to sign a "be careful" letter for holidays, when all players of the team accepted this letter. Valdivia before described this as a lack of respect for pressing it on their holidays and the directive of Palmeiras said that their criticisms were inappropriate and they don't want unhappy players at the club. During the summer of 2011, he received an offer from Fluminense to play in the Copa Libertadores, but he stayed despite this offer.
On 9 March 2011, Valdivia played a brilliant match against Noroeste for the Paulistão, scoring a free kick and then providing an assist for the club's victory goal to young player Vinicius in the 85th minute. During March, there were rumours of the possible sale of Valdivia to another club at the end of the season, but this rumour was denied on the 24th day of the month by Palmeiras's president Arnaldo Tirone. On 14 April he was caught urinating on the pitch in the Copa do Brasil quarterfinals first leg game against Santo André. In the second leg of the cup game that Palmeiras won 1–0, Valdivia played a notable game, being compared to Neymar according to the club's coach Felipão Scolari. Valdivia is once again injured. He has been injured for over one third of the time of his current spell at Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. In 7 June 2012, Valdivia was kidnapped by a gunman, in Perdizes, a neighborhood from São Paulo. After won Copa do Brasil, in 11 July, the footballer, however, confirmed that stay at Palmeiras until the ending of Copa Libertadores 2013.
On 25 June 2015, it was reported that Valdivia would join UAE Pro-League side Al-Wahda. The player and the club reached a two-season contract and a US$2.8 million salary per year. However he could go to China after an offer from powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande, but he finally moved the Emirati club. On 12 July, the club web site published an image of Valdivia with the team shirt to speed up the transfer.
Born in Venezuela, Valdivia was eligible to play for the national team of either country. However, he appeared with Chile's U20 in the 2003 South American Youth Championship, only making two appearances in a tournament which Chile finished last in the group stage. Then he represented his country in the 2004 Pre-Olympic Tournament — algonside players like Claudio Bravo, Jean Beausejour, Luis Pedro Figueroa or Mark González — where had impressive performances.
In 2004, he earned his first senior cap for Chilean national team against Mexico. Also that year he became part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying nominees under Juvenal Olmos as head coach, who choose him to play the Pre-Olympic. Not obstant, Chile failed to qualify the World Cup.
In June 2007, Valdivia was chosen in Chile's Copa América squad, which they were eliminated in quarterfinals after a 6–1 thrash of Brazil. However, before the game against Brazil, he alongside five players went on a spree and once leaked the press they received a 20-game ban from the federation (ANFP). Then Nelson Acosta resigned as national team coach.
A year and half later, he was re-considered by Marcelo Bielsa after calling-up him to a friendly game with Turkey on 5 August 2008. One month later, on 7 September, Valdivia made his debut for the 2010 World Cup qualifying in a 3–0 loss with Brazil, which he was sent off for double-yellow card. On 10 October 2009, he scored the last goal of the 4–2 win over Colombia at Medellín that finished Chile’s 12-year World Cup absence since 1998.
Being a key player during qualification, he was selected in the 23-man World Cup roster and participated in the most of the preparatory games, scoring a goal even in a 3–0 win over Zambia in Calama. However at the World Cup, he performed well despite of play as Second striker, highlighting his 35-yard though pass that broke Switzerland's defensive and allowed Esteban Paredes cross for Mark González header goal. Then Chile was eliminated after lossing with Brazil once more again.
In January 2011, Bielsa left abruptly stepped down as coach following differences with the federation, but Valdivia continued being considered in La Roja by Claudio Borghi, his former coach when he played in Colo-Colo. In June, he was included in the 23-man list to face the Copa América. He made three starts of Chile's four games in the competition, which they were eliminated in quarterfinals by Venezuela (where Valdivia had a crossbar), rival which only one-time Chile lost in its history. However, Valdivia was included in the team of the tournament. Months later in December 2011 before a 2014 World Cup qualifying game with Uruguay in Montevideo, he was involved in another scandal alongside Jean Beausejour, Gonzalo Jara, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Carmona after arriving 45-minutes later and intoxicated to the team's concentration at Juan Pinto Durán. Then they received a 10-game ban and Valdivia once finished the punishment it wasn't be considered by Borghi during the qualifiers and friendlies.
On 8 March 2013, after 16-months of the incident he was re-called by Jorge Sampaoli, including him in the call-up for the qualifying games against Peru and Uruguay. His official re-debut was on 7 September against Venezuela in a 3–0 victory at Estadio Nacional. On 15 October, following a 2–1 win over Ecuador, Chile reached its eight qualification to a World Cup and its first consecutively. On 1 June 2014, Valdivia was selected in Chile squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On 13 June, Valdivia scored his first World Cup during Chile's opening group match against Australia, netting the team's second goal in a 3–1 victory. The following two group games he come as substitute against Spain and the Netherlands, didn't entering the field in the quarterfinals game against Brazil, which eliminated Chile on the penalties after 1–1 at Estádio Mineirão. The last fact motivated Valdivia to announce his international retirement, communicated via Twitter on 17 July 2014. However, in November he backtracked his decision later on, and was called for friendly matches against Venezuela and Uruguay, selling his re-debut with a goal and a brilliant performance in 5–0 win over the Venezuelans at Talcahuano.
Participating in the most preparatory games prior the 2015 Copa América held in his country, he scored a goal against El Salvador (the game only one score at Rancagua) and was included in the 23 man list to face it. On 12 June, he was a starter in the debut against Ecuador that was 2–0 victory, in which he highlighted again with his performances. The following group match with México, Valdivia was praised by the press for play the full 90 minutes, be trasendental in all Chile goals and even have scored a goal bad disallowed during the 3–3 draw. After another highlighting match in a 5–0 win over Bolivia where assisted Alexis Sánchez in Chile's second goal, he was a key player in the 1–0 victory against the defending champions Uruguay for the tournament quarterfinals, which is remembered by the incident between Gonzalo Jara and the striker Edinson Cavani, Valdivia's nutmeg to left-back Jorge Fucile and Mauricio Isla's goal on 81st minute, who received an assistance from Valdivia. Following the semifinal won 2–1 over Perú that settled Chile in a Copa América final after 28 years since 1987, Valdivia was a starter in the match against Argentina at the Estadio Nacional, but was replaced by Matías Fernández on 78th minute in a substitution towards the extratime and the penalties, which infuriated him when left the field. However, after all the extra-time equalized 0–0, Chile won 4–1 on the penalties and reached its history's first ever senior title.
|1||18 February 2004||Los Angeles, United States||Mexico||1–1||Friendly|
|2||13 October 2004||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Argentina||0-0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|3||17 November 2004||Estadio Nacional (Lima), Lima||Peru||1–2||2006 World Cup qualification|
|4||9 February 2005||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar||Ecuador||0–4||Friendly|
|5||26 March 2005||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Uruguay||1–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|6||8 June 2005||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Venezuela||2–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|7||17 August 2005||Estadio Jorge Basadre, Tacna||Peru||1–3||Friendly|
|8||8 October 2005||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla||Colombia||1-1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|9||12 October 2005||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Ecuador||0-0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|10||25 April 2006||Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua||New Zealand||4–1||Friendly|
|11||27 April 2006||Estadio Municipal Nicolás Chahuán Nazar, La Calera||New Zealand||1–0||Friendly|
|12||30 May 2006||Tsirion Stadium, Vittel||Ivory Coast||1–1||Friendly|
|13||2 June 2006||Friends Arena, Estocolmo||Sweden||1-1||Friendly|
|14||16 August 2006||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Colombia||1–2||Friendly|
|15||11 October 2006||Estadio Jorge Basadre, Tacna||Peru||1–0||Pacific Cup|
|16||15 November 2006||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar||Paraguay||3–2||Friendly||1(1)|
|17||24 March 2007||Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg||Brazil||0–4||Friendly|
|18||28 March 2007||Estadio Fiscal de Talca, Talca||Costa Rica||1-1||Friendly|
|19||18 April 2007||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza||Argentina||0-0||Friendly|
|20||2 June 2007||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose||Costa Rica||0-2||Friendly|
|21||5 June 2007||Independence Park, Kingston||Jamaica||1–0||Friendly|
|22||27 June 2007||Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz||Ecuador||3–2||2007 Copa América|
|23||1 July 2007||Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturin||Brazil||0-3||2007 Copa América|
|24||7 July 2007||Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto La Cruz||Brazil||1–6||2007 Copa América|
|25||20 August 2008||Ismet Pasa Stadium, Izmit||Turkey||0–1||Friendly|
|26||7 September 2008||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Brazil||0–3||2010 World Cup qualification|
|27||19 November 2008||El Madrigal, Villareal||Spain||0-3||Friendly|
|28||11 February 2009||Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane||South Africa||2–0||Friendly||1(2)|
|29||27 May 2009||Nagai Stadium, Osaka||Japan||0–4||Kirin Cup|
|30||29 May 2009||Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba||Belgium||1–1||Kirin Cup|
|31||10 June 2009||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Bolivia||4-0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|32||6 September 2009||Estadio Monumental, Santiago||Venezuela||2-2||2010 World Cup qualification|
|33||10 September 2009||Estádio de Pituaçu, Salvador||Brazil||2–4||2010 World Cup qualification|
|34||10 October 2009||Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellin||Colombia||4–2||2010 World Cup qualification||1(3)|
|35||14 October 2009||Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago||Ecuador||1-0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|36||17 November 2009||Stadium Pod Dubňom, Zilina||Slovakia||2–1||Friendly|
|37||12 May 2010||Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico||Mexico||0-1||Friendly|
|38||26 May 2010||Municipal de Calama, Calama||Zambia||3–0||Friendly||1(4)|
|39||31 May 2010||Municipal de Collao, Concepcion||Israel||3–0||Friendly|
|40||16 June 2010||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit||Honduras||1-0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|41||21 June 2010||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth||Switzerland||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|42||25 June 2010||Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria||Spain||1–2||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|43||28 June 2010||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg||Brazil||0–3||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|44||19 June 2011||Estadio Monumental, Santiago||Estonia||4–0||Friendly|
|45||8 July 2011||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza||Uruguay||1-1||2011 Copa América|
|46||12 July 2011||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza||Peru||1–0||2011 Copa América|
|47||17 July 2011||Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina||Venezuela||1-2||2011 Copa América|
|48||10 August 2011||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier||France||1-1||Friendly|
|49||2 September 2011||AFG Arena, Saint Gallen||Spain||2–3||Friendly|
|50||7 October 2011||Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires||Argentina||1-4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|51||11 October 2011||Estadio Monumental, Santiago||Peru||4-2||2014 World Cup qualification|
|52||6 September 2013||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Venezuela||3–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|53||11 October 2013||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla||Colombia||3-3||2014 World Cup qualification|
|54||15 October 2013||Estadio Nacional, Santiago||Ecuador||2-1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|55||19 November 2013||BMO Field, Toronto||Brazil||1-2||Friendly|
|56||5 March 2014||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart||Germany||0-1||Friendly|
|57||11 June 2014||Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaiso||Northern Ireland||2–0||Friendly|
|58||13 June 2014||Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba||Australia||3-1||2014 FIFA World Cup||1(5)|
|59||18 June 2014||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio Janeiro||Spain||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|60||23 June 2014||Arena de São Paulo, Sao Paulo||Netherlands||0-2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|61||14 November 2014||Estadio CAP, Talcahuano||Venezuela||5–0||Friendly||1(6)|
- Al Ain
- Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão: 2007
- Bola de Ouro: 2007
- Troféu Mesa Redonda: 2007
- Campeonato Paulista Most Valuable Player (2): 2007, 2008
- UFL Most Valuable Player: 2009
- UFL Most Valuable Foreign Player: 2009
- Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2011
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